Bethesda Softworks closed Sunday with an E3 presentation that fans found short on various respects. While the community expected more game announcements, the showcase lasted only 40 minutes and featured only a few new titles.
The ZeniMax-owned studio followed Microsoft’s exhibition, where the Xbox One X was revealed as the most powerful console ever made. With a $499 price tag, it has also become the most expensive.
Ubisoft took the stage on Monday and Sony will follow later on. Nintendo will be the last of the video game giants to show what it has been working on this Tuesday, the first open showroom floor day of E3.
Doom and Fallout 4 will launch as VR titles
Virtual reality is turning into a big platform for content creators, and not everyone wants to wait until the industry standardizes the system, so they are going ahead and launching whatever IP they can as a headset-based experience.
Doom and Fallout 4 are the latest titles to fall for this trend, coming to VR-enabled PCs later this year. Bethesda has yet to confirm if these games will work with the PSVR too and their release dates.
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider – September 15
Long rumored to be in the works by the studio, the next chapter following Dishonored 2 hits platforms on September 15. Dishonored: Death of the Outsider will sell for $29.99 as a standalone title.
The game takes players to the aftermath of the episodic DLC story from the first installment, with Billie Lurk and Daud again at the center of all. Gameplay mechanics from the sequel will return this time over.
Quake World Championship and new characters
Quake Champions, the free-to-play remake of the iconic shooter for PC, is getting an event in Dallas, Texas, on August 26. QuakeCon will also feature the Quake World Championships, with a $1 million reward for the winning team.
B.J. Blazkowicz from Wolfenstein is also coming to the fast-paced shooter as a new playable character. More characters are expected to join him, Nyx, Clutch, and Scalebearer further down the road. The game is currently in beta, after all.
The Evil Within 2 – October 13
Bethesda introduced The Evil Within 2 with a trippy and nightmarish trailer at E3. The survival horror game returns on Friday, October 13, so clear your schedule and rent a cabin in the woods.
This time around, players take the role of Sebastian Castellanos, a detective looking to save his daughter from unimaginable evils. The world of the game adds a new layer of horror by involving the decaying psychological state of the character.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – October 27
A welcomed surprise was the reveal of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, the third installment in the rebooted series of games. Bethesda will release it on October 27, two years after the standalone DLC The Old Blood came out.
William “B.J.” Blazcowicz reprises his role as savior of humanity, coming back from what seemed like a certain death in the last title of the franchise. He and The Resistance fighters will join new allies to keep fighting to destroy the Nazi regime that rules the world in an alternate universe where they won WWII.
Creation Club, Skyrim on Switch, ESL and ESO expansions
An announcement that didn’t sit well with fans was Creation Club, the new Bethesda platform to centralize all fan-created mods. The studio will develop them into official content for Skyrim and Fallout 4.
The implication of such a platform is that the studio might charge for the mods under the premise that they are official releases and expansions to the game. Bethesda has denied this, but only time will tell.
Audiences took a closer look at The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch, complete with a new Amiibo-compatible loot crate that unlocks Link’s custom from Breath of the Wild along with the Master Sword.
The Elder Scrolls Online got a new release trailer for the Morrowind expansion, and The Elder Scrolls: Legends is getting a new Heroes of Skyrim expansion as well on June 29.