E3 2015: Bethesda Conference Impressions

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Bethesda concluded its first E3 conference ever on Sunday night by essentially dropping the mic and walking off the stage. After showing off Doom, releasing a trailer for Dishonored 2 and showing enough Fallout 4 content to make your head explode, Todd Howard announced that Fallout 4 is in fact coming out in November of this year. That news sent overwhelming jubilation through Nokia Theatre and throughout the internet. That news alone would make the conference worthwhile. But Bethesda delivered even more with what was an exciting well paced conference.

Kicking it off was the long awaited Doom game by Id software. This was a strong start, as they spent about 15 minutes in a compelling singleplayer gameplay demo. Id proceeded to introduce other features like the impressive SnapMap which seems similar to Halo’s Forge feature and promises to keep Doom relevant for a while. They also announced it would be releasing in Spring 2016, so approximately a year’s time.

The conference then moved to Battlecry and The Elder Scrolls: Online but didn’t linger, realizing that most people watching weren’t there for those games. They did announce an open beta signup for Battlecry that you can immediately try to participate in, following the conference trend of announcing and releasing things immediately.

Next up Dishonored 2 was announced as Arkane Studios showed off a badass trailer to their upcoming title. While this wasn’t a surprise, what was, was the ability to play as two different characters, Corvo and Emily. We also learned about Dishonored: Definitive Edition, coming to current generation consoles August 25. This wasn’t known going in, but shouldn’t be too shocking as it seems if you release a sequel to a last generation game you have catch people up with a current generation version.

Bethesda also announced a smaller game, The Elder Scrolls: Legends, or as Twitch chat was so affectionately calling it “Hearthstone 2”. Little is known about this digital trading card game, but it seems like it’s Bethesda’s way of trying to piggyback on the success of Blizzard’s Hearthstone. It is worth noting though that it was one of very few surprises in the conference, as we didn’t know about the game previously.

And finally in a twist everyone saw coming Bethesda finished off the conference with Todd Howard and Fallout. Very surprisingly however, not just Fallout 4. Bethesda Game Studios announced and released FalloutShelter, a mobile game inspired by XCOM and The Sims. While this at first appeared to be some sort of gimmick the game genuinely looks impressive and fun. But Fallout 4 is of course the star of the show as Bethesda spent almost half an hour talking about and showing off the game. And even that didn’t seem long enough. It looks incredible. Everything from the customization to the collector’s edition Pipboy had people salivating. After spending that time in the world Bethesda knew we simply couldn’t wait too long to experience it, announcing that it will come out in November. Gamers left feeling like Christmas had come early.

Despite few surprises Bethesda’s first E3 conference was a resounding success. The big news obviously was that on November 10, 2015, Fallout 4 will be available and we got to see tons of what looks like a special game. The other conferences have big shoes to fill as Bethesda did a marvellous job kicking off E3 2015.

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