Bethesdaland E3 2017 Recap — Turning Death and Confusion Into a Theme Park

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We never get much of a break during E3 and Bethesda wanted to be sure that stayed true. Bethesdaland E3 2017 was reasonably short, but even then it seemed like they were almost struggling to fill it. If you like the games Bethesda has already put out, maybe you’ll find something to like, here. If not, it’s probably best to move along.

BethesdaVR

So Bethesda actually formatted the entire presentation into a single video, similar to a Nintendo Direct. They moved around their little theme park map explaining games that were represented there. To kick things off, they showed off their upcoming VR titles. Although “upcoming” may be the wrong word for it.What Bethesda has actually done is retrofitted two of their first-person games with VR technology.

What Bethesda has actually done is retrofitted two of their first-person games with VR technology. On paper, it sounds great, but when it gets right down to it, you’re still playing Doom and Fallout 4. It’s not a bad concept, though. Playing Doom VFR sounds and looks intense and Fallout 4 is a great time sink. Adding VR to either title helps greatly with immersion. There was no word on release timing, though.

The Elder Scrolls

There was actually a very noticeable presence of Elder Scrolls content. They started by reminding us of Elder Scrolls Online and how it just got a new expansion for Morrowind content. It’s great for fans of the third game in the series and it’s already out.

Next, they talked about possibly one of the sketchiest new additions to their content offerings. Creation Club is, for lack of a better description, essentially paid mods. There’s more to it, of course. Bethesda works with third parties and independent content creators to make sure the mods are fully integrated. However, you’re still buying what would be free on PC with real world money. It’s just bound to leave a sour taste in people’s mouths. Still, having more content for Fallout 4 and Skyrim isn’t bad on its own. It’s just the way they presented it.

After that, Bethesda reminded us of their attempt to cash in on the Hearthstone market. The Elder Scrolls: Legends will be getting a Skyrim expansion. There wasn’t too much to talk about, it seems, but this content will be available on June 29th.

Skyrim on Nintendo Switch

Finally, to wrap up their Elder Scrolls content, they talked about Skyrim on the Switch. (Bonus points for their pun: “Now that’s a Switch!”) The big twist here is that Skyrim will have Amiibo functionality! In the trailer, they used the Breath of the Wild Link Amiibo to make a chest appear that gave the player character Link’s clothes and weaponry. Bethesda told us elsewhere that any Zelda or Smash Amiibo will get you some loot in Skyrim.

Bethesdaland E3 2017 Zelda Skyrim
Skyrim came to Zelda, so now Zelda’s coming to Skyrim.

On top of that, we saw that Skyrim will have some basic motion controls. These will be simple stuff like raising a shield, swinging a sword, or firing a bow. These are likely negligible and can be done another way if it bothers you. It’s just nice to see that Bethesda put some effort into their Switch port of Skyrim. Unfortunately, we still don’t have a release date, but Bethesda once again stepped in elsewhere. Apparently, there will be more information at Nintendo’s E3 presentation on Tuesday.

Dishonored 2: Death of the Outsider

Dishonored appears to be getting some new content. The expansion will release on September 15th. We didn’t see anything gameplay-wise, but the game shouldn’t have changed too much. The story is more important, but even that is left really blurry. There’s far too little information here to get excited for.

Quake

Quake Champions got a little bit of attention, as well. Bethesda seemed more interested in talking up the e-sports aspect of the fast-paced arena shooter, though. The big announcement for the game was the addition of B.J. Blazkowicz from Wolfenstein as a playable character.

Bethesda also appears to be organizing a Quake Championship tournament at Quakecon in Dallas on August 26th. There’s a hefty prize pool of $1 million. If you can’t wait, however, the beta is already available at quake.com.

The Evil Within 2

The next trailer proved to us that it’s a bad idea to watch this direct before bed. The Evil Within is getting a sequel and this trailer is a trip, to say the least. There’s once again very little in the way of gameplay, but that will likely work in the game’s favor, in the long run. We do know that The Evil Within 2 will be released on Friday the 13th of October.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Bethesda finished with one last new game announcement. Wolfenstein II was announced last year, but now we have a full trailer and release date. The game appears to take place in 1961 or slightly after, based on the commercials shown at the start. (MCMLXI is 1961.) The game looks pretty crazy and packed full of crazy action. The game comes out on October 27th.

Wolfenstein II

Bethesda didn’t have much of a sign-off. The showcase was short and mostly showed off stuff we already knew about. They told us at the end to stay tuned to Bethesda.net for more info.


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