Key takeaways from Bethesda’s E3

The third Bethesda E3 conference was also the shortest.

In what can only be described as an incredibly light showing, Bethesda’s E3 was just a half hour long. Here’s everything you might have missed from the company’s late night presentation.

DOOM VFR and Fallout 4 VR

As the foundation of “Bethesda VR,” the company debuted slick experiences coming from DOOM and Fallout 4.

DOOM VFR – coming in 2017 to HTC Vive and PSVR

Fallout 4 VR – coming October, 2017 to HTC Vive

Key takeaways:

  • Fallout 4 seems to retain the same movement style as the vanilla game while DOOM VFR looks like it’s primarily relying on the point-and-click movement style
  • Fallout 4 VR won’t be coming to PSVR
  • It was emphasized that the two games are only the beginning of “Bethesda VR”

Creation Club

Bethesda also revealed its second attempt to bring forward paid mods. Creation Club will feature curated mods made by Bethesda and the community to be sold to consumers for credits that can only be purchased with real-world money.

Key takeaways:

  • Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition are the first games to feature Creation Club support
  • Creation Club is coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC this summer
  • Curated mods will support game saves, official add-ons and achievement support
  • Anything can be submitted to the Creation Club. Bethesda is open to new gameplay experiences, entirely new areas, better animations and textures, new weapons and gear and more.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends – Heroes of Skyrim Expansion

Heroes of Skyrim is adding more than 150 new cards to Elder Scrolls: Legends. The expansion will add many more familiar friends and foes from Skyrim into the game. The full expansion will roll out on June 29, 2017.

Key takeaways:

  • Heroes of Skyrim has an emphasis on dragons’ impact on the Elder Scrolls: Legends meta
  • 150 cards will be available in Heroes of Skyrim card packs
  • “Shouts” made popular in Skyrim will be debuting as cards in Heroes of Skyrim

Skyrim Switch

After being teased last fall during Nintendo Switch’s announcement, Bethesda finally showed a few new gimmicks coming to the Switch version of the game.

Key takeaways:

  • Amiibo support for Link is confirmed – it’s possible there are more supported Amiibo
  • Motion controls are coming to the game
  • No solid release date was given
  • It remains unclear if this is vanilla Skyrim from 2011 with Switch-specific features, or if it’ll feature upgraded content similar to what’s included in Skyrim Special Edition
  • It’s safe to assume there won’t be mod support

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

Death of the Outsider is the first standalone Dishonored adventure in the series. The plot signals the return of Billie Lurk and her mentor Daud as they hunt the Outsider.

Key takeaways:

  • Death of the Outsider won’t require gamers to own Dishonored 2 or the original game – it’s entirely standalone
    • As a standalone, the game will likely be longer than a typical Dishonored DLC but shorter than a full-fledged installment
  • The game takes place in Karnaca, the new city that debuted in last year’s Dishonored 2
  • Death of the Outsider is releasing on Xbox One, PS4 and PC September 15, 2017

Quake Champions

As Quake Champions continues is closed beta, Bethesda announced more goodies are coming to those who are in on the action. Bethesda’s Quake World Championship also has a $1 million dollar prize pool and will happen during this year’s Quakecon.

Key takeaways:

  • Wolfenstein protagonist BJ Blazkowicz is a new playable character
  • 3 new maps are coming to the closed beta
  • The closed beta’s update debuted last night and features new and refined features

The Evil Within 2

Evil Within is back and looks more trippy than ever. Channeling HBO’s Westworld, the trailer seems to take inspiration from all sorts pop culture. The sequel finds protagonist Detective Sebastian Castellanos stepping deeper into the paranormal with the hopes of saving his daughter.

Key takeaways:

  • While the same third-person action will return, the game will use new mind-bending world building to diversify the game’s action
  • The game will allow for stealth approaches to situations – something that was sorely missed from the first installment
  • Out October 13, 2017

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus

Ending the Bethesda conference, New Colossus marks the sequel to Machine Games’ Wolfenstein reboot. New Colossus takes place in the Nazi-controlled United States and protagonist BJ Blazkowicz will form the resistance and begin a second American Revolution.

Key takeaways:

  • BJ is alive following the ambiguous ending of New Order
  • Certain parts of the reveal like the cat watching TV and the psychedelic lizard are a result of the drug use in the alt-history era
  • Out October 27, 2017

That covers the Bethesda’s third E3 conference. While historically short for the publisher, Bethesda still managed to show some promising games but alone a little controversy with the return of paid mods. What do you think of the show? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter.


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