Bethesda at E3 – Doom 4, Dishonored 2, Fallout 4

Gare – Monday, June 15, 2015 4:01 PM
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It’s that time of the year again – summer is here, and with it, the annual E3 conference. This year, Bethesda – the studio most famous for creating the Elder Scrolls series – joined the fray as well with a press conference of their own. Now, we already knew Fallout 4 was happening due to an earlier announcement – nonetheless, the company still managed to have a surprise or two in store for unsuspecting fans.

Doom 4

First off, we have Doom 4, and as you may already know, the game managed to excite FPS fans world-wide with an initial teaser that lasted maybe a second or two. Well, we most certainly saw more than just a few seconds this time, with shotguns, demons, chainsaws, BFGs and pretty much everything in-between. The game looked gorgeous and appeared to retain elements of the original’s gameplay, including fast, non-stop movement (dancing around your foes, if you will) as well as non-regenerating health and tons of pickups. If I had to choose something to grumble about regarding the presentation, it would probably have to be the state of enemy AI, which – in this particular demo, at least – appeared to make the demons somewhat mellow and hesitant to shoot back at the player, who, in turn, slaughtered them without too much resistance on their part. Like I said, though, demos are demos – we’ll have to wait and see what the final release eventually brings. The game, by the way, will also feature multiplayer, some of which was also showcased during the presentation.

Dishonored 2

Arkane Studios, too, came forward with a big announcement: that is, the fact that Dishonored 2 is indeed on the way. The announcement, in itself, was mostly what the team came to share, and while we did see a brief trailer of the game, not much additional information was revealed about the title during the presentation. Still, we do know that the game takes place 15 years after the first installment and features two potential playable characters: the Corvo you already know and love, as well as Emily Kaldwin, who you may remember as the little girl from the first game. Well, she’s all grown-up and deadly this time – according to the story, after a certain usurper seizes the throne, Emily journeys to the city of Karnaca to find her way back to power.

Fallout 4

Undoubtedly, the true star of the show was Fallout 4 – the crowd went nuts when Pete Hines, global vice-president of PR and marketing for Bethesda, conveniently “forgot” to showcase the title and attempted to close the presentation early. Naturally, he wasn’t serious: Hines promptly invited Bethesda Game Studios head Todd Howard on-stage, who then proceeded to dive right into explaining what’s new about Fallout 4. And while the game does play and look a lot like its predecessor, Bethesda has made sure to include a number of extra features to appeal to its fans: running on the next-gen version of the Creation Engine, Fallout 4 will allow you to more or less start rebuilding the wasteland any way you want. You’ll come across several empty sites in the world where you’ll be able to create and custom-tailor buildings and other constructions, much like one would be playing with Lego bricks. This level of customization expands to gear as well, with players’ ability to fully customize the look of their weapons and armor. Oh, and there’s a dog. Yes, there’s a dog. You can give him contextual commands, order him to pick up items or sick him on your enemies – your choice.

Howard also revealed that the game’s Collector’s Edition would ship with an actual, real life Pip-Boy: you slot your smartphone into it, run an app, and bam, you’ve got yourself a working Pip-Boy with all the expected bells and whistles. Speaking of smartphones, Bethesda had one more unexpected surprise for its fans: a Fallout-themed mobile game for iOS (iPad / iPhone) called Fallout Shelter. The game, released for free on the same day as the conference itself – and inspired by titles like FTL, Sim City or Progress Quest – lets you build and manage the population of your own Vault as its Overseer.

As for Fallout 4 itself, we’ve received word on an official release date: the game will launch as early as November 10, 2015 on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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