E3 2015 Rewind: Bethesda Softworks

The first conference of the event- and the first for the studio- Bethesda’s E3 2015 conference pulled no punches with its line-up of announcements.

Bethesda came out swinging this with their first ever E3 conference. Over the course of roughly an hour, the studio bombarded fans with new content and updates on their most-anticipated titles. Not only were attendees and online spectators treated to footage from the new Doom, but fans were bombarded with several new titles and a plethora of Fallout 4 content.

Bethesda’s opening segment was devoted strictly to the long-awaited return of the Doom franchise. Introduced by id Software Executive Producer Marty Stratton, Doom was finally shown to the public, with a hefty 13 minutes of single-player footage shown in two parts. All of the familiar assets and weaponry of Doom are back and re-imagined in the id Tech 6 engine. During the gruesome trip through a Mars UAC research facility and the demon stomping-grounds of Hell, fans witnessed massive amounts of demon evisceration and dismemberment courtesy of Doom‘s signature arsenal; the shotgun, plasma rifle, chainsaw, and even the “BFG” itself had cameos in the Doom demo.

Fans caught a quick glimpse of Doom‘s competitive multiplayer, featuring traditional arena-style combat across “Deathmatch” and team-based modes. Bethesda’s presentation also brought forth the reveal of “Doom Snapmap”; an in-game customization feature. Inspired by the rich history between the Doom franchise and the PC modding community, Snapmap gives players a complete repertoire of tools for building their own single-player and multiplayer maps. Everything from visual templates, to item placement and enemy AI-pathing is at the player’s immediate disposal. Finalized creations can be uploaded to the Snapmap servers and shared among other Doom players online.

Doom is slated for a Spring 2016 release for PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Bethesda will begin integrating their “Bethesda.net” online service into their future titles and online features later this year. The service already powers The Elder Scrolls Online, and will continue to be the backbone of online features with Doom Snapmap and Bethesda’s online store. Bethesda.net will also power the upcoming competitive multiplayer title BattleCry. From BattleCry Studios, the titular faction-based action title is currently in closed Alpha testing in Australia and New Zealand. A brief announcement from BattleCry Studios Design Director Lucas Davis showcased the new “Han Republic” faction, along with announcing the global Beta, of which player sign-ups are now open.

BattleCry will launch for PC later this year.

Co-Creative Directors Harvey Smith and Raphael Colantonio of Arkane Studios extended their gratitude to the millions of fans who contributed to the success of 2012’s Dishonored. Arkane’s breakout action-stealth game will be remastered for the PS4 and Xbox One with Dishonored: Definitive Edition, scheduled for launch this Fall. This new console-exclusive collection will include a visually updated edition of the base game, along with all DLC content. Smith and Colantonio also presented the world premiere of Dishonored 2 with a new cinematic trailer. Dishonored 2 will be set within the city of Carnaca, where players control both Dishonored‘s Corvo Attano and new character Emily Caldwin. Both characters will have unique abilities granted from the Overseer, along with their own individual weapons and gadgets. While no gameplay was shown, Dishonored 2 can be completed with a stealth-only pacifist run.

Dishonored 2 is being developed for PC, Xbox One and PS4.

As of June 9, console gamers have finally been able to explore Tamriel together with The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited for Xbox One and PS4. Game Director Matt Firor gave ESO fans a sneak peek at what Zenimax Studios has planned for the MMO, with in-game footage of several new locations; release windows were not given, however the vast regions of the fallen Imperial City and orc safe-haven Orsinium are expected to launch sometime this year.

Bethesda’s Vice President of PR and Marketing Pete Hines revealed that the studio is now trying their hand at the strategy-card-game genre with a new Elder Scrolls title for PC and mobile. The Elder Scrolls: Legends was only teased with an announcement trailer, however Legends will be a strategy card game that “builds on the rich legacy of Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls Online“.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends will be free-to-play for PC and iPad, and is currently being developed to suit casual gamers, hardcore strategy players and Elder Scrolls fans alike.

E3 2015 was held between June 13-18, with the expo floor opening on June 15. The event is considered to be the mecca of gaming-related announcements, with live demos and conferences from some of the largest studios and publishers in the industry.

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