It truly was a magical and exhilarating night, last night! So many fantastic new experiences are coming from a company that many consider to be the best at what they do. So it’s about time to analyse just why Bethesda’s conference had so much hype, how it lived up to it and why we have all come away excited about the future of both this company, and gaming as a whole. It’s also important to note that this was Bethesda’s first ever E3 conference, so we’ll be looking at how they did too.
So the first thing on the agenda for Bethesda was to announce and show gameplay of their latest instalment into the Doom franchise. Doom has been for over 15 years, a fan favourite and is the game and software to thank for most modern first person shooters today. Before these games were known as FPS’s, they were simply known as Doom clones, which tells you a bit about how fans love this series. We saw gameplay from all 3 modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer and their new and most interesting feature, the Doom Snapmap. The Snapmap is a custom map and mode creator, similar to that of Halo’s forge, but way more in depth. I can’t wait to see what the fans come up with from that feature! Doom is looking to be a huge success for the company and is definitely one to look out for!
Next up we had the announcement of another great sequel that fans absolutely love, that of Dishonored 2! Bethesda kept this one fairly well under wraps as a lot of fans had no idea that this was coming. Building on the first games success, there is a whole new campaign where you can choose to play either as Corvo, or Emily. Each playable character has a unique set of skills to help them deal with every situation they come across, meaning repeat playthroughs of this game is a must! Arkane also announced a Dishonored remaster that was met with a warm welcome, and will be available on the current generation.
We then saw some gameplay of what Battlecry Studios have been working on with their new “team action combat” game. We also saw some new content coming to the Elder Scrolls Online with new playable areas coming out, complete with new dungeons delves and constant content updates. We even saw a new Elder Scrolls strategy card game coming soon for PC and iOS which I am looking forward to in a huge way! But we were all eagerly awaiting the finale. Bethesda really had saved the best for last, without even a mention of Fallout keeping the theme exactly as it has been for the past 7 years.
Then, Todd Howard came out and started talking, just building anticipation until we could finally catch a glimpse of the game we’ve been waiting for, for so long. Then as they started revealing information about the game it started snowballing until there was too much for me to write about it. We saw everything from fully customisable faces, to the new and improved follower system and super in depth crafting to creating your own settlements. There was also a special edition and mobile apps announced to ship with the game, details of which can be found here. There is an article here on the site if you want to read the full list of announcements.
They really did close out the conference in style, in the way we knew they could. Considering this was Bethesda’s first ever E3 conference they certainly didn’t look like novices to me. They had the crown shouting and screaming praise and approval at pretty much everything that was shown off and they really didn’t disappoint in any aspects of the conference. The only thing disappointing me after the conference is that I have to wait for these games to come out.
Now it’s time that you guys tell us how you felt about the conference! Did it live up to the hype? Were there any announcements that surprised you? Let us know how you felt about it in the comments below. Be sure to stay tuned to This Gen Gaming throughout the week as we will continue to bring you the breaking news from all of the conferences as it happens. But let’s be honest, they’re going to have a hard time going toe to toe with Bethesda’s.