Welcome to a special Weekly Knockout, where I round up all the gaming news from Bethesda’s E3 2016 Press Conference.
As is usually the way, more news was released post-Bethesda’s conference, but not to worry, we have all the latest updates below.
Wolfenstien: New Colossus Announced?
While no official announcement has been made, eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed an reference to a new Wolfenstien game. Bethesda’s opening sequence involved a PC boot-up style screen, which listed several Bethesda’s games such as the classic Doom games, 2016’s Doom, Wolfenstien 3D, Wolfenstien New Order, and Wolfenstien Old Blood. Also listed was the release date for each game. Located in the aforementioned list is the title; “New Colossus” , which can be found after Old Blood, and has “xx-xx-xx” listed as the release date. As such, many have taken this Easter Egg as confirmation that Machine Games is hard at work on a sequel to their re-boot of Wolfenstien, that will be titled “New Colossus”. It’s worth noting that there has been no official confirmation.
Skyrim Special Edition Free On PC
Post-conference, Bethesda announced that Skyrim: Special Edition will be free to all those who own Skyrim: Legendary Edition on PC.
Dishonored 2 Collector’s Edition Price
Also announced post -conference was the price of the Dishonored 2 collector’s edition. The collector’s edition will set you back $99.
Quake Champions Announced
Quake Champions has been announced with a cinematic reveal trailer. The game will be developed by id Software, developer of DOOM. Quake Champions is a competitive arena based, first-person shooter for the PC only. The game will run at 120 FPS, and will feature a diverse cast of warriors, each with own abilities and characteristics. The game is designed with eSports in mind, and Bethesda will be supporting competitive leagues for Quake Champions. More will be announced at Quake Con in August.
The Elder Scrolls Legends
The Elder Scrolls Legends, a card game announced at last year’s E3, will feature a full single-player campaign, as well as multiplayer. In addition to the campaign, there will be Battle and Arena modes, which can be played against other players, or AI, using a two-lane battlefield. Legends will be coming to PC, Mac, iOS, and Android, with a Beta available for sign up.
Fallout 4 DLC Announced
Three new pieces of DLC are releasing for Fallout 4; Contraptions Workshop, Vault-tec Workshop, and Nuka-World. Contraptions will be available starting next week and will add elevators, sorting machines, conveyor belt, and more. Vault-Tec is set to release in July, and will allow players to design and create their own vaults. Finally, Nuka-World will release in August, adding an amusement park for players to explore. While individual prices have yet to be announced, all of this content will be free to Season Pass holders.
Skyrim: Special Edition
Bethesda confirmed that the Skyrim Remaster is real, its official designation being Skyrim: Special Edition. The game will feature updated graphics, and will support mods on consoles. The game will release on 28th October 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Bethesda revealed Prey, which is being developed by Arkane, and appears as to serve as a reboot for the franchise. Prey takes place in the year 2032, with your character, Morgan Yu, involved in a series of experiments to improve the human race. The game will take place in a space station known as Talos 1, which has been taken over by a mysterious alien force. The game will release next year on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. More about the game will be revealed at Quake Con in August.
DOOM Multiplayer DLC
Tonight we got our initial look at the first DLC for Doom, titled, Unto the Evil. It will include three new maps; Offering, Cataclysm, and Ritual, and will also include a brand-new demon, known as The Harvester, as well as new equipment and taunts. Also announced were two new modes, which will be made available to all players for free; Hexodus—a variant of capture the flag, and Sector—a hold based mode.
There will also be new content added to SnapMap which will be free for all players as well. The content will consist of modules, props, and functionality, aimed at helping players create “true single-player” levels. Finally, for those who have yet to play DOOM, over the course of the next week you can download and play the first level of the game for free.
Elder Scrolls Online: Dark Brotherhood
While Zenimax didn’t reveal any new content for Elder Scrolls Online, we did get a week old trailer for the Dark Brotherhood DLC, set to release Tuesday (14th June) on consoles. Also announced was One Tamriel, which allows players to access any area of the game, following the tutorial. Previously these areas were locked to low-level players.
Bethesda will be supporting two of their games in VR; DOOM, and Fallout 4. The latter will be released in 2017 on the HTC Vive.
Finally, Bethesda closed out their conference with an in-depth look at Dishonored 2. The sequel to the much-loved 2012 original will primarily take place in a new location named Carnaca, the Jewel of the South—although the game will start and end in Dunwall. The game will be set 15 years after the first Dishonored, with Emily Kaldwell (now 25) as Empress, and Corvo as her protector. While players will be able to play as either Emily or Corvo, the gameplay exhibited focused solely on Emily, displaying some of her powers, all of which will be unique.
Showcased was Emily’s Mesmerize power—which focuses enemies on a specific point, allowing her to sneak by them unnoticed, Domino—a power that links the fates of several enemies, allowing for creative multi-kills, as well as another ability whereby Emily transformed into a shadow, acrawled along the floor, and then brutally disembowelled an enemy. Also showed off was a level that took place in a manor, in which both protagonists powers fail to work. Instead, you are required to flux between different times, solving puzzles to progress.
The game will release 11th November 2016 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. There is a collector’s edition available (pictured above), featuring Corvo’s Mask, and Emily’s Ring as the centerpieces. Additionally, those who pre-order the game will receive a free copy of Dishonored: Definitive Edition.