Bethesda kicked off E3 2015 in style with their debut show in Los Angeles, with a whole heap of new gameplay footage, title announcements and of course – Fallout 4.
Kicking off the show was some explosive and visceral gameplay footage of the latest Doom title. Fast paced gunplay is back along with shotguns and enough gore to satisfy the greatest of blood-lusts out there. A host of trademark Doom elements appear to have made it back into this upcoming release, plus a bunch of new ones that got the crowd whooping and hollering.
Close range shotgun hits that explode demons into bloody chunks, caving faces in with your bare fists and some of the best curb stomps we’ve laid our eyes on in some time. It was all there. Oh and a badass chainsaw, where you literally kick victims off your blade once things get grisly. Doom is not messing about here.
Built using the Id tech 6 engine (or as they like to refer to it as the “666” engine), the gameplay on show was dripping in atmosphere and bursting with demons of all shapes and sizes.
Multiplayer will of course return with Doom, featuring a host of modes including domination, freeze tag and clan based modes, all utilising classic arena style gameplay. From what we seen, imagine Halo…with balls…and gore. Lots of gore.
The announcements didn’t stop here of course, with the announcement of Doom Snapmap, an in-game tool enabling players with a near endless stream of new maps and gameplay through customisable maps.
Coming in Spring 2016 to Xbox One, PS4 and PC, Doom got the show off to great start.
Bethesda also showed off a new trailer for their upcoming online action game Battlecry, announcing that worldwide signups for beta access will be available from June 18th. We caught a glimpse of some gameplay here, with the trailer showing off each class. Think Splatoon meets Team Fortress with a Tarantino-esque soundtrack and you are pretty much there.
Leaked ahead of the show, we finally got our first official confirmation that Dishonored 2 is being developed at Arkane Studios.
Showing off a new location in the debut trailer, players will for the first time be able to play as either returning assassin Corvo or Emily, an all new female assassin who will possess different abilities from Corvo.
No release date was confirmed at the event, however during an aftershow a Spring 2016 date was mentioned, again coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
If you can’t wait that long and are absolutely jonesing for your Corvo fix, Dishonored: Definitive Edition was revealed to be coming this fall to Xbox One and PS4, another remaster to keep you going until the much anticipated sequel arrives.
The big one. The one everyone was pissing in their pants to see, and legendary game director Todd Howard sure as hell did not disappoint anyone who was watching.
Starting things off with some concept art from Fallout 4, things quickly escalated as we were treated to an in-depth reveal of the upcoming action RPG. New gameplay was shown off and confirmed that players will start their adventure before the bombs drop, showing in-game footage of how things will kick off.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats and the VATS system were also shown off and confirmed to the delight of the crows. Howard was keen to emphasise the all new dynamic world of Fallout 4, little touches including over 1000 names that have been pre-recorded for your own character to be referred to; rebuilding the world around you at custom settlements and of course customisable weapons and power armour. Yes please.
They also took the time to announce Fallout Shelter, an iOS game which is available to download from today.
Finishing off the show was the one detail everyone was waiting for, the release date, and Fallout 4 will be released on the 10th November this year on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
They also revealed the ultra-tempting PIP-Boy collectors edition that comes with your very own PIP-Boy which you can use by inserting your phone with the official companion app installed, allowing you to change your stats in game from your wrist. Fear not however, if you don’t fancy shelling out for this you can still download the app for some second screen functionality
Bethesda’s first ever E3 show was a very impressive debut, kicking off this years conference on a wave of hype, buzz and enthusiasm. The coup of releasing Fallout 4 this year no doubt the biggest announcement here, however there was still a wealth of great gameplay and titles shown here to ramp up the hype on day one of E3.
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