By: Liam Brand
The first announcement of the night was yet another reboot of yet another classic FPS. Bethesda has already covered the bases with Wolfenstein and DOOM, so announcing another Quake game only seems fitting to their trend. The lighting quick arena-shooter promises to deliver on the hallmarks of the series including balanced, competitive multiplayer and vast customization. Don’t be surprised if you see a new Unreal Tournament at next year’s E3.
It’s only fitting to follow up one surprise with another. Bethesda has unveiled a mysterious trailer for a reboot of Prey. For those who aren’t familiar, a sequel to the 2006 classic, Prey, was first announced in 2011, but then cancelled in 2012. Naturally, this announcement of Arkane’s very own sequel/reboot is a huge relief to eager fans. The trailer shows a completely different character and storyline than what was originally planned for the sequel, this time starring Morgan Yu, a test subject in an experiment that goes horribly wrong when his space station gets invaded by what appears to be Symbiote. The game looks eerie, atmospheric, and all sorts of mind-bending – I’m not ready.
“You weren’t expecting that, were you?” said a rightfully smug Pete Hines as he announced Bethesda VR. Bethesda confirmed that both DOOM and Fallout 4 will have full VR support in the future. So far, the games have only been confirmed for the HTC Vive, but news on other VR compatibility may still be forthcoming.
Finally, we were given 12 glorious minutes of Dishonored 2 gameplay. In the demo, we were shown a snippet of the story, which featured one of the new playable protagonists, Emily Kaldwin and old Corvo mourning the death of Emily’s mother. Corvo is fully voiced this time around, courtesy of Vincent D’Onofrio, and sounds great.
Something that Bethesda emphasized during the demo is the level of detail they put into creating their world. Not only does the world feel alive, but every building and alleyway has a history and a story to tell. Many open world games make these claims, but from the demo alone, I could see that this was clearly the case with Dishonored 2.
The demo was an assassination mission played with Emily, which showed off the wide array of new features that Dishonored 2 is introducing. A few of the new abilities that are exclusive to Emily include an ability to completely mezmerize enemies and erase their memory, the ability to link enemies together so that several are impacted in the same way that one is, and the ability to transform into a murderous shadow demon of sorts – pretty cool stuff.
DOOM DLC and SnapMap Update:
DOOM will be seeing its first multiplayer DLC, Unto The Evil, which will include new multiplayer maps, a new demon, new armour and more. Additionally, players will receive a free update to SnapMap, DOOM’s level-building software, that will enable players to create “true singleplayer experiences” with new modules and props.
ESO Dark Brotherhood and One Tamriel:
The Elder Scrolls Online’s new expansion, The Dark Brotherhood, got its first trailer giving players a taste of what to expect from the notorious clan of assassins. On top of that, Zenimax will be introducing a new One Tamriel mode for the game. This is an alternate world that eliminates all barriers for players. This mean every area of Tamriel is free to explore, no matter the player’s levels.