Days before E3, one of the world's largest video games industry trade shows, begins, Bethesda kicks things off with a bang.
To a packed house Sunday evening in Los Angeles, Bethesda Softworks seemed to pull out all of the stops with announcement after announcement. Some were hotly anticipated, others unexpected. All, it seemed, were spot-on. The highlights of which include...
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim HD -- Bethesda is remastering the hugely popular The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim along with all of its DLC for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The game includes higher quality graphics than when it came out on PC and PS3/Xbox 360 a few years ago. Bethesda also announced mod support on consoles. The remastered game comes out October 28.
Fallout Shelter -- Launched as a mobile game along side last year's Fallout 4, come next month Fallout Shelter will be playable as a traditional PC game. There will also be new quests, items, and a new combat system for the game coming in July as well.
Dishonored 2 -- Bethesda released a new trailer (seen above) for Dishonored 2, which releases November 11 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. They also revealed a collector's edition for the game that includes not only the game software, but also Corvo’s mask, Emily’s ring, a propaganda poster, a display box, the "Digital Imperial Assassin’s Pack", and a digital copy of Dishonored: Definitive Edition.
Doom -- The recent relaunch of the classic FPS game Doom is already getting some attention. Bethesda revealed that the game's SnapMap feature is getting some upgrades that will allow players to create campaigns and have access to more modules and logic options. Also a new capture-the-flag multiplayer mode called "Exodus" as well as the "Unto the Evil" DLC pack which includes three new maps and a new playable demon character among other things.
Prey -- Being revealed for the first time, Bethesda gave folks a look at Prey. The game is in the works from Arkane Studios and is scheduled to come out for to PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2017.
The Elder Scrolls Online -- Bethesda's free-to-play MMORPG The Elder Scrolls Online is going to the Land of the Rising Sun. Gamers in Japan will be able to play the game as of June 22. Also, a content update coming later this year called "One Tamriel" that will remove all content barriers from all players regardless of their character's level.
Wolfenstein: The New Colossus -- Bethesda also teased a new Wolfenstein game. Titled Wolfenstein: The New Colossus, all the company showed (and not everybody caught it) was the title. And even then you had to be paying attention. Check the above image and you'll see it. Hint: It's the only thing listed on the MS-DOS screen that is lacking a date.
Bethesda VR -- With the rapid emergence of virtual reality technology in the realm of gaming, Bethesda touched on their plans for VR. This includes adapting Doom for VR and the announcement that the company is working on a version of Fallout 4 for the HTC Vive.
While E3 doesn't officially begin until midday Tuesday, there are plenty more press conferences planned pre-show. As it stands, those companies are going to have a heck of a time topping Bethesda's.