Bethesda kicked things off with a long-rumoured reveal: Quake Champions. Id Software director Tim Willits came on stage to introduce Quake, a competitive, arena-style shooter for PC.
“Whether you’re new to Quake or have ben fragging for 20 years, Quake Champions will give you the challenge you expect from id multiplayer games,” Willits said.
Willits said the game will be focused on speed and performance, with graphics running at 120 Hz with an unlocked frame-rate. There’s a cast of different characters with varying attributes, so that all players can find a style to suit them.
Sounds a bit hero-shooter, doesn’t it? Perhaps Overwatch (and Battleborn and Paragon I guess) has some new competition. Also, I doubt Battlecry will ever surface now.
Bethesda has plans for an eSports league, and will share more information at QuakeCon this year.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends
Bethesda’s Pete Hines took the stage next to talk about the publisher’s free-to-play card battler.
As well as the usual modes like arena and battle, there’s a story mode is presented form the perspective Moth Priest named Kellen, although goodness knows how you spell it. A new trailer was released to highlight that.
Hines announced the game will be coming to mobile devices this year. Nice.
Fallout 4 DLC and Fallout Shelter
While there’s no word on a new game from Bethesda Game Stusios yet, that’s because it’s still busy with Fallout 4. A pre-recorded segment from Todd Howard introduced the Contraptions Workshop DLC, launching next week, which allows players to build all sorts of weird devices.
Another Workshop DLC pack follows in July, giving players a bunch of Vault-Tec assets with which to lay out their own fault.
Finally, a more substantial pack called Nuka World Amusement Park is scheduled for August.
The last bit of Fallout news is that a major update is coming to Fallout Shelter, which is coming to PC. There was a video and we expect that to turn up shortly.
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Remaster Confirmed
Very little to say on this unsurprising news. PS4, Xbox One. Expect the trailer soon.
Prey reboot from Arkane’s Austin team
Arkane co-founder and creative director Raphael Colantonio came on stage – but not for Dishonored 2. He confessed he’s been leading the Austin Arkane studio on a new project, Prey.
A first-person immersive sim with a psychological twist, it seems to be a reboot of the troubled Prey IP. It’s launching for PC, PS4 and Xbox One next year, and there’ll be more info at QuakeCon.
Id Software confirmed a new DOOM DLC pack is incoming, along with a ton of free content. Called Unto The Evil, the first DLC pack will deliver multiplayer maps, a new gun and armour, and a new playable demon called the Harvester.
For those of you who haven’t tried it, you’ll be able to download and play the first level of DOOM for free this week only on PC, PS4, Xbox One.
The Elder Scrolls Online
Bethesda hinted at new content on the way to its MMORPG, celebrated recent content updates, and confirmed Japanese release in September.
The Dark Brotherhood DLC comes to The Elder Scrolls Online on PS4 and Xbox One next Tuesday, and we got a new launch trailer for the console release.
A major update is coming in northern autumn called One Tamriel, which will remove all content restrictions; no matter what your member level or alliances, you’ll be able to enjoy all content.
Finally we got to Bethesda’s major 2016 release: Dioshonored 2.
A gameplay footage reveal panned slowly through many different locations, showing off the new city’s increased verticality, decadent interiors and wind turbines.
Arkane’s Harvey Smith said it had to build a custom game engine to bring the city to life, and to create features like interruptible real-time cutscenes, NPCs with their own schedules, and more. No combat or other action was shown in this first slab of footage.
As second video showed us an early section of the game from Emily’s perspective. She walked along talking with Corvo, but a planned ceremony to honour her mother was interrupted by a mysterious assailant. The video then skipped on to footage of climbing, again from Emily’s perspective.
Finally, we got to see Emily tackling a mission. Her Mesmerise and Domino powers were one of the highlights. In case three videos weren’t enough for you, Bethesda then gave us a rad new Dishonored 2 trailer. Good times.
Dishonored 2 pre-orders are open now, and come with a free copy of Dishonored: Definitive Edition for a limited time. There will be a very special edition with a replica of Corvo’s mask.