Bethesda is kicking off E3 2015 with its first ever conference, streaming live from LA later tonight.
Expect the recently announced Fallout 4 to be demonstrated in full, in addition to further information on the long-awaited DOOM reboot and perhaps even Dishonored 2.
The conference kicks off at 6.30 p.m. PDT / 9.30 p.m. EDT and 2.30 a.m. BST. For a full breakdown of E3 conferences for your time-zone please refer to this link. As for what we can expect to see, here's what we know so far.
Bethesda announced Fallout 4 last week to a riotous fanfare. We know that the game is set in a post-apocalyptic Boston, MA, and Bethesda's Todd Howard describes it as their 'most ambitious game to date'. When Fallout 3 was announced, Bethesda demonstrated the game hands-on for roughly 20 minutes, showing off the game's systems and other features.
I expect V.A.T.S. to make a return in all their gory glory, perhaps with restrictions on how frequently they can be used. I also expect the engine to be improved when it comes to regular gun-play. Obsidian injected some of its own improvements for shooting in Fallout: New Vegas. As such, I wouldn't be surprised if the new game supports regular iron sights aiming as standard. Expect Fallout 4 to receive the most airtime this evening.
Little is known about Bethesda's DOOM reboot, besides the fact that it was shelved as "DOOM 4" and sent back to the drawing board. Attendees of the latest Quakecon were treated to a preview of the newest DOOM instalment, citing expanded melee combat, finishing moves and increased freedom of movement. Those who pre-ordered Wolfenstein: The New Order were able to sign up for a DOOM beta that has yet to materialize. I think it's likely we'll get some information on DOOM later tonight.
Arkane Studios' sleeper hit Dishonored took the world by storm a few years ago. Its unique blend of steampunk, stealth and magic captured the imagination of millions, and you'd have to be crazy to think Bethesda isn't interested in funding a sequel. Bethesda leaked Dishonored 2 earlier today during a practice run of its E3 conference on Twitch, accidentally broadcasting the head of Arkane Studios mentioning the game. This follows rumours from last year that Arkane was working on a sequel, in addition to a listing for a remake of the original on the Brazilian video games rating board. We haven't heard much from Arkane Studios in a while, so here's hoping there's something for us later on.
The Elder Scrolls?
The Elder Scrolls series is Bethesda Softworks' flagship franchise without a doubt. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is among the best selling RPGs of all time, selling well over 20 million copies. Bethesda's parent company Zenimax funded and published Elder Scrolls Online trying to capitalize on Skyrim's success - although what many fans really want is Elder Scrolls VI. I think it's unlikely that we'll see any hints of Elder Scrolls VI during Bethesda's press conference, as they'll probably want your attention focussed firmly on Fallout 4. The idea hasn't stopped fans speculating though, and stranger things have certainly happened.
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What Bethesda announcements are you most looking forward to? Could we see a new Quake or Rage from id Software? or perhaps a sequel to Machine Game's Wolfenstein: The New Order? Hit the comments!