If you’ve been reading TheCli3nt.com for very long, you know that the Quake series and the Fallout series are the games I have spent more hours playing than anything else. Hell, I have a Quake II logo tattoo that measures 9” on my back and will drop everything at a moment’s notice to pick up a Rocket Launcher and enter Q2DM2. Maybe someday soon, John Romero will accept my deathmatch challenge.
And with four simple words, Bethesda has, for the second straight year, started the Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) with a bang. A bang that effectively gave every gamer, including me, an instant nerdgasm and caused every other developer & publisher in the industry to hang their head in defeat. If not all of them, then at least Electronic Arts (EA) who started the day with an underwhelming press conference which seemed more focused on FIFA and charity work than anything else.
“Yes, Quake is back!”
Quake Champions, essentially a Quake III Arena reboot rather than an actual Quake reboot, is Bethesda’s entry into the competitive gaming (read e-sport) genre. With unlocked framerates, you can build your dream system and Quake Champions won’t mind. I would have been much happier with a return to Strogos (the enemy planet in Quake II and Quake IV), but just having Quake again is enough … for now!
Bethesda also announced three new DLC packs for Fallout 4. Contraptions, coming new week, has elevators, weapon racks, and more. Then in July, we’ll be getting the Vault-Tech DLC which will allow you to build your own Vault and conduct Vault-Tec worthy “experiments” on your Vault Dwellers. Finally in August, we’ll get the last Fallout 4 DLC (wait, what? Come on Pete Hines, give us MORE!) which sends us to a raider infested Nuka World, think Disneyland in the Wasteland.
Fallout Shelter also got some coverage and Bethesda announced new locations and enemies, a quest system, overhauled combat, and it’s coming to PC!
But for me, the most exciting Fallout news, almost enough for me to forget about Quake Champions, was the announcement of Fallout 4 VR (and DOOM VR). Yes, that’s right, in 2017 we’ll be able to play Fallout 4 on the HTC Vive. Kind of ironic considering John Carmack, co-founder of id Software and co-creator of DOOM, is now working on the Oculus.
Speaking of DOOM, Bethesda announced DOOM DLC. From new SnapMap stuff to new multiplayer stuff, Bethesda just kept pushing DOOM news to us. No mention of single player DLC, which really sucks because me personally, I was NOT impressed with DOOM’s multiplayer. Capping off the DOOM news was the announcement of Bethesda reviving id Software’s pioneering shareware model. Starting last night, June 12, the first level of DOOM is free for 1 week on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Bethesda also showcased a remastered The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (with mod support), a Prey reboot from Arkane Austin, new DLC for Elder Scrolls Online and Dishonored 2. Since I don’t play any of those games, I glossed over them.
Well, there you have it, Bethesda’s E3 press conference. For now, I’m out, Microsoft’s press conference is about to start.