Bethesda opened E3 early with its first-ever press conference at the show on Sunday night. The June 14 showcase offered a look at Bethesda’s upcoming lineup before the big players like Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo had a chance to reveal what they have in store this year.
The conference offered a first, extended look at some of Bethesda’s biggest titles, some expected, some of it a total surprise during the Dolby Theatre. Here are the top five pieces of news to come out of the conference.
1. Fallout 4 is coming, and it’s only a few months away: Fallout 4, revealed only a few days ago, is on its way for a Nov. 10 release date. The game looks gorgeous, will including an expansive crafting system that essentially includes a Minecraft-style game within the title, and will begin before the bombs of its apolcalyptic scenario fall. In the full conference (embedded below), Todd Howard offers a lengthy look at what awaits in the upcoming adventure that is most likely to consume your holiday season. Oh, and the game’s collector’s edition includes a real Pip-Boy device that you can plug your phone into to use.
2. Dishonored is getting a sequel: Dishonored 2, a sequel to the 2012 critical hit, is on its way, though details are currently scarce. The premiere trailer reveals that the game will include a new playable character, Emily Kaldwin, who was the princess in the first Dishonored. Players can choose to either control Emily or the original game’s protagonist Corvo.
3. Doom looks beautiful, but also extremely bloody: After a closed-doors reveal last year, the rebooted Doom was shown off for an extended look at the start of Bethesda’s conference. The game is set for a spring 2016 release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. Check out a glimpse at the gameplay below (but be warned, it is extremely brutal and bloody for those unfamiliar with the franchise). And for more, extended demos were shown off at the conference, which is viewable in full below (the Doom demo opens the show).
4. E3 2015’s first “available right now” moment: E3 press conferences love to include major surprises, whether they be reveals or the news that something is available to consumers during the show. Bethesda’s showcase had one of those very moments, with the announcement that iOS game Fallout Shelter would be released shortly after the conference closed.
It only took mere moments for the app to go live, and it’s an immediately enjoyable management game in which you grow and control your own apocalytpic vault bunker. Build rooms, send survivors out into the wasteland, and expand your base for free. Even if you’ve never played a Fallout game, the design is easy enough for anyone who’s played a Tiny Tower/Pocket Planes-esque game.
Watch the full conference below for more on The Elder Scrolls Online; The Elder Scrolls Legends, a Hearthstone-style card game; and Battlecry.