Bethesda E3 Conference Thoughts

June 15th, 2016 by Caleb Cajthaml

Bethesda held the second conference of the show, last of Sunday night, and unfortunately, due to family matters I couldn’t watch the conference live, but that didn’t stop me from watching the show altogether. I went back and watched the conference and what I found was a very well put together presser. While I feel like a lot of it wasn’t really directed towards me I feel like Bethesda just has a very good understanding of who their audience is and how they need to present to appeal to that audience.

The show opened with a DOS like startup, to introduce the new Quake, Quake: Champions, and the small DOS nod alone made me very happy. As someone who has gone back to DOS to play plenty of older PC games I really appreciated the tongue-in-cheek opening there. Afterwards it was even discovered that they teased Wolfenstein: New Colossus in the little clip, only adding to just how great the first five seconds were.


Getting to the game itself, I don’t know how I feel about Quake: Champions. Quake has never been for me and I guess that now it’s a hero shooter. Still not for me, and I hear Quake fans on two sides of the argument. Some like the fact that it’s a hero shooter, as the elimination of a progression system keeps everyone on the same playing field, while others just want straight up classic Quake. I’m interested to see how that game is received upon release, to say the least.

They then showed off Elder Scrolls: Legends, their digital card game, and it actually looks kind of cool! The heavy emphasis on where on the board you place your cards is pretty interesting, and adds a few more wrinkles to strategy, but I don’t think that anything they could do will get me to switch over from Hearthstone, and that’s kind of sad and indicative of eSports as a whole, but here we are.

After that Todd Howard presented some news that appealed to me: Fallout 4 DLC. The first two pieces of content they showed off were more workshop things, and while building Rube Goldberg machines and Vaults actually seems kind of cool, I’ve already put so much time into building settlements that I’m just kind of done with that mechanic as a whole. Though the third piece of DLC they showed, Nuka World has me so pumped it’s hard to express my feelings in words. Disneyland is one of my favorite places in the entire world, and the fact that we’ll (hopefully) be getting the Fallout equivalent has me over the edge excited. I’m really hoping that there are some awesome quest lines, and a very cute “Small World” style roller coaster, and like Mr. Handy serving churros, and like Nuka Cola pin collecting, and vault boy plushies, and just oh my goodness I can’t wait to see more of this one.


Then came the announcement that Fallout Shelter would be coming to PC alongside a gigantic update. I’m super happy to see that they’re still supporting that game. But that wasn’t all Todd Howard had to show, finally, came the announcement of Skyrim: Special Edition. OH BOY. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is probably my second favorite game of all time, but I bought and played it after Skyrim came out simply because I was a kid that couldn’t afford to buy Skyrim. The game was amazing, almost too amazing. By the time I finally had enough money to buy and play Skyrim I had already poured over a hundred hours into Oblivion and I kind of just wasn’t into Skyrim. And besides, it ran like crap on PS3. Now, that it’s being remastered for PS4 I am very excited to give this game a second try. That’d be a perfect summer game, but I can wait until October, let’s just hope it doesn’t take away from the rest of the games I want to play this fall.

After that came one of my favorite announcements of the entire E3 show, Prey. Now, I’ve never played a Prey game, and to be perfectly honest I don’t really know what those games are really even about. But that didn’t stop me from absolutely falling in love with what they showed. It wasn’t much, but the short cinematic trailer was awesome. I absolutely love when games play with the psychological, and the fact that this isn’t full on horror and more of a thriller really has me excited. Horror games are fun and all, but only with friends, or in very short bursts. I was getting hard core Space Odyssey vibes too, so that’s kind of rad.

Doom DLC and Elder Scrolls Online expansions were shown next, I’m happy those games are doing well, just not my cup of tea. But then they announced both Doom and Fallout 4 for VR. WHAT?! That one came straight out of left field. Those games are perfect for VR, but it’ll take a beast of a machine to run them at an acceptable framerate and resolution. And if you thought Fallout was janky before, well, think again.


And lastly, the show ended with a very in depth showing of Dishonored 2. That game looks exactly like it needs to look. Everything that everybody loved from the first game is being amplified by ten, particularly the open nature of the game, and I couldn’t be happier. But that’s just a game that I want to get my hands on, no demo can do it service.

All in all, Bethesda had a really impressive showing. While a lot of it didn’t apply to me, Quake, Elder Scrolls: Legends, Elder Scrolls: Online, Doom, I absolutely loved the things that did. Fallout DLC, Prey, Dishonored 2, and most prominently Skyrim: Special Edition had very good showings. Hopefully we get another one of these next year!


Caleb Cajthaml is a 15 year old who set dreams so large he needed to get started on them now. Passionate about making people happy Caleb loves to write about all things entertainment. You can find him on twitter @Caleb_Talks tweeting about the latest happenings in the Star Wars cannon and why the Vikings are the best team in football.