Lgndary Thoughts - Bethesda E3 Predictions

I know it is a little early to start talking about E3, but since Bethesda took the time this week to detail their E3 plans, I decided to at least talk about what I would like to see from them this year. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

For starters, I am very surprised that Bethesda is even having an E3 event this year. They had their first one last year, and specifically said that they wouldn't hold an event this year unless they had a lot to show. That is what gets me excited about this year. In my opinion, it is still way too early for them to be talking about the next Elder Scrolls. So what else could there be?

At this point I believe it is safe to say that Dishonored 2 has been delayed. When it was announced last year, Bethesda said it would release in the spring of this year. But considering that it is Spring now, and we haven't even seen any gameplay, I don't think were getting it too soon. This would give them the opportunity to go into great detail about the game at E3, but I’m not sure it can take the place of Fallout 4 from last year.

There are 2 possibilities here. The first is that Bethesda wanted to have an E3 press conference regardless of the content they have to show. The second is that we are in for a big surprise. This could take the form of the new Elder Scrolls (highly unlikely), or some brand new IPs. Personally, I am going to keep my expectations low and go with there not being as much content this year. Hopefully I end up being wrong on this one!

What would you like to see from Bethesda this year? And what do you think is likely? Let me know in the comments below!

DOOM DLC Plans Detailed

Today, Bethesda has outlined their plans for DOOM after the game launches May 13th. Their plans include free DLC, as well as 3 premium DLC packs which are planned to release throughout this year. Each pack will cost $14.99/£11.99/€14.99 individually, or a season pass will be available for $39.99/£29.99/€39.99. The first DLC pack will include the following content:

  • Three new maps
  • One new weapon
  • One new playable demon
  • One new armour set
  • One new piece of equipment
  • New hack modules and taunts
  • New customization colours and patterns

Lgndary Thoughts - Bethesda's E3 2016 Keynote

At E3 2015, Bethesda held their first E3 press conference. They had enough new games to announce, and enough new things to talk about that it warranted them holding their own event. But at the time, they made it clear that they didn't know if they could hold one every year. Well just today Bethesda has announced that they are planning on holding another keynote for 2016! Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

So Bethesda has said that they would need to have many things to announce in order to justify holding a press conference at E3. And since they have announced that they will indeed hold a press conference this year, it must mean that they have a lot to announce! A few things are obvious. Dishonored 2 will probably have a big showing, as well as Doom. But what other surprises could they have?

I feel DLC for Fallout 4 is a safe guess. Fallout 4 released just a few months ago, and hasn't had any mention for DLC yet. And if Bethesda follows the same plan that they did with Skyrim, we can expect large pieces of DLC that add a lot of content. I could easily see them saving something like this for E3.

Speaking of Elder Scrolls, could we see the next entry announced? To be honest, I would be shocked if they even mentioned it. I don’t think we will see the next Elder Scrolls for a couple more years, but that doesn't mean we won’t see an old one. Many developers have been porting old games to the new generation of consoles. Maybe Bethesda is planning to do the same for Skyrim. If I remember correctly, they have even said that they we able to get the game running on the Xbox One.

I must say that today’s announcement has surprised me. I really thought that they wouldn't hold another conference until they were ready to announce the next Elder Scrolls. And even though I’m positive we wont see it, I am still very excited about what they do plan on showing us. 

Bethesda opens new studio in Montreal

Bethesda Game Studios today announced that it has opened a new development studio in Montreal, Quebec to expand its development capabilities in console, PC, and mobile gaming.

“We’ve worked with some very talented developers in Montreal for a long time, and decided it was time to open a studio there,” said Todd Howard, Game Director and Executive Producer at Bethesda Game Studios. “It’s exciting to think about the new games we’ll be building together.”

Bethesda Game Studios Montreal has already established a core team of more than 40 developers, spanning both console and mobile development. The studio will be managed by industry veteran Yves Lachance as Studio Director.

“Our collaboration with Bethesda Game Studios has been an exhilarating and memorable journey already,” said Lachance. “We are thrilled to be launching the studio in Montreal and contributing our city’s great game-making talent to the kind of games that Bethesda Game Studios is known for."

Lgndary Thoughts - Blacklisted

Today, prominent video game website Kotaku reported that they have been blacklisted by Bethesda and Ubisoft. The decision to post leaked information, and risk a blacklist, might seem like the right thing to do. But when day 1 reviews and previews are what brings in the traffic, a gaming site's base could potentially be weakened. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts.

Kotaku, as well as some other sites, have stated that their blacklisting are due to the fact that they reported on Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate and Fallout 4 leaks. Readers of Kotaku will know that they often take the high road, and report on whatever it is they need to, even at the expense of direct sources. But is this the smart thing to do? 

Don’t misunderstand, what Bethesda and others have done is definitely wrong. No website should be punished by simply refusing to be mindless robots. But since we don’t live in a perfect world, we do have to accept that there might be consequences to even justified actions. Blacklisted websites might take the high road by reporting on every piece of news, but those websites are also now in a worse position to report on future news because of it. 

Will a website like Kotaku be hurt too much by the blacklisting? Probably not. They have tons of viewers who won’t mind getting a review a few days later, or reading a news story second hand. But not every site can have such luxuries. Smaller sites might have to seriously consider not reporting some news to avoid a blacklist.

Like I said, Bethesda, Ubisoft, and others are wrong to blacklist sites that report some things. It doesn't help their cause, and it makes them look bad for being so childish. And while big sites probably won’t be affected too much by the blacklist, it could potentially put others in a tough position. Unfortunately the answer isn't as easy as taking the theoretical “high road”. Hopefully, if enough people express dissatisfaction with this behavior, no site will ever have to make the decision again.

Fallout 4 ships 12 million on Launch

November 13, 2015 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced that its award-winning game, Fallout® 4, is generating record sales at retail outlets and via digital download for Xbox One, PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system and PC. Bethesda launched with approximately 12 million units worldwide to meet day one demand, representing sales in excess of $750 million. The collector’s edition, the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy™ Edition, sold out within hours of its announced availability.

Major retailers have informed Bethesda of the tremendous consumer interest in Fallout 4, with some noting it was the most pre-ordered game this year. In addition, the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition was the fastest-selling collector’s edition of any game in history at leading retailers. Following the release, Bethesda was advised that launch day sales at some of the leading retail chains were the largest of any game released this year. Bethesda is now shipping more Fallout 4 units to retailers to meet ongoing market demand.

Digital sales of Fallout 4 are also breaking records. On Steam, Fallout 4 became the number one game played, surpassing the previous record for concurrent play with over 470,000 Fallout players. The companion app, Fallout Pip-Boy, became the number one game on the iTunes App Store. Fallout 4 also set the record as the most viewed game launch of all 2015 games, according to Twitch.

“We’re extremely proud of Todd Howard, Game Director at Bethesda Game Studios, and his experienced team of developers for their talent and dedication in creating this extraordinary game,” said Vlatko Andonov, President of Bethesda Softworks. “Fallout 4 is a masterpiece in game development and storytelling, providing fans hundreds of hours of fun as they explore and are challenged by this fascinating, beautifully crafted world.”

Fallout 4 has earned critical acclaim since its announcement in June 2015, winning over 160 awards at the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) including the coveted Game Critics Award for ‘Best of Show’, a selection voted on by an independent group of journalists from 39 leading media outlets that cover the videogame industry.

Following its release across the globe, this eagerly-awaited title has garnered additional raves from some of the industry’s most influential and respected critics. Reviewers have noted for particular praise the game’s storytelling, its vast, detailed world, crafting systems, exploration, meaningful player choices, shooting mechanics, hours of gameplay, and most importantly, total freedom of action.

“A huge thanks to our fans that’ve made this all possible,” said Todd Howard, Game Director on Fallout 4. “After four years of development, it's not complete until our fans get to play it and make it their own. We can't wait to hear about their adventures.”

Fallout 4 reaffirms the elite status of Bethesda Game Studios as among the finest development teams in the industry. Each of the last three games developed by Bethesda Games Studios were consensus ‘Game of the Year’ winners and rank with the highest-scoring titles in the industry. Fallout 4 is the follow up to the 2008 ‘Game of the Year’, Fallout® 3, and the first title from Bethesda Game Studios since the release of their global phenomenon and 2011 ‘Game of the Year’, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®.

Bethesda may not have a E3 press conference next year

Coming from a recent interview:

"I don't know if we'll do one next year, I don't know if we'll do one again. This year felt like the right time to do this kind of thing."

This is understandable, I don't think they'll have another one until the next Elder Scrolls is ready.