QuakeCon Impressions for DOOM and Fallout 4

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Jet lag be damned. We’re back after four day of fun at QuakeCon. Kudos to the event staff and volunteers for a memorable 20th anniversary.

Along with endless of hours of BYOC action, attendees got to see new presentations for Fallout 4 and The Elder Scrolls Online, and as a big surprise, were able to be the first to play DOOM multiplayer. Here’s some of the highlights.

Despite the blank expressions of 4,000 fans wearing Vault Boy masks, the crowd was filled with enthusiasm as Todd Howard shared new details on the game. At Game Informer, Andrew Reiner provides more than 2,500 thoroughly covering aspects of the game from the presentation. Here’s a small snippet:

We then see an image of a handful of Bethesda Game Works employees. On the floor is a German Shepherd named River, a female dog who was used for the motion capture and audio recording of Dogmeat. A video montage shows the various techniques the team used to capture River’s likeness, including frisbee throwing in the motion capture studio, stick fetching, and holding a mic in front of River to capture her sounds. “If we’re going to do the dog, we’re going to do this right,” Howard says.

For more Fallout 4 presentation impressions, read impressions from Polygon, IGN, and GamesRadar.

DOOM was a big hit at the show, too. On top of a panel featuring the most amazing gameplay description ever (Thanks Hugo!), players got their first

Guide Live – “Id Software is only showing off one map: A lava-filled complex with a lot of tight spaces and hidden nooks and crannies to find. We only played one mode, Team Deathmatch, in six vs. six games that lasted six minutes. Because 6, 6, 6. Because Doom. Demons. Get it?”

Polygon – “I really enjoyed my match (despite the fact that my team got steamrolled, 61 to 32), but it felt like a small piece of a more complete whole. According to executive producer Marty Stratton, there’s much more to the multiplayer experience of Doom — most of which hasn’t been announced yet.

PC Gamer – “There’s always going to be room for high-speed gore fests in online multiplayer, and based on my short time with it, Doom looks like it could be an extremely enjoyable entry in a very comfortable niche.”

Game Informer – “I got my hands on Doom’s multiplayer at this year’s QuakeCon, and walked away mighty impressed by its speed of combat, weapon functionality and feel, map design, massive amounts of carnage that can unfold at any given second, and, well, all of it. Id Software’s first showing of Doom’s multiplayer is exactly what I wanted it to be: fast-paced, retro in design, and a meat grinder of immediate action.”

IGN – “Doom multiplayer seems to have a great dual identity. It borrows the fun, arcade-like spirit from shooters like Perfect Dark and TimeSplitters and mixes it with the speed and gore of classic Quake.”

games.on.net – “It’s fast as hell and has distilled a lot of what was great about the first two games in the series, splicing it into an unholy union of old-school mechanics and contemporary design.”

Ars Technica – “So far, Doom is fast, exciting, and, most importantly, fun.

Motherboard – “The new Doom rewards the hesitant with death, the quick with brief victory, and it treats its own ability to crouch and take cover with some contempt. Scared? Need to take a breather? God forbid, want to play it safe? Then die, it seems to say.”

That’s all for now. As we recover from the madness that is QuakeCon, we’re sure to find more for you to chew on.

QuakeCon 2015: DOOM Beta (& Alpha) Update

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Attendees at QuakeCon 2015 may be the first to go hands on with pre-alpha DOOM multiplayer, but we still have big plans for fans that pre-ordered Wolfenstein: The New Order.

In the coming months, we’ll be selecting Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC players from the Wolfenstein: TNO Beta pool to participate in the DOOM Multiplayer Alpha. To make sure you’re eligible, make sure you redeem your DOOM Beta code at www.wolfenstein.com/doom. If you purchased the game digitally through Steam, PSN, or Xbox Live, you’re already set — you have a digital entitlement that will ready you for the Alpha when it starts.

As a reminder, everyone that pre-ordered Wolfenstein: the New Order is eligible to participate in the multiplayer beta planned for next year before DOOM’s Spring 2016 release.

Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 Nominations for Fallout 4, DOOM, Fallout Shelter

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This afternoon ‘Best of E3′ nominations from the Game Critics Awards’ panel were announced and we received 7 (!!!) total nominations between Fallout 4, Fallout Shelter, and DOOM. Congratulations to the dev teams from Bethesda Game Studios and id for all their hard work!

Here’s breakdown:

Fallout 4

  • Best of Show
  • Best Console Game
  • Best PC Game
  • Best RPG

DOOM

  • Best PC Game
  • Best Action Game

Fallout Shelter

  • Best Handheld Game

Winners for this year’s Best of E3 Awards will be announced on Tuesdsay, July 7th!

#BE3 = Big E3 Roundup (Updated)

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It’s hard to believe that two weeks have passed since our first-ever E3 Showcase. With a week to recover from our big night in Hollywood and a week’s worth of E3, let’s take a moment to check out some of the highlights from E3 week. And of course, if you’ve missed any of our E3 Showcase, don’t forget to check out our E3 2015 playlist on the Bethesda YouTube Channel.

But what about the rest of the web. If missed the official Xbox briefing, you might have missed exclusive new footage from Fallout 4. Check it out in the embed below (new stuff starts after talking with Codsworth).

On the same day, Todd also had the opportunity to participate in YouTube Gaming’s E3 Show with Geoff Keighley. Watch the interview below…

Fallout 4 was at the center of attention for many at E3 — winning Best of Show awards from multiple outlets, including:

Of course, there’s plenty else to discuss at E3, and one of the best at discussing all things Bethesda is our very own Pete Hines. He’s got some must-watch and must-read interviews, starting with his interview at Polygon that starts with “Where was Wet 2?”.

What else is worth seeing from Pete? Check out interviews with Touch Arcade (focusing on Fallout Shelter), IGN (on what makes Fallout ‘Fallout’), Telegraph, and VentureBeat.

Want more E3 coverage? We dig in — game by game — after the break.

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#BE3 Showcase – On Demand

The #BE3 Showcase featured worldwide gameplay premiers of DOOM, Fallout 4 and plenty of other surprises, including the now available Fallout Shelter and just announced games such as The Elder Scrolls: Legends and Dishonored 2.

Watch now to also get the new details on The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, BATTLECRY, and Dishonored; Definitive Edition!

Want to skip ahead to one game in particular? We’ve edited the segments for DOOM, Dishonored 2, and Fallout 4.

Watch the DOOM #BE3 Showcase Trailer

Pinky, the Double-Barrel Shotgun, incredibly fast multiplayer, SnapMap, , and id Tech 666! The new DOOM from id Software arrives Spring 2016 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

To celebrate the game’s worldwide DOOM reveal! Watch our newly released trailer!

For news and updates on DOOM, visit these sites.

Official Website – DOOM.com

Twitter – Twitter.com/DOOM

Facebook – Facebook.com/DOOM

Instagram – Instagram.com/DOOM_Game

Inaugural Video Game Hall of Fame Honors DOOM

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This past week, the World Video Game Hall of Fame announced its inaugural class of games. Congratulations to id Software on DOOM’s induction!

It’s an amazing honor to see DOOM inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame.  It’s a great testament to the impact DOOM has had, not only on our industry, but on us as a team. This honor reminds of us of our great heritage. And, at this year’s E3 we look forward to showing the world DOOM’s future.

This inaugural class is a special one, to be sure. Joining DOOM are Pac-Man, Pong, Super Mario Bros., and World of Warcraft.

DOOM Retro Tease

That didn’t take long. Yesterday @DOOM tweeted the idea of doing a throwback video spoofing DOOM’s teaser video. Hours later (and perhaps by pure coincidence), YouTuber UberOfFP put together this sweet little package using DOOM II.

Pretty spot on. To see the new DOOM that id Software’s working on now, don’t miss our E3 Showcase — June 14th at 7pm PT on Twitch.TV/Bethesda and YouTube.com/BethesdaSoftworks.