Bethesda at E3: Wolfenstein II, a Dishonored spinoff, and the return of paid mods

It’s the shortest press conference I’ve ever been to—but at least it ended well. Bethesda held its third annual press conference late Sunday night, this time gearing it even more towards fan attendees than actual announcements. Taking over a studio lot in Los Angeles and dubbing it “Bethesdaland,” Bethesda created a Disney-like amusement park themed around its games, with sections devoted to Prey, Doom, Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and more.

For those at home though the press conference was the main attraction, and there Bethesda fell…well, maybe not short. After all, a new Wolfenstein was announced, and I’ll take one of those any day. But it certainly wasn’t the same sort of spectacle Bethesda’s brought the last two years, and wrapped up in a brisk 35 minutes, with only two or three major announcements of note: Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, Wolfenstein II, and The Evil Within 2. Oh, and the return of paid mods.

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

First up was Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, a small standalone game (read: not an expansion) set in Dishonored’s world. Where the original Dishonored’s DLC starred enemy assassin Daud, this time you’ll take control of Daud’s second-in-command Billie Lurk as she tries to kill (you guessed it) perpetual goth-teen demigod The Outsider.

The trailer itself doesn’t reveal much but Bethesda’s site says:

“Using all-new powers and abilities, Billie will infiltrate underground fight clubs and square off against the Sisters of the Oracular Order, the immortal Envisioned and the Outsider-obsessed Eyeless gang. She’ll also face new Clockwork Soldiers – along with other new and returning foes – and retrieve ancient artifacts in a thrilling bank-heist mission, eventually facing the mysterious, god-like Outsider himself.”

It’s a cool concept, though as with anything Dishonored related I do feel the need at this point to advise caution, avoid the hype, and make sure it actually runs on a PC before you rush out to buy it on September 15. Here’s hoping.

Evil Within 2

I wasn’t at all looking forward to an Evil Within 2. I found the first game clunky and kind of overbearing, and was a bit surprised when rumors started flowing about an upcoming sequel.

But you know what? Bethesda’s trailer might be just crazy enough to convince me to give the series a second chance. It’s very light on any actual game or story details—even more than Death of the Outsider—but the trailer is so full of bizarre horror imagery that I find myself interested in spite of myself. It’s the most stylish way I’ve ever seen someone show off a bunch of corpses, and I’m curious to see more between now and its October 13 (appropriately, a Friday) launch.

The new New Order

And then there was Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, which will release October 27. Here the issue wasn’t too little information, but too much—in only eight minutes or so the trailer jumps between half a dozen different parts of the story, and the result is a bit disjointed.

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