E3 is back once again, and while the main floors have not yet opened, major publishers have already begun their conferences. On 12 June it was the turn of Bethesda. Alongside the expected announcements of Dishonored 2, a remastered version of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4 DLC, they announced their Virtual Reality entrants. However, unlike other studios who are offering more limited experiences, Bethesda is released Fallout 4 as a complete VR experience for the HTC Vive in 2017. Doom is also getting a full VR experience.
Speaking at their press conference, Vice President of Marketing and PR Peter Hines offered attendees a chance to experience these new VR experiences in person. “We think that the greatest promise of VR is its ability to immerse players completely into a virtual world” Hines said, “and that the best games for that are first person, open world RPGS.”
Hines promises that Fallout 4 will not be a truncated experience, but will in fact be the complete game as it was released last year, converted for a VR experience.
He finishes off Virtual Reality section of the conference by promising that Bethesda will “remain a leader” when it comes to offering their titles on the best possible platforms.
Doom on the other hand does not have a VR release date, and appears to just be a Bethesda showcase of what they can achieve with VR. Considering that Bethesda did something similar in 2012 when modern VR was shown off for the first time at E3, it appears to be a standard move on their part. More information on the Fallout 4 VR version is likely to come, including a more definite release date.