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Players are being encouraged to see overlaps between 'The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim' and 'The Legend of Zelda'. — AFP picPlayers are being encouraged to see overlaps between 'The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim' and 'The Legend of Zelda'. — AFP picLOS ANGELES, June 14 — Second games Wolfenstein: The New Colossus and The Evil Within 2 and a continuation of Dishonored 2 helped buoy Bethesda’s E3 2017 showcase, alongside VR editions of Fallout 4 and Doom, as well as portable Skyrim for Nintendo Switch and a step towards generating mod-related revenue.

Bethesda’s showcase presentation at E3 2017, held June 11, took place in a year when neither of its major franchises were delivering a major new release, but nonetheless the studio network gathered pace as it progressed through a 30-minute presentation.

Starting with virtual reality, Doom VFR is a reworking of concepts from 2016’s grisly first-person hellbeast shooter Doom, while Fallout 4 VR looks to translate its immediate ancestor directly into a VR format.

Both have been announced for the PC’s HTC Vive and PlayStation 4’s VR headset, the PSVR, to the obvious exclusion of Facebook’s Oculus Rift headset — Bethesda parent ZeniMax Media and Oculus VR have been involved in a legal dispute.

Post-apocalyptic role-playing series Fallout and fantasy adventure arc The Elder Scrolls have become tentpoles for ZeniMax and Bethesda, and both were represented at the showcase.

Massively multiplayer derivative The Elder Scrolls Online received a June 6 update called Return to Morrowind that features the setting of 2002’s The Elder Scrolls III; digital card game The Elder Scrolls Legends has a Heroes of Skyrim expansion coming June 29.

Speaking of returns, Bethesda carefully stepped back into the debate surrounding paid modifications—fan-made adjustments to existing games that range in scope from minor tweaks to comprehensive overhauls.

Oriented towards Fallout 4 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda’s Creation Club is for new mods, rather than the raft of pre-existing add-ons.

It’s produced by Bethesda, third-party studios, and “the very best community creators,” with content curated and approved by Bethesda, and players able to purchase it through each game using a virtual currency.

Skyrim itself is heading to Nintendo’s Switch later in 2017, as previously announced, and Nintendo’s rare Legend of Zelda Amiibo figurine now unlocks a bonus Zelda-themed costume — more of a surprise was “Skyrim” on PlayStation VR, announced during Sony’s June 12 showcase.

After revealing that the in-development futuristic multiplayer shooter Quake Champions has now welcomed the hero from the Wolfenstein franchise to its character roster and will host a World Championship event in August, Bethesdsa finished off with a trio of reveals for upcoming releases.

Built on top of Dishonored 2 but considered separate enough to be sold as a self-contained game — just like 2015’s Wolfenstein: The Old Blood — Dishonored: Death of the Outsider aims to carry on the stealth-action series’ stellar reputation with a new playable character and a quest to fell a disruptive supernatural being. That arrives September 15 on PS4, XBO and WinPC.

Horror title The Evil Within 2 retains Resident Evil auteur Shinji Mikami as its director, with haunted detective Sebastian entering a paranormal city created inside the mind of his long-dead daughter. It’s set for October 13 on PS4, XBO and WinPC.

And finally, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus made its bow with a debut trailer that managed to be sinister, gory, and comical, in which 1960s USA is occupied by Nazi forces and the player is part of an armed resistance movement. That’s due October 27 on PS4, XBO and WinPC. — AFP-Relaxnews

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