It’s safe to say Bethesda did a fine job with their first E3 press conference today, and that they have helped usher in the gaming expo with style. During their livestreamed presentation, Bethesda provided additional details about Fallout 4, DOOM, BattleCry, and Dishonored 2, as well as announced Dishonored: Definitive Edition for PC and current-gen consoles, The Elder Scrolls: Legends card game for iPad, and the Fallout Shelter mobile game for iOS.
Bethesda also announced a new online service, known as Bethesda.net, which will act as a central hub for everything Bethesda, including for The Elder Scrolls Online and the developer’s newly revealed DOOM Snapmap. Additionally, Bethesda.net will help connect gamers through community tools and forums.
At the moment, there’s nothing on Bethesda.net except a basic Bethesda logo. Even the sitemap information provides little else at present. And while Bethesda didn’t announce when the site would go live, it’ll likely be soon considering the benefit it will be to gamers. However, Bethesda did tweet a teaser photo shortly after the press conference that gives an idea as to how the site will look and feel.
Will be the new all-purpose community hub for Bethesda. More info coming soon #BE3 pic.twitter.com/Dc0iRk1AdE— Bethesda Softworks (@Bethblog) June 15, 2015
During Bethesda’s E3 2015 presentation, they revealed numerous new features within their upcoming games that seem to point to greater online connectivity for gamers, as well as ways to engage with Bethesda and its games anytime, anywhere. It looks like Bethesda.net will help bring all that together and make it easy for gamers to participate in Bethesda’s new offerings.
One of those offerings is DOOM’s Snapmap, which allows gamers to create maps and modes for the upcoming shooter game, and share them with friends. Bethesda.net will hopefully provide gamers an opportunity not only to create and play custom maps, but also to easily share them with friends and strangers. That ease of sharing is crucial in today’s gaming environment, where developers are working hard to hold onto gamers for as long as they can.
Adding Bethesda.net seems like a logical step for a developer looking to expand its reach beyond just its games. And after the success of other developers, such as Ubisoft and Blizzard with similar services, it seems this is the direction many game developers will be going. It’ll be interesting to see how Bethesda.net differs from its counterparts, and how gamers choose to use the service.
What do you think about Bethesda.net? Will it be everything gamers are hoping, or will it fall flat? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.
Source: Bethesda.net, Twitter