You wait generations for a Bethesda press conference at the industry’s famous E3 expo and suddenly, three come along in as many years.
On Sunday, June 11th, the decorated publisher will take the stage at the Los Angeles Convention Center to showcase its pixelated wares for 2017 and beyond, but as E3 2017 marks the first year in which the annual trade show is open to the public, Bethesda is bringing an exciting surprise to the show floor: a VR build of Fallout 4. First announced at E3 2016, a VR version of the award-winning RPG is expected to launch for HTC Vive sometime in 2017 – other platforms such as PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift are yet to be confirmed – and it’ll seemingly blow our minds.
That’s according to Bethesda boss Pete Hines, who turned in a status report regarding Fallout 4‘s VR support while chatting to Hip Hop Gamer (via Game Rant). Although he hasn’t actually played the build himself due to issues with motion sickness, Hines essentially relayed comments made by Fallout 4 Game Director, Todd Howard. Much to the surprise of no one, Howard gushes with praise when quizzed about the VR support, stating that:
Fallout 4 VR is the most incredible thing you’ve ever seen in your life. You can’t even imagine what it’s like, playing in VR and how realistic it looks and everywhere you turn your head. It is going to blow your mind. It is the craziest thing you’ve ever seen.
There’s currently no mention of a release date for Fallout 4‘s VR build – ditto for DOOM, which also has virtual reality support in the pipeline – though we expect Bethesda to make an official announcement at E3 in June, where it’s assumed that the publisher will also peel back the curtain on The Evil Within 2, along with some form of continuation to the rejuvenated Wolfenstein series.