Chris Schulz is the deputy head of entertainment for the New Zealand Herald.

Reboots of 'Quake' and 'Prey' confirmed for 2017

A scene from the upcoming Quake reboot, Quake Champions.
A scene from the upcoming Quake reboot, Quake Champions.

Rebooted games by two franchises long thought defunct are returning, Bethesda confirmed at today' E3 presentation.

The games company today announced a new version of Quake, Quake Champions, the ultra-violent online multiplayer game that hasn't released a new title since Quake 4 in 2005.

"Quake is back and better than ever," said developer Tim Willitis. "You're going to get heart-stopping action in arena-based combat with unique and badass characters."

Bethesda also confirmed a reboot of Prey would happen, after development issues saw a sequel to the 2006 original eventually canned.

The game sees players wake up after an experiment goes wrong in space, and the ship is overrun by aliens.

It is due for release in 2017.

Fans also got their first look at the gameplay for Dishonored 2, featuring a "stealth assassin in a steampunk city".

It features two playable characters, upgradable supernatural abilities and is set 25 years after the 2012 original. Dishonored 2 is due out on November 11.

Other initiatives announced included two virtual reality titles coming in 2017 for Bethesda VR - Fallout 4 and Doom.

Doom DLC called Unto the Evil, new Fallout 4 mods and a next-gen upgrade for The Elder Scrolls Skyrim were also confirmed.

But the presentation was also notable for the lack of two games heavily rumoured beforehand - sequels to popular Bethesda games Wolfenstein and The Evil Within.

* Chris Schulz travelled to Sydney courtesy of Bethesda.

- NZ Herald

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