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E3 2015: Bethesda VP Pete Hines on ‘Fallout Shelter’, ‘The Elder Scrolls: Legends’, The Pipboy App, and More

Among our first appointments of the day was sitting down to chat with Bethesda VP Pete Hines. Unsurprisingly, he didn’t have anything new to talk about, as they put all their cards on the table during the E3 event… But, it’s always nice to get some more details on where Bethesda is headed, what they’re thinking with their mobile strategy and more. Instead of doing an article with a bunch of quotes pulled out and such, I figured it’d be cooler to just post ten minutes of raw audio of us chatting at E3.

Definitely give it a listen, and, obviously being recorded on the show floor of E3, there’s quite a bit of background noise. Not too much we can do about that, unfortunately. It’s kind of the nature of the beast.

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
Stitcher: The TouchArcade Show via Stitcher Radio for Podcasts [Free]
RSS Feed: The TouchArcade Show
Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-Bethesda.mp3, 12MB

Oh, and this is fun, check out what lives on Pete’s home screen:

Check out what lives on Bethesda VP Pete Hines’ home screen… pic.twitter.com/x8n6ciAV8K

— TouchArcade (@toucharcade) June 16, 2015

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E3 2015: Bethesda VP Pete Hines on ‘Fallout Shelder’, ‘The Elder Scrolls: Legends’, The Pipboy App, and More

Among our first appointments of the day was sitting down to chat with Bethesda VP Pete Hines. Unsurprisingly, he didn’t have anything new to talk about, as they put all their cards on the table during the E3 event… But, it’s always nice to get some more details on where Bethesda is headed, what they’re thinking with their mobile strategy and more. Instead of doing an article with a bunch of quotes pulled out and such, I figured it’d be cooler to just post ten minutes of raw audio of us chatting at E3.

Definitely give it a listen, and, obviously being recorded on the show floor of E3, there’s quite a bit of background noise. Not too much we can do about that, unfortunately. It’s kind of the nature of the beast.

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
Stitcher: The TouchArcade Show via Stitcher Radio for Podcasts [Free]
RSS Feed: The TouchArcade Show
Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-Bethesda.mp3, 12MB

Oh, and this is fun, check out what lives on Pete’s home screen:

Check out what lives on Bethesda VP Pete Hines’ home screen… pic.twitter.com/x8n6ciAV8K

— TouchArcade (@toucharcade) June 16, 2015

The TouchArcade app [Free], …read more


E3 2015: Hands-On with ‘Torchlight Mobile’

One of the big announcements leading up to E3 this week was that the popular dungeon crawler Torchlight would be making its way to mobile. Torchlight has been a fan-favorite alternative to Diablo ever since it arrived on PC in the fall of 2009, followed by console ports and a sequel in the years that followed. I’ve always thought it would be a perfect fit for mobile devices too, so I was excited to see the announcement about Torchlight Mobile, and I was very excited to go hands-on with a very early build at E3 just a few moments ago. However, it’s something of a mixed bag depending on your feelings about mobile games.

Yes, Torchlight Mobile is free to play, and comes equipped with all the typical trappings of that monetization model. There’s an energy meter, and entering quests will cost you some energy each time, with harder quests typically costing more. There’s also two currencies, a soft coin currency which is earned in abundance during quests, and a premium gem currency which you will be able to earn through play by way of special events but will also be sold in IAP packs. Really, there’s nothing here …read more


Destiny: The Taken King Story And Gameplay Details Emerge From The Darkness

Yesterday, Bungie officially pulled back the curtain on the long-rumored The Taken King expansion. Today brings a new vidoc with all sorts of details about what we can expect.

Storywise, we learn that guardians start out by exploring a Cabal base on Phobos, a moon of Mars. There, they learn that the menacing Cabal are terrified, and fleeing from Oryx and his Taken army. The Taken use roughly similar models to existing enemy creatures, because they are aliens that have been corrupted by Oryx’s power. However, the Taken have new animations, behaviors, and seemingly new attack patterns that change up the feel of the combat.

Players also visit Oryx’s Dreadnaught, a whole new game area that seems to be on the scale of one of the game’s existing areas, like Earth or Venus. While it’s not entirely clear how large the Dreadnaught is, the video clearly shows a point where one of the Guardians pulls up his status screen, and we see he is in the “Hull Breach” section of the Dreadnaught, implying there are multiple other areas within the massive ship to explore.

In that same screen, we see new options for tracking bounties and missions using the d-pad.

Because …read more



Destiny: The Taken King Story And Gameplay Details Emerge From The Darkness

Yesterday, Bungie officially pulled back the curtain on the long-rumored The Taken King expansion. Today brings a new vidoc with all sorts of details about what we can expect.

Storywise, we learn that guardians start out by exploring a Cabal base on Phobos, a moon of Mars. There, they learn that the menacing Cabal are terrified, and fleeing from Oryx and his Taken army. The Taken use roughly similar models to existing enemy creatures, because they are aliens that have been corrupted by Oryx’s power. However, the Taken have new animations, behaviors, and seemingly new attack patterns that change up the feel of the combat.

Players also visit Oryx’s Dreadnaught, a whole new game area that seems to be on the scale of one of the game’s existing areas, like Earth or Venus. While it’s not entirely clear how large the Dreadnaught is, the video clearly shows a point where one of the Guardians pulls up his status screen, and we see he is in the “Hull Breach” section of the Dreadnaught, implying there are multiple other areas within the massive ship to explore.

In that same screen, we see new options for tracking bounties and missions using the d-pad.

Because …read more




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Final Fantasy VII Remake Boosts Square Enix Stock

In the wake of the surprise announcement of a Final Fantasy VII remake at Sony’s E3 2015 press conference, Square Enix’s stock value has increased.

Bloomberg reports Square’s stock jumped 2.9 percent to 2,956 yen at the close of Tokyo’s trading, the highest it’s been since 2008.

No gameplay was shown, but the trailer made Final Fantasy VII appear to be a complete overhaul of the original PlayStation game released in 1997. It will debut on PlayStation, although its release window has not yet been announced.

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