Any gamer or anybody involved in the gaming or tech world will tell you that the annual E3 conference is underway right now. Normally being the biggest annual event in gaming, fans were a bit surprised to see a fairly sparse E3 schedule this year. Still, many exciting things are being revealed. One example pertains to Bethesda Softworks, developer of the popular Elder Scrolls and Fallout series, who recently took the helm on id Software's venerated DOOM reboot and, by most accounts, knocked it out of the park. Those in the mobile world may know Bethesda for the incredibly addictive Fallout Shelter, but followers of mobile tech, especially VR, will be getting a taste of Bethesda proper starting in 2017, according to an announcement they made at E3.
Bethesda said that they aim to "remain a leader" in the VR world. True to their word on that, they announced that Fallout 4 and DOOM will be getting full VR ports, coming first for the HTC Vive. The VR version of each game is planned as a complete version of the game, with all of the trappings and trimmings of the originals, unless they say otherwise, later on down the road. With the HTC Vive requiring such powerful hardware, running the games in the kind of incredible detail required for VR to be fully immersive should be no issue. Although DOOM is known to push even the best GPUs out there right now, it's to be assumed that some optimization will take place to allow the game to run smoothly in VR and look amazing. That could be part of the reason that it won't be the first out of the gate with a VR port despite its current popularity.
The first of the two to get a VR port will be Fallout 4. Bethesda did not announce any particular timeframe, only saying that it would be some time in 2017 for the HTC Vive. Other platforms could come later that year, with DOOM coming in 2018, but it's just as likely that both could show up in 2017 for the HTC Vive and hit other platforms in later years. For now, there's not a ton of information to jump to conclusions from, aside from the fact that the two ports were confirmed by VP of Marketing Pete Hines.