The Quest Log: June 2, 2017

The weekend is here again, Gamers! Oh, and we’re officially in June. The first show of pre-E3 kicks off a week from tomorrow, which means that it’s the calm before the storm. Even still, Nintendo made certain we’d have something to report to you today on the Quest Log. Check it out:

At Last, Nintendo Details Online Service

Nintendo’s finally explained what gamers can expect from their upcoming online service for the Switch when it launches next year. The cost is a surprising $20/year (or $4/month) and will grant players access to online multiplayer. Social interactions, such as chat and syncing up with friends, will be handled via a “smart device app” that will connect to your Switch. While it’s still not official how that will work, exactly, it doesn’t exactly look elegant.

What appears to be the most exciting aspect of the service, however, and potentially a game-changer for Nintendo is that it looks like subscribers will now be granted access to a Netflix-style library of classic titles. Quoting the site: “Subscribers will get to download a compilation of classic titles with added online play, such as Super Mario Bros. 3, Baloon Fight, and Dr. Mario.” When Kotaku reached out to Nintendo for clarification, they went on to explain that NES titles would come first but that SNES titles would up for future consideration.

Nintendo Switch Online will officially launch sometime in 2018. In the meantime, Switch owners will be able to continue playing online for free.

http://www.nintendo.com/switch/online-service/

Fallout 3, New Vegas, and Oblivion Go DRM-free on GOG

Three of Bethesda’s classic, sprawling open-world RPGs have been added to the catalog at GOG.com, where they join the older The Elder Scrolls and Fallout titles. New product releases on digital retailers don’t typically count as game news for the Quest Log, but there’s an interesting twist on this one. As with all GOG’s games, these three new additions are DRM-free, which means that the Steam and Windows LIVE digital rights management checks have been patched out, presumably by GOG themselves.

Microsoft’s late DRM and PC gaming service was shut down a number of years ago, creating complications for games who relied on the service to check for authenticity. An official patch for Fallout 3 relegated the problem to a minor inconvenience, but it’s nice to see that after all these years, gamers can now pick up a copy of the game that just, simply works (as well as Bethesda games ever work).

https://www.gog.com/

The Elder Scrolls Online Expansion Will Allow Fans to Return to Morrowind

This week, Bethesda announced their next expansion to their MMORPG, The Elder Scrolls Online, with a cinematic trailer (featured above).

The expansion will allow players to visit Vvardenfell, the large island—itself a part of the larger Morrowind province—that series fans will likely remember as the set location of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Among the locations that will be available for players to visit in this new zone is the Vivec City, a large, multi-district city that both delighted and frustrated players back in 2002 when TES 3 was first released.

Morrowind was the first Bethesda game I ever played, and it remains my favorite to this day, so while I’ve never found the time or motivation to pick up TES Online, it’s exciting to see the game’s developers revisiting the region.

The expansion will also bring along a new class (the first since the game’s launch): the warden, who utilizes “nature-based magic” and a “War Bear battle companion.” There’s also a 4v4v4 PVP game mode. It launches on June 6th this year.