It took them a bit longer than we expected, but Bethesda Softworks has finally confirmed solid release dates for its first three virtual reality games, and all of them are coming out this fall. The first will be The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, an adaptation of the 2011 released open world fantasy RPG. The VR port will be released on November 17 as an exclusive for Sony’s PlayStation VR headset. It will include the full version of the original game along with all of its expansion packs (Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn).
On December 1, Bethesda will release Doom VFR for both the PlayStation VR and the HTC Vive headsets. This game will not be a straight port of id Software’s acclaimed 2016 first-person shooter reboot. Instead of playing as the “DoomGuy”, the player character is a scientist on Mars who gets killed, but has his mind digitized so he can hack into computers and take over cybernetic bodies. You will still get to shoot lots of demons, however.
Finally on December 12, HTC Vive owners will be able to play a VR version of the popular post-apocalyptic RPG Fallout 4. Like the port of Skyrim, the VR version of Fallout 4 will contain all of the content of the original game, but it’s currently unknown if it will also have all of its expansion packs as well.
If you are wondering if any of Bethesda’s games will be released for the Oculus Rift at some point, you might be waiting a while. Bethesda’s parent company ZeniMax have been battling Oculus in court for some time, with ZeniMax claiming that Oculus stole some of its technology. In February, a jury awarded ZeniMax $500 million in its lawsuit against Oculus, but only because it believed that Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey did not follow a non-disclosure agreement he signed. Luckey has since departed Oculus, and the company is appealing the ruling.