Bethesda TwitchWorks: The Dark Brotherhood Awaits

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This week’s TwitchWorks will focus on a dark secret that I’ve rarely shared — that I’ve never actually played Oblivion’s Dark Brotherhood questline. Tune in at 4 pm est tomorrow to see the adventures, struggles (I’m not a mouse/keyboard guy), and raw emotions of finally playing Oblivion’s most talked about questline. Follow Twitch.TV/Bethesda to get alerted when we start broadcasting.

Oh yeah — you’ll also have a chance to win a few prizes, including a copy of The Elder Scrolls Anthology signed BGS’ Emil Pagliarulo — the man in charge of the Dark Brotherhood questline.

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PC Modding Interview – SURE AI

This week we’re talking to Johannes and Nicolas of the Sure AI modding team. Serving as the project lead and creative director, respectively, the duo from Munich are currently hard at work on their Skyrim total conversion mod, Enderal — one that last year captured ModDB.com’s Best Upcoming Mod award.

If Sure AI (www.sureai.net) sounds familiar — we’ve also highlighted them for their Fallout 3 project, Cube Experimental, as well as their Oblivion project, Nehrim

Read our interview with them below…

The Creation Kit toolset released back nearly three years ago (Feb 2012). How much “kicking the tires” did SureAI do before planning Enderal?

Johannes: Pretty much no kicking at all – we started planning Enderal — the scope, drafts of story and gameplay, a rough production plan, as good as it was possible without knowing the capacities of the CK — in October 2011, a month before Skyrim was released. Of course, the first results we got in the new engine weren’t that presentable and had to be reworked, but the actual development of Enderal started as soon as the Creation Kit was released.

How many folks are working on Enderal?

Nicolas: Altogether, we’re 14 people on the core team, of which around eight spend a lot of time on the development. Then, there are a lot of external contributors, mainly 3d artists, and, of course, voice actors and a German recording studio, 2day Productions, who help us with the localization.

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ESO Update

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Loyalty Rewards are like in-game Valentines!

The road to Tamriel Unlimited on PC (March 17th) and consoles (June 9th on Xbox One and PlayStation 4) gets closer and closer, and this week game director Matt Firor has shared the latest edition of ESO’s The Road Ahead. This time around, Firor outlines the latest loyalty rewards for the game and also answers questions specific to Tamriel Unlimited, including: console transfers, ESO Plus, and the philosophy behind the game’s upcoming crown store.

What else is happening in Tamriel? Here’s a look back at highlights from elderscrollsonline.com in the past week.

  • Get the very best info from ESO’s fansites in the latest edition of The Tamriel Town Crier.
  • Update 6 brings new light, medium, and heavy armor for Orc and Redguard players. Take a first look here.
  • Hungry (like the wolf) for a new guild interview? Look no further than the newest Guild Spotlight focusing on The Westwind Claws.

Finally, tune in today at 4 pm est for the newest episode of ESO Live. Follow the channel at Twitch.TV/ZeniMaxOnlineStudios to watch exclusive interview, win prizes, and much more! Feel the love in the embed below…

Vault Boy Tee of the Month – Paralyzing Palm

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So how does one tie in this month’s Vault Boy Tee of the Month — Paralyzing Palm — to February’s most iconic holiday, Valentine’s Day. After extensive thought, the unarmed perk brings to mind Kill Bill’s most heartbreaking martial arts maneuver. With a shirt as stylish as this one, you’ll want to be ready to break/stop a few hearts.

You’re going to love the way you look in this shirt — available for one week only at store.bethsoft.com!

Don’t Forget: Mythbusters Tackles DOOM Tonight!

When you’ve got CyberDemons and Hell Knight’s to frag — who you gonna call? MYTHBUSTERS!

Starting tonight at 9/8 c on Discovery, MythBusters’ Adam and Jamie will take on a real-world version of DOOM. To tide you over until the premiere of this week’s episode, check out a deleted scene in the embed as well. You can also visit the show’s official page to get a look at Tim Willits involvement in the episode.

Fore more on MythBusters, visit discovery.com.

This Friday on Twitch – ‘ESO Live’ Delivers Justice

While Bethesda TwitchWorks is on a bye week, the latest episode of ESO LIVE will be tomorrow — Friday, January 30th — at 4 pm est. This time around, the ZeniMax Online dev team will be taking a deeper dive into ESO’s Justice System that’s now playable on PTS servers — and will be fully onboard when the game releases on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on June 9th.

Missed all the news on Tamriel Unlimited? Don’t forget to watch the archived stream of our 1/21 episode of ESO Live featuring Pete Hines, Matt Firor, and Paul Sage!

Around the Web – ‘In a Nutshell’ Edition

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From the offices of id Software, we’re back with a lo0k at the latest and greatest web happenings.

We begin talking about id. Above is a new teaser pic of MythBusters’ Adam & Jamie with UFC Fighter (and part-time DOOM marine), Brendan Schaub. For more sneak peaks at this Saturday’s episode, keep an eye on our DOOM Twitter and Facebook pages.

To tide you over until Saturday night, here’s some other links to check out.

2015 is a big year for BATTLECRY as players — beginning in Australia/New Zealand — will be able to play the game in beta, and it’s making waves in “Games of 2015″ lists from sites like MashableUSA Today, AusGamers, and CHIP (DE).

PC Gamer offers an ode to the odorous toilet of Dishonored.

Giant Bomb has shared the results of their 2014 Readers’ GOTY voting and we’re very excited to see Wolfenstein cracked their top 10 list.

Develop discusses BATTLECRY’s move to beta in a new interview with the teams’s design director, Lucas Davis.

SXSW will be happening before you know it in Austin, and in this year’s Gaming Awards, Wolfenstein and The Evil Within received nominations for Excellence in Narrative and Excellence in SFX, respectively. Find out who wins on Friday, March 13th.

Over at MMORPG.com, it’s up to fans like you to help ESO win Best RPG and Best MMO of 2014 in their Players Choice Awards.

Shoddycast continues to impress with their lore series for Fallout. One name provides all you have to say about the latest episode: GARY!

Lastly, and and in case you missed it, here’s one of our early contenders for video of the year. Created in Source Filmmaker, here’s Skyrim in a Nutshell by YouTuber Ferhod.

Tune In: Mythbusters Meets DOOM Next Weekend

For now over a decade, Discovery’s popular show MythBusters has helped put an end to longstanding myths relating to popular culture, news stories, and everyday life. For next week’s January 31st episode, they’re taking their expertise to video games.

In this special episode dedicated to the hobby near and dear to our hearts, we’re excited that id Software’s own Tim Willits will be helping Adam and Jamie dig into an often-discussed topic of FPS games: Is it really possible for someone to carry all those health packs, guns, and even a chainsaw? Using the DOOM universe and DOOM 3 BFG Edition for reference, Tim helps the team recreate a DOOM level in real life.

Catch the episode on Discovery on Saturday, January 31st at 9/8c. For more details, visit the show’s page on Discovery.com.