Also in May… The Art of Wolfenstein

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve teamed up with Dark Horse Comics to create three incredible art books – “The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order”, “The Art of The Evil Within” and “Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives”. Each hardcover book, packed with art and game design details, will retail for $39.99.

This hardcover collection features full-color artwork and developer commentary from the team at MachineGames. Spanning more than 200pages, the collection covers all facets of the game’s design — concept art, characters designs, landscapes & settings, and technology — all inspired by the MachineGames’ plot twist for 1960’s based Wolfenstein where the Nazi’s won World War II and conquered the globe.

For a first look at “The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order” — available for pre-order at Amazon and the Official Bethesda Store — check out never-before-seen concept art and sample pages in the imgur slideshow below. Additionally, we’ll be sharing new art for the game every week on the official Wolfenstein Facebook & Twitter pages.

QuakeCon Pre-Registration, Round 1: BYOC Select-a-Seat and QuakeCon done Quick is tonight!

As detailed last month, this year’s QuakeCon pre-registration is taking place in separate rounds. The first round, allowing you to get set with BYOC Select-a-Seat and QuakeCon done Quick, begins tonight at 7pm CT/8pm ET!

What does this package entail. Get the details below…

Round 1 | March 5th at 7pm CT/8pm ET:

BYOC Select-a-Seat with QuakeCon done Quick

Includes Fast Passes for the Duration of the Event

$175 (Limit of 250 packages available)

  • Select and Reserve a guaranteed seat of your choice in the BYOC area
  • Express lane fast-pass registration for the BYOC
  • Express lane fast-pass to every speaker, panel, and public event at QuakeCon
  • Limited reserved access seating for all panels, presentations, and events
  • Official QuakeCon 2014 BYOC T-Shirt
  • Official QuakeCon 2014 Lanyard
  • Special Limited Edition Signed and Numbered Print

About QuakeCon 

QuakeCon, the ultimate video game festival, will take place on-site at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX. Doors to QuakeCon will open on Thursday, July 17th at 10:00am CT and will remain open through July 20th. For more information visit: www.quakecon.org.

Weekend Update: ESO Beta and more!

It’s the weekend, which means we’re in the midst of the latest beta session for The Elder Scrolls Online! If you have a beta code, be sure to join the fun. And if you can’t make it this time around, you can catch up on all the notable gameplay streams throughout the ESO community.

So what else is worth checking out this weekend? Here’s some highlights from the past week…

  • Our friends at Shortlist have put together one of the tougher Fallout 3 quizzes we’ve ever seen. Share with us your high score in the comments below.
  • Pete Hines recently took time to discuss our 2014 lineup — The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein, and The Evil Within — in new interviews with both CVG and 3News.
  • Preparing for The Evil Within this August? A new feature at Gamespot readies you for the return of survival horror with classic games and films that will condition your mind for Shinji Mikami’s newest (and most twisted) game.
  • We’ve got even more previews for Wolfenstein: The New Order — with the latest coming from 411Mania, IGN AU, Gamespot, and Nerd Reactor.

That’s all for now. See you in beta!

QuakeCon Save the Date: First Round of Online Pre-Registration Begins March 5th

With QuakeCon taking place July 17-20, we’re planning to begin our pre-registration for the event earlier than ever, and we are making to changes to the process in an effort to make registering easier than ever.

Through registration.quakecon.org, we’re rolling out the registration in a series of four stages. The first package, BYOC Select-a-Seat with QuakeCon done Quick, will become available on March 5th. Full descriptions for each of these limited packages, and the dates they will become available are below.

While general attendance remains free, attendees wishing to participate in the QuakeCon 2014 BYOC, must pre-purchase one of the ‘BYOC Select-a-Seat’ packages through our online registration site to guarantee a seat. Once the packages sell out, we’ll be giving people the opportunity to win BYOC seats via social media giveaways, contests, and via our event partners leading up to the show. As all seats will be accounted for prior to the show, this year we won’t have seats available on-site or on a first-come-first serve basis. Keep tab on our QuakeCon Twitter account  and QuakeCon Facebook page for details !

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Hands on with Wolfenstein: The New Order

Last week we shared release date information for Wolfenstein: The New Order. This week we’re excited to share new hands-on impressions based on early chapters from the game..

We start at Polygon, where Michael McWhertor reveals that it was some of the game’s dark moments that surprised him most about the game. Here’s an excerpt:

“MachineGames has described its take on Wolfenstein as ‘a dark-roasted blend of drama, mystery, humor,’ but it was the game’s injection of horror that stood out most during Bethesda’s recent preview. And it reignited my interest in The New Order.”

Learn more about the game’s dark humor, mature storytellling, and old-school gunplay (it’s Wolfenstein after all) in our extensive roundup below…

IGN — “After three hours with Wolfenstein, I feel comfortable saying this: It seems like a solid shooter with lots of action and fun stealth mechanics.”

Game Informer — “Wolfenstein: The New Order asked me to shoot pistols, man turrets, and quietly knife guards to avoid detection. But it also did something I wasn’t expecting. It made me feel something.”

New Gamer Nation — “Overall, Wolfenstein: The New Order presented beautifully and offers a promise of something great. The game looked amazing visually and controlled perfectly which are the hallmarks of any great game.”

GameTrailers — Watch their new three minute preview based on the game’s early chapters.

Associated Press — Learn five ways Wolfenstein is being reinvented by the team at MachineGames.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun — “Machine Games can do well-written, well-animated cutscenes that, amazingly, I didn’t want to skip.”

Xbox Achievements — “It’s a fun game, with great set-pieces, a diverse set of experiences, clever level design, enjoyable shooting and worthwhile stealth.”

Push Square — “Wolfenstein: The New Order is shaping up very nicely indeed. It’s managed to expertly blend older and newer gameplay mechanics to create an extremely satisfying experience.”

Tech-Gaming — “Either way, first-person shooter fans should keep an eye out for Wolfenstein- it’s one of the rare entries in the genre where the storyline isn’t disposable.”

Joystiq — Sinan Kubba discusses how the game’s tone, pace, and charisma could offer charm similar to one of the action genre’s greatest films, Die Hard.

PlayStation Blog – “Old-school in all the best ways”

Gamerzines — “MachineGames’ reinvention of Wolfenstein is the most inventive and emotionally-charged first person shooter we’ve played since Valve unleashed Half Life 2 way back in 2004.”

PC Gamer – “The game is loud. Guns crack and Nazis bellow, cover collapses, robots leak flaming oil and explode. Drone enemies buzz like someone receiving a text on a chainsaw set to vibrate. ”

Capsule Computers — “…a meaty FPS experience. ”

CVG — “Thankfully, there’s a sardonic wit about The New Order which saves it from becoming the excruciatingly po-faced video game it could have been. The speculative sci-fi setting allows MachineGames to have a lot of fun with the environments and plot, and there are cute nods to the enduring appeal of the Wolfenstein series, especially when an old Polish man excitedly summons you to “kill everyone”. Wolfenstein is a series about killing lots of Nazis.”

PCGamesN — “… a confident and competent shooter that recognises precisely what’s appealing about the subject matter of robotic super Nazis and bionic dogbots, and presents it with total conviction. Wolfenstein: The New Order is bound to be one of this year’s best shooters.”

The Sixth Axis — “What delighted me at every turn was the plot, script and characterisation. The jump forward in time is a clever one, allowing MachineGames to shift the game away from the occult and supernatural elements of before to the retro sci-fi stylings of this alternate universe, with robots, mechs, lasers and more to hand.”

GameFront — “Mixing tragedy with triumph and making a variety of gameplay styles and mechanics all viable options could make Wolfenstein: The New Order a standout among shooters.”

And after the break, check out a few of the most recent video previews to go live.

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Weekend Update: Polygon explores the journey of Shinji Mikami

From developing the SNES  adaptation of Aladdin to a whole new world — Shinji Mikami became the king of survival horror. During your weekend, head to Polygon and read Matt Leone’s feature, “Shinji Mikami and the Fountain of Youth”. The article chronicles his career and focuses on the youth movement he believes is important for the success of Tango Gameworks and the games they develop.

As announced last week, Mikami’s latest game, The Evil Within, releases this summer on August 26th in North America and across Europe on August 29th

Read “Shinji Mikami and the Fountain of Youth”  and read others stories from around the web…

That’s all for now. Enjoy your weekend!

ESO Roundup

The countdown to ESO’s PC/Mac release continues (six weeks to go!) and there’s plenty of news and happenings for the game. In case you missed it, we’ve rounded up the latest and greatest news in one convenient place.

Recently press outlets spent a weekend playing The Elder Scrolls Online. Read PvE and PvP roundups on the site. And now that the Beta NDA has lifted, be sure to share your thoughts and reaction on the official ESO Twitter and Facebook pages.