To start, recently we had the opportunity to send Wolfenstein’s collection of awesome goodies, The Panzerhund Edition, to MachineGames’ office so they could do a proper unboxing video. Watch their video, featuring Jens Matthies and Jerk Gustafsson, in the embed above. To purchase this collection, visit the Official Bethesda Store.
Elsewhere, catch these articles, features, and videos…
- Polygon – As a story-driven experience, Polygon’s Ben Kuchera discusses how Wolfenstein manages to handle sexual situations the right way — unlike most pop-culture affairs. Elsewhere on the site, watch a 2-minute primer for playing the game.
- Prima Games — Known for their prowess on gameplay strategy, Prima tackles beginner’s tips, Easter eggs, and throwback surprises.
- Who is more imposing than B.J. Blaskowicz? Perhaps UFC middleweight/TUF Nations champ Elias Theodorou and UFC welterweight Sean Pierson. Watch them play Wolfenstein here.
Continuing our review roundup, read and watch full reviews after the break…
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Put on your best gear, pack your provisions, and turn your eyes to the stars—Craglorn launches today! The game update brings a challenge for groups of Veteran Rank players to ESO along with tons of fixes and improvements. Read the full patch notes to get every detail.
In Craglorn, you and your allies will take on new quests as you discover the Celestial threat to Tamriel, explore delves where your skills will be put to the test, and even participate in 12-player Trials—a completely new kind of adventure with the deadliest enemies yet (and fantastic rewards). The patch also introduces class and skill updates, fixes throughout the game, and more.
What else is new with ESO? Check out highlights at elderscrollsonline.com…
- Discover great player-created guides and resources in the new Adventurer’s Handbook series.
- Issue #59 of the Tamriel Chronicle is now available for your viewing pleasure
- Learn more about fan-created add-on, Wykkyd’s Framework
- See how Molag Ball’s iconic mace was recreated in a new video from Geek and Sundry’s Arcade Arms team!
- Looking for other folks to group up with? Get helpful tips here!
- The most recent edition of Battlemaster’s Corner features The Resto Warrior!
- Dan Bull is here with Alliance-themed rap, The Daggerfaull Covenant
In our third and final Twitch stream, watch as we make our way through the London Nautica level — a middle chapter from the game. In addition to seeing yours truly get torn apart by the enemy, we also answer fan questions and explain the game’s Enigma Codes — secret documents used to unlock new gameplay modes. Note: With several cutscenes included, you may run into some spoilers.
Elsewhere on the web, YouTube channels for The Psychotic Engima and Elegant Skull demonstrate some pretty impressive skills creating Wolfenstein-inspired artwork. For those that saw it, their work is reminiscent of MachineGames’ own Axel Torvenius — whose speedpainting was featured last year by Bethesda Underground. Watch all three videos after the break.
During our Wolfenstein Reddit AmA, MachineGames’ creative director Jens Matthies let it be known that fellow Swede and renown metal guitarist, Fredrik Thordendal, contributed music for the game. We had a chance to send questions to the legendary Meshuggah guitarist. Check out his answers below, and at the bottom of the page, you can download Thordendal’s in-game track, Herr Faust, below.
What made you interested in contributing music for Wolfenstein: The New Order?
Writing music for a movie or video game has always been on my “want to do list” so when Jens Matthies of MachineGames asked if I was interested — the word yes came to mind.
Was seeing behind the scenes of a video game production different from how you had imagined it to be? If so, in what way?
Yes. I was surprised by how many people are working together on a project like this and how much planning, time and effort have to be spent to implement the simplest things – like a sound/a piece of music – into the game.
What is your creative process like?
Technically it’s different every time but I guess I spend a lot of time trying to listen/hear the music that I already have inside. Sometimes it can be easy but most of the time it’s really hard to make out what’s going on. Then I trying to figure out how to translate that to the musical instruments of my choice – being drums, electric bass, electric guitars, vocals. Hm, this sounds weird.
What do you love about music?
The places it can show us. To me music is nothing but magic.
Download Herr Faust by Fredrik Thordendal
And that means I’m running out of time to produce really bad Wolfenstein puns.
That’s right, Wolfenstein: The New Order releases on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC this Tuesday, May 20th. We’ll be getting ready for launch tomorrow with a one-hour livestream on Twitch.TV/Bethesda. Tune in on Monday at 2 PM EST!
Want to see more of Wolfenstein in action? In addition to our archived streams on the Bethesda Twitch channel, I had the opportunity to stream the game live for several sites last week. See my humbling demise during one checkpoint at GameTrailers, my Dikembe Mutombo impression at Polaris, and a near-perfect playthrough for Machinima — only to be spoiled by letting my own explosive destroy me.
A reminder that this weekend the Bethesda community is supporting the 3rd annual Operation Supply Drop. Support US and ally troops by donating to our official page here.
Helping to support the cause are several Twitch streamers who will be giving away Bethesda games and swag during their streams. Beginning tomorrow morning, check in to watch the following streams that will include a number of our games, including The Elder Scrolls Online!
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We’re very excited and proud to share news that at this year’s LARA (also known as The German Games Award), Bethesda Game Studios’ Todd Howard will receive the ‘LARA of Honor’ award.
Widely considred the highlight of the annual award show, the LARA of Honor has been given out since 2007. Previous winners include Ralph H Baer (2007), Allan Alcorn (2007), Jürgen Goeldner (2008), Alexej Pajitnov (2009), Nolan Bushnell (2010), Yves Guillemot (2011), Will Wright (2012) and Richard Garriott (2013).
Everyone at Bethesda is very excited for Todd to receive this award. It’s a testament to the hard work he and the BGS team has done, and to the great games they have produced over the last 20 years.
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Wolfenstein: The New Order’s release date is creeping up — less than 10 days until it hits worldwide on May 20th!
So what’s the latest on the game, you ask? Friday’s Reddit AmA featuring creative director Jens Matthies answered a number of questions about the game and series, including: