Level Up Wear brings Bethesda apparel & merchandise to Europe

Since the launch of our North American merchandise store, we’ve received plenty of feedback from folks across the Atlantic hopeful for an online store with European distribution. Today we’re pleased to announce we’ve made that a reality.

Announced via a press release, we’re partnering with Level Up Wear (lvlp), who will sell premium apparel and merchandise at bethesda.levelupwear.com. Pre-ordering of items begins today and orders will begin shipping in mid-October.

If you’re lucky enough to be attending this year’s EuroGamer Expo, you’ll be able to purchase select items at Level Up Wear’s booth — conveniently located next to our booth for The Elder Scrolls Online!

In the slideshow above, check out some of the first items available for purchase, and you can learn more details in the press release below…

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Worth Reading: VG247′s Wolfenstein Preview & Interview

Wolfenstein fans will want to check out today’s preview + interview from VG247′s Deputy Editor, Dave Cook. After playing the game for about an hour at Gamescom, Cook covers how the game takes inspiration from the original game and expands upon it with new story-driven cutscenes and choices. Here’s an excerpt:

“It doesn’t take long for Wolfenstein: The New Order to pull the rug out from beneath the player and smack them across the face with a brutal moral choice. In front of handcuffed hero BJ Blazkowicz, fellow brothers in arms Wyatt and Fergus lie partially stripped and bound. Towering above them, the maniacal Nazi surgeon Deathshead cackles and forces the player to choose which of the two should walk free, and which should be condemned to his sadistic medical research. “I like this one’s eyes”, he sneers as he strokes Wyatt’s face with grave menace.”

In addition to the articles first-hand impressions, Cook catches up with Machinegames creative director, Jens Matthies, to learn more about how the project started — including inspirational meetings the development team had with id Software during pre-production.

Give it a read and in case you missed it, watch their Gamescom 2013 video feature.

Wolfenstein: The New Order doesn’t release until next year, but we’ll share updates on the game as we get them!

All about lore: Read the newest ESO ‘Ask Us Anything’

The latest ESO ‘Ask Us Everything‘ focuses primarily on lore. Here’s an excerpt…

The oldest structure in Tamriel, the Adamantine Tower (or Direnni Tower) is in High Rock. Are we going to be able to visit this building, and if so, how are you going to represent it to us? – By Hampton D. Evans

From the shores of the Iliac Bay you can see the Adamantine Tower rising from the heights of Balfiera Island. Can you visit it? Time will tell.

For more lore answers, visit ElderScrollsOnline.com.

On the Storefront

Take to the slopes of Skyrim with our new line of snowboards from Never Summer Industries. In addition to the Skyrim themed board, aptly titled “Alduin’s Bane“, the collection includes limited-edition boards for Fallout (“Vault 101“), DOOM (“The Forgotten Son of Phobos“), and The Elder Scrolls Online (“Ebonheart“).

Too early for snow? Take a look at what else is new this week…

Around the web: It came from Tokyo

As indicated from our new trailer for The Evil Within, Tokyo Game Show is going on this week. From the show we’re already seeing great reactions to both The Evil Within and Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Starting with the latter, Kotaku’s Brian Ashcraft shares the following after playing The New Order…

“During the demo I played, Wolfenstein: New Order didn’t seem to be out to reinvent the wheel. That’s not what the game wants to do, and bless the game’s developers for keeping things familiar enough and at the same time pushing forward with smart game design and fun play.

Meanwhile, The Evil Within’s hourly presentations have already received high praise from the likes of IGN and Kotaku. You can check out the previews, but we also want to remind you that you can watch the demo next week on September 26th — live from this year’s EuroGamer Expo!

We’ll keep you posted on new TGS coverage as they get posted. In the meantime, here’s more web highlights to check out.

Finally, if you’re craving new live-action community videos for The Elder Scrolls, look no further than Dragonborn – Act 1 from Yong Yea. Embed provided below.

Skyrim Modding Interview — Mike Hancho

We would like to welcome to the Bethesda Blog Mike Hancho — commonly known by the forum community as Balok, creator of Helgen Reborn for Skyrim. When he’s not too busy rebuilding Helgen, Mike is an Operations Manager for a construction company in Clemmons, NC.

Recently we caught up with him to discuss Skyrim modding…

How did you get involved with modding?

It all started with a radio! I loved the “Built for the Future” mod for Fallout 3 and wanted a radio near all the lockers I used to store my gear. Getting started, I was completely overwhelmed and not a little bit lost, so I went through the basic tutorials and figured it out from there. Since Fallout 3 was my first Bethesda game it eventually led me to the official Bethesda forums where I learned about Oblivion. I bought it and spent the next year playing it.

I made a couple of unreleased mods that I used for my personal enjoyment and then Fallout: New Vegas came out. After playing it for a while, I decided to write and build my New Bison Steve Hotel and Afterschool Special mods. Then I joined the Boulder Dome team and built all the interiors for Inner Boulder including the Haunted Toy Store as well as Harcort Positronics and the Android Manufacturing levels. That led to Skyrim and here we are!

When I think of Helgen Reborn, the first thing that comes to mind is Oblivion’s popular mod, Kvatch Rebuilt. Do you view this mod as a spiritual successor?

In all honesty, no, not really. Although I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that the name alone drew some attention to my project because of the popularity of Kvatch Rebuilt. In the beginning Helgen Rebuilt was a sort of working title, but I discovered someone had already uploaded a mod by that name. However, by this time I was well into development and into my closed beta test, and several of my testers liked my suggestion of using Helgen Reborn as they felt it was truly Reborn when it was finished, so I stuck with that. If anything, I see Helgen Reborn as the successor of my New Bison Steve Hotel and Afterschool Special mods for Fallout: New Vegas. I learned enough techniques building those mods that I felt confident enough to try something a little more ambitious. And since I like taking things you guys leave destroyed and turning them into places that are once again useable, Helgen was the obvious choice for my next project.

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The Evil Within – TGS Trailer

Tokyo Game Show is this week, and to celebrate the affair, we’ve released a new trailer for The Evil Within. As you all know by now, the game is being developed by Tango Gameworks — led by the father of survival horror, Shinji Mikami.

Stay tuned to the blog, as well as Facebook.com/TheEvilWithin and @TheEvilWithin, for more on the game. And don’t forget to check the game’s first livestream next week during the Eurogamer Expo.