The Critical Path leads to Arkane Studios

Recently I revisited CRITICAL//PATH, a site devoted to learning more about game development from the industry’s brightest minds, and noticed that it’s been updated with new videos featuring Dishonored’s co-creative directors, Arkane’s Raphael Colantonio and Harvey Smith.

Check out the links to learn more from Raf & Harvey.

Raphael Colantonio: A Gaming President, Working in QA, Interactivity

Harvey Smith: Game Systems, Gamification and Gameplay, Need More Systems

For more on CRITICAL//PATH, visit our post from last year.

ESO Update – New Wallpaper & Emote Contest Winner

Happy Morndas, TES fans! Today we have two notable updates from ElderScrollsOnline.com to share.

First, be sure to download the newest wallpaper for the game — showcasing art from The Crow’s Wood. As one of the more dangerous locales you’ll visit in the game, the foreboding image provides the perfect Halloween makeover for your desktop.

Elsewhere on the official site, the ESO team has announced the winner of the the ESO Emote Creation Contest. Congratulations to Trevor Baggett, whose Honor/Dishonor concept was selected as the grand prize winner. As the winner, his concept will now be adapted and used in game. Watch his submission below, and see more submissions here.

Last chance to vote for the 31st Golden Joysticks

Voting for this year’s Golden Joysticks is nearing the final stretch, but there’s still time to support your favorite games.

Dishonored and Arkane are nominated in six categories, including:

  • Game of the Year
  • Best Newcomer
  • Best Storytelling
  • Studio of the Year
  • Top Gaming Moment (Lady Boyle’s Last Party)
  • Visual Design

Meanwhile, TES fans can show support for ESO in this year’s ‘Most Wanted’ category.

Voting continues between now and October 20th. A week later, on the 25th, you can watch the awards streamed live. For more information and to vote, visit www.goldenjoysticks.com.

Quake Live Update

This week the QUAKE LIVE team has added to new maps and game features to the game — courtesy of Premium Pack 19. Details below…

Future Crossings

Making its way to QUAKE LIVE from Quake 3 Arena, Future Crossings makes its debut from author Dan “Scancode” Gold. As the name implies, Future Crossings takes place in a futuristic space base. The flag sits alone in the middle of the base on the mid-level, surrounded by both higher and lower ground, making for unpredictable escape routes. Teams will fight for the Quad Damage in the middle, with armor serving as a sniper roost for people wishing to ply their Railgun skills. Future Crossings is now available for play in all flag-based gametypes and Race.

Gospel Crossings

Gospel Crossings is a Capture the Flag arena that takes the fight to multiple levels of a gothic cathedral. Created by Dan “Scancode” Gold, Gospel Crossings is another classic CTF arena returning to QUAKE LIVE. Defenders will find a multitude of ways in and out that they have to defend, especially the jumppad leading from the bottom level behind the flag. A Quad Damage is up for grabs in the middle, but a fog pit is the only thing waiting to greet players. Gospel Crossings is available in all flag-based gametypes, Domination, and Race.

Railyard

Railyard (shown above) has been rebuilt from the ground up, new exclusively for QUAKE LIVE. Formerly known as Silly Railings by Dan “Scancode” Gold, Railyard is a small Capture the Flag arena where all the action takes place in one room. Stacks of crates are available for cover, with jumppads behind them for popping up and railing. Nothing but some abandoned railroad tracks separates the two teams. Railyard is available in all flag-based gametypes, Race, and definitely excels for small One Flag CTF matches.

For additional changes arriving with the new update, rocket jump past the link below.

Continue reading full article ›

Now Available in North America – Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition

Beginning today, you can experience all of Dishonored’s content with the newly released Game of the Year Edition.

In addition to the award-winning original game, the DLC features all of the games add-on content, including:

The Knife of Dunwall – In The Knife of Dunwall, take on the role of Daud, the legendary assassin who killed the Empress. After assassinating the Empress, and forever changing the fate of Dunwall, you embark on a search for redemption. Gain access to Daud’s new weapons, gadgets and supernatural abilities as you traverse through parts of Dunwall yet unseen, including the city’s whaling center, Rothwild Slaughterhouse, and the heavily guarded Legal District.

The Brigmore Witches – Continue your journey as the legendary assassin, Daud, in The Brigmore Witches. This conclusion to Daud’s story will put you at odds with warring gang factions and the dangerous Brigmore witch coven. Journey through undiscovered locales within Dunwall, including Drapers Ward and the Brigmore Manor, where you will be met with supernatural forces that test the limits of your new weapons and abilities.

Dunwall City Trials – In Dunwall City Trials, experience Dishonored’s flexible combat system, stealth gameplay, and distinct settings in a whole new way as you make your way through 10 distinct maps that feature a variety of challenges. Put your stealth, combat and mobility skills to the test as you clear demanding objectives, unlock new achievements and secrets, and climb up the global online leaderboards.

Void Walker’s Arsenal – With the Void Walker’s Arsenal add-on pack, gain access to four content bundles previously available only through pre-ordering Dishonored. These bundles offer unique character bonuses, additional bone charm slots and more.

Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition is available for $39.99 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. The game will release in Europe this Friday for 39.99 € / £ 29.99 /$69.95 AUD on PS3 and Xbox 360, and 29.99 € / £24.99 / $49.95 AUD on PC.

ESO ‘Ask us Anything’ – Variety Pack 8

The newest ‘Ask Us Anything‘ for The Elder Scrolls Online is now online. Visit the official site to get answers about weapons, inventory items, PvP, and more.

Here’s a sampling…

Will there be items or spells players can obtain that will cast an appearance illusion over them, making, say, a Breton look like an Argonian or a frost troll for a limited amount of time?

Yes. We have a disguise mechanic in the game, which allows you to equip an item that changes your appearance. This can be used for costuming purposes or, for instance, to infiltrate the camp of an enemy. There are also spells that change your appearance for a limited amount of time—these can change your appearance in more drastic ways than disguises can.

Read ‘Ask Us Anything’ – Variety Pack #8

The Evil Within – Extended Gameplay Video

Following the EuroGamer Expo livestream from yesterday, today we have released an extended gameplay video for The Evil Within. Developed by Shinji Mikami and the talented team at Tango Gameworks, The Evil Within embodies the meaning of pure survival horror.

Detective Sebastien Castellanos and his partners are called in to investigate a gruesome mass murder. After witnessing a mysterious force slaughter his fellow officers, Sebastian is ambushed and knocked unconscious. When the video opens, he finds his world has been turned upside down. Facing unimaginable terror and fighting for survival in a world where hideous creatures wander among the dead, Sebastian embarks on a frightening journey to unravel who or what is behind this unimaginable evil.

The Evil Within is in development for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC and is slated for release in 2014. For more details on The Evil Within visit: TheEvilWithin.com.

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…

Continue reading full article ›