Updated Wolfenstein Pre-Order FAQ w/ DOOM Beta

Since announcing DOOM Beta pre-order incentive for Wolfenstein: The New Order, we’ve received plenty of questions on how the beta and redemption process will work. This week we have updated the Beta FAQ with new information.

We hope this answers many of your questions. And no, we’re not ready to talk about specifics on DOOM itself.

DOOM BETA FAQ – This information is subject to change without notice. Please check back for updates.

I’VE JUST PRE-ORDERED WOLFENSTEIN, WHERE’S MY DOOM BETA KEY?
A key code will be located on an insert that’s included inside your boxed copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order when it releases on May 20th. Once the key code is redeemed, you’ll be registered to participate in the DOOM beta once it begins. Check back at wolfenstein.com/doom for updated information.

DO I NEED TO SPECIFY WHAT PLATFORM I WANT TO PLAY THE DOOM BETA?
No. DOOM beta access correlates to your pre-ordered Wolfenstein: The New Order platform. If you purchase an Xbox 360 or Xbox One version of Wolfenstein: The New Order, you will receive an invitation to the Xbox One DOOM beta. PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 purchasers will receive an invite to the PS4 DOOM beta. All PC purchases will receive an invite to the PC DOOM beta. The DOOM beta will only be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

IF I PRE-ORDER THE GAME DIGITALLY, WILL I STILL GET ACCESS TO THE DOOM BETA?
We are working with Steam, Microsoft, and Sony to help ensure that persons pre-ordering digitally from Steam, Microsoft, and Sony will receive access to the DOOM beta. Other digital retailers’ processes and/or participation may vary. We suggest contacting your preferred retailer directly for additional information.

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QuakeCon Pre-Registration: Round 3 tonight!

We’re pleased to announce that QuakeCon 2014 online pre-registration for the BYOC Select-a-Seat package will open for attendees today, April 2nd at 7pm CT/8pm ET at: registration.quakecon.org. The BYOC Select-a-Seat package includes:

BYOC Select-a-Seat

Includes Guaranteed Reserved Seating

$50 (Limit of 1,250 packages available)

  • Select and Reserve a guaranteed seat of your choice in the BYOC area
  • Official QuakeCon 2014 BYOC T-Shirt
  • Official QuakeCon 2014 Lanyard

The Elder Scrolls 20th Anniversary: Win a signed copy of TES Anthology

As noted this week, March marks the 20th anniversary of The Elder Scrolls. To help celebrate the affair, we’re doing a contest where three lucky winners will have a chance to win a Todd Howard-signed copy of The Elder Scrolls Anthology on PC. To enter, share this #TES20 image from our Bethesda instagram account and let us know via our [email protected] email address. 

For full details and rules on entering, hit the jump below…

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ESO: Countdown to Early Access

As the picture shows, there’s just three days left until early access for The Elder Scrolls Online begins! That’s right, those that have pre-purchased the game digitally or have pre-ordered the Molag Bal-ruled Imperial Edition will have access to the game beginning on Sunday at the following times:

North America (East):   7:00 AM EST, Sunday March 30th
UK/IE:   12:00 PM WEST, Sunday March 30th
Central Europe:     1:00 PM CEST, Sunday March 30th
Sydney, Australia:   10:00 PM AEDT, Sunday March 30th
Singapore:   7:00 PM SGT, Sunday March 30th

For more important times and release information, check out the game’s Launch FAQ here.

While you wait to enter Tamriel with your friends, don’t miss a new feature on veteran combat sharing details on what you’ll be able to do once you’re at level 50 — including details on Craglorn, ESO’s first Adventure Zone.

Wolfenstein now releases on May 20th globally!

We’re pleased to announce that Wolfenstein: The New Order will now be launching simultaneously in North America, Europe and Australia on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC!

Currently under development at MachineGames, Wolfenstein: The New Order, the first-person action-adventure shooter, reignites the franchise widely recognized for pioneering the first-person shooter genre. Set in the 1960s, the monstrous Nazi regime has used mysterious advanced technology to win World War II. They now rule the globe with an iron fist. Wolfenstein: The New Order sends you across Europe on a harrowing mission to bring down the Nazi war machine.

As an added bonus, everyone pre-ordering the game will be invited to access the DOOM beta with their copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order. For more information on the DOOM beta access pre-order bonus, as well as applicable terms and restrictions, please visit: www.wolfenstein.com/doom.

For more information on the game visit www.wolfenstein.com.

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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