In the spirit of Valentine’s Day week, there’s a 2K/Bethesda love-fest with today’s release two new bundles — Dishonored/Borderlands 2 & Skyrim/Bioshock Infinite. Both bundles for these award-winning games are available in North America on both Xbox 360 & PS3 for $29.99. That’s right around the cost of a dozen chocolate-covered strawberries and sure to last much longer!
The Elder Scrolls Online launches on PC/Mac two months from today, and today at elderscrollsonline.com, you can get details on the latest wave of invites for the game’s closed beta. And if you still haven’t gotten in yet, don’t worry, we’ll be sending out even more invites leading up to the game’s release.
Elsewhere around the web…
- Polygon talks to The Evil Within’s game director, Shinji Mikami, in an article about 2014’s most innovative games.
- There’s a pair of new interviews featuring the studio leads from our Austin offices. Visit develop-online.net for an interviews with Arkane’s Raphael Colantonio and BattleCry’s Rich Vogel. Both studios are ramping up for their next project.
- Gameranx ranks ESO as their most anticipated Mac release of the year.
- The Escapist’s Robert Rath writes an intriguing column in which he hypothesizes that Dishonored’s mysterious character, The Outsider, is actually Satan.
- An Omnidirectional treadmill to play Skyrim on? Yes please (at Polygon).
Finally, if you’re in the Dallas area and interested in providing feedback on future Bethesda titles, check out our new Temporary Play Tester position. You can apply for that job and others at jobs.zenimax.com!
Do people who order the Imperial Edition gain a big gameplay advantage over those who don’t?
No. With the Imperial Edition you get the opportunity to play as a rogue Imperial who has broken from their Daedra worshipping ways, and you get a unique racial skill line of equal gameplay impact to other races’ unique racial skill lines. As an Imperial you also get a mount and the automatic ability to craft items into the Imperial style. All non-Imperial races can also learn this ability after locating the corresponding racial motif. Imperials do not begin the game in a unique starting location or via a separate quest, but they can start in any alliance as befits their status as un-aligned outcasts of their own Province. Being an Imperial includes a racial skill line that offers unique gameplay opportunities, but there is not an overall gameplay advantage. It is an opportunity to set yourself visually apart in the lands of Tamriel.
Gameplay benefits within this edition have been designed to avoid bestowing unfair advantages over players who do not purchase this special edition. This is cool content designed for some of our biggest fans who wish to have something different from other collector’s editions in the market. The only other alternative would have been to offer a collector’s edition that offers no in-game items whatsoever. That simply didn’t seem fair to fans who are excited about the game and want some special digital items.
Learn more on the Imperial Edition and gameplay at www.elderscrollsonline.com.
For regular QuakeCon attendees, you’ll immediately notice that we’ve moved the event forward by a couple weeks. As such, we’re already making this year’s room reservations at the Anatole available. Figure out your plans with friends on the QuakeCon forums and then dial 1-800-Hiltons (or visit this link) to take advantage of the $159/night special rate. Just be sure to reference QuakeCon 2014!
Moving the event ahead by a month, we’ll also be sharing updates on the event earlier than ever. Expect the first updates on registration in the coming month.
Each day of QuakeCon is packed with game presentations, contests, entertainment, announcements, panel discussions, parties and more. Come check it out for free!
Today on PlayStation Blog, ESO Game Director Matt Firor answers some burning questions from PS4 players. Matt tackles questions about PlayStation Plus, the DualShock 4, and more. Here’s a sampling…
The Elder Scrolls Online is an MMO that was designed to give the gamer freedom to play with others, or alone. That said, there are instances and areas that are specifically designed and tuned to be taken on with friends.
Want more answers? Jump to the PS Blog here.
It looks like Borderlands’ Claptrap has a crush on us. Intrigued by the idea of receiving dub step-based love songs and receiving an invite to his very exclusive birthday/pizza party, we accept his proposal to package Dishonored & Borderlands 2 together. And for good fun, let’s do a Skyrim & BioShock Infinite bundle, too!
Both bundles will be available in North America for $29.99 on Tuesday, February 11th on Xbox 360 & PlayStation 3.
10 days into the month and no sign of this month’s shirt? Well you never know when to expect The Mysterious Stranger, who covers this month’s shirt!
As a reminder, the Mysterious Stranger will disappear from store.bethsoft.com after one week.
We’re excited to announce that the QUAKE LIVE experience is evolving — benefiting from now having its own standalone client. With the new client, the QUAKE LIVE team can dedicate more time to updating in-game features without the worry of how ever-evolving web browsers will affect gameplay and performance. If you ever experienced any browser compatibility issues, or troubles installing the QUAKE LIVE plug-in, we highly recommend you give the new standalone client a try.
QUAKE LIVE remains free to play and offers extended access and features to members with Premium and Pro accounts. And to celebrate the New Year, Pro subscribers may now host matches for standard users on all seven Premium game modes, including Freeze Tag and Domination!
If you have questions about how this affects your existing QUAKE LIVE account, we recommend reading the FAQ. Additionally, you can learn about the latest content updates on the QUAKE LIVE news page.
The Elder Scrolls Online team is kicking off the new year with a new round of beta invites. Check your registered email address to find out if you received one, and don’t forget to look in your spam folder just in case. Remember, if you use Gmail, our invites will be automatically filtered to the “promotions” tab.
See you in beta!