Dead End Thrills, Shortlist catch up with MachineGames’ Creative Director

For a few years now, we’ve always been excited to see the work of Dead End Thrills — they’ve provided jaw-dropping images of RAGE, Skyrim, DOOM 3, Dishonored, and most recently, Wolfenstein: The New Order.

And with Wolfenstein, there’s more than just screenshots to ogle over. This month the site’s creator, Duncan Harris, visited with MachineGame’s creative director, Jens Matthies. Catch the interview and more of those amazing screenshot right here.

For more with Jens, read his new interview with the UK’s Shortlist – where he discusses developing a modern Wolfenstein and his favorite moments from the game.

Around the Web: Mt. DOOM Edition

QuakeCon might be North America’s largest LAN party, but it’s definitely not the highest. In a new mini-documentary, Tek Syndicate tells the story of players participating climbing the summit of Mt. Elbert — to have a LAN party at the summit!

The game of choice? DOOM! Watch how they battle elevation sickness (and each other) as they climb a 4500 ft.

Moving from CO to TX, BattleCry Studios ventured to QuakeCon 2014 for the game’s first-ever free-play matches and competitive tournament. In addition numerous attendees playing the game, some members of the gaming press also got their first stab at post-Black Powder Treaty combat. Get new impressions at MMOBomb.com, PCGamesN, and Shacknews.

And while players played BATTLECRY, members of the team talked about it. Design Director Lucas Davis answered a number of questions for MMORPG.com. Here’s an excerpt…

MMORPG: How does advancement work? Is it skill-based, weapon-based, or both?

LD: As your warrior progresses through levels, you’re able to unlock your skill tree, which is used to build customized loadouts with. The skill tree will allow you to power up your weapons, but whatever you want your weapon to look like, that’s what it will look like.

So what else is happening? We’ll ask you below.

That’s all for now. Look for more coverage of QuakeCon 2014 — including photos from the show — later in the week. 

#SDCC 2014 — Win an ‘Evil Within’ Xbox One!!

If you’re lost you can look – and you will find me — Con after Con.

That’s the case for The Evil Within. A week after making a trip to QuakeCon 2014, we’re excited to announce that the game — along with more than 20 other titles — will be playable at Microsoft’s Xbox Lounge for San Diego Comic-Con weekend. While in town for the show, head to Manchester Grand Hyatt — Seaport Ballroom, 2nd floor during these hours:

  • Thursday:  11AM – 6PM
  • Friday: 11AM – 8PM
  • Saturday: 11AM – 8PM
  • Sunday: 11AM – 5PM

In addition to playing new games, 20 custom-designed Xbox Ones will be given out during the weekend, including the barbed-wire brain box shown above. For a chance to win (full rules here), head over to the Xbox Gaming Lounge, snap a photo of your favorite custom console (that would be The Evil Within), and tweet. Be sure to follow @Xbox, tweet a photo of the console in the Xbox Gaming Lounge, and include the hashtags #XboxOne and #XboxSweeps.

 Watch out. The Keeper (aka Boxman… aka The Head Lauper) will always be waiting… con after con.

QuakeCon 2014: Bloody Good Job!

Big thanks to those QuakeCon attendees that participated in our #TheGoodWithin Blood Drive in association with The American Red Cross. With your help, we easily surpassed our two-day goal. According to the American Red Cross, it’s estimated that the blood you gave will help save 372 lives.

So now that the drive is over, it’s safe to raise a pint to celebrate the pints you gave!

QuakeCon 2014 – Reacting to the DOOM Reveal (Updated)

The QCon Forums hit the exit gates of yesterday’s DOOM reveal to catch reactions the first folks to see the game… they’re pretty amazing! On behalf of everyone at id and Bethesda, thank you for coming and making the game’s reveal so memorable.

And for more on the reveal, read reactions from Game Informer, VG247, WPCentral, and a new episode of The Bonus Round featuring Geoff Keighley, Adam Sessler, Andrew Reiner, and our very own Pete Hines. Watch it below…

New BATTLECRY Wallpaper

In celebration of the game’s first community tournament at QuakeCon, we’re releasing an all-new wallpaper for the game. Head to www.battlecrythegame.com to download.

Inspired by the colors and rendering style from 19th century frescoes and by the efficient techniques used by World War I Naval painters, the mural depicts a battle scene between the Royal Marines and Cossacks taking place near Novi Sevastopol (English: New Sevastopol). A suspended city with three bridges, one coming from Asia, another from the Cossack Empire, and third one from the West, Novi Sevastopol is a key strategic point in the Pansophic era, the last stop for all good arriving from the mythical Silk Road before they reach their final destination. A massive metal structure overlooking the entire port is the largest trading post on the Black Sea.

Xbox One deal for Wolfenstein is hard to top!

This weekend Xbox LIVE is celebrating the franchises that paved the way for our annual celebration of QuakeCon — including a can’t miss deal on MachineGames’ Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Between now and the end of QuakeCon, you can get The New Order on Xbox One for only $39.99/£33.49/€46.89.

Xbox 360 gets some spectacular deals, too. QUAKE Arena Arcade, DOOM, DOOM II, and Wolfenstein 3D will all be $2.50 this weekend.

QuakeCon 2014 – Earth Shattering Sales for PC

You don’t have to be at QuakeCon to celebrate North America’s Largest LAN Party. With numerous QuakeCon sales taking place this weekend, you can call home your personal BYOC for the weekend.

Throughout QuakeCon weekend (July 17th – 20th) you can purchase the QuakeCon 2014 Pack, which favorites from the id Software and Bethesda library — all at one low cost of $99. The package features some all-time favorites, as well as two brand-new additions for 2014 — Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Elder Scrolls Online! All together, this special collection includes:

  • Dishonored: Game of the Year
  • Fallout: Classic Collection
  • DOOM 3: BFG Edition
  • DOOM Classic Complete
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Imperial Edition

We will also be offering deals each day on individual id Software and Bethesda Softworks’ titles via Steam. Daily deals include:

  • Thursday:  Dishonored: Game of the Year and all Dishonored DLC at 50-75% off
  • Friday:  Wolfenstein: The New Order and DOOM Sale at 50-75% off
  • Saturday:  Fallout 3: Game of the Year, Fallout: New Vegas, and all Fallout: Classic Collection at 50-75% off
  • Sunday: The Elder Scrolls Sale, with Elder Scrolls titles selling for 50-75% off

To celebrate QuakeCon and the just announced addition of The Elder Scrolls Online on Steam, both the Standard and Imperial Editions of ESO will be offered at a discount throughout QuakeCon weekend for $30 and $47.99, respectively.

For full details on the QuakeCon 2014 pack and a complete list of the weekend and daily deals, please visit the QuakeCon Steam sale.

Other QuakeCon sales are also happening at your other favorite online retailers. Be sure to check out GameStop, Amazon, and GameFly this weekend for details.

Bethesda Underground – QuakeCon Volunteers

As the old saying goes: “It takes a Village”. That’s certainly the case when it comes to volunteers for QuakeCon. In a new video from the Bethesda Underground team, meet three QuakeCon volunteers and find out what brings them back to QuakeCon every year.

Want to be one of the villagers that makes QuakeCon so awesome? Be sure to visit the BYOC volunteer desk at this year’s show.

QuakeCon 2014: Inaugural QuakeCon Team Tournament (and Free-Play) for BATTLECRY

As announced in a recent QuakeCon update, we’re excited to be holding the first tournaments for BATTLECRY — our new team-based action game from BattleCry Studios. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s planned in this year’s Exhibit Hall.

BATTLECRY Free-Play Matches

Beginning Thursday morning, we will have first-come, first-serve free-play matches of the game’s first WarZone in the QuakeCon exhibit hall. Winning teammates will receive a limited edition BATTLECRY Tournament t-shirt, and all participants will received a signed lithograph from the game’s creative director, Viktor Antonov.

For your chance to play and score the shirt, note our Free-Play schedule for the weekend…

Thursday, July 17

11:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Friday, July 18th

11:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 2:00pm
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Saturday, July 19th

11:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 2:00pm
3:00pm – 4:00pm

These Free-Play matches will also give you quality gameplay experience should you elect to participate in our…

Inaugural Team Tournament (!!)

In addition to daily free-play matches, our Inaugural Team Tournament will be running Thursday – Saturday. For this tournament, we encourage clans/teammates/friends to group up and note the following guidelines:

  • You should register yourself and your seven teammates at this link.
  • All players must be 18 and must present a government issued ID to participate. Identification will be checked on site.
  • Our eight-team (64 players) tournament bracket will be determined at approximately 1:30 pm CDT on Thursday, July 17th.
  • The tournament will kick off at 2:00pm CDT on July 17th.
  • Participants not on hand for their scheduled match will be replaced by standby players.
  • Best-of-three match ups are tentatively scheduled for the following times
    • Thursday (Quarterfinals) — Starting at 2pm
    • Friday (Semifinals ) — Starting at 4pm
    • Saturday (Championship) — Starting at 5 pm

In addition to scoring a BATTLECRY Tournament t-shirt and signed lithograph for participating, each member of the Championship Team will receive one (1) XFX AMD R9 290X graphics card..

Register for the BATTLECRY Team Tournament

Read the BATTLECRY Team Tournament Rules

For more details on BATTLECRY, visit the game’s official siteTwitter, and Facebook pages.