Skyrim Modding Interview – Soolie

It’s been a loooong time since we did our last modding interview on Bethesda Blog, but I thought it was something that would be fun to bring back.

This week we’ve Scott Chaunce (aka Soolie). A college student hailing from Tasmania, Scott’s gotten some attention for his popular Tropical Skyrim mod…

What compelled you to create this project? Do you live in a cold weather area and needed a vacation?

I guess I never really ‘decided’ to create this project, it sort of just happened.  Before I started work on it, I had always wanted to play through a tropical/desert climate in an Elder Scrolls game.  Because I enjoy creating new environments and landscapes, I decided I might have a go at creating a few small tropical islands and deserts just for fun. However, I started to get a little excited about it, and I wanted to see results before I had even started.  So, to satisfy the little part of me that just wanted to know what it would look like. I quickly made up a few desert textures and applied them to the tundra area. I then launched the game, turned the grass off and what I saw surprised me.

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Introducing our ‘Vault Boy Tee of the Month’

Update: Less than 24 hours until this limited edition shirt is no longer for purchase.

Soon you’ll be able to go through life with a different (and hopefully clean) Vault Boy shirt for weeks on end. Today at store.bethsoft.com, we’ve officially kicked off our ‘Vault Boy Tee of the Month’  sale. As the name alludes to, we’ll be selling a different limited edition Vault Boy shirt each month.

Our first VBTotM shirt celebrates the Animal Friend perk which appeared in the original Fallout, Fallout 3, and Fallout: New Vegas. Pre-sale has begun today and we’ll be taking orders until next Friday. After Friday, May 17th, they will no longer be available for purchase, ever!

Come back next month when we reveal the VBTotM shirt.

Order the ‘Animal Friend’ Perk Shirt

ESO: Gathering and Exploration Video

ESO creative director Paul Sage describes how you’ll find useful, interesting items in every corner of Tamriel.

For more information about the game, visit http://elderscrollsonline.com. Other site highlights include:

Void Walker’s Arsenal available today

Update 5/14: Void Walker’s Arsenal is now available on both Steam and Xbox LIVE. The PlayStation 3 release will be available later today on the North American PlayStation Store and tomorrow afternoon on the European PlayStation Store.

The gifts of the Outsider are bestowed unto those who walk the Void.

With the Void Walker’s Arsenal add-on pack, gain immediate access to four content bundles previously available only through pre-ordering Dishonored. The Acrobatic Killer Pack, Arcane Assassin Pack, Backstreet Butcher Pack and Shadow Rat Pack offer unique character bonuses, additional bone charm slots, unhidden books and bonus coins that will aid you in your pursuit of revenge. Found in the Hound Pits Pub, use these items to enhance your playthrough of Corvo’s main campaign in the original game.

Full details on the bundles included after the break…

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Bethesda Underground: Know Your Devs – MachineGames’ Jerk Gustafsson

Today we kick off our series of Bethesda Underground videos from our recent trip to Machinegames HQ. Up first, we meet one of the principal founders of MachineGames, executive producer/managing director, Jerk Gustafsson (pronounced Yerk).

In the video (it’s not a dev diary), Jerk discusses working on Wolfenstein, how he got started in the industry, and what he almost got instead of his first computer.

Meet the Team: Bethesda Underground Travels to Machinegames

Back in November of 2010, we announced the opening of our Swedish gaming studio, MachineGames. Formed by the founders of Starbreeze Studios, this week we’ve lifted the wraps on their first project – Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Recently, video editor Sal Goldenberg and I spent a week at their studio in Uppsala to learn about the taleneted men and women working at Machinegames. Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing numerous videos from our trip – beginning with our studio teaser today.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the year.