A nameless Dunmer needs your help

This is the story of a young and powerful Dark Elf, who is also an up-and-coming member of the Mages Guild.  He, along with the very best of his peers, was hand-selected by Mages Guild leader and founder Vanus Galerion to accompany you in the assault on Cold Harbor. When the mass portal to Cold Harbor went awry, these formidable Mages Guild members arrived, scattered over the icy wasteland of Molag Bal’s realm. Separated from their allies and you, their partner, the group was captured and imprisoned by Molag Bal’s Daedric army for use in torturous live training exercises.

The young Dark Elf is trapped in a cage with his fellow Mages Guild members. The imprisoned group is plotting an escape, but one, small thing is missing.

His name.

This is up to you in the newly announced “Name An NPC Contest” on the ESO official website. Visit here full rules and details.

Original DOOM 3 back on Steam

Put the duct tape away and grab your flashlight!

On the heels of DOOM 3 BFG Edition’s release, we heard feedback from fans: you still wanted a chance to purchase the game’s original 2004 release. Beginning this week, the original version of DOOM 3 and its expansion, Resurrection of Evil, are available at a lower price.

Discounted packs include:

For players with the BFG Edition of the game, you’ll be happy to know that we’ll be releasing the GPL source code in the near future. Stay tuned for updates.

Raptr Q&A with Raf & Harvey kicks off at 1 PM EST

Today on Raptr.com, Dishonored’s co-creative directors, Harvey Smith and Raphael Colantonio, will be answering questions your questions about Dishonored.

The top question (as determined by Raptr’s staff) will win a Dishonored prize pack, featuring a team-signed Boyle Party mask, a signed copy of the game, and an Astro A40 Audio System with Dishonored speaker tags – just like what we had at our PAX Prime Party. Additionally, the next five best questions will score a team-signed Boyle Party mask. Good luck!

Head to the Q&A page to submit your questions. The Q&A runs from 12-6 PM CST.

ESO Dev Diary featuring gameplay!

The team from ZeniMax Online Studios discusses how they are bringing the rich history of The Elder Scrolls series online in the newly released documentary-style video for The Elder Scrolls Online. Check out the first-ever released gameplay footage as the team talks about their vision for the game – from the basics to how they are developing one of the most socially-connected MMOs ever created.

For more on the game, visit these channels:

ESO Official Website
Facebook 
Twitter

Skyrim’s ‘Far Horizons’ played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Listen at IGN!

Tuesday marks the release of The Greatest Video Game Music 2 – a compilation of popular videogame tracks performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The soundtrack features ‘Far Horizons’, a favorite among Skyrim fans.

Visit IGN to hear the LPO’s take on the Jeremy Soule classic. You can also watch a fantastic behind-the-scenes video.

Weekend Update: ESO coverage, BFG reviews, and other abbreviations

As you enjoy your Saturday afternoon, here’s some highlights from around the web.

We start with The Elder Scrolls Online. This weekend, be sure to grab the all-new Ebonhart Pact wallpaper on the game’s official website. And if you want to learn more about the Alliance comprised of Nords, Dunmer, and Argonians, be sure to read up on ZeniMax Online’s first ‘Ask Us Anything’, which will focus specifically on this pact.

Want more ESO news? Check out these highlights from our recent press event:

Episode 43 of The Elder Scrolls Off the Record Podcast features lengthy impressions from playing the game at ZeniMax Online.

MMORPG continues a flourish of new content. On their latest podcast, interviews Matt Firor, Nick Konkle, Brian Wheeler, and Paul Sage. They also highlight 21 facts fans should know about the game, detail their visit to Crow’s Woods, explain how you’ll build your character, and describe the game’s “spot on” combat.

YouTuber Jesse Cox (aka ) gives his impressions on playing the game for four hours.Watch the video here.

MMO Attack shares hands-on impressions plus interviews with Matt Firor and Brian Wheeler. Meanwhile Ten Ton Hammer covers the game in new interviews with Firor and Sage.

More news, including reviews for DOOM 3 BFG Edition, after the break.

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Dishonored roundup

Nearly a month has passed since Dishonored’s launch, but the web is still full of stories related to the game. Here’s some highlights worth checking out…

Definitely start with GameFront’s 1-On-1 feature with Dishonored’s Lead Designer, Ricardo Bare. The article examines his career — going full circle from Deus Ex to Dishonored. Here’s a quick tease from the article:

“A twelve-year gaming industry veteran, he made his bones as a junior designer on the original Deus Ex, a game he acknowledges is the spiritual predecessor to Dishonored. An impressive achievement in universe-building and gameplay, Dishonored is built around his view that interactivity, more than story, is key to making a great game. But Bare also writes fiction, with several published short stories and his debut novel due for release in spring, 2013.”

Elsewhere, check out these links:

Finally, GamesRadar recently ranked their Top 100 Heroes from games and Corvo cracked the list at #67. Joining him on the list was Wolfenstein’s B.J. Blazkowicz (#93) and Skyrim’s , Dovahkiin at #71.
Spotted a cool Dishonored news story or video? Hit us up at bethblog@bethsoft.com.

Now on Steam: Skyrim 1.8 update

Update: The Skyrim 1.8 title update is now out of beta and available to all users on Steam. As previously noted, this update is planned for consoles and will roll out in the near future. As new information is available, we’ll provide an update here on the blog.

Release notes below:

Skyrim Update 1.8 (all platforms unless specified)

BUG FIXES

  • General memory and stability improvements
  • Fixed rare crash when using vampiric grip
  • Fixed issue where Arnleif and Sons Trading Company could become permanently locked
  • Fixed issue related to duplicate NPCs
  • Fixed rare issue where exterior door would not open properly