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

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is always a fun day at Bethsoft HQ. We get plenty of folks that get dressed up for the affair. Even our new intern came ready to work in Mandalorian armor.

We hope you enjoy the group shot above. Sadly, I was so focused on getting Sal and Phil’s Panda costumes (hug!) in the shot, I completely left Jared’s Deadpool costume out of frame. Clever as he is, you’ll see we found an appropriate way to get him involved. Along with Jared, we hope you enjoy a mix of Bethesda-themed costumes and jack-o-lanterns in the Flickr slideshow below.

Thanks to everyone that shared their pics via email, Facebook, Twitter and tumblr.

 
And below, check out our favorite jack-0-lantern of the year — spotted on tumblr.
 

Until next year!

Show us your costume

Who are you going as for Halloween tomorrow night? Vault Boy? Dovahkiin? Pinky?

One thing’s for sure, Joe Swedenhjelm from Iowa has a costume ready to go, as he was recently announced as the winner of GamesRadar’s Dishonored sweepstakes – winning a custom-made version of Corvo’s mask and jacket.

As you finalize your costumes and jack-o-laterns, be sure to take pics and share them with us. We’ll do a roundup of our favorite later this week.

Oblivion/Skyrim savings this week on Xbox LIVE

This week’s Xbox LIVE Deal of the Week is dedicated to The Elder Scrolls and features savings on Oblivion, Skyrim, and their respective DLC content.

Oblivion (Games on Demand) – $9.99 this week

Shivering Isles - 600 MS Points this week

Knights of the Nine – 200 MS Points this week

Skyrim (Games on Demand) - $44.99 this week

Dawnguard – 1200 MS Points this week

Hearthfire – 320 MS Points this week

NOTE: This sale is for Xbox LIVE Gold members only.

Skyrim Hat Trick at Golden Joysticks

Earlier today, Skyrim came away as the big winner at the UK’s most prestigious gaming award show, The Golden Joysticks. The game captured the night’s biggest award, Ultimate Game of the Year, as well as awards for Best RPG and Best Moment (visiting the Throat of the World).

Congrats to Bethesda Game Studios on this accomplishment, and thanks to all you that played the game and voted!

Visit ElderScrollsOnline.com

Following this week’s hands-on previews for The Elder Scrolls Online, we’ve launched ElderScrollsOnline.com – the game’s official community site. Be sure to bookmark the page, as it will be regularly updated with new features, dev diaries, screenshots, art, and more!

Highlights today include:

Welcome to the Official Elder Scrolls Online Community!

Explore the Story of The Elder Scrolls Online —  An introduction to ESO’s main story.

Reading the Future of the Past in The Elder Scrolls — The first dev diary featuring ZeniMax Online loremaster, Lawrence Shick.

Tamriel, Now and Then — A comparison piece showing locations from previous Elder Scrolls games and how they now look in ESO.

All the content you see on the site is only the beginning. As the new home for community content for ESO, you can expect much more in the coming weeks and months.

Visit ElderScrollsOnline.com

More Dishonored content on the way

Finish Dishonored, already? Completed a non-lethal playthrough, too? Congrats on being a true supernatural assassin! We recommend you continue honing your skills in preparation for the game’s upcoming game add-on content, Dunwall City Trials.

Dunwall City Trials will arrive simultaneously on PlayStation 3, PC, and Xbox 360. Details on this add-on, as well as future plans, are outlined below:

Dishonored: Dunwall City Trials, being released in December for $4.99 (or 400 Microsoft Points), will include 10 challenge maps that will test and track your combat, stealth and mobility skills. Ten distinct trials await challengers – including an arena battle against waves of enemy AI, a gravity-defying run of drop assassinations, and a race against the clock. Dunwall City Trials also features a whole new set of achievements and trophies as well as a global online leaderboard that will establish the greatest assassins for each challenge.

The second and third add-ons for Dishonored will be coming in 2013 and will each feature story-driven campaigns. Pricing on these two packs will be revealed closer to launch.

Daud, the leader of a group of supernatural assassins known as ‘The Whalers’, will be the focus of the second add-on pack, scheduled for release in early Spring 2013. Make your way through new Dunwall locales and discover Daud’s own set of weapons, powers and gadgets in this story-driven campaign. How you play and the choices you make will impact the final outcome…

Additional story details on the third add-on pack will be revealed closer to its launch next year.

Stay tuned for more details.

Dishonored Remix Contest Finalists

The Dishonored Remix Contest entries are in, and we’ve been idly whistling and quietly commenting on your songs in the hallways of Bethesda for the past few weeks. Now the Lord Remix has finally passed down his judgment, and we are left with these ten musical assasssins:

  • Eddy Charlton
  • Mayank
  • Chris Williams
  • Kamil Wolter
  • Triune
  • Alex Simescu
  • Kjell Anderson
  • Marcus Banks
  • Robert Robinson
  • Xavier Paciocc

If you’re on this list, you’ve won a Dishonored t-shirt, a poster and a copy of the game. We’ll also be posting each of the finalists’ tracks next week for you to enjoy. Thanks to everyone for entering!