Happy 1st, ESO!

Hard to believe how fast times goes by, but today marks the first birthday for The Elder Scrolls Online!

The game has seen many improvements through regular updates and the introduction of Tamriel Unlimited, but one thing hasn’t changed: the amazing support from the game’s community. A shining example comes on the game’s first birthday — a touching community tribute put together by community member Elloa.

To the entire ZOS team and ESO fanbase, congrats on an amazing first year!

Vault Boy Tee of the Month — Fortune Finder

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It always seemed like a cool idea to have metal detector to find hidden treasures in your neighborhood. Perhaps cooler (and cheaper, and not as weird) is April’s Vault Boy Tee of the Month celebrating the Fortune Finder perk.

The shirt is on sale starting today and will be available until next Friday. After that, you’ll need a special t-shirt detector to find it in the wasteland hundreds of years from now.

QuakeCon 2015: Last call for designing this year’s shirt

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Probably not a finalist… but still great!

Okay, maybe not your t-shirt, but we need your idea. To all our design-savvy QuakeCon attendees: you still have until April 10th to submit your t-shirt design for the 20th Edition of QuakeCon!

After April 10th, we will be sharing our five finalists and then allowing all of you to help us vote for the best design. Our contest winner will receive The Ultimate QuakeCon® Fan Pack * featuring a spot in the BYOC, QuakeCon® Done Quick access, and a Swag Pack!

ENTER THE QUAKECON® 2015: 20th ANNIVERSARY SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST

Skyrim Modding Interview – Pirates of Skyrim’s BigBizkit

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Yar really going to like our newest modding interview. This week we talk to BigBizkit, responsible for the popular Pirates of Skyrim mod.

What you do for a living?

Pirating.

What pirate fiction would you say most influenced your project?

Well, it is not so much fiction per se but I really like to think of the golden age of exploration as a source of inspiration. The times when people would set sail not just to get to places, but to actually go out and look for places and routes that have not been discovered yet (by Europeans). The times when seafaring nations like the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain used to be world powers because of their naval prowess. Other than that, there is also this series of blockbuster movies… there are currently four and a fifth one is in the making. I will not say anything about the quality of the movies, but they surely did have an impact on how pirates are viewed. As for games, a great source of inspiration is and has always been the eternal classic “Monkey Island” especially the first and second part. Oh, and there is also this fairly recent game with “black flag” in the title… you’ve probably never heard of it.

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ESO Gear for Your Unlimited Tamriel Travels

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With this week’s release of Tamriel Unlimited on PC/Mac, here’s a quick reminder of some desk-side companions for your journeys.

Up first, we have an all-new plush Bull Netch. We know, it’s not made from 100% Netch leather, but we thought the adjustable tentacles would make up for it.

Additionally, we wanted to provide a reminder of upcoming books you’ll want to check out during gameplay breaks. You can pre-purchase both The Elder Scrolls Online: Tales of Tamriel, Vol. 1 – The Land and The Skyrim Library, Vol. 1: The Histories — arriving in April and June, respectively.

Welcome to Tamriel Unlimited

For the first time ever, you can adventure in ESO without paying a game subscription!

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited — coming June 9th to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 — has arrived for PC and Mac! Featuring the entire original game and all six major content updates since launch – including the new Justice and Champion Systems – there’s never been a better time to play The Elder Scrolls with your friends. Rally your most trusted allies, take up your sword, and get ready to experience everything Tamriel has to offer with no restrictions!

If you previously purchased ESO, your characters are ready to continue the adventure right now—all you have to do is run the launcher to patch up and get back in the game. And if you’re currently subscribed, you’ve automatically become a member of ESO Plus, our new premium membership! As a member, you’re going to get some great in-game bonuses (like additional experience gain) and a monthly allotment of crowns—virtual currency you can spend in the new Crown Store on great cosmetic and convenience items.

New players only need to make the one-time purchase of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited to get into the action. Whether you plan to quest alone, explore with your friends, or join massive siege battles in the Alliance War, now is the perfect time to join us in Tamriel.

To learn more about Tamriel Unlimited, the Crown Store, and ESO Plus, check out our FAQ,

Your Weekend Assignment: The Evil Within’s 1st DLC

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TGIF! With the weekend here, it’s a great opportunity to turn down the lights and stay up late to play part 1 of Juli Kidman’s two-part adventure — The Assignment — available through Steam, Xbox Live, and PSN.

Focusing heavily on stealth tactics, the DLC is already receiving praise from reviewers. Scoring it an 8.5/10, IGN had the following to say:

“I spent a lot of the time running blindly with my heart thumping, hoping a distracted enemy wasn’t now in pursuit, or yelling in triumph after locking one in a room. Without a weapon, the tension builds quickly.”

You can get more from IGN in a their review commentary video feature (note: there are spoilers). For more opinions, we’ll be adding reviews as they come in below.

Videogamer.com (8/10) — “…The Assignment is a reasonably-sized add-on which fleshes out The Evil Within’s story while building on what made it so enjoyable in the first place.”

We Got This Covered (4/5) – “… it was an intense burst of fear that retroactively makes The Evil Within a more complete experience while also standing on its own as an exciting step in a different direction for the series.”

Crave Online — (8/10) — “For fans of The Evil Within, The Assignment stands out as a key component to understanding its complex story. For everyone, it offers an entirely new way to enjoy the universe.”

Bloody Disgusting (8.5/10) – “The Assignment takes the best aspects of The Evil Within — namely the stealth, unsettling enemies and the strategy that’s required in combat — and successfully builds a bite-sized adventure around it that never outstays its welcome.”

Digital Chumps (8.8/10) – “I loved the strategy and intensity of playing purely stealth more than I did the combat in the original game.”

For more updates on The Assignment, be sure to follow the game on our Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.

New Gameplay. The Old Blood

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Last week Pete Hines and I had the pleasure of debuting Wolfenstein: The Old Blood — live in Boston from the Twitch.TV main stage. We had a great time showing off the content, and as you’ll see, it was a pretty good idea that I input a debug code for a little extra “health insurance.”

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood releases digitally on Tuesday, May 5th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. For more content updates — including the debut of new concept art for weapons be sure to check out the game’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

PAX East, Day 1

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