Congrats to Arkane Studios, Bethesda Game Studios, and id Software on their newly-announced “Best of E3 2012″ nominations from the Game Critics Awards’ judging panel. In total, Team Bethesda scored six nominations.
Tied for the most nominations of any game (four), Dishonored received nominations for Best Action/Adventure Game, Best Console Game, Best Original Game, and the overall Best of Show award!
Meanwhile, John Carmack’s VR presentation of DOOM 3 BFG Edition scored a nomination for Best Hardware, while Skyrim’s first game add-on, Dawnguard, was nominated for Best RPG.
Catch up on E3 highlights for all three titles, which only I refer to as “The Triple D”, in the roundup posts below.
The latest update to Skyrim’s Creation Kit now allows for Hot Plugin Loading. So what does that mean? Here’s BGS level designer Joel Burgess to explain…
As you know, we recently released version 1.6.89 of the Creation Kit. As previously mentioned, the CK is the same toolset the developers use – and that means that the latest version comes with an experimental new dev feature – Hot Plugin Loading.
Simply put, hot loading allows you to save and update your plugin from the Creation Kit, and immediately view those results in-game. No need to restart the game to see your changes! This has had a huge impact on iteration time around Bethesda Game Studios, and we hope modders will find it just as beneficial.
Note: As mentioned, this is an experimental feature. Not everything will work as expected, and there may be crashes or other hiccups. Many thanks to programmer Jay Woodward (aka RadHamster) for his work on this awesome new feature!
- Load the Creation Kit as normal. Load your plugin (or create a new one)
- In this example, we’ll pretend our active plugin is “nifty.esp”
- Launch Skyrim as normal.
- Make some changes in the Creation Kit, such as moving or adding a static.
- In-game, open the console (~) and enter the command: “FCF”
- This step only applies if you loaded nifty.esp in the Data files section of the launcher
- This only has to be done once per boot of the game.
- FCF is shorthand for “force close files”, and allows the Creation Kit to save a loaded plugin
- Return to the creation kit and save nifty.esp
- Return to the game. If possible, position yourself where you’ll notice your changes.
- Open the console and enter: “HLP nifty” (or the name of your .esp file)
- HLP is shorthand for “Hotload plugin”
- The scene will re-load. Your changes show now be visible in-game!
DOOM 3 BFGEdition is slated for release in North America on October 16, 2012 and throughout Europe on October 19, 2012. DOOM 3 BFG Edition will feature re-mastered versions of both DOOM 3 and the Resurrection of Evil add-on pack, as well seven new levels of content entitled ‘The Lost Mission.’ DOOM 3 BFG Edition will be available in North America on PC for $29.99 and on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for $39.99.
Re-mastered for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, DOOM 3 and it’s expansion pack offer enhanced visuals further immersing you in the demonic world like never before. DOOM 3, Resurrection of Evil, and ‘The Lost Mission’ have been optimized in 3D, featuring 5.1 surround sound, Xbox 360 Achievements, PlayStation 3 trophies, improved rendering and lighting, and a new check point save system allowing for smoother progression through the game. id Software has fine-tuned the controls to bring the intensity of the DOOM single and multiplayer experience to the consoles, and DOOM 3 now features the new armor-mounted flashlight, allowing players to illuminate dark corners and blast enemies at the same time.
DOOM 3 BFG Edition will also include the original DOOM and DOOM 2 games, making it the definitive collection of the genre-defining games developed by id Software, the pioneers of the first-person shooter genre.
Starting today, you can pick up QUAKE 4 for 19.99 in North America. And for those that purchase at GameStop, the game includes an Xbox LIVE avatar t-shirt and a QUAKE 4 poster.
We conclude our E3 wrap series with a look at The Elder Scrolls Online.
Elsewhere, it’s not surprising that MMORPG.com has plenty to say about the game. Claiming their Most Anticipated Game at E3 award, you’ll want to read the site’s first preview and watch their interview with game director Matt Firor.
For more great coverage, hit the jump below.
Encore! BGS’ Todd Howard, Matt Carofano, and Ashley Cheng returned to E3 last week to showcase Skyrim’s first game add-on, Dawnguard.
Before getting to Dawnguard, I encourage you to watch Todd’s interview with Wil Wheaton. In it, he discusses games that inspired him, Skyrim’s amazing mod community, and plenty more. Speaking of the mod community, you’ll want to read Todd’s interview with Kotaku, too.
As for Dawnguard, learn about Dragonbone weapons, Vampire Lords, and much more in the highlights below…
- G4TV – Awarded X-Play’s Best RPG of E3 2012, don’t miss Todd’s stage presentation, as well as details on the all-new werewolf perk tree.
- Game Informer - Learn about the vampire perk tree and get Matt Bertz’ hands-on reaction.
- Machinima – Watch Matt Carofano’s stage presentation.
- Gamespot - Matt answers community questions during his stage interview.
- Kotaku - “Skyrim’s Massive Dawnguard Sounds Like a Proper Old-School RPG Expansion”.
- CVG - Matt discusses DLC features and speculates on future possibilites for tablets and smart phones.
Finally, hit the jump below to watch Todd Howard’s GameTrailers.com interview with Geoff Keighley.
Gamespot’s latest look Skyrim Mods brings the zany — squeaky toys, a tribute to Mortak Kombat’s Scorpion, and old clunkers to drive around. Watch the video above to learn about these mods…
- Build Your Own Home by Supernastypants - Skyrim Nexus Link Link
- Decapitation Spell and Raise Skull Minions by J3X - Steam Workshop Link or Skyrim Nexus Link
- BYOG – Balance Your Own Game by Athyra - Skyrim Nexus Link
- Lanterns Of Skyrim – Villages by manny_gt - Steam Workshop Link or Skyrim Nexus Link
- Get Over Here! – The “Unstucker Bow” Mod by [E5B] zAppeo - Steam Workshop Link
- Jeean’s Squeaky Toys! by Jeean - Steam Workshop Link
- Car mod by zdzichorowerzysta - Skyrim Nexus Link
Prior to E3, fans got a taste of Dishonored’s unique first-person gameplay with the game’s E3 trailer. If you liked what you saw, you’ll love all the interviews, footage, and more that came out of last week’s event.
The gaming press certainly loved what they saw, as the game has already received more than 50 E3 Awards globally. Some of those awards include:
- GameSpy – Overall Game of Show & Best Action Game
- G4TV – Most Original Game
- Gamespot – Best of E3 2012 Editors’ Choice Award
- The Verge/Polygon – Editor’s Choice Selection
- Digital Trends – Overall Best of Show
- Joystiq – EIC Judwig Kietzmann’s Game of Show
- Giant Bomb – One of Patrick Klepek’s most memorable game played at E3
- EGM – Best Action Game, Game of Show Runner-Up
- Yahoo Games - Best of E3 Selection
- Cinema Blend – “The Best Game at E3″
- Game Revolution – Best of E3 Selection
- PC Gamer – Staff Favorite (Tom Francis)
- Hidden Audio Log - #1 Game of Show
- Gamers Daily News – Top 3 Games of E3
- Games Catalyst – Top 5 E3 Triumphs
- The Age – Hits of E3
- Paste Magazine – Top 10 Game of E3
- Destructoid - Game of Show & Best Action Game Nominee
- Kotaku — Top 27 Game Ideas (Blink ability)
Want to see more for yourself, don’t miss these videos from the show…
- Machinima - 20-minute gameplay demo
- Gamespot – 18-minute walkthrough with Raphael Colantonio
- IGN – 10-minute feature with Raphael
- G4TV – Live demo with Harvey & Raph
There’s plenty more Dishonored coverage to take in — stayed tuned for part 2 of our E3 wrap in the near future.