ESO Update – European Megaserver Migration & More

We’re preparing to make the move to our new datacenter! Get the details and answers to your questions here.

We know many of you have been looking forward to the migration, and we’re ready to share the specifics. The European megaserver migration will begin at 8:00AM EDT (1:00PM BST) on July 29th, and we anticipate that the process will be complete by 5:00PM EDT (10:00PM BST). During the migration, the European megaserver will be unavailable, but the North American megaserver, account site, and forums will not be affected.

If you have questions about the process, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few common ones. If you don’t see your question here, make sure to check out our knowledge base.

Mega!

Will anything change for me when the migration is complete?

Nope! All your characters will be just the way you left them before the move. There won’t be a patch to download, either.

The migration seems to be during European primetime. Why is that?

Moving everything over to our new datacenter is a complex operation involving a large number of our engineers and support staff in Europe and North America. It’s important to us that everyone we need for the process is awake, ready, and available. This will help us make the transition as smooth as possible.

I’m European, but created characters on the North American megaserver. Can I move them to the new European megaserver?

No. The migration will only affect characters that already exist on the European megaserver, and no transfers are available right now.

We’re looking forward to the move and are doing everything we can to make sure your characters arrive safely in the Frankfurt database. See you there!

What else is happening with ESO, check out these highlights from www.elderscrollsonline.com:

Weekend Update: QuakeCon Wrap

For anyone that loves playing games, QuakeCon should be on your bucket list. From thousands of fans “whoop-ing” and playing games in BYOC to special events like this year’s DOOM reveal, it’s memorable each and every year. It’s also the most acceptable venue in the world for BAWLS chugging contests.

With 2014 being Bethesda’s 6th year helping with the show, we’ve put together some of our favorite pictures and videos from the event. For more, be sure to check out the event’s official YouTube channel, Flickr page, and the amazing community forums up at QConForums.com.

And they’re not the only ones talking about this year’s show. On top of coverage of the DOOM reveal, we recommend checking out these QuakeCon features…

To all those that attended — from our BYOC attendees to a volunteer staff that could run a country — thanks for making QuakeCon so memorable. As much important as the games are to the event, it’s the people that make the event so special.

See you next year in Dallas for the 20th QuakeCon!

After the break, catch our 2014 QuakeCon video highlights…

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Dead End Thrills, Shortlist catch up with MachineGames’ Creative Director

For a few years now, we’ve always been excited to see the work of Dead End Thrills — they’ve provided jaw-dropping images of RAGE, Skyrim, DOOM 3, Dishonored, and most recently, Wolfenstein: The New Order.

And with Wolfenstein, there’s more than just screenshots to ogle over. This month the site’s creator, Duncan Harris, visited with MachineGame’s creative director, Jens Matthies. Catch the interview and more of those amazing screenshot right here.

For more with Jens, read his new interview with the UK’s Shortlist — where he discusses developing a modern Wolfenstein and his favorite moments from the game.

Around the Web: Mt. DOOM Edition

QuakeCon might be North America’s largest LAN party, but it’s definitely not the highest. In a new mini-documentary, Tek Syndicate tells the story of players participating climbing the summit of Mt. Elbert — to have a LAN party at the summit!

The game of choice? DOOM! Watch how they battle elevation sickness (and each other) as they climb a 4500 ft.

Moving from CO to TX, BattleCry Studios ventured to QuakeCon 2014 for the game’s first-ever free-play matches and competitive tournament. In addition numerous attendees playing the game, some members of the gaming press also got their first stab at post-Black Powder Treaty combat. Get new impressions at MMOBomb.com, PCGamesN, and Shacknews.

And while players played BATTLECRY, members of the team talked about it. Design Director Lucas Davis answered a number of questions for MMORPG.com. Here’s an excerpt…

MMORPG: How does advancement work? Is it skill-based, weapon-based, or both?

LD: As your warrior progresses through levels, you’re able to unlock your skill tree, which is used to build customized loadouts with. The skill tree will allow you to power up your weapons, but whatever you want your weapon to look like, that’s what it will look like.

So what else is happening? We’ll ask you below.

That’s all for now. Look for more coverage of QuakeCon 2014 — including photos from the show — later in the week. 

#SDCC 2014 — Win an ‘Evil Within’ Xbox One!!

If you’re lost you can look – and you will find me — Con after Con.

That’s the case for The Evil Within. A week after making a trip to QuakeCon 2014, we’re excited to announce that the game — along with more than 20 other titles — will be playable at Microsoft’s Xbox Lounge for San Diego Comic-Con weekend. While in town for the show, head to Manchester Grand Hyatt — Seaport Ballroom, 2nd floor during these hours:

  • Thursday:  11AM – 6PM
  • Friday: 11AM – 8PM
  • Saturday: 11AM – 8PM
  • Sunday: 11AM – 5PM

In addition to playing new games, 20 custom-designed Xbox Ones will be given out during the weekend, including the barbed-wire brain box shown above. For a chance to win (full rules here), head over to the Xbox Gaming Lounge, snap a photo of your favorite custom console (that would be The Evil Within), and tweet. Be sure to follow @Xbox, tweet a photo of the console in the Xbox Gaming Lounge, and include the hashtags #XboxOne and #XboxSweeps.

 Watch out. The Keeper (aka Boxman… aka The Head Lauper) will always be waiting… con after con.

QuakeCon 2014: Bloody Good Job!

Big thanks to those QuakeCon attendees that participated in our #TheGoodWithin Blood Drive in association with The American Red Cross. With your help, we easily surpassed our two-day goal. According to the American Red Cross, it’s estimated that the blood you gave will help save 372 lives.

So now that the drive is over, it’s safe to raise a pint to celebrate the pints you gave!

QuakeCon 2014 – Reacting to the DOOM Reveal (Updated)

The QCon Forums hit the exit gates of yesterday’s DOOM reveal to catch reactions the first folks to see the game… they’re pretty amazing! On behalf of everyone at id and Bethesda, thank you for coming and making the game’s reveal so memorable.

And for more on the reveal, read reactions from Game Informer, VG247, WPCentral, and a new episode of The Bonus Round featuring Geoff Keighley, Adam Sessler, Andrew Reiner, and our very own Pete Hines. Watch it below…

New BATTLECRY Wallpaper

In celebration of the game’s first community tournament at QuakeCon, we’re releasing an all-new wallpaper for the game. Head to www.battlecrythegame.com to download.

Inspired by the colors and rendering style from 19th century frescoes and by the efficient techniques used by World War I Naval painters, the mural depicts a battle scene between the Royal Marines and Cossacks taking place near Novi Sevastopol (English: New Sevastopol). A suspended city with three bridges, one coming from Asia, another from the Cossack Empire, and third one from the West, Novi Sevastopol is a key strategic point in the Pansophic era, the last stop for all good arriving from the mythical Silk Road before they reach their final destination. A massive metal structure overlooking the entire port is the largest trading post on the Black Sea.

Xbox One deal for Wolfenstein is hard to top!

This weekend Xbox LIVE is celebrating the franchises that paved the way for our annual celebration of QuakeCon — including a can’t miss deal on MachineGames’ Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Between now and the end of QuakeCon, you can get The New Order on Xbox One for only $39.99/£33.49/€46.89.

Xbox 360 gets some spectacular deals, too. QUAKE Arena Arcade, DOOM, DOOM II, and Wolfenstein 3D will all be $2.50 this weekend.

QuakeCon 2014 – Earth Shattering Sales for PC

You don’t have to be at QuakeCon to celebrate North America’s Largest LAN Party. With numerous QuakeCon sales taking place this weekend, you can call home your personal BYOC for the weekend.

Throughout QuakeCon weekend (July 17th – 20th) you can purchase the QuakeCon 2014 Pack, which favorites from the id Software and Bethesda library — all at one low cost of $99. The package features some all-time favorites, as well as two brand-new additions for 2014 — Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Elder Scrolls Online! All together, this special collection includes:

  • Dishonored: Game of the Year
  • Fallout: Classic Collection
  • DOOM 3: BFG Edition
  • DOOM Classic Complete
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Imperial Edition

We will also be offering deals each day on individual id Software and Bethesda Softworks’ titles via Steam. Daily deals include:

  • Thursday:  Dishonored: Game of the Year and all Dishonored DLC at 50-75% off
  • Friday:  Wolfenstein: The New Order and DOOM Sale at 50-75% off
  • Saturday:  Fallout 3: Game of the Year, Fallout: New Vegas, and all Fallout: Classic Collection at 50-75% off
  • Sunday: The Elder Scrolls Sale, with Elder Scrolls titles selling for 50-75% off

To celebrate QuakeCon and the just announced addition of The Elder Scrolls Online on Steam, both the Standard and Imperial Editions of ESO will be offered at a discount throughout QuakeCon weekend for $30 and $47.99, respectively.

For full details on the QuakeCon 2014 pack and a complete list of the weekend and daily deals, please visit the QuakeCon Steam sale.

Other QuakeCon sales are also happening at your other favorite online retailers. Be sure to check out GameStop, Amazon, and GameFly this weekend for details.