Wolfenstein Commentary – The Train Sequence

We’re back with the newest edition of our evolving Wolfenstein commentary series. This time around, we hear from lead narrative designer Tommy Tordsson Björk. The newest video features lead narrative designer Tommy Tordsson Björk discussing the ins and outs of one of Wolfenstein: The New Order’s most memorable moments: encountering Frau Engel and Bubi on the train..

For more commentary videos, check out Jens Matthies and Jerk Gustafsson commentary of Chapter 1 and Andreas Öjerfors walkthrough of the Gibraltar Bridge level. You can also catch commentary videos like these during our biweekly Bethesda Twitchworks livestream (note: this week we’re taking a break to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families)  — airing every other Friday at 4 pm est.

Around the Web – Bunker Down Edition

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With frigid temperatures in our nation’s capital, it’s time to get under a blanket, grab a warm bottle of mead, and check out the web’s best Bethesda fun from around the web — none more fitting than IGN’s look at the best winter levels in gaming.

While we hunker down, Fallout fans are bunkering down underground to celebrate birthdays in Vault 30 — a vault used to celebrate the birthday of Reddit user VaultoftheSix. Get more pics here.

Meanwhile down under…

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Members from BattleCry Studios have safely made their way back to Austin from Melbourne and were nice enough to bring back plenty of new previews and interviews for the game — including The Escapists’ hands-on impressions describing the game as “a deliciously in-your-face alternate reality brawler with a beautiful art style”. For more on the game, check out the stories below…

Explosion — “The new PAX video revealed a new gameplay mode for Battlecry–Land Grab. Basically, Land Grab looks like a zone control multiplayer battle. I am glad there will be alternate modes besides a basic team deathmatch mode. I expect more gameplay modes will be incorporated to the game later.”

Geek Bomb — “As a huge fan of online multiplayer games and in particular free-to-play, I was immediately drawn to the highly-stylised visuals and breakneck pace. It’s clear to see the game is aimed at the competitive market and it’s a perfect fit, with a learning curve that’s quick to understand but incredibly difficult to master, it requires skill, precision and most importantly teamwork.”

Interviews — Read and watch new interview with design director Lucas Davis at both GameCloud and KayleGames.

As a reminder to those down under, BATTLECRY’s Beta is coming first to Australia. Visit the official site to sign up.

And tonight’s update ends with a short, but amazing rendition of Skyrim’s theme from opera singer Kari Kirk, whose son, David, captured it live. Great work, mom!

Meet the Monster Maker!

Our newest video from the Bethesda Underground team trip to Tokyo gives a closer look at The Evil Within’s lead concept artist, Ikumi Nakamura.

In addition to creating some of The Evil Within’s most terrifying creatures, Ikumi was the creator of “The Real Tango” comics on the dev studios’s homepage. Using the comic as inspiration, she provided us with an amazing print featuring characters from some of Bethesda’s most beloved games. And Pete!

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ESO Update – Celebrate with a Mudcrab!

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Logging into The Elder Scrolls Online this week, you’ll notice that Update 5 is now live and brings major updates to the game — including a Veteran version of the City of Ash, a new dungeon scaling system, and Writs and Pledges to keep crafters and dungeon runners busy. For more details on Update 5, visit the official ESO website.

Feeling C-R-A-B-B-Y? It’s time to turn that frown upside down with exciting news from GamingHeads have added a new plush figure to their Bethesda collection. Joining the Cacodemon, DOOM Marine, and Vault Boy is one of Tamriel’s most beloved creatures… the Mudcrab! Order this cuddly plush from the official Bethesda Store or GamingHeads.com.

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Legendary Smithing Skills

Nearly three years have passed since Skyrim’s November 2011 release date, and we’re still amazed by the unbelievable fan creations that come in from around the world. This week at the office, a number of devs took notice when Matt and Kerry Stagmer of Baltimore Knife & Sword re-created Skyrim’s iconic iron helmet.

See how it was done (and be sure to stick around for the strength test at the end) in the embed above.