The Evil Within Completionist

[Caution: Minor Spoilers Within]

Unless you’re Jimmy Woods or The Last Starfighter, playing The Evil Within isn’t going to be a walk in the park. From personal experience and hearing the horror stories of others playtesting the game, you’re more than likely looking at over 15 (probably 20+) hours of gameplay on the game’s default difficulty (Survival).

And what of the completionists? Those trying to get all the achievements/trophies, play through the game’s most challenging mode (AKUMU), or fans tackling the madness of New Game + mode (see the “Blow Up the Playing Field” achievement)? With so much to take on, we thought we’d give you a head’s up on what to prepare for with our Completionist Guide for The Evil Within.

By finishing the puzzle at this link, you’ll unlock an exclusive wallpaper for the game as well as a PDF that will help you learn about all the game’s trophies and achievements.

Click here to play THE EVIL WITHIN Completionist Guide

By Azura… that’s cold!

The ALS ice bucket challenge has made its way to Bethesda HQ! Watch our chairman Robert Altman dump a cold bucket of ice water on his wife, Lynda Carter (a.k.a Wonder Woman & Azura), and see the Ice Queen of QuakeCon, Jenny McWhorter, treat our marketing guru, Pete Hines, to an ice bath worthy of a Super Bowl championship.

And the ice bucket challenge continues. Shinji and Harvey… get ready!

Lynda has issued her own challenge—to CBS broadcasters Julie Chen and Norah O’Donnell and to Blaine Trump.

As amusing as these videos are, the message is much more important — finding a cure for ALS. Please donate to this worthwhile cause at http://www.alsa.org/donate.

Gamescom 2014 – The Evil Within Wins ‘Best Console Game (PlayStation)’

Not that I can speak about it personally (I’ve never been to Gamescom), but talking to those that attended and knowing that more than 300,000 attend the show, it sounds pretty hectic.

And with that, we’d like to give thanks to all the folks that helped make this year’s show such a success for Bethesda — for The Elder Scrolls Online, BATTLECRY, and The Evil Within.

Specific to The Evil Within, we’re very excited about the awards the game claimed at the show, including the official Gamescom award for Best Console Game (Sony PlayStation), JeuxVideo.com’s Best Survival Horror Game, and Computer Bild Spiele’s Best Next Gen Game.

To everyone that attended, and everyone that worked the booth, thanks for making this year’s Gamescom so memorable!

Below are some photo highlights from the show, as well as the newest screenshots for The Evil Within.

In and around the show

Get more details on the game here!

Dunwall’s finest free on Xbox LIVE and coming to your coffee table in November

As mentioned earlier in the month, beginning today and throughout the remainder of the month, Dishonored is a free download on Xbox LIVE for Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers. Boot up your Xbox 360 or head to Xbox.com to download.

And if you can’t get enough of Dishonored, below is a look at pages from Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives. This hardbound collection from Dark Horse uses all of Dishonored’s in-game text — diaries, notes, letters, etc — and combines them with the fantastic concept art that set the stage for the game’s unforgettable art style. It’s a must-have collection for Dishonored’s biggest fans and arrives this November.

Check out the cover and sample pages below…

#gamescom and carry on!

Here’s a quick look at some pics sent from Cologne, Germany from our team working Gamescom 2014. In the pic above, Peter Langhofer from our German office accepts Computer Bild Spiele’s award for “Best Next Gen Game” of the show — presented earlier in the day for The Evil Within!

And below check out pictures of our ongoing multiplayer matches for BATTLECRY.

Here’s hoping our friends in Germany send more pics our way. And beer, sausages, and spaetzle. And if you have pics from the show, be sure to tweet @bethblog so we can check them out!

Season Passacre: An onslaught of new content coming to The Evil Within

With only two months until the release of The Evil Within (yes, it’s still coming in October!), we’re excited to share details on our Season Pass plans for the game.

The Evil Within Season Pass will allow you to experience survival horror from a new perspective. In two add-ons, you’ll assume the role of Juli Kidman — Sebastian Castellanos’ mysterious partner from The Evil Within. Across a two-part, story driven experience, you will encounter unthinkable enemies and new areas that reveal hidden motives and harrowing evil. The third add-on for the Season Pass puts you in control of The Keeper (aka Boxman) in a fun collection of mission-based maps. 

Priced at $19.99/£14.99/€19.99, the Season Pass offers savings on three planned add-ons for the game and will be available soon at select game retailers, PSN, Xbox LIVE, and PC.

The Evil Within releases on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC on Tuesday, October 14th in North America and Friday, October 17th in Europe. Pre-order on the game’s official website.

NOTE: Season Pass and game add-on content may not be available on all platforms or in all territories. Pricing and release dates may vary by territory and/or platform.

BATTLECRY: The Inaugural Tournament

Just a couple months removed from the reveal of BATTLECRY, our new team action game from BattleCry Studios, we’ve already had our first community tournament for the game.

Hosted in the Bethesda Exhibit Hall at QuakeCon 2014, eight teams — some with close bonds, others created on the fly– competed for the BATTLECRY Inaugural Tournament title. In a mini-documentary featuring developers from BattleCry Studios and combatants, we follow the tournaments final four teams: Hoagies for Hunger, The Art of Warfare, Ultimo Continue, and Team Impromptu. You can guess which team we named based on their last-minute formation.

In the end, there could only be one winner. Watch the video above to find out who claimed the title. To everyone that competed and watched the tournament… thanks for being a part of history!

For more on BATTLECRY, visit the game’s official website, as well as its Facebook and Twitter pages.

‘The Evil Within’ Your Game Case — Asylum Art!

Announced last week, the polls for our reverse packaging vote for The Evil Within have closed, and the “Asylum image” shown above is the decisive winner. Thanks to everyone that participated and helped us make the choice. And keep an eye on your email — we’ve notified the ten winners of a signed copy of the game via email.

As a reminder, the reverse packaging is for the launch edition of The Evil Within, and the packaging is to change for subsequent prints of the game. You can make sure you get the launch edition of the game by pre-ordering the game through www.theevilwithin.com.

The Evil Within releases in North America on Tuesday, October 14th and throughout Europe on October 17th.

ESO — Update 3 is Live!

Update 3 has arrived on the live servers today, bringing more customization, mercantile opportunities, and fixes to The Elder Scrolls Online. Highlights include:

The dye system is here, giving you the chance to add a personal touch to your armor. New dyes are earned by completing achievements, and dyes for those you’ve already finished will already be unlocked for you. Dyeing your armor is as simple as approaching a dye station and selecting your favorite color scheme. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Guilds have good reasons to be excited about the update, too. Guild leaders can now create custom guild ranks and design their own guild tabard. There are tons of icons, colors, and tabard shapes available, so pick your favorites and put your guild’s identity on display. There’s more: guild stores can now be found throughout Tamriel. On a weekly basis, your guild can bid on one of these locations. If you win, your guild’s store will be available to the public, and you’ll make some gold from the sales!

As always, plenty of fixes and improvements are packed in along with the new features. To get all the details, read the full patch notes.