This week we’re talking to Johannes and Nicolas of the Sure AI modding team. Serving as the project lead and creative director, respectively, the duo from Munich are currently hard at work on their Skyrim total conversion mod, Enderal — one that last year captured ModDB.com’s Best Upcoming Mod award.
The Creation Kit toolset released back nearly three years ago (Feb 2012). How much “kicking the tires” did SureAI do before planning Enderal?
Johannes: Pretty much no kicking at all – we started planning Enderal — the scope, drafts of story and gameplay, a rough production plan, as good as it was possible without knowing the capacities of the CK — in October 2011, a month before Skyrim was released. Of course, the first results we got in the new engine weren’t that presentable and had to be reworked, but the actual development of Enderal started as soon as the Creation Kit was released.
How many folks are working on Enderal?
Nicolas: Altogether, we’re 14 people on the core team, of which around eight spend a lot of time on the development. Then, there are a lot of external contributors, mainly 3d artists, and, of course, voice actors and a German recording studio, 2day Productions, who help us with the localization.
The road to Tamriel Unlimited on PC (March 17th) and consoles (June 9th on Xbox One and PlayStation 4) gets closer and closer, and this week game director Matt Firor has shared the latest edition of ESO’s The Road Ahead. This time around, Firor outlines the latest loyalty rewards for the game and also answers questions specific to Tamriel Unlimited, including: console transfers, ESO Plus, and the philosophy behind the game’s upcoming crown store.
What else is happening in Tamriel? Here’s a look back at highlights from elderscrollsonline.com in the past week.
Update 6 brings new light, medium, and heavy armor for Orc and Redguard players. Take a first look here.
Hungry (like the wolf) for a new guild interview? Look no further than the newest Guild Spotlight focusing on The Westwind Claws.
Finally, tune in today at 4 pm est for the newest episode of ESO Live. Follow the channel at Twitch.TV/ZeniMaxOnlineStudios to watch exclusive interview, win prizes, and much more! Feel the love in the embed below…
So how does one tie in this month’s Vault Boy Tee of the Month — Paralyzing Palm — to February’s most iconic holiday, Valentine’s Day. After extensive thought, the unarmed perk brings to mind Kill Bill’s most heartbreaking martial arts maneuver. With a shirt as stylish as this one, you’ll want to be ready to break/stop a few hearts.
You’re going to love the way you look in this shirt — available for one week only at store.bethsoft.com!
From the offices of id Software, we’re back with a lo0k at the latest and greatest web happenings.
We begin talking about id. Above is a new teaser pic of MythBusters’ Adam & Jamie with UFC Fighter (and part-time DOOM marine), Brendan Schaub. For more sneak peaks at this Saturday’s episode, keep an eye on our DOOM Twitter and Facebook pages.
To tide you over until Saturday night, here’s some other links to check out.
2015 is a big year for BATTLECRY as players — beginning in Australia/New Zealand — will be able to play the game in beta, and it’s making waves in “Games of 2015″ lists from sites like Mashable, USA Today, AusGamers, and CHIP (DE).
PC Gamer offers an ode to the odorous toilet of Dishonored.
Giant Bomb has shared the results of their 2014 Readers’ GOTY voting and we’re very excited to see Wolfenstein cracked their top 10 list.
Develop discusses BATTLECRY’s move to beta in a new interview with the teams’s design director, Lucas Davis.
SXSW will be happening before you know it in Austin, and in this year’s Gaming Awards, Wolfenstein and The Evil Within received nominations for Excellence in Narrative and Excellence in SFX, respectively. Find out who wins on Friday, March 13th.
Over at MMORPG.com, it’s up to fans like you to help ESO win Best RPG and Best MMO of 2014 in their Players Choice Awards.
Shoddycast continues to impress with their lore series for Fallout. One name provides all you have to say about the latest episode: GARY!
Lastly, and and in case you missed it, here’s one of our early contenders for video of the year. Created in Source Filmmaker, here’s Skyrim in a Nutshell by YouTuber Ferhod.
For now over a decade, Discovery’s popular show MythBusters has helped put an end to longstanding myths relating to popular culture, news stories, and everyday life. For next week’s January 31st episode, they’re taking their expertise to video games.
In this special episode dedicated to the hobby near and dear to our hearts, we’re excited that id Software’s own Tim Willits will be helping Adam and Jamie dig into an often-discussed topic of FPS games: Is it really possible for someone to carry all those health packs, guns, and even a chainsaw? Using the DOOM universe and DOOM 3 BFG Edition for reference, Tim helps the team recreate a DOOM level in real life.
Catch the episode on Discovery on Saturday, January 31st at 9/8c. For more details, visit the show’s page on Discovery.com.
Whether you’re playing ESO on PC/Mac or awaiting the game’s console release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, we’ve got some big news to share!
Beginning on June 9th TES fans on Xbox One and PS4 will be able to endlessly explore The Elder Scrolls® Online: Tamriel Unlimited! This edition of the game features all of the gameplay from the original PC release, including all the new content and changes made over the past year, and it comes without requiring a monthly game subscription fee!
And for our PC/Mac fans, we’re pleased to announce you’ll be the first to experience this new way to play ESO – beginning on Tuesday, March 17th!
In Tamriel Unlimited, you’ll be able to purchase optional downloadable content, and the in-game Crown Store will offer convenience and customization items. Already a subscriber? You’ll become a member of ESO Plus to receive monthly in-game benefits and a monthly allotment of Crowns to spend in the store. Our team remains committed to providing a great experience to all players, and you can expect continued, regular updates free of charge in addition to our new store offerings.
In celebration of these two big announcements, we’ve released the final entry in our four-part series of cinematic trailers, The Confrontation. Enjoy it in the embed above!