BATTLECRY Beta Begins Down Under!

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Good news for fans in Australia and New Zealand. Announced today at PAX Aus, you’ll be the first to play BATTLECRY in Beta!!!

BETHESDA SOFTWORKS ANNOUNCES BATTLECRY BETA TO DEBUT IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND IN 2015 

Sign Up for Beta Now for BattleCry Studios’ Free-to-Play Online Team Action Game

October 31, 2014 (Melbourne, Australia) — Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced that the first beta tests for BATTLECRY™, the all-new online multiplayer action combat game from BattleCry Studios, will begin exclusively in Australia and New Zealand starting in early 2015. Featuring 32-player battles, BATTLECRY’s team-based combat combines visceral brutality and competitive multiplayer action to create a new gameplay experience that’s free to play.

Led by long-time industry veteran Rich Vogel (Star Wars: The Old Republic, Ultima Online), the team at BattleCry Studios is comprised of seasoned developers with decades of experience working on critically-acclaimed action and competitive multiplayer franchises. BATTLECRY is the first project for the Austin-based studio since it was formed in 2012 with one goal: to create fun, high-quality online experiences for a connected world.

In BATTLECRY, step into a bold, expressive world envisioned by Viktor Antonov (Half-Life 2, Dishonored) where gun powder has been banned following a cataclysmic world war at the dawn of the 20th century. Traditional warfare is now a relic of the past and all conflicts are settled head-on by elite teams of chosen warriors in sanctioned WarZones. Choose your warrior – each with a meaningfully distinct suite of attacks and abilities – from one of several factions from diverse parts of the world. With strategy, brutal attacks, and unique weapons, fight for power and glory across the WarZones.

“It will be extremely exciting to see people from Australia and New Zealand jump in and play the game when beta begins in 2015,” said Rich Vogel, president and executive producer at BattleCry Studios. “Everyone at the studio is looking forward to working with players in these two countries as we begin testing the game. They are paving the way for the rest of the world and will have a hand in helping us shape the future of BATTLECRY.”

Australians will have the chance to experience BATTLECRY for the very first time during PAX Aus 2014 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from October 31 to November 2.

Players in Australia and New Zealand can now sign up for beta at: www.battlecrythegame.com.au.

For more information on the game or to view the first gameplay video, visit the official BATTLECRY website: www.battlecrythegame.com.au.

About ZeniMax Media Inc.

ZeniMax Media is a privately owned media organization headquartered outside Washington, DC with international publishing offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Eindhoven, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. Through its subsidiaries, ZeniMax Media creates and publishes original interactive entertainment content for consoles, the PC, and handheld/wireless devices.  ZeniMax Media divisions include Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, Arkane Studios, Tango Gameworks, MachineGames, BattleCry Studios, ZeniMax Europe Ltd., ZeniMax Asia K.K., ZeniMax Asia Pacific Limited and ZeniMax Online Studios.   For more information on ZeniMax Media, visit www.zenimax.com.

About Bethesda Softworks

Bethesda Softworks, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, is a worldwide publisher of interactive entertainment software. Titles featured under the Bethesda label include such blockbuster franchises as The Elder Scrolls®, DOOM®, QUAKE®, Fallout®, Wolfenstein®, Dishonored®, Prey® and RAGE®.   For more information on Bethesda Softworks’ products, visit www.bethsoft.com.

About BattleCry Studios

BattleCry Studios, located in Austin, TX, brings together a group of seasoned developers with one goal: to create fun, AAA online global experiences for the connected world. Drawing on decades of experience from places like BioWare, Valve, 343 Studios, Treyarch, and more, BattleCry isn’t just a place where great games are created. It’s where designers, engineers, and artists work side by side to redefine a genre.

BATTLECRY, BattleCry Studios, The Elder Scrolls, Bethesda Game Studios, Dishonored, Arkane, The Evil Within, PsychoBreak, Tango, Tango Gameworks, MachineGames, Prey, Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda, ZeniMax and their related logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of ZeniMax Media Inc. in the United States and/or in other countries. Fallout is a registered trademark or trademark of Bethesda Softworks LLC in the United States and/or in other countries.  id, id Software, id Tech, DOOM, QUAKE, Wolfenstein and RAGE are registered trademarks or trademarks of id Software LLC in the United States and/or in other countries. Other product and company names referenced herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. All Rights Reserved.

This Week on Steam: Halloween Demo for The Evil Within

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In time for Halloween, you can scream on Steam free (!!)  — through three chapters of The Evil Within!

Starting October 30th, you’ll be able to enjoy the first three chapters for free. If you choose to purchase the game after the first three chapters, you’ll be able to continue your save progress, and as an added bonus, we’ll throw more evil your way with a free copy of Call of Cthulhu. Finally, and for a limited time only, we are offering 50% off The Evil Within’s Season Pass!

Already purchased The Evil Within and its Season Pass? Fear not. Those that already have the main game will have Cthulhu added to your library, and purchasers of the Season Pass will receive special offers on other Bethesda titles.

 

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Jack-in-a-Boxman-O-Lantern

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In time for Halloween, our very own Lindsay Westcott put together some very evil jack-o-lantern templates. Below you can print out any of our designs. If you’d like to share your carving skills with these templates or your own Bethesda creations, tweet us with the hashtag #BethesdART or email us at bethblog@bethsoft.com.

#Halloween Takes Hold of Your Entertainment Center

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Who says you only need to celebrate all things horror in October. Between now and Friday, you can enter our The Evil Within™ Custom Xbox One Halloween Giveaway Contest for a chance to win a The Evil Within-themed Xbox One console!

There’s two ways to win. On Twitter, follow @bethblog and retweet this post and you might end up winning our “Piercing Eye” custom console. Meanwhile, you simply need to share this Facebook post to have a chance at winning winning the “Asylum”-themed console (shown above).

For both contests, you must be 18 to enter and be a US resident (stay tuned for similar contests in other territories). For the contest’s official rules, visit here.

Program Guide – PAX Aus

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This weekend we will be in Melbourne for Bethesda’s first-ever showing at PAX Aus!

Attending? In addition to being able to play BATTLECRY at our booth (#2100), we have a full docket of panels that we’re participating in — highlighted by Pete Hines storytime keynote and our BATTLECRY: Welcome to the WarZone” developer panel — both which will be streaming globally on Twitch.TV/PAX.

But there’s much more. Get the full rundown below (all times listed in AEDT)

Friday, October 31st

Storytime with Pete Hines

10:30am – 11.30am | Main Theatre | Streaming live via Twitch.tv/PAX

The Customised Is Always Right: Pre-gen vs Custom Characters

16:30 – 17:30 | Galah Theatre

Panelists Include: Rich Vogel, Executive Producer, BattleCry Studios | Jessica McDonell, Video Journalist, GameSpot | Jeffrey Yohalem, Lead Writer, Ubisoft | Aidan Scanlan, Assistant Director of Design, Bioware | Moderated by Nic Healey, senior editor at CNET.

Halloween Horror Games Panel

19:30 – 20:30 | Dropbear Theatre

Panelists Include: Pete Hines, VP of PR & Marketing, Bethesda | Robert Dowling, Game Developer, Pixelpickle Games | Drew Hobbs, Writer and Game Director, IRL Shooter | Brian Hicks, Lead Producer, Bohemia Interactive | Moderated by Zorine Te, Associate Editor, GameSpot

Saturday, November 1st

BATTLECRY: Welcome to the WarZone

14:00 – 15:00 | Wombat Theatre | Streaming live via Twitch.tv/PAX

BattleCry Studios Panelists Include: Rich Vogel, Executive Producer | Lucas David, Design Director | Mark Tucker, Senior Systems Designer | Shahin Kanafchian, Community Manager | Moderated by Rae Johnston, Presenter, Tech Space

Building New IP- Pixel by Pixel

18:30 – 19:30 | Wombat Theatre | Streaming Live via Twitch.tv/PAX

Panelists Include: Pete Hines, VP of PR & Marketing, Bethesda | Siobhan Reddy, Studio Manager, Media Molecule | Randy Pitchford, President, Gearbox Software | Ken Wong, Lead Designer, UsTwo Games | Barry Meade, CEO, Fireproof Moderated by Bajo, Presenter, Good Game.

Sunday, November 2nd

The Importance of Diverse Skillsets When Making Games

14:00 – 15:00 | Fruitbat Theatre

Panelists Include: Lucas Davis, Design Director, BattleCry Studios | Randy Pitchford, President, Gearbox Software | Ken Wong, Lead Designer and Artist, UsTwo Games | John Nesky, Feel Engineer, thatgamecompany | Michael Hampden, Lead Game Designer, Ubisoft Singapore | Moderated by Jessica Citizen, Editor, Player Attack.

Extra Life 2014 – Watch some games and win some swag!

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As noted earlier this week, we’re participating in this year’s Extra Life gaming marathon — with money raised supporting our one of our local children’s hospitals, Children’s National in Washington, DC!

During the stream, beginning at or around 12:00 am edt on tonight, Jess and I will be giving out Bethesda swag and gear to donors of our Bethesda Extra Life page. We’ll also have some special guests. Machinegames’ Jerk Gustafsson and Jens Matthies will be participating and playing Fallout 3, while Arkane’s Raf Colantonio will be playing the studios’ classic from 2002, Arx Fatalis!

We look forward to sharing our games with you and hope you’ll consider donating to this charitable cause.

For more details, visit the official Bethesda Extra Life page.

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Elder Scrolls’ Books – Check ’em out!

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In a press release today we announced that we’ve partnered once again with Titan Books to create two new series of books: The Elder Scrolls Online – Tales of Tamriel & The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – The Skyrim Library!

Not since Encyclopedia Britannica’s heyday have volumes of books looked this cool and demanded to be on your bookshelf. With The Elder Scrolls Online, two volumes covering “The Land” and “The Lore” feature never-before-seen art and extensive lore surrounding the game. Meanwhile, by popular demand, the Skyrim series offers the first opportunity to get all of the game’s in-game text across three volumes.

The first volumes of these books are expected to release in March of 2015. For more information, read the full press release below…

TITAN BOOKS ANNOUNCES TWO NEW ELDER SCROLLS BOOK SERIES

Titan Books today announced five high-quality, in-universe artefacts for fans of The Elder Scrolls®, Bethesda Softworks’ internationally acclaimed and bestselling video game franchise. Titan Books, known for high quality film, TV and gaming tie-ins, with particular strength in the area of licensed entertainment titles, has been granted worldwide rights on the series.

THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE: TALES OF TAMRIEL – VOL. I: THE LAND
THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE: TALES OF TAMRIEL – VOL. II: THE LORE

Step into the fantasy world of The Elder Scrolls Online with THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE: TALES OF TAMRIEL – a series featuring a vast collection of in-game lore and original art. The two bound volumes chart the ongoing struggles between the Aldmeri Dominion, the Daggerfall Covenant, and the Ebonheart Pact – as well as the deadly invasion of Daedric Prince Molag Bal. Each book features close to one hundred specially commissioned, never-before-seen pieces of art illustrating the lives, the land, and the lore of Tamriel at war.

THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM – THE SKYRIM LIBRARY, VOL I: THE HISTORIES
THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM – THE SKYRIM LIBRARY, VOL II: MAN, MER AND BEAST
THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM – THE SKYRIM LIBRARY, VOL III: THE ARCANE
 

From the archives of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® come the collected in-game texts, THE SKYRIM LIBRARY. This lavishly bound, three-volume series chronicles for the first time all of Tamriel’s history, and covers a multitude of Elder Scrolls lore – including the cultures, creatures, magic, myths, and more – illustrated with stunning art.

Omar Khan, the series’ editor, is delighted to be a part of this new project, “I’m very excited to play a part in bringing the in-game text from Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls Online to print. Using art and text from Bethesda, we were able craft these amazing tomes that truly showcase the exceptionally well-written and in-depth lore that is the foundation of The Elder Scrolls.”

“One of the most important aspects of The Elder Scrolls series is the lore,” said Pete Hines, VP of Marketing and PR for Bethesda Softworks. “To have so much of its history chronicled in this way, accompanied by art sourced from the games, is very cool We’re excited to be working with Titan on this project, and for fans to see how much detail goes into the worlds our development teams create.”

THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE: TALES OF TAMRIEL – VOL. I: THE LAND and THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM – THE SKYRIM LIBRARY, VOL. I: THE HISTORIES are set to hit stores in March next year.

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About The Elder Scrolls Series

With each instalment reimagining and revolutionizing the genre, The Elder Scrolls series brings to life a complete virtual world for you to explore in any way you choose. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®, released in November 2011, is the most recent single-player game set in the award-winning Elder Scrolls universe. Skyrim earned hundreds of ‘Game of the Year’ awards. Skyrim was the second-highest grossing title in the industry in 2011, and the fastest-selling title in Steam’s history. The Elder Scrolls series includes Arena, Dagerfall, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002 RPG of the Year), The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006 Game of the Year). The Elder Scrolls Online® is the latest chapter in the franchise, and brings the legendary experience online for the first time in its 20-year history. Explore the expansive world – from the far reaches of Skyrim to the sprawling metropolis of Daggerfall and beyond – as a lone adventurer or with friends. The choices you make, from the alliance you join to the battles you fight, will shape your destiny and the world of Tamriel.

About Bethesda Softworks

Bethesda Softworks, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, is a worldwide publisher of interactive entertainment software. Titles featured under the Bethesda label include such blockbuster franchises as The Elder Scrolls®, DOOM®QUAKE®Fallout®, Wolfenstein®, Dishonored®, Prey® and RAGE®.   For more information on Bethesda Softworks’ products, visit www.bethsoft.com.  

Weekend Update — Golden Opportunity Edition

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After a busy launch week for The Evil Within, it’s nice to catch up on news for our other 2014 releases — Wolfenstein: The New Order & The Elder Scrolls Online — while some Sunday afternoon  football (sorry Saints fans… Go Lions!). Join me as I catch on the following:

ESO Game Director Matt Firor talks about what’s new with The Elder Scrolls Online — including details on Update 5 and the game’s new loyalty program — in the October Edition of ‘The Road Ahead’.

What made Wolfenstein: The New Order’s story one of the most compelling of 2014? In a new feature with Digital Trends, learn from Creative Director Jens Matthies why nothing in the game is done by accident. Here’s an excerpt…

“It’s never a case where things get developed in a vacuum from each other. It’s always a collaboration. There’s always lot of conflict that arises through that; I’ll have a story idea and somebody else will have a gameplay idea, and they might be conflicting. Then we negotiate and discuss around that and try to find a solution where all parties are happy. It’s not until we get there that we move along to the next problem.”

Reminder: Both of these games are up for Golden Joystick nominees. ESO is up for Best Online Game, while Wolfenstein is up for Best Gaming Moment, Best Story, and the big one… Game of the Year! Voting for the Golden Joysticks ends tomorrow (10/20)… so show your support today!