That’s Pretty Coub!

Starting today, Dishonored fans can compete in a unique contest from Coub.com.

What’s Coub? It’s a pretty rad site that allows you to create short gameplay gifs very easily — like the one posted above. Your bounty for entering? A chance at winning a Steam key for Dishonored and a game sleeve signed by the team at Arkane Studios!.

For more details, visit this page on Coub.com.

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Around the web – beta access, interviews, and more!

We’re back with another web roundup.

The Elder Scrolls Online launches on PC/Mac two months from today, and today at elderscrollsonline.com, you can get details on the latest wave of invites for the game’s closed beta. And if you still haven’t gotten in yet, don’t worry, we’ll be sending out even more invites leading up to the game’s release.

Can’t wait to get into beta? Beginning this week, our friends at Curse will be giving away beta keys. Visit their site and follow them on Twitter.

Elsewhere around the web…

Finally, if you’re in the Dallas area and interested in providing feedback on future Bethesda titles, check out our new Temporary Play Tester position. You can apply for that job and others at jobs.zenimax.com!

VGX Nominee: The Knife of Dunwall

2013 brings a new era to Spike’s annual video game award show. Now known as VGX, we’re excited to announce that Dishonored’s The Knife of Dunwall has received a nomination in the Best DLC category! It’s a great honor for Arkane Studios, who took home the VGA for Best Action/Adventure Game last year.

Nominees were voted on by the VGX Advisory Council, a group comprised of game journalists from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Game Informer, Joystiq, Kotaku, Polygon, IGN, GameTrailers, Gamespot, Wired.com, USA Today and Associated Press. Winners will also be determined by the council, with the exception of the Most Anticipated Game and Character of the Year categories, which will be voted on at VGXLIVE.com.

Want to see who wins? This year’s awards will be streamed in nearly a bazillion ways — including but not limited to Twitch.TV, Xbox LIVE, PlayStation 3, and VGXLIVE.com. The three hour stream begins on Saturday, December 7, beginning at 6:00 PM ET / 3:00 PM PT.

The Critical Path leads to Arkane Studios

Recently I revisited CRITICAL//PATH, a site devoted to learning more about game development from the industry’s brightest minds, and noticed that it’s been updated with new videos featuring Dishonored’s co-creative directors, Arkane’s Raphael Colantonio and Harvey Smith.

Check out the links to learn more from Raf & Harvey.

Raphael Colantonio: A Gaming President, Working in QA, Interactivity

Harvey Smith: Game Systems, Gamification and Gameplay, Need More Systems

For more on CRITICAL//PATH, visit our post from last year.

Last chance to vote for the 31st Golden Joysticks

Voting for this year’s Golden Joysticks is nearing the final stretch, but there’s still time to support your favorite games.

Dishonored and Arkane are nominated in six categories, including:

  • Game of the Year
  • Best Newcomer
  • Best Storytelling
  • Studio of the Year
  • Top Gaming Moment (Lady Boyle’s Last Party)
  • Visual Design

Meanwhile, TES fans can show support for ESO in this year’s ‘Most Wanted’ category.

Voting continues between now and October 20th. A week later, on the 25th, you can watch the awards streamed live. For more information and to vote, visit www.goldenjoysticks.com.

Now Available in North America – Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition

Beginning today, you can experience all of Dishonored’s content with the newly released Game of the Year Edition.

In addition to the award-winning original game, the DLC features all of the games add-on content, including:

The Knife of Dunwall – In The Knife of Dunwall, take on the role of Daud, the legendary assassin who killed the Empress. After assassinating the Empress, and forever changing the fate of Dunwall, you embark on a search for redemption. Gain access to Daud’s new weapons, gadgets and supernatural abilities as you traverse through parts of Dunwall yet unseen, including the city’s whaling center, Rothwild Slaughterhouse, and the heavily guarded Legal District.

The Brigmore Witches – Continue your journey as the legendary assassin, Daud, in The Brigmore Witches. This conclusion to Daud’s story will put you at odds with warring gang factions and the dangerous Brigmore witch coven. Journey through undiscovered locales within Dunwall, including Drapers Ward and the Brigmore Manor, where you will be met with supernatural forces that test the limits of your new weapons and abilities.

Dunwall City Trials – In Dunwall City Trials, experience Dishonored’s flexible combat system, stealth gameplay, and distinct settings in a whole new way as you make your way through 10 distinct maps that feature a variety of challenges. Put your stealth, combat and mobility skills to the test as you clear demanding objectives, unlock new achievements and secrets, and climb up the global online leaderboards.

Void Walker’s Arsenal – With the Void Walker’s Arsenal add-on pack, gain access to four content bundles previously available only through pre-ordering Dishonored. These bundles offer unique character bonuses, additional bone charm slots and more.

Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition is available for $39.99 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. The game will release in Europe this Friday for 39.99 € / £ 29.99 /$69.95 AUD on PS3 and Xbox 360, and 29.99 € / £24.99 / $49.95 AUD on PC.

Arkane ramping up for what’s next

With Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition ready for release in October, Arkane Studios is ramping up on what comes next — next-gen development. While we can’t talk about what’s on the horizon, we wanted to let prospective game developers know that they’re already building up their team for the next project.

Two key new positions opened up for Arkane’s Austin-based studio, a Lead Tech Programmer and a Tools Programmer. In addition to these new positions, the Austin office is hiring a wide range of additional art and engineering positions. Get a full rundown here.

Over in the Eastern Hemisphere, Arkane Studios France is hiring for their Lyon office. Positions include Level ArchitectLevel DesignerSystems Designer, and Senior AI Programmer.

For a look at all job openings across our studios, visit jobs.zenimax.com.

Hey there Delilah artwork

Prior to the release of Dishonored’s final add-on, The Brigmore Witches, we shared Delilah’s in-game paintings — created by Arkane’s own artist/illustrator, Veronique Meignaud..

By popular demand, three of these mezmerizing pieces — Daud, The Outsider, and Emily — are now available as limited edition giclees.

  • The Outsider – His Mark Upon My Flesh
  • Daud – I Am the Ruin of His House
  • Emily – Her Face is My Smile

For more details, visit store.bethsoft.com.

Void Walker’s Arsenal available today

Update 5/14: Void Walker’s Arsenal is now available on both Steam and Xbox LIVE. The PlayStation 3 release will be available later today on the North American PlayStation Store and tomorrow afternoon on the European PlayStation Store.

The gifts of the Outsider are bestowed unto those who walk the Void.

With the Void Walker’s Arsenal add-on pack, gain immediate access to four content bundles previously available only through pre-ordering Dishonored. The Acrobatic Killer Pack, Arcane Assassin Pack, Backstreet Butcher Pack and Shadow Rat Pack offer unique character bonuses, additional bone charm slots, unhidden books and bonus coins that will aid you in your pursuit of revenge. Found in the Hound Pits Pub, use these items to enhance your playthrough of Corvo’s main campaign in the original game.

Full details on the bundles included after the break…

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