Holiday Weekend Update

There’s plenty of pre-E3 talk for Prey 2, Skyrim, and RAGE at the following sites:

While it’s been a few weeks since Brink’s release, but there’s plenty of cool stuff to share:

Additional news for RAGE, Prey 2, Skyrim, Honest Hearts, and more after the break…

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Around the web: The Final Countdown to Brink

Counting down the minutes until Brink’s launch, I thought I’d share some of the latest news for Brink and our other titles.

Get news on RAGE, Prey 2, and Skyrim after the break.

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Weekend Update: Brink

In the previous update that just went up, you might have noticed one game missing… BRINK!

With just over a week until its release, GamersPortal.com is having a community roundtable for the game tomorrow at 7 PM EST. Visit their blog for more details.

Beyond that, get the latest on Brink at these sites:

  • USA Today – “Five Things You Didn’t Know About Brink”
  • GamaSutra – “A Missive From the End of Genre: How Brink Works”
  • VGRevolution – interview with Splash Damage Community Relations Manager Steve ‘badman” Hessel
  • Edge – Audio Director Chris Sweetman sounds off on game audio
  • Machinima – interview with Paul Wedgwood from our PAX East event
  • IGN - interview with Chris Sweetman
  • PS3 Trophies (or Xbox 360 Achievements) – interview with Lead Designer Neil Alphonso

Catch additional preview coverage at JoystiqRock, Paper, ShotgunUFREPlayer Affinity, and Games Xtreme.

Weekend Update: RAGE, Skyrim, Hunted, and Prey 2

While our BFG event was more than two weeks ago, there’s plenty of new coverage to share for RAGE, Skyrim, Prey 2, and Hunted.

Don’t miss last Friday’s GTTV episode, which featured a new Skyrim interview with Todd Howard, as well as a first look at RAGE’s Subway Town. Catch both segments at GameTrailers.com.

If podcasts are your thing, Giant Bomb has 40 minutes of discussion on Skyrim, RAGE, and Prey 2. While I highly recommend the entire podcast, the BFG coverage starts just before the 50-minute mark. Elsewhere, Shacknews’ Garnett Lee shares his Skyrim impressions in episode 57 of Weekend Confirmed (scan ahead to the 33:25 mark of the podcast), and also divulges on why he’s so excited for RAGE in episode 58. Head to iTunes to download all three podcasts.

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The Top 10 Most Vile Roundups

Let’s get one thing straight: Clavicus Vile (pictured above, kickin’ it) is the most outrageous and excellent Elder Scrolls god, and there’s really no arguing to be done. That said, if you somehow feel differently, IGN has their own opinion in a new “Top 10 Gods of The Elder Scrolls” article. Vile believers: don’t believe their lies.

A few more tidbits from around the web:

Around the web: Checklist edition

There’s three things you should do this week.

  1. Vote for the the games to be featured next year for the Smithsonian’s ‘Art of Video Games’ exhibit. Among the games (spanning five eras), you can vote for DOOM II, Oblivion, and Fallout 3. Deadline: Extended to April 17th
  2. Vote in G4TV’s Game Franchise Deathmatch. Round 2 features Fallout vs. Gears of War and The Elder Scrolls vs. StarCraft. Deadline: Voting ends Friday.
  3. Do your taxes!

With that out of the way, here’s some other stuff you’ll want to check out

  • Inc Gamers has a two part interview with Brink creative director Richard Ham. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is over here.
  • The Sixth Axis learns from Ed Stern how many areas are in Brink (and more).
  • Todd Howard appears in the G4TV special, Gamers Heart Japan. It’s a really nice feature, but if you can’t wait to watch Todd, he’s at the VERY end.
  • PC Gamer explains how Brink starts to make perfect sense once you have time to play it.
  • OXM UK goes hands on with both Brink and Hunted.
  • VG247 looks ahead to our 2011 lineup and also makes predictions about the future.
  • GameDynamo looks forward to Hunted.

Beyond that, don’t forget there’s still time to bid on a Todd Howard-signed deluxe bobblehead, a team-signed Skyrim cover (above), and a Fallout: New Vegas neon sign. 100% of the final sale price will support Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund – a GlobalGiving Project.

Around the web

Matt back with another update from around the web.

Up first, G4TV let us know today they’ve kicked off a new deathmatch to determine the greatest game franchise of all time. Both Elder Scrolls and Fallout are in the tournament and up against stiff competition. In the first round, the Elder Scrolls faces Street Fighter, while Fallout squares off with Civilization. To vote, head to G4TV.com and register. I recommend listening to “You’re The Best” from the Karate Kid soundtrack as you vote.

Speaking of fan votes, we’ve got news that Bioware bested us in the March Mayhem Developers’ Challenge. Put on those headphones and prepare the training montage for next year!

It’s been awhile since we updated you on Skyrim. For all of you looking for every bit of info between now and 11.11.11, you might find something of interest below…

  • OXM UK brings their Skyrim coverage online with a preview, podcast interview with Pete, and an interview with Todd. And for those with Xbox LIVE in the UK, you can check out video interviews conducted with Todd Howard and Bruce Nesmith.
  • Planet Elder Scrolls interviewed me to celebrate the site’s 10th anniversary (congrats!).
  • G4TV and IGN show how far BGS have come with Skyrim in comparison to Oblivion.
  • A nice user-made piano tribute to Skyrim’s theme.
  • Rolling Stone leads off their feature on the biggest games of 2011 with Skyrim. Article also mentions RAGE.
  • NowGamer and Game Rant discuss what’s been learend about the game so far.
  • CVG discuss what they want to see in Skyrim.

Switching gears to Brink, be sure to check out The Video Game Writers, who have new features on Brink each day this week. So far they’ve talked with lead writer Ed Stern about how Brink takes notes from previous games, how Splash Damage is decreasing the learning curve and increasing the game’s fun, as well as conceptualization and replayability for Brink.

Speaking of Brink, if you’re wondering about the Ark image above, it was sent to our blog inbox from fan Tsenttachi,who created it in Minecraft. If you’ve made any Bethesda-themed creations in the game, feel free to email them to us at bethblog@bethsoft.com.

That about does it for this round. See ya next time.

RAGE roundup

On Sunday, we’ll be exactly six months away from the release of RAGE — id’s all-new, open-world FPS. To celebrate the occasion, here’s some new coverage from around the web.

This evening IGN’s Charles Onyett has a new feature on RAGE’s weapons. Read the preview on their site and watch gameplay footage above.

Last week USA Today’s Game Hunters ran a feature titled Five Things you didn’t know about ‘RAGE’. The article includes details on driving, the game’s story, and even a Hollywood actor that voices one of the game’s characters. Learn who it is here.

Senior Producer Jason Kim and Design Director Matt Hooper recently appeared on several episodes of the Jace Hall Show. In Episode 16, the pair discuss id’s storied history and also includes a hilarious clip of John Carmack beating down Jace. Episode 17 focuses more on RAGE — featuring gameplay footage starting at the 50-second mark and more at the 4:30 mark. Word has it Kim and Hooper will return to show more of the game in the next episode, which premieres this Friday.

Finally, Game Informer subscribers can turn to pg. 66 of the latest issue (April) for a two-page spread that discusses five ways the game separates itself from other FPS titles.

We’ll have more news on RAGE very soon… stay tuned!

Brink Mega Roundup

Brink made a huge splash (pun intended) at recent stops in LA, NY, and parts of Europe. We already covered off on some coverage last week (as has Splash Damage on their site), but there’s plenty more to share. To get started, watch the GameTrailers video (above) with the game’s creative director, Richard Ham.

Elsewhere, Lee Bradley of Play.tm recently played the game, and it sounds like Splash Damage’s goals for the game spoke directly to him. Here’s a snippet of his preview:

“Because the truth is, an FPS hasn’t had me that intrigued for a long time. Perhaps it’s timing, perhaps its design or maybe it’s just the infectious energy of the development team. They know they’re onto something good. Brink could be very special indeed.”

We’ve only scratched the surface on the new coverage. After the break, find out why Destructoid claims the game “truly looks to have something for everyone” and more.

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Hunted Roundup

As we pack our bags for PAX East, we thought we’d share a few updates on our upcoming titles. Beginning with Hunted, here’s the latest coverage to hit since Nick’s post last week.

That’s all for now. Look for new previews after PAX East, and if you’re in Boston this weekend, stop by our booth.