Get a gameplay tease of BATTLECRY!

While fans down under get their first chance to play BATTLECRY this weekend, we’ve got an all-new gameplay teaser for the rest of the world to check out!

Want more from BATTLECRY? Be sure to tune into Twitch tomorrow to catch the “Welcome to the WarZone” panel — streaming live at Twitch.TV/PAX tomorrow night at 11pm ET (that’s 2pm AEDT if you’re in Australia).

For more BATTLECRY updates, you can follow us on both twitter.com/BATTLECRY_game and facebook.com/BATTLECRYTheGame

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.

The WarZone Begins With You!

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This weekend BattleCry Studios descends upon Melbourne, Australia to give folks down under a first chance to play BATTLECRY. Joining the team for the long journey is the studio’s brand-new community manager, Shahin Kanafchian.

Today he’s here to introduce himself, and you can expect to hear plenty more from Shahin in the future…..

Hey guys!

My name is Shahin Kanafchian, and I’m really excited to introduce myself as the Community Manager for BATTLECRY. As a lifelong gamer, I love engaging with players and I understand how important it is to put you at the heart of everything we do. It’s still early days, but that’s why I’m excited – it gives me the chance to work with you to build things from the ground up. So, here’s a rundown of where I think we’re at so far, and what you can expect in the future.

Communication

I’m a huge believer in transparency, and as a studio, we want to foster a real relationship with you by communicating openly and honestly. This game is for our players, and so your feedback will be incredibly important! The team and I will be doing our best to listen, communicate and collaborate with you to make it awesome. For me, nothing is more satisfying than seeing the crazy ways you’ve managed to min/max your way to victory.

Right now, you can find us on Twitter and Facebook – so expect plenty of information through those channels. You’ll also be able to find news, videos and content through our friends at Bethesda – such as their blog, forums, YouTube and Twitch channels. There may come a time when we outgrow these pages as this pre-alpha game becomes a real boy, but you’ll definitely be in the loop along the way.

I also want to bring the discussion to players wherever we can. For example, a few amazing people have already set up a BATTLECRY subreddit and we love them for it! I’ll do what I can to chip in and hang out wherever possible. Word of warning, , I’ve even been known to frequent IRC in the past. Yes… it’s that bad.

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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.

PAX Aus: Putting some BATTLECRY on the Barbie

G’day everyone, we have exciting news for Bethesda fans Down Under! This year we will be participating in PAX Aus for the first time — bringing BATTLECRY, our Austin-flavored multiplayer action game from the dev team at BattleCry Studios.

Alongside being able to play the game on the show floor, members of team — Executive Producer Rich Vogel, Design Director Lucas Davis, Senior Systems Designer Mark Tucker, and Community Manager Shahin Kanafchian — will take the stage for a panel entitled ‘BATTLECRY: Welcome to the WarZone’ on Saturday, November 1st at 2 pm local time. They’ll be on stage to discuss the ins and outs of their new game and look forward to debating the world’s best BBQ. And with tech/gaming guru Rae Johnston presiding over the panel as moderator, it’s sure to be entertaining.

In addition to BATTLECRY’s presence, you won’t want to miss Pete Hines’ “storytime keynote” address opening the show. Pete, Rich Vogel, and Lucas Davis will also be sitting on other PAX Aus panels throughout the weekend. More details to come!

PAX AUS runs from October 31st thru November 2nd.  For more information on PAX Aus, visit the event website and be on the lookout for new updates on Bethesda Blog, as well as our BATTLECRY Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Weekend Update – Countdown to The Evil Within’s Kickoff

Okay, we’re not quite there yet (there’s still 5 weeks until 10.14), but like many of you, we’re excited about this weekend’s kickoff of the NFL season. As you settle down for Sunday’s last matchup of the weekend, take advantage of a second screen experience full of BATTLECRY and The Evil Within highlights.

The Evil Within countdown continues on our social media channels, as we’re upping our game with plenty of never-before-seen concept art.  Check out some of this week’s highlights, focusing on lead protagonist Sebastian, in the imgur slideshow below and look forward to more art on our Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and instagram accounts. Like what you’re seeing, don’t forget that you can order Dark Horse’s “The Art of The Evil Within”.

What else is happening with The Evil Within?  Courtesy of PAX Prime and gamescom 2014, catch new hands-on impressions from OnlySP.com, GameTrailers, and Independant.co.uk. Meanwhile, both Tech Gen Mag and Explosion.com discuss how Shinji Mikami and The Evil Within are major contributors to the reemergence of the survival horror genre.

Finally, huge props to YouTube creator SlasherJPC for creating a comprehensive look at what you can expect from The Evil Within based upon existing gameplay and impressions. Really good stuff here.

Shifting gears, BATTLECRY had a major presence at PAX Prime — with plenty of folks joining our devs in friendly, but very competitive gameplay sessions. If you haven’t already, follow BATTLECRY’s Twitter and FB pages to see some of the amazing PAX photos, and check out these recent highlights:

Gamespot — Live from the PAX Prime showfloor, members of Gamespot discuss BATTLECRY being one of the weekend. Tune in at the 4:25 mark to hear their commentary specific to the game.

Tek Syndicate — Watch a recent interview with design director Lucas Davis.

asleepypanda — At PAX Prime, BATTLECRY devs were joined by Christopher Walken, Morgan Freeman, and President Barack Obama himself. Okay, not really — but this YouTube video with Christopher Walkenthrough is pretty great.

farfromsubtle — This video’s a little old, but it’s a pretty hilarious look back on the announce trailer for BATTLECRY.

Overtime! Not to be outdone, we’ve got some new Wolfenstein updates, too. Check new post-mortem interview at VentureBeat (w/ Jerk Gustafsson and Anders Backman) and Gamasutra (one again with Jerk).

That’s all for now. Go Lions!  

PAX Prime: The Evil Within, BATTLECRY, and The Elder Scrolls Online Take Center Stage!

Easily one of the most fun weeks of the year is attending PAX Prime in Seattle. Closing out the summer meeting some of our biggest fans is always a thrill. And if you’ve ever been to Seattle, the weather in late August/early September is damn near perfect.

For Bethesda’s 7th PAX Prime, we’ve got a pretty exciting lineup — we’re showcasing The Evil Within, BATTLECRY, and The Elder Scrolls Online.

With less than two months until its October 14th release, we’re celebrating The Evil Within, Shinji Mikami’s return to survival horror, in a major way. By visiting our booth in the Washington Convention Center, you’ll have a chance to go hands-on with the game on either Xbox One or PlayStation 4. What’s more, we’ll have multiple contests during the week for a chance to win custom Xbox One consoles and a one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia that’s sure to charm terrify your friends and family. And don’t worry, fans at home will have a chance to win, too — more details later this week.

Mock-ups of customized Xbox One consoles that lucky winners will have a chance to score! More details to come!

Also at the Bethesda PAX booth, multiplayer madness will be in full effect for both The Elder Scrolls Online and BATTLECRY. With the the former, ESO veterans (and newcomers) will have a chance to participate in tense, 3v3v3 multiplayer in Colovian Crossing — a special capture-the-flag PvP worth checking out. It’s a real treat.

All players that check out ESO will come away with something special, too — a download code for a limited edition Bristlegut Pig pet to accompany you in your Tamriel travels.

Meanwhile for BATTLECRY, we’ll be showcasing 8v8 matches in an all-new game mode, Land Grab, with plenty of loot for players to grab. All participants will score a BATTLECRY pin for playing. But winning teams will have an opportunity for even more prizes, including…

… this Cossacks vs. Royal Marines lithograph signed by the game’s Creative Director Viktor Antonov if you win one match, and… 

… one of these PAX Prime BATTLECRY faction t-shirts if your team wins two consecutive matches.

PAX Prime takes place August 29th – September 1st at the Washington Convention Center in Seattle, WA. Stay tuned here on the blog and follow our @bethblog, @battlecry_game, @tesonline, and @theevilwithin Twitter accounts for updates through the week!

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!

#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!

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.