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.

Updated DOOM Beta FAQ

It’s Wolfenstein release day! Which means mean of you are redeeming your DOOM Beta codes. There were some reports of emails not getting sent after entering your beta code. For those of you who have not received their confirmation email, we’ve resolved the issue and verification emails are going out today. If you have any concerns, feel free to notify customer support and they will get that handled.

Got more questions on the DOOM beta code redemption? Take a look at our updated FAQ below:

DOOM BETA FAQ

THIS INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES.

I’VE JUST PICKED UP MY PRE-ORDERED VERSION OF WOLFENSTEIN, WHERE’S MY DOOM BETA KEY?

A key code is located on an insert inside your boxed copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order.. Visit wolfenstein.com and follow the instructions on the site. Once you complete that process, you’ll be registered to participate in the DOOM beta once it begins. Additional terms and conditions may apply, please visit wolfenstein.com/doom periodically for updated information.

DO I NEED TO CHOOSE THE PLATFORM ON WHICH I WANT TO PLAY THE DOOM BETA?

No. DOOM beta access correlates to your pre-ordered Wolfenstein: The New Order platform. If you purchase an Xbox 360 or Xbox One version of Wolfenstein: The New Order, you will receive an invitation to the Xbox One DOOM beta. PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 purchasers will receive an invite to the PS4 DOOM beta. PC purchasers will receive an invite to the PC DOOM beta. The DOOM Beta will only be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

HOW DO I REDEEM MY CODE? (XBOX 360, XBOX ONE & PC PURCHASES)

Once you’ve received your boxed copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order or your key code from your participating digital retailer, return to wolfenstein.com/doom and follow the below steps:

1. Choose the platform you purchased WOLFENSTEIN.

2. Enter the code in the field provided.

3. Provide a valid email address (Please ensure you use a valid email address that you will continue to use in the future; you will not be able to change the email address associated with your key code.

4. You will receive an email confirmation asking you to validate your email. Click the link provided to complete the registration.

We will contact you at a later date with further instructions regarding the DOOM beta via the email address you provided when you registered your code.

HOW DO I REDEEM MY CODE? (PLAYSTATION 3 & PLAYSTATION 4)

Once you’ve received your boxed copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order or your key code from your participating digital retailer , follow the steps below:

VIA THE CONSOLE

PS3:

  1. Open a Sony Entertainment Network account (or login to an existing account).
  2. From the XMB™ menu, select [Account Management] under PlayStation Network.
  3. Select [Redeem Codes].
  4. Enter the Voucher Code. Please note that the Voucher Code is case sensitive and must be entered exactly as shown.
  5. Confirm the Voucher Code has been entered correctly and then select [Continue] to complete Code redemption on PS3™ system.

PS4:

  1. Create an online account on your PSN-enabled PlayStation® system (or use your existing account).
  2. Select PlayStation®Store icon on the PS4™ system Home Screen.
  3. On PlayStation Store, select ‘Redeem Codes’ at the bottom of the menu on PS4™ system.
  4. Enter the Code. Please note that the code is case sensitive and must be entered exactly as displayed.
  5. Once the Code has been entered correctly, select ‘Continue’ on the dialog box to complete Code redemption on PS4™ system.

VIA THE SONY ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK (SEN) WEBSITE

  1. Go to http://www.SonyEntertainmentNetwork.com
  2. Click “Manage Account” and sign in with your Sign-In ID(E-mail Address) and Password.
  3. Click on “Redeem Prepaid Card”.
  4. Enter the code printed on the voucher or PlayStation Network Card and click “Continue”.
  5. If the code is valid, you will be presented with a description of what the code

Check back at wolfenstein.com/doom for updated information about the DOOM beta on PlayStation 4.

I’VE REDEEMED MY DOOM BETA KEY ON www.wolfenstein.com/doom AND CLICKED THROUGH TO VERIFY AND NOT RECEIVED A VERFICATION EMAIL. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Be sure to check spam folders to ensure that it hasn’t already been sent to you. If you continue to have an issue, please contact our customer support team at support.bethsoft.com.

IF I PRE-ORDER THE GAME DIGITALLY ON STEAM, WILL I STILL GET ACCESS TO THE BETA?

Yes. Once you pre-order, your invitation to the DOOM beta will be associated with your user account. You will not receive a code. Other digital retailers’ processes and/or participation may vary. We suggest contacting your preferred retailer directly for additional information.

IF I PURCHASE THE GAME DIGITALLY ON XBOX 360 OR XBOX ONE, WILL I RECEIVE AN INVITE TO THE DOOM BETA?.

Yes, for a limited time.  If you purchase from now until Monday May 26th, your invitation to the DOOM beta will be associated with your user account. You will not receive a code.

IF I PURCHASE THE GAME DIGITALLY ON PLAYSTATION 3 OR PLAYSTATION 4, WILL I RECEIVE AN INVITE TO THE BETA?.

Yes in North America, for a limited time.  If you purchase from now until Monday May 26th, your invitation to the DOOM beta will be associated with your user account. You will not receive a code.  In Europe, Sony is not offering the DOOM beta as part of a digital purchase.

WILL I NEED 1ST PARTY PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTIONS IN ORDER TO PLAY THE DOOM BETA?

An Xbox Live Gold membership is required for the Xbox One beta. A PSN Plus membership is not required for the PlayStation 4 beta.

WHAT IS THE DOOM BETA? HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?

We will be providing more information on the specific content and duration of the beta test at a later time.

WHEN DOES THE DOOM BETA START?

Although you’ll receive the DOOM beta key code with your copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order, the DOOM beta won’t begin until a later, yet-to-be announced date. We will contact you with news and updates surrounding the start of the DOOM beta via the email address provided during the key code redemption process.

WILL THERE BE AN OPEN BETA FOR DOOM?

Timing and availability of future beta programs for DOOM is to be determined by Bethesda in its discretion. The only current way to ensure an invitation is through pre-ordering Wolfenstein: The New Order. We will be providing more information on additional beta tests, if any, at a later time.

*DOOM BETA INVITE INCLUDED WITH QUALIFYING GAME PURCHASE. PLATFORM/CONSOLE RESTRICTIONS WILL APPLY. MUST BE 18+ TO PARTICIPATE. ACCESS SUBJECT TO REQUISITE PLATFORM/CONSOLE SUBSCRIPTION, TIMING AND TERRITORIES, TO BE DETERMINED AT BETHESDA’S SOLE DISCRETION. PARTICIPATION REQUIRES INTERNET CONNECTION AND ACCEPTANCE OF BETA AGREEMENT. ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY.

Updated Wolfenstein Pre-Order FAQ w/ DOOM Beta

Since announcing DOOM Beta pre-order incentive for Wolfenstein: The New Order, we’ve received plenty of questions on how the beta and redemption process will work. This week we have updated the Beta FAQ with new information.

We hope this answers many of your questions. And no, we’re not ready to talk about specifics on DOOM itself.

DOOM BETA FAQ – This information is subject to change without notice. Please check back for updates.

I’VE JUST PRE-ORDERED WOLFENSTEIN, WHERE’S MY DOOM BETA KEY?
A key code will be located on an insert that’s included inside your boxed copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order when it releases on May 20th. Once the key code is redeemed, you’ll be registered to participate in the DOOM beta once it begins. Check back at wolfenstein.com/doom for updated information.

DO I NEED TO SPECIFY WHAT PLATFORM I WANT TO PLAY THE DOOM BETA?
No. DOOM beta access correlates to your pre-ordered Wolfenstein: The New Order platform. If you purchase an Xbox 360 or Xbox One version of Wolfenstein: The New Order, you will receive an invitation to the Xbox One DOOM beta. PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 purchasers will receive an invite to the PS4 DOOM beta. All PC purchases will receive an invite to the PC DOOM beta. The DOOM beta will only be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

IF I PRE-ORDER THE GAME DIGITALLY, WILL I STILL GET ACCESS TO THE DOOM BETA?
We are working with Steam, Microsoft, and Sony to help ensure that persons pre-ordering digitally from Steam, Microsoft, and Sony will receive access to the DOOM beta. Other digital retailers’ processes and/or participation may vary. We suggest contacting your preferred retailer directly for additional information.

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Weekend Update: ESO Beta and more!

It’s the weekend, which means we’re in the midst of the latest beta session for The Elder Scrolls Online! If you have a beta code, be sure to join the fun. And if you can’t make it this time around, you can catch up on all the notable gameplay streams throughout the ESO community.

So what else is worth checking out this weekend? Here’s some highlights from the past week…

  • Our friends at Shortlist have put together one of the tougher Fallout 3 quizzes we’ve ever seen. Share with us your high score in the comments below.
  • Pete Hines recently took time to discuss our 2014 lineup — The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein, and The Evil Within — in new interviews with both CVG and 3News.
  • Preparing for The Evil Within this August? A new feature at Gamespot readies you for the return of survival horror with classic games and films that will condition your mind for Shinji Mikami’s newest (and most twisted) game.
  • We’ve got even more previews for Wolfenstein: The New Order — with the latest coming from 411Mania, IGN AU, Gamespot, and Nerd Reactor.

That’s all for now. See you in beta!

Get Psyched: Wolfenstein release date; First details on DOOM beta

The FPS legend that started it all returns this May! Today we’re excited to announce that Wolfenstein: The New Order will release on Tuesday, May 20th in North America and throughout Europe on Friday, May 23rd. And as a bonus to everyone that pre-orders, we will be letting you into the beta for the next DOOM game!

Wolfenstein marks the first Bethesda-published game to arrive on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and will also be available on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Developed by MachineGames, a studio comprised of a seasoned group of developers recognized for their work creating story-driven games, Wolfenstein: The New Order is a reimagining of the FPS franchise from id Software. The game offers a deep game narrative packed with action, adventure and first-person combat rendered in stunning detail with id® Software’s id Tech® 5 engine. And typical of a classic Wolfenstein game, expect plenty of hidden secrets, too.

Wolfenstein: The New Order once again centers around the series’ iconic war hero, B.J. Blazkowicz and this time faces alternate version of the 1960s in which the Nazis won World War II. As the only man capable of rewriting history, with the help of a small group of resistance fighters, infiltrate their most heavily guarded facilities, battle high-tech Nazi legions, and take control of super-weapons that have conquered the earth – and beyond. See the game in action on our official YouTube channel.

For community updates, visit www.wolfenstein.com and follow the game on both Facebook and Twitter. For more information on the DOOM beta access pre-order bonus, as well as applicable terms and restrictions, please visit: www.wolfenstein.com/DOOM.

E3 2013: ESO Arriving on PlayStation 4, Xbox One!

The Elder Scrolls Online is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and we’re celebrating with this new gameplay trailer! The Daedric Prince Molag Bal has stolen your soul and plots to destroy Tamriel. Gather your allies and find out if you can thwart his sinister plan as you explore the world of The Elder Scrolls Online in Spring 2014.

To learn more about The Elder Scrolls Online, visit the official site at http://elderscrollsonline.com. For announce details, read our recently released press release after the break.

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Now on Steam: Skyrim 1.9 (Update)

Update (3/18): Beginning today, Steam users can download the Skyrim 1.9 title update – featuring Legendary new features (see below) and new bug fixes. For console players out there, we’re hoping to release 1.9 later this month — we’ll keep you updated when we have specific dates.

So what’s in the update? Check the changelog below…

Skyrim 1.9 

NEW FEATURES

  • Legendary difficulty setting
  • Legendary Skills – Skills of 100 can be made Legendary. This will reset the skill to 15, return its Perks and allow the skill to affect leveling again. This effectively removes the overall level cap.

Bug fixes after the break…

ESO Update

With our new trailer and beta sign up for The Elder Scrolls Online, there’s been plenty of excitement this week surrounding the game — including new interviews with key members of the development team at ZeniMax Online Studios.

In addition to our latest episode of The Bethesda Podcast (featuring Matt Firor, Jo Burba, and Paul Sage), be sure to check out these sites:

  • MMORPG –Following our Beta annoucement, creative director Paul Sage took to Skype for a live interview with MMORPG.com. Watch it here.
  • Curse — In a new video, the Curse Entertainment team shares five reasons you’ll want to play ESO
  • NBC News — Game Director Matt Firor discusses the significance of beta and the excitement of bringing the MMO genre to the Elder Scrolls’ fanbase.
  • 3News.co.nz — Firor discusses the game’s timeline in TES lore, storyline, and more.
  • TESOF — Read a new editorial on how gameplay mechanics in ESO will be successful
  • Game Informer — Ben Reeves discusses ESO lore with Paul Sage and Rich Lambert
  • PC Gamer — You’ve probably already watched our Alliances at War video, but we all got a kick out of their fantastic headline for Lead Loremaster, Lawrence Schick.

After all that, don’t forget to check out the latest on ElderScrollsOnline.com this week. Highlights include Part 2 of their Ask Us Anything for the Daggerfall Convenant, new Developer Questions of the Week, and new social media avatars and wallpapers.

Elder Scrolls Online: Sign Up for Beta Today!

Big news for Elder Scrolls fans. You can now officially sign up for the Elder Scrolls Online beta program! Visit http://signup.elderscrollsonline.com/ to provide your information.

If selected, you will be one of the first people to embark upon the newest Elder Scrolls adventure, and help us beta test The Elder Scrolls Online. Please be aware that this is just beta sign-ups. The first beta test will begin soon—watch our official website, Facebook, and Twitter for an announcement about the first round of invites.

And in honor of opening beta sign-ups, we have released The Elder Scrolls Online – The Alliances Cinematic Trailer. Watch the trailer above.

Finally, Nick and I visited ZeniMax Online Studios to learn more about the beta program for our latest edition of The Bethesda Podcast. Featuring Matt Firor, Paul Sage, and Jo Burba, the podcast details specifics of the beta and includes questions submitted to @bethblog on Twitter.

Grab the podcast episode via any of the following methods: