Happy Boxing Day!
A day after Christmas, GameInformer.com has a special treat for Elder Scrolls’ fans — a feature looking back at the series so far. From its lore to advancements in its tech, the article features commentary from Todd Howard and other team members at Bethesda Game Studios. Below is an excerpt from the feature in which Todd discusses the game engine for Morrowind.
“Morrowind was a major rewrite of the whole system, using world building techniques we had used in Redguard, but on a massive scale. The whole engine was redone again. Everything was built by hand, and now with the advances in 3D, we could build everything from forks to pillows to giant castles. This game also marked our first foray into the console world with Xbox, whereas before we were just a PC developer.”
– Todd Howard
Read the rest here. And don’t miss Game Informer’s exclusive cover story on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim — hitting shelves in January!
With the news of Shinji Mikami and Tango Gameworks joining our company, Todd sent over this image of the two hanging out at our office. Hypothetically, if Todd and Shinji’s teams worked together on a project (they’re not BTW), what type of game would they make? The burning question for me is whether or not inventory would be weighted or using a grid system (a la Resident Evil 4).
Share your ideas in the comments section.
Today we’re pleased to announce a new website dedicated to finding jobs within the ZeniMax family. Visit jobs.bethsoft.com to find openings at ZeniMax (Rockville, MD), ZeniMax Online Studios (Hunt Valley, MD), id Software (Dallas, TX), Bethesda Game Studios (Rockville, MD), and newly-aquired Arkane Studios (with offices in both Lyon, France and Austin, TX). For each studio, we’ve got information on the latest job openings — including details on the responsibilities and requirements for each position.
For more details on applying, head here.
With the Xbox 360 nearly five years old, the editorial staff at IGN put together a new list of the Top 25 Xbox 360 Games. Bethesda Game Studios’ Oblivion and Fallout 3 both made the list — ranking #10 and #2, respectively.
Thanks to all of you for playing the games, and congrats to the devs that worked on these titles.
Irrational Games’ new interview series “Irrational Interviews” launched this morning, and seeing as Irrational’s Ken Levine and Bethesda’s Todd Howard have known each other for years, it’s fitting that the pilot episode features the two chatting for a good 45 minutes.
Levine and Howard were joined by podcast host/associate producer Shawn Elliott, the trio touching on in-depth topics that ranged from in-game flashback sequences to slot machine design. Give the episode a listen over on the Irrational Games site.
About Game Development are short essays exploring the world of game development at Bethesda Game Studios. Today’s post is about broken windows.
Our games here at Bethesda Game Studios are complex, sprawling epics with layers of systems, reams of data, stunning art and audio and hours upon hours of fun made by our talented creators of all stripes. Underlying all of that is thousands upon thousands of lines of source code to make it all go, from editing gameplay data to exporting and placing art to actually running the game itself on one of several platforms.
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About Game Development are short essays exploring the world of game development at Bethesda Game Studios. Today’s post is about how a team is like a family.
We spend so much time at work, a development team becomes like a family. We fight. We annoy. We eat. We have kids (well, the married couples working on the team do).
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The second round of The Escapist’s 2010 March Mayhem: Developer’s Showdown has commenced. After beating out Twisted Pixel, Bethesda now faces PopCap, makers of some of the office’s favorite casual titles like Zuma, Bejeweled, Peggle, and Plants vs. Zombies.
Elsewhere in the tournament, Obsidian Entertainment — the guys working on Fallout: New Vegas — are currently battling it out with Capcom. In the event they can pull it out, they’d face Bethesda in the Sweet 16.
Head to The Escapist forums to check out all the matchups and vote for your favorite developers.
March Madness is definitely one of my favorite times of the year. As I await the NCAA Tournament Selection show, I thought I’d point out that for the third year in a row, Bethesda Softworks is in The Escapist’s March Mayhem Developer’s Showdown — a fan-voted tournament featuring 64 of the biggest developers in gaming.
Beginning March 17th, you can vote on each round’s matchups, but this year they’ve also added a bracket where you can try to predict all the matchups before they happen (just like with the NCAA Tournament). Just make sure you register to participate.
In our first round matchup, we take on Twisted Pixel — makers of popular XBLA hits like The Maw and ‘Splosion Man. Discuss the matchup here. Meanwhile, Obsidian Entertainment (our friends working on Fallout: New Vegas), have a first round matchup against Sucker Punch — the guys known for creating inFamous and the Sly Cooper series.
Good luck to all the developers in this year’s bracket. We’ll keep you updated.