The Bethesda E3 2010 Lineup: We’re going to need a bigger booth

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E3 is the biggest gaming showcase of the year, and as that headline suggests, our just-announced 2010 lineup is appropriately loaded with big video games.

Brink, RAGE, Hunted and Fallout: New Vegas will all be making appearances during this year’s show, set to run from June 15-17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Of course, we’ll be there bringing you every inside scoop we can get our hands on. Expect a steady stream of behind-the-scenes blogs, and maybe even a few interviews. Stay tuned for more details in the coming days.

Weekend Update

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Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. Before heading out, I thought I’d share some previews, reviews, and more for our titles.

The latest edition of online magazine PCGZine features previews for Hunted, RAGE, Fallout: New Vegas and Brink. In addition to the previews, they also caught up with Brink’s Creative Director, Richard Ham, for a three-page interview.

For more with Richard Ham, head to Sarcastic Gamer. Here’s a quick look…

SG: I like Brink’s art style, it has a familiar look while still looking distinctive. What made you choose this art style?

Richard Ham: Olivier, our Art Director, had actually experimented with Hyperrealism (a modern art movement) in a title he’d previously worked on. His idea, when he started at Splash, was that since you’re so often shooting at guys from a distance, why not exaggerate features of the characters so they really “pop”.

Earlier this week we let you know that DOOM II is now available on Xbox LIVE Arcade. You can purchase the game for 800 Microsoft points, or download the demo for free. For more on the game, check out reviews at IGN and Game.Shard — as well as 10 minutes of gameplay footage at Eurogamer.

In Fallout: New Vegas news, Gamers’ Guide to Life has announced they’re taking your questions for an upcoming community interview. And if you’re wondering, we haven’t forgotten about the questions you’ve submitted to us… more on that in the coming weeks.

If you’re wondering where the above image of Vault Boy came from, it was created by CreativeRhino for Sony’s kart racer — ModNation Racers. See more of the cool characters created by community members at IGN.

Around the web: Countdown edition (Updated)

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Time runs out on Jack Bauer tonight in the series finale of 24, but you’ve still got three days to place your votes on the longlist for this year’s Golden Joysticks. To recap, in the “One to Watch” category, three of our upcoming titles (Brink, Fallout: New Vegas, and RAGE) are nominated. Meanwhile, you can still vote for Splash Damage (Brink) for UK Developer of the Year.

Speaking of Splash Damage, Paul Wedgwood, CEO and Game Director on Brink, recently took time to answer questions on Brink with Game Reactor. Here’s a snippet:

You’re focusing a lot on the story. How will it work in an online shooter, where there’s usually not a lot of room for storytelling?

The most important thing for us that no matter how you choose to play, online or offline, there’s a reason why you are fighting against the others in the game. It starts when you create your character and choose which side to play on: Resistance or Security? Resistance are refugees that believe in a society where everything shared by everyone, and that the Security people are violent dictators.

Elsewhere, on the heels of their Fallout: New Vegas preview, Game Revolution’s Blake Morse shares impressions of RAGE after seeing it our Gamers’ Day event.

Finally, with the countdown clock to E3 right around three weeks, Gamespot is already looking ahead to the madness. Currently Fallout: New Vegas ranks among the most anticipated in their Readers’ Choice vote, while Senior News Editor Tor Thorsen lets us know he’s ready for more Fallout in their Editors’ Choice feature.

Update: We’ve spotted a new Hunted interview at GameZone with with inXile Entertainment’s Brian Fargo. Read it here.

Around the Web: Feelin’ a bit Brinkish

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I’m feeling a bit Brinkish today. Must be the weather — I heard the forecast was calling for parkour-packed action. In any case, around the web we go.

The fellas over at BRINKish.eu have a massive community Q&A with Brink creative director Richard Ham and lead game designer Neil Alphonso. If you ever wondered about anything from bullet penetration to turret deployments, that’s your interview. David Lynch of NowGamer (and Eraserhead) also got a chance to query Richard Ham, resulting in an equally monstrous four-page interview.

All the buzz on Brink has translated into some pretty exciting expectations. GamerZines is calling it the top shooter of 2010, saying: “It’s time for a new king at the top of the mountain, and we’re putting our weight behind Brink.”

And before the Fallout fans get antsy, MSN has a lengthy look at Fallout: New Vegas, providing a preview based on the recent press tour. “If you’ve played Fallout 3 and its accompanying hours of DLC to death, New Vegas looks just the ticket,” they say.

Finally, don’t forget to send us your Fallout: New Vegas questions for our own Q&A, which should kick off sometime in the near future.

Around the web: On the Brink of new coverage (Updated)

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It’s Friday, so this is the last web roundup of the week.

Videogamer.com has new articles up from their Gamers’ Day visit. Wesley Yin Poole interviewed Senior Gamer Designer Ed Stern, and also posted his impressions of seeing the game in action. On top of his Brink coverage, he’s also written a new preview for Hunted. Here’s a snippet:

“Caddoc, on the other hand, moves his planet-sized frame with a Hercules-like gravitas. His attack style combines sword swipes with shield bashes; he’s a tank in the most traditional fantasy sense. And unlike E’lara, Caddoc’s execution moves are all about being up in his enemies’ faces. One sees him rip a skeleton’s arm off and knock its head clean off with it. Nice.”

Elsewhere, The Guardian has previews up for all four titles shown in Paris: Brink and RAGE, as well as Hunted and Fallout: New Vegas.

For more on New Vegas, The BitBag has their preview online — complete with every bit of concept art and screenshots we recently released.

Moving along, GameSpy’s Will Tuttle and Ryan Scott interrogate each other while discussing RAGE. It’s nothing like what you’d see from Jack Bauer, but the segment is still called The Interrogation Room. Here’s an excerpt from Mr. Tuttle (not to be confused with the teacher from Bayside High)…

“The animations are remarkably smooth and realistic, even at this early stage (did we mention the game’s not out until next year?). I’m not typically the type of person who oohs and ahhs over shiny graphics, but I’ll be damned if this isn’t one of the finest-looking games I’ve seen in all of my years.”

Over at GoFanBoy, there’s a feature on the top franchise revivals in this generation of gaming. Among the five, Fallout makes their list.

Wrapping up this update, if you’re looking at doing space travel anytime soon, Armadillo Aerospace, founded by John Carmack, have a new deal with Space Adventures that will send folks out of this world for around five minutes. Read the MSNBC article here. Here’s hoping there’s a company discount :) !

Updates: Previously, I missed an interview with id Software’s Tim Willits discussing RAGE at Xbox 360 Achievements. Additionally, Inc Gamers has their impressions of the game.

Upcoming titles nominated for Golden Joysticks

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This week, longlist voting for the the 28th Annual Golden Joystick awards commenced — with several of our games receiving nominations.

In the ‘One to Watch’ category, three of our titles — Brink, Fallout: New Vegas, and RAGE are nominated. Additionally the team behind Brink, Splash Damage, are up for UK Developer of the Year.

At last year’s awards, Fallout 3 ended up taking the Ultimate Game of the Year award. This year, Fallout: GOTY edition receives nominations for Best RPG and Ultimate Game of the Year (again!).

Longlist voting runs between now and May 27th… head to the homepage for the Golden Joysticks for more details.

Around the web…

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Here’s a quick look at some new coverage from our press event, as well as some other bits from around the web…

As reported on Kotaku, the 2010 Guinness Book of World Records Gamer’s Edition features a list of the Top 50 video game series as voted by the gaming public. The list includes both Fallout (#13) and The Elder Scrolls (#29) on their list. You can order the book at Amazon.com here.

PSX Extreme has their Gamer’s Day preview for RAGE up — here’s a snippet from

“When you step back and view it all as one project, Rage really looks very, very promising, and we should also mention that those who have seen it in action say it looks gorgeous. Lastly, the game has finally reached the point where it evidently runs just as well on the PS3 as it does on the 360 and PC…”

In other RAGE-related news, Chris Faylor at Shacknews talked with team members at id Software about cutscenes and the opening for RAGE, working with ZeniMax, the game’s post-apocalyptic setting, and more.

Meanwhile, new coverage for Fallout: New Vegas is up at IGN and MTV Multiplayer. The former shares five reasons to be excited about the game, while the latter features new tidbits revealed by Josh Sawyer.

Out of our European press event, we’ve got a pair of new Brink interviews for you to read. Games On Net chats with Senior Game Designer Ed Stern, while Paul Wedgwood is featured in an exclusive interview up at NowGamer. Additionally, you can read Inc Gamer’s preview here.

Rounding things out, Digitial Spy reveals that Rubi Malone was considered the Most Fanciable Female character in gaming — based on a survey My Voucher Codes. If you’re wondering why Raul the Ghoul from Fallout: New Vegas didn’t make the cut for the Most Fanciable Male character, it’s worth noting that only characters from released games were included.

Read the latest coverage for Brink

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Unlike Fallout: New Vegas, Hunted, and RAGE – we weren’t able to show Brink at our Last Vegas event — with the team from Splash Damage being trapped in Europe courtesy of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull. A week later, however, we were able to show the game to press folks in Europe. Here’s a rundown of some of the English-speaking sites that have new coverage on the game.

IGN UK’s Alec Meer got a first-hand look at the game — here’s a snippet from his preview:

“Brink’s aim is to tear down the church and state separation of single and multiplayer, so you’re using the same disciplines, chasing the same goals and enjoying the same rewards however you play. This is, of course, the theory: other games are sniffing around the same idea, with Left 4 Dead arguably at the head of this young pack. With Brink though, there’s a real sense of no compromise.”

Read the rest here, and then be sure to check out the rest of the coverage below.

Lastly, VG247, has two new interview for Brink — with Senior Game Designer Ed Stern and Game Director Paul Wedgwood.

Meet the Brink team: Dann Yeung

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Our friends at Splash Damage have a new developer profile up. This time it’s Senior Gameplay Programmer Dann ‘SRS-Kap’ Yeung. Previously an employee of Lionhead Studios, Dann learned about an opening at Splash Damage from one of his current coworkers…

How did you end up at Splash Damage?

I had previously worked with Richard Ham on Fable 2 and he informed me of the available position at Splash Damage. I am a big FPS gamer, and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory is one of my favorite games ever so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Also, Splash Damage happens to be located near where I live which is always a bonus. :)

Read the rest of Dann’s profile here. And if you haven’t already, you can meet the rest of the team here.

Around the web

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With most of our department out on travel this week, Nick and I will be heading out in a few. But before we go, here’s some the latest we’ve seen around the web.

Brink Creative Director Richard Ham has been pretty busy with interviews as of late. This week he answered questions from UK site GamesTM, as well as a few community questions from Australian site Games On Net. Here’s an excerpt from the latter:

Otto-matic: If it is P2P, will you implement a strong localisation mechanism that makes it very unlikely for Australian gamers to suffer lag connecting to a US host?
Richard: On PC, we’re fully supporting a traditional dedicated server system so connections should be fine and dandy. For consoles, we’re peer-to-peer and are definitely focusing on quality of service for all our matchmaking. We’re also keying our matchmaking on friends, so that should help give console players control over the quality of the connections.

More after the break…

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