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:

Steamworks feature set and system requirements for Brink revealed

Over the past few months, we’ve seen a surge of requests from the community asking about Brink’s PC system requirements. Today we’ve got those details PLUS information on how the game uses Steamworks. Lets start with the latter…

With the inclusion of Steamworks, players will have the following features…

  • Steam Achievements
  • VOIP (in addition to the already existing in-game chat)
  • Leaderboards
  • VAC (Valve Anti Cheat)
  • Dedicated Servers
  • Friends Support
  • Steam Cloud (for save data)

After the break, check out the game’s minimum and recommended system specs…

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Brink ability preview on Facebook

With Brink now coming out a week earlier, we plan to vault over the next month even faster, with loads of fresh info blasting straight into your feeds.

For instance, over the next two weeks, Brink fans will want to head over to the game’s Facebook page, where we’ll be spilling the details on many of the abilities players will be able to unlock. Just head to http://www.facebook.com/brinkthegame and give us a “like” to get the updates each day.

Brink it forward: Release date moved up one week!!

Exciting news alert!!! We’ve moved up the release date for Brink by a week. The game will now release on May 10th in North America  and May 13th in Europe. Wanna learn more? Read the media alert below…

Bethesda Softworks Announces Earlier Release Date for Brink

Bethesda Softworks, a ZeniMax Media company, today announced that its acclaimed first-person shooter, Brink, will be available one week EARLIER than originally scheduled. Brink will now first be available for purchase in North America on May 10th instead of May 17th, and in Europe on May 13th instead of May 20th.

“Production wrapped on Brink earlier than we planned and we didn’t see any reason to keep gamers from getting their hands on this highly anticipated game as soon as it was ready,” said Pete Hines, VP of PR and Marketing for Bethesda Softworks. “It’s apparent from the tremendous reaction so far that people are eager to jump online and play, and if we can make that happen earlier – we’re going to.”

Brink, an immersive first-person shooter under development at Splash Damage,  a studio celebrated for its multi-player expertise, was named as the ‘Game of Show’ at Eurogamer Expo 2010, while G4TV.com declared “Brink takes shooters to a whole new level” and Destructoid.com proclaimed “it’s going to be one of the standout shooters of the year.” Blending single-player, co-op, and multiplayer action into one seamless experience, Brink features dynamic battlefields, extensive customization options, and an innovative control system. Brink will be released for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Games for Windows.

Weekend Update: New videos for RAGE & Brink at GTTV

Hope everyone’s having a great weekend. We’re here to make things even better with new videos for both RAGE and Brink — courtesy of GameTrailers.com. To get you started, watch their new video on RAGE’s weapons above. And at their website, you can check out a Geoff Keighley’s PAX East interview with Brink’s game director, Paul Wedgwood.

Elsewhere, check out news on our games at these sites:

  • 1Up discusses what they know and want from Skyrim
  • Props to our Marketing team for winning big at the MI6 awards. Our friends at AKQA received the gold award for Best Online Advertising for Fallout: New Vegas, while work for Brink received a Silver Award for Best Key Art.
  • Obnoxious Gamer includes Brink in their “Four Must-Have Games for the Xbox 360 in 2011″
  • RipTen interviews Splash Damage’s Paul Wedgwood and Ed Stern and brings along quadriplegic gamer Chuck Bittner. Learn how all three, especially Chuck, are big advocates of button re-mapping. It was great seeing Chuck have fun with Brink at PAX East. Watch the interview here.

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.

Latest Brink gameplay video showcase Abilities

After previously showing off Brink’s guns and classes, the latest gameplay trailer is all about player abilities. Titled Ready and Able, the video shows off several of the many skills you can purchase for your character, mixed in with plenty of exciting in-game action. There are over 50 unlockable abilities in the game, offering up many different ways for you to specialise your character and build one that’s perfect for your preferred playing style.

Watch the video above or check it out on our official site for Brink.

The latest from Europe

It’s the final countdown before the weekend, but before we head out, we’ve got some great info from Europe (no, not the band).

Our colleagues over in London office have shared new magazine covers featuring both RAGE and Prey 2. Included in our Flickr slideshow are RAGE cover stories at Official PlayStation Magazine (Benelux) and GameStar (Germany), as well as Prey 2 features at PSM3 (Australia), Game Reactor (Nordic), and PC Games (Germany). All five cover stories are on newsstands now.

In other overseas news, Brink fans in Europe can watch GameFace tomorrow night at 11 PM for an all-new preview on the game. Check your local listings, but I’m told it’ll be airing on Sky Channel 125, BT Vision Channel 46, Freeview Channel 46, and Virgin Media Channel 139.

Sneak peek: Brink achievements unlocked

Brink is almost here — in fact, we’re nearly a month away from release. For us, that means it’s time to start showing off even more fun stuff, starting today with an early look at the game’s achievements.

The long list can be viewed after the jump. It reveals all sorts of interesting and amusing challenges, along with their corresponding Xbox Gamerscore and PSN trophy rewards. And for our valued PC gamers, we do have Steam achievements in the works — more on those later.

Click through to check out the achievements:

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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.