PAX Prime 2012: Come to our booth and Dishonored Party

Tomorrow morning, we’ll be off to Seattle to prepare for one of our favorite events of the year, PAX Prime! This year marks our fifth year at the event, and as always, we’ve got some great stuff in store.

Those with passes to the show (the event is already sold out) will want to visit our booth to play both Dishonored and DOOM 3 BFG Edition. While you’re there, make sure to pick up some cool Bethesda swag. Our booth is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 AM – 6 PM.

We’re also hosting a Dishonored community event on both Friday and Saturday evening in conjunction with the guys from iam8bit that you won’t want to miss. Both nights we’ll be at the Stimson-Green Mansion — just minutes away from the convention center from 7.30pm-11.30pm. We’ll be serving food and drinks,  giving away prizes, and more. You’ll also have your first chance to play Dishonored’s Boyle Party mission, which PC Gamer’s Tom Francis  recently declared, “… one of the best missions I’ve played in any game.”

Interested in attending? Look for folks handing out invitations – both at our booth and outside the convention center. You’ll need one to get in. And on both nights, the event is first-come, first-serve.

See you there!

Play Dishonored & DOOM 3 BFG Edition at this year’s Eurogamer Expo!

PAX Prime kicks off this week, and for many, it will be the first chance to play Dishonored. But what about folks wanting to play in Europe?

Fear not, as you’ll be able to play both Dishonored and DOOM 3 BFG Edition at this year’s Eurogamer Expo!

This year’s event runs September 27-30 at London’s Earls Court. As has been the case in previous years, we expect the 50,000+ person event to sell out. If you’re interested in attending, purchase your tickets soon.

New Dishonored Video – The Study of Stealth

While you can play Dishonored many different ways to suit your individual play style, our latest video highlights how the game’s stealth system works and shows the tools and powers at your disposal to make your way through the game unseen by your enemies.

Dishonored will be available in North America on October 9, 2012 and throughout Europe on October 12, 2012, and is slated for release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Gamescom 2012: Dishonored wins Game of Show

This morning the official Gamescom 2012 awards were announced and we’re excited to share that Dishonored captured three awards: Best Xbox 360 Game, Best PlayStation 3 Game, and Overall Game of the Show!

In addition to winning the official Game of Show awards, both Eurogamer and Gamestar have announced it as their Game of Show.

Congrats to Arkane Studios on this amazing accomplishment!

For more Gamescom 2012 coverage, visit these sites…

New hands-on previews of the Boyle mission – courtesy of The Sixth Axis and Lazy Gamer

Rock, Paper, Shotgun – Jim Rossignol discusses Dishonored’s unique flavor with co-creative director, Raf Colantonio

PlayStation.Blog (EU) – Harvey Smith tackles non-lethal playthrough and stealth mechanices

OPM UK – Six Ways Dishonored Will Save Gaming

VG247 – New video preview below.

DOOM 3 BFG & Dishonored wrap: Convention Edition

Happy Friday, everyone! While we’re getting ready for the weekend, Gamescom 2012 is still going strong in Cologne, Germany.

Plenty to share on Dishonored, beginning with a trident of coverage at Gamespot:

Masquerade Murder - Watch a new interview with lead designer Ricardo Bare as he discusses the Lady Boyle mission.

New Preview from Peter Brown - “Side missions within the main quest are equally capable of affecting Corvo’s future. Upon approaching the entrance to the party, you’re presented with the option to hand a note from one of the corrupt Pendleton twins to an attendee of the ball.”

Five Things We Learned About Dishonored (Gamescom 2012) - Gamespot’s crew for GC2012 recaps what they learned from playing the Boyle mission.

After the break, we’ve got new coverage for Dishonored, plus new coverage for DOOM 3 BFG Edition.

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PC System Requirements for Dishonored

With less than two months until Dishonored’s release, we want players to prepare their weapons of revenge. No, I’m not talking about our website, I’m talking about the rig PC players intend to play the game on.

Below you’ll find both the recommended and minimum system requirements for the game.

Minimum Spec:

OS: Windows Vista / Windows 7
Processor: 3.0 GHz dual core or better
Memory: 3 GB system RAM
Hard Disk Space: 9 GB
Video Card: DirectX 9 compatible with 512 MB video RAM or better (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / ATI Radeon HD 5850)
Sound: Windows compatible sound card

Enhanced for:
64-bit
multi-core

Recommended Spec:

OS: Windows Vista / Windows 7
Processor: 2.4 GHz quad core or better
Memory: 4 GB system RAM
Hard Disk Space: 9 GB
Video Card: DirectX 9 compatible with 768 MB video RAM or better (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / ATI Radeon HD 5850)
Sound: Windows compatible sound card

Want to learn more about the PC release of Dishonored? Be sure to read our UI feature that includes discussion of unique PC options in the game.

Dishonored Roundup: A look at Dishonored’s Lady Boyle mission

In the past couple weeks, gaming press have gotten a chance to tackle a particularly unique mission in Dishonored – the Lady Boyle party. In this mission, Corvo must infiltrate a high society party and discover which of the three Boyle sisters is his mission target. In the coverage below, you’ll learn details (and minor spoilers) about how the mission can vary.

PC Gamer’s Tom Francis came away impressed after playing the mission, claiming:

“It was one of the best missions I’ve played in any game. It combined the sophisticated murder-planning I love in Hitman with the old-school stealth of Thief, and the unpredictable, systems-driven combat of BioShock. Going back and exploring all the paths I didn’t take, the city blocks of explorable space I missed, gave me a taste of its extraordinary scope.”

In addition to Sir Francis, a number of journalists previewed the mission while attending QuakeCon 2012. Read detailed impressions at these sites::

Shacknews – “When I was finally done, I had played through the mission three times, and each playthrough was completely different. And in talking to others who gave it a try, I found that their tactics were even different from mine.”

Kotaku – “…Dishonored allows for an incredible depth of possibilities, the interacting systems facilitating your ability to create new and unknown things out of the familiar, and I can’t wait to find out what they are.”

The Verge – “Like a catchy album, this latest Dishonored demo has gotten inexorably stuck in my head.”

Gamespot – “After playing through Lady Boyle’s Last Party I’m even more excited for Dishonored than I was after E3. I’m also curious to see if and how the team at Arkane manages to keep the game from getting dull for those of us who are excited at the idea of completing the game without ever killing anyone.”

Destructoid – “Arkane isn’t like most developers and Dishonored isn’t like most games. It will be an uphill battle convincing the mainstream that the game becomes approachable in time, but for us core gamers, we are in for a rare treat that blends action and stealth in a way we’ve never seen before.”

IGN – “Dishonored is so exciting to me not only because it rewards creative gameplay, but because so much care was clearly taken to build a place with enough layers and moving pieces to give it a curious plausibility, to make it seem like every time you push it pushes right back.”

Gaming Angels – “I honestly believed that I would treat Dishonored like I did Deus Ex, and give up on the stealth completely, but this preview really gave me a great taste of how much fun and brilliantly creative stealth can be. ”

OXM Online – “Turns out our black-equals-evil strategy works, as the two innocent sisters are spared while their corrupt government-funding sibling lie in an undignified heap. When we later boast of our successful, if lucky, play-through to Smith, he takes us down a few pegs, reminding ‘the mission is dynamic and always changes.’ In other words, the lady in black won’t always be the one deserving of Corvo’s blade. We look forward to re-tackling this mission — particularly using an especially inspired non-lethal method Smith shares with us, but we won’t spoil here — when Dishonoredlaunches this October.”

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Dishonored – Creative Kills Gameplay Video

The latest Dishonored video showcases just a few of the ways that you can eliminate your enemies using the flexible combat system. Creatively combine supernatural abilities with the weapons and gadgets at your disposal, including self-induced friendly fire and the ever-popular mobile rat bomb.

Dishonored will be available in  North America on October 9, 2012 and throughout Europe on October 12, 2012, and is slated for release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Dishonored – Be on the lookout! (Updated)

1. If you’re at QuakeCon 2012, be sure to visit the Exhibit Hall, as it’s playable to the public for the first time!
2. Watch GameTrailers TV’s new look at Dishonored (watch it above).
3. The latest issue of Game Informer features a lengthy hands-on of the game’s opening hours. Look for it on newsstands soon.

In addition to these beats, be on the lookout for the newest coverage on the game coming out of QuakeCon. Plenty of folks played the game today and previews, like this one at We Got This Covered, are making their way online.