Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – Twitch Gameplay Reveal

This week Bethesda TwitchWorks comes in at a special time!

Tune into Twitch.TV/Twitch, or watch our Bethesda channel re-host of the world premiere of gameplay for Wolfenstein: The Old Blood.

The stream, featuring Pete Hines and myself, starts live from PAX East at 10:30 am est on both Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th!

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The Evil Within – ‘The Assignment” Official Gameplay Trailer

For many that have completed The Evil Within, the mysteries surrounding Sebastian’s partner, Juli Kidman, are among the most discussed plotlines in the game. These questions (and new questions… hehe) will arise in Part 1 of Kidman’s DLC adventure, The Assignment.

Taking the role of Kidman, The Assignment features an increased focus on stealth gameplay mechanics as you untangle the secrets of what happened to her and untangle the truth behind her connection with Mobius. Introducing new enemies and gameplay tactics, The Assignment sets the stage for the concluding chapter of Kidman’s Adventure, The Consequence, releasing later this Spring.

To save on all three DLCs planned for The Evil Within – you can purchase the game’s Season Pass on your preferred platform of choice! In addition to The Assignment and The Consequence, this package will also feature content surrounding the safe pick for everyone’s favorite villain, The Keeper.

The Evil Within: The Assignment is part of The Evil Within’s Season Pass package and can also be purchased separately for $9.99/£6.99/€9.99 releases on Tuesday, March 10th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Steam. Note for PlayStation users in Europe: The content will release on PS3 and PS4 on March 11. For an extended look at gameplay, subcribe to Twitch.TV/Bethesda and be ready to tune in on Monday, March 9th at 1pm est. In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for new and terrifying content on our social media pages, including:

DLC Takes Hold for The Evil Within Early Next Year

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If you’ve already completed The Evil Within, you probably have a number of questions about the ending. If you haven’t finished yet – hurry up, as part 1 of the game’s three-part Season Pass , The Assignment, will release in early 2015. The Assignment is the first of two DLCs centering on Detective Castellanos’ mysterious partner, Juli Kidman.

In 2015, we will reveal more information on Part II of her story, The Consequence, as well as our final DLC featuring The Keeper. Stay tuned, and consider yourself teased with the short video above.

Dying for a little more information? This week we caught up with the game director for both The Assignment & The Consequence, Tango Gameworks’ John Johanas (a.k.a., The American)

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Some of the main game’s biggest questions surround Juli Kidman? How do you balance answering some of those questions with keeping parts of the game’s story open-ended/mysterious?

That was a tough one! We approached the DLC from the perspective that, while Juli is enigmatic during the main game, there were additionally lots of other mysteries about the world and the characters that could be cleared up or hinted at by playing as her. She is a character who seems rather “aware” of her situation, after all.

Early on, we listed the things that we wanted to answer and ones we wanted to keep open and worked around that. We definitely leave some of the mysteries open, but I feel we shed a lot of light on the lore of Ruvik, STEM, and the characters while asking (and answering) a whole new set of questions regarding Juli and her mission. Continue reading full article ›

PSA — The Evil Within Pre-Order Haunts Xbox Live

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Beginning this week you can pre-order The Evil Within and its Season Pass digitally on Xbox LIVE. Folks that order the game will be able to pre-load effective immediately.

And if you missed it, The Evil Within is already available for pre-order on PlayStation Network (now both in North American and EU territories) and Steam. Pre-loads for both will come before launch — more details to come.

Dishonored savings on Xbox LIVE

Looking for a little more out of your Xbox 360 before the launch of Xbox One? This week there’s some big time savings on Dishonored and it’s add-on content — including the VGX-nominated The Knife of Dunwall.

Xbox LIVE Gold savings through November 25th include:

Dishonored – $9.89

The Knife of Dunwall – $4.99

The Brigmore Witches -$4.99

Void Walker’s Arsenal – $1.99

Dunwall City Trials – $2.49

VGX Nominee: The Knife of Dunwall

2013 brings a new era to Spike’s annual video game award show. Now known as VGX, we’re excited to announce that Dishonored’s The Knife of Dunwall has received a nomination in the Best DLC category! It’s a great honor for Arkane Studios, who took home the VGA for Best Action/Adventure Game last year.

Nominees were voted on by the VGX Advisory Council, a group comprised of game journalists from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Game Informer, Joystiq, Kotaku, Polygon, IGN, GameTrailers, Gamespot, Wired.com, USA Today and Associated Press. Winners will also be determined by the council, with the exception of the Most Anticipated Game and Character of the Year categories, which will be voted on at VGXLIVE.com.

Want to see who wins? This year’s awards will be streamed in nearly a bazillion ways — including but not limited to Twitch.TV, Xbox LIVE, PlayStation 3, and VGXLIVE.com. The three hour stream begins on Saturday, December 7, beginning at 6:00 PM ET / 3:00 PM PT.

Review Roundup: The Brigmore Witches

Early reviews are in for The Brigmore Witches! They include:

Eurogamer (9/10) — “The Brigmore Witches emerges as one of the finest examples of how to not only expand a blockbuster video game, but also of how to enrich and deepen one.”

EDGE Online — “Like the best expansions, The Brigmore Witches offers more of the game you know while hinting at a game you don’t: a game with different powers in a different part of Dishonored’s world. Corvo’s story seemed rather tidily concluded by the end of Dishonored, but Daud’s shorter tale shows there’s plenty more to be done in the Empire Of Isles.”

Kotaku — “It’s a fine story, with a few wrinkles, and it features the Corvo vs. Daud showdown that you’ve seen before if you’ve played Dishonored.”

GameTrailers (8.9) — “If you know who Daud is, and what he’s capable of, you’ll certainly want to see his story through.”

The Controller Online (10/10) — “Not only does it do a great job of concluding Daud’s story but, when taken as a whole, it competes closely with that of the main campaign.”

Rock, Paper, Shotgun — “In conclusion, then: you should get this. After Knife Of Dunwall. I’ve enjoyed them both enough to the point where I can honestly say that they are more entertaining slices of Dunwall than much of the original game.”

The Koalition (95%) — ” I cannot recommend you purchase this DLC any more adamantly, as it is simply fantastic.”

The Gamers Hub (4.5/5) — “Given that this is the final DLC for Dishonored, it’s a great send-off and one worthy of your cash if you’re fan of the city of Dunwall.”

FPSGuru (9/10) — “Arkane Studios manages to always deliver an enticing experience leaving you wanting more, you won’t stop until your finished.”

GameFront (85%) — When you take The Knife of Dunwall and The Brigmore Witches together, you get $20 of content that winds up being an extensive expansion of Dishonored at a pretty good value. What’s more, the story of the overall whole of Dishonored becomes a lot deeper and more interesting for the additions. Dishonored is better for its DLC, but the story works both ways.

BeefJack (Recommended) — “Another triumph for Arkane.”

Pixel Related (9/10) — “The Brigmore Witches is the final piece of DLC for Dishonored and it’s a fitting send off for the game.”

Digital Chumps (8.4/10) — “he idea of single player downloadable content offering a meaningful narrative and a familiar yet engaging mechanics sounds like an idea allambitious games should exhibit, but for whatever reason it rarely happens. The Brigmore Witches is another exception to the unfortunate rule.”

Strategy Informer (8.5/10) — “Combined with The Knife of DunwallThe Brigmore Witches and the story of Daud is exactly what Dishonored’s DLC needed to be – a fun side-story with an interesting character that adds to the main story but doesn’t take anything away.”

GameRanx — “But what’s more important about this tale is the context it provides.”

Attack of the Fanboy (The Verdict: Loved) — “by the end, it’s every bit as good as the original game. ”

We Got This Covered (4/5) — “Dishonored fans won’t want to miss out on what is a fitting, thoroughly interesting and well-priced conclusion to Daud’s storyline.”

Meristation (8.5/10)

We’ll update this post as new review scores make their way online. You can purchase the content on Xbox LIVE and Steam, and it will be live on PlayStation Store later today.

Previously on Dishonored…

Need a refresher on where things left off with The Knife of Dunwall? Read an early journal from The Brigmore Witches: Thomas’ Journal.

Warning: Knife of Dunwall spoilers below…

Our troubles began with a name. Delilah. A mystery given to Daud by the face he sees in his dreams and whose voice he hears when kneeling at the shrines hidden in the lost parts of the city. None of us have ever heard this voice, but we know its power. It spoke to our master, telling him of his coming doom and saying that solving this riddle was the only way to escape.

We knew nothing of Delilah, except that we found a whaling ship by that name. A tenuous connection, but where the Outsider’s word is concerned there are no coincidences. We discovered the ship was named after a woman who once walked the halls of Dunwall Tower with Jessamine Kaldwin. Later she became a painter – an apprentice of Sokolov himself – until she snared an aristocratic patron named Arnold Timsh.

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