Friday Fan Art

Panzerhund Papercraft by Chentzilla

Here’s what we’ve seen around the the web. Have some inspiration to complete that dragon painting or add the touching finishes to that Wolfenstein cosplay you’ve been working on.

Send us your ink, etchings, and outfits by emailing us at [email protected] or tweeting to @BethBlog (add #BethesdArt for extra flair).

Fantastical Feats: Throned Edition

The parallels between the world of Tamriel and Westeros has not gone unnoticed. Brady Wold’s viral ‘Thrones’ is a perfect combination of the opening theme of “Game of Thrones” with the familiar cities of Skyrim.

Check out the album below to see the most up-to-date fan artwork! Don’t forget, you can send your photos, models, mods, illustrations, or any of your works to [email protected] or @BethBlog on Twitter with #BethesdArt.

Updated Wolfenstein Pre-Order FAQ w/ DOOM Beta

Since announcing DOOM Beta pre-order incentive for Wolfenstein: The New Order, we’ve received plenty of questions on how the beta and redemption process will work. This week we have updated the Beta FAQ with new information.

We hope this answers many of your questions. And no, we’re not ready to talk about specifics on DOOM itself.

DOOM BETA FAQ – This information is subject to change without notice. Please check back for updates.

I’VE JUST PRE-ORDERED WOLFENSTEIN, WHERE’S MY DOOM BETA KEY?
A key code will be located on an insert that’s included inside your boxed copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order when it releases on May 20th. Once the key code is redeemed, you’ll be registered to participate in the DOOM beta once it begins. Check back at wolfenstein.com/doom for updated information.

DO I NEED TO SPECIFY WHAT PLATFORM I WANT TO PLAY THE DOOM BETA?
No. DOOM beta access correlates to your pre-ordered Wolfenstein: The New Order platform. If you purchase an Xbox 360 or Xbox One version of Wolfenstein: The New Order, you will receive an invitation to the Xbox One DOOM beta. PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 purchasers will receive an invite to the PS4 DOOM beta. All PC purchases will receive an invite to the PC DOOM beta. The DOOM beta will only be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

IF I PRE-ORDER THE GAME DIGITALLY, WILL I STILL GET ACCESS TO THE DOOM BETA?
We are working with Steam, Microsoft, and Sony to help ensure that persons pre-ordering digitally from Steam, Microsoft, and Sony will receive access to the DOOM beta. Other digital retailers’ processes and/or participation may vary. We suggest contacting your preferred retailer directly for additional information.

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Fantastical Feats of Fans

Costumes, sketches, models, and mods! These are just a few things we’ve collected to share going into your weekend.

Send your photos, models, mods, illustrations, or any of your works to [email protected] or @BethBlog on Twitter.

Fantastical Feats of Fans

The internet is a wonderful and creative oasis (when looking in the right places). We are feeling inspired by all the artwork we’ve seen or that’s been shared with us and decided to post it to share with everyone! Thank you to all the imaginative minds that designed the illustrations below.

Creative Edge Studios with Valentine Cosplay

We encourage you to send your artwork to [email protected] or @BethBlog on Twitter.

Get Psyched: Wolfenstein release date; First details on DOOM beta

The FPS legend that started it all returns this May! Today we’re excited to announce that Wolfenstein: The New Order will release on Tuesday, May 20th in North America and throughout Europe on Friday, May 23rd. And as a bonus to everyone that pre-orders, we will be letting you into the beta for the next DOOM game!

Wolfenstein marks the first Bethesda-published game to arrive on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and will also be available on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Developed by MachineGames, a studio comprised of a seasoned group of developers recognized for their work creating story-driven games, Wolfenstein: The New Order is a reimagining of the FPS franchise from id Software. The game offers a deep game narrative packed with action, adventure and first-person combat rendered in stunning detail with id® Software’s id Tech® 5 engine. And typical of a classic Wolfenstein game, expect plenty of hidden secrets, too.

Wolfenstein: The New Order once again centers around the series’ iconic war hero, B.J. Blazkowicz and this time faces alternate version of the 1960s in which the Nazis won World War II. As the only man capable of rewriting history, with the help of a small group of resistance fighters, infiltrate their most heavily guarded facilities, battle high-tech Nazi legions, and take control of super-weapons that have conquered the earth – and beyond. See the game in action on our official YouTube channel.

For community updates, visit www.wolfenstein.com and follow the game on both Facebook and Twitter. For more information on the DOOM beta access pre-order bonus, as well as applicable terms and restrictions, please visit: www.wolfenstein.com/DOOM.

Happy 20th, DOOM! (Updated)

Update: For retrospective pieces on DOOM, be sure to visit Games RadarPolygon, Wired, IGN, Eurogamer, and The Verge.

Hard to believe, but today marks the 20th anniversary of DOOM’s original PC release. To help celebrate, we’re sharing some of our favorite DOOM community creations, DOOM memories from the team at id Software, and for one day only, you can purchase a commemorative anniversary t-shirt on the Official Bethesda Store.

Want to share your memories? Post in the comments below or include #DOOMemories on Twitter.

Tim Willits — “DOOM is the sole reason I am in the video game industry. I remember downloading the game, without knowing much about it, playing it, and then having the game consume most of my life for two years — until id Software hired me!

For me, the greatest thing about DOOM was the ability to create and play my own levels. The limitless possibilities of what I could do in the game fascinated me so much that the entire direction of my life changed. I knew, after creating my first DOOM level, that the only thing I wanted to do in my life was make video games. And to this day, I still feel very blessed and a little amazed that I work at id Software and that I have had the chance to shape the DOOM franchise.

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On the Storefront: Get your Bobblehead Display Ready!

Do you find yourself out of breath while performing regular activities? Are your engineering skills not what they used to be? Finding you can’t fire your laser rifle with as much precision as you used to? Well never fear, your set of Vault-Tec Bobbleheads from GamingHeads are here. These are available as a set or individually. Series One Bobbleheads available:

  • Endurance
  • Energy Weapons
  • Lock Pick
  • Melee Weapons
  • Perception
  • Repair
  • Strength

Purchase individually or as set at GamingHeads.com

Purchase individually or in sets on the official Bethesda Store.

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Around the web: Other Places and Other Stuff

Thumbing through PC Gamer, I read about PC Gamer contributor Andy Kelly’s video series “Other Places.” The video series focuses on the visual eye candy of various game worlds. Among the world’s already featured are Dishonored’s Dunwall and various areas from Skyrim. Definitely worth checking out both videos which are embedded in this post.

Elsewhere on the web, we recommend checking out these links.

  • Metro UK talks about The Evil Within and getting the right balance when implementing action into a survival-horror game.
  • Both The Elder Scrolls Online and Wolfenstein: The New Order are included in Gameranx look at the Best PC Games of 2014.
  • Watch Gamespot’s newest episode of Skyrim Mods.
  • In time for Halloween last week, GameFront took a look back at DOOM in two parts. In part 1, they reflect on the game’s impact after 20 years, while part 2 highlights 23 memorable mods made by the community.
  • On the subject of DOOM, we spotted perhaps the finest game-related tattoo of all time on Tumblr user Saguzar’s page. For more proof that is awesome 20 years later, check out the tat below.

Got a story for us to share on “Around the web”? Email us at [email protected] or ping our @bethblog Twitter account with #Aroundtheweb.