On Newsstands: Cover Stories for Brink and New Vegas

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Cheers to our mates over in our London office for sending over these smashing covers .

With a setup like that, you’d think the image above is from a UK publication, but it’s actually from Australia’s PC Powerplay, who checked out Brink, RAGE, New Vegas, and Hunted at this year’s QuakeCon. For Aussies interested in reading their impressions, I’m told it’ll be on newsstands on Friday.

After the break, check out two new covers for Fallout: New Vegas.

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Fallout: New Vegas pre-order details for Europe, France, Australia and South Africa (Updated)

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You’ve been asking, and now we’re answering: the Fallout: New Vegas pre-order details for much of Europe, Australia and South Africa are in, and we have the comprehensive breakdown.

Before we get to where you can grab each bonus pack, it’s important to note that the Collector’s Edition will be available for pre-order in all of the below territories. In addition, the Collector’s Edition will come packed with the same applicable digital bonus that each retailer is offering for the standard edition of the game.

Without further ado, the retailers carrying each pack are listed below:

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Beyond The Brink Parkour Tour climbs, leaps, and rolls through Europe

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Bethesda and Splash Damage have teamed up with world-famous Freerunner Daniel Ilabaca for a unique Parkour event headed to Europe this month. Titled Beyond The Brink, the tour will be stopping in eight European cities to meet local freerunners and train with them. Along the way, Daniel and his crew will putting together short films and interviews with the local freerunning community at each location.

The tour’s first stop will be at Elephant & Castle in London tomorrow evening, with the remaining cities closely behind. Here are all of the tour’s stops:

  • London – 17th August
  • Amsterdam – 19th August
  • Cologne – 21st August
  • Copenhagen – 24th August
  • Vienna – 26th August
  • Milan – 28th August
  • Barcelona – 31st August
  • Paris – 2nd September

For information on exact locations and times, check out the Parkour Tour website.

If you’re interested in following the Parkour Tour and keeping up to date about its progress, you can do so on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

In addition to all this, Daniel will also on hand at gamescom 2010 on the 20th of August to answer questions, sign autographs, and, of course, to play lots of Brink!

There’s a Bethesda in France, Germany

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Today we put out a release announcing the opening of new offices in Paris, France and Frankfurt, Germany. The offices will directly oversee sales and marketing in their respective territories — with Frank Matzke serving as Managing Director of the Frankfurt office, while Julie Chalmette will hold the same position in Paris.

From our London, Tokyo, and of course, Rockville offices, we’re pleased to welcome our new colleagues to the Bethesda family.

Read the full release after the break…

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Curious about New Vegas: Europe’s got you covered (Updated with new covers)

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Over the past couple weeks, we’ve shared some of the magazine covers coming out for Fallout: New Vegas, and I thought I’d share this one with you — it’s the latest issue of LEVEL, a Turkish magazine that came out this week.

In addition to LEVEL, here’s a few European mags to be on the lookout for:.

  • PC Games in Germany came out Feb 20th.
  • Joystick in France came out Feb 16th.
  • WinGiochi in Italy came out last week.
  • PC Gamer in Sweden come out March 2nd.
  • 576 Kbyte in Hungary came out 22nd Feb.
  • OXM in Australia came out Feb 18th.
  • Pelit in Finland hit newsstands this week.

As more coverage for New Vegas hits newsstands, we’ll keep you updated. After the Break, check out the other magazine covers.

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Fallout 3 Update

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Today we’re releasing the Fallout 3 version 1.10 update to PC and Xbox 360 in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish territories. Additionally, if you’ve got a PS3 and are living in one of the aforementioned European territories, the update is coming your way as well.

To download and read the update’s release notes, head over to the Fallout 3 Official Site. PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 users with online connectivity will receive a notification of the update upon starting the game.

News from Europe and Japan

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I’ve received word from our UK office that Fallout 3 has been nominated for a Golden Joystick Award in the Edge Most Wanted Award category. As you may recall, the game received a similar nomination last year. It won’t be able to pull off the trifecta in 2009 though, as it will be available in UK stores on the same day the winners are revealed — October 31st.

Meanwhile, if you live in the Land of the Rising Sun, it was announced today that Fallout 3 will be released in Japan on Thursday, December 4th.