Tomorrow night sees the debut of the Fallout: New Vegas E3 trailer on GameTrailers TV. The episode airs on Spike at 11PM. Needless to say, it’s full of stunning new footage and Fallout flavor. You will definitely not want to miss it.
But that’s just the beginning. An army of Bethesda troops are descending upon LA next week, bringing with them new glimpses of New Vegas, Brink, Hunted and RAGE. When E3 proper fires up on Tuesday, coverage of each game will begin streaming in from all over. We’ll do our best to keep you updated straight from the show floor.
I’ve said it before, but it’s going to be a big show for us. And remember how I said we were going to need a bigger booth?
We’re pleased to announce Fallout: New Vegas digital pre-order packs are now available in North America through participating retailers and will be available worldwide soon. The Classic, Tribal, Caravan, and Mercenary packs each contain in-game items offered exclusively through Direct2Drive, GameStop, Amazon, Steam, Walmart and Best Buy.
More details after the break…
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It’s Bethesda Weekend on Steam, and that means we’ve taken over the Steam store frontpage. Not by force this time, but rather by offering awesome deals on Bethesda games for anyone that preorders Fallout: New Vegas.
Go here to reserve your copy of New Vegas and get the Caravan Pack pre-order bonus. Additionally, they’re running the following sales:
- 50% off on Fallout 3 GOTY ($24.99)
- 66% off on Oblivion GOTY ($8.50)
- 75% off on Morrowind GOTY ($5.00)
Or, you can pick up all three games plus New Vegas for just $88.48. That should more than keep you busy until New Vegas is released this fall.
Hear that? It’s the sound of another Inside the Vault. This week we meet Scott Lawlor, Audio Director for Fallout: New Vegas at Obsidian Entertainment.
What’s your job at Obsidian?
I am the Audio Director at Obsidian Entertainment and I am in charge of the audio for all projects here at the company. This means that anything you hear in any Obsidian game – from music, to sound effects to dialogue comes through me at some point.
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See those Super Mutants in the screenshot above? According to Josh Sawyer, Project Director on Fallout: New Vegas, the one’s you’ll see in the game will actually be re-textured, remodeled, and re-animated to more closely resemble the Mariposa Super Mutants. That’s just one of the answers in Part 1 of our Fallout Fan Interview — now up in the Fallout: New Vegas forums.
You guys submitted tons of great questions, and we hope you enjoy some of the answers courtesy of Josh (as well as a cameo from Jason Bergman). Start reading the answers here, and tune in next week for the thrilling conclusion.
In the first Fallout: New Vegas developer diary, Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart gives us the low-down look at the team working on the latest post-apocalyptic RPG odyssey.
As a studio manager that also worked on the original Fallout, Feargus recounts his experience in giving the team a hand:
To help, I ended up polishing up one of the larger areas of the game, the Hub, and also finished up a couple of the later areas – the Boneyard and Adytum. I made some good decisions and some bad ones. My addition of a quest in the Hub to get a special gun turned out to be a fun quest that people liked, while my addition of the Turbo Plasma Rifle unbalanced the game. It was near the end of the game, but it’s still one of those things where I look back and go “Feargus…..”.
We forgive you, Feargus. Check out the full dev diary on the official Fallout site.
Happy Friday… especially for those looking for new details on Fallout: New Vegas!
Just a little bit ago, IGN released an exclusive first look at gameplay footage. Watch it here or after the break below. Elsewhere, Xbox 360 Achievements has a new interview up with Project Director Josh Sawyer, while Front Towards Gamer Radio interviews Senior Producer Larry Liberty in a recent podcast.
Also worth checking out, Planet Fallout received a New Vegas-themed makeover today. Check out their New Vegas page (which you can contribute to), and be on the lookout for new stuff in the coming months.
And remember, E3 is right around the corner, so we’ll have plenty more to share on New Vegas soon.
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E3 is the biggest gaming showcase of the year, and as that headline suggests, our just-announced 2010 lineup is appropriately loaded with big video games.
Brink, RAGE, Hunted and Fallout: New Vegas will all be making appearances during this year’s show, set to run from June 15-17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Of course, we’ll be there bringing you every inside scoop we can get our hands on. Expect a steady stream of behind-the-scenes blogs, and maybe even a few interviews. Stay tuned for more details in the coming days.
Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. Before heading out, I thought I’d share some previews, reviews, and more for our titles.
The latest edition of online magazine PCGZine features previews for Hunted, RAGE, Fallout: New Vegas and Brink. In addition to the previews, they also caught up with Brink’s Creative Director, Richard Ham, for a three-page interview.
For more with Richard Ham, head to Sarcastic Gamer. Here’s a quick look…
SG: I like Brink’s art style, it has a familiar look while still looking distinctive. What made you choose this art style?
Richard Ham: Olivier, our Art Director, had actually experimented with Hyperrealism (a modern art movement) in a title he’d previously worked on. His idea, when he started at Splash, was that since you’re so often shooting at guys from a distance, why not exaggerate features of the characters so they really “pop”.
Earlier this week we let you know that DOOM II is now available on Xbox LIVE Arcade. You can purchase the game for 800 Microsoft points, or download the demo for free. For more on the game, check out reviews at IGN and Game.Shard — as well as 10 minutes of gameplay footage at Eurogamer.
In Fallout: New Vegas news, Gamers’ Guide to Life has announced they’re taking your questions for an upcoming community interview. And if you’re wondering, we haven’t forgotten about the questions you’ve submitted to us… more on that in the coming weeks.
If you’re wondering where the above image of Vault Boy came from, it was created by CreativeRhino for Sony’s kart racer — ModNation Racers. See more of the cool characters created by community members at IGN.
Time runs out on Jack Bauer tonight in the series finale of 24, but you’ve still got three days to place your votes on the longlist for this year’s Golden Joysticks. To recap, in the “One to Watch” category, three of our upcoming titles (Brink, Fallout: New Vegas, and RAGE) are nominated. Meanwhile, you can still vote for Splash Damage (Brink) for UK Developer of the Year.
Speaking of Splash Damage, Paul Wedgwood, CEO and Game Director on Brink, recently took time to answer questions on Brink with Game Reactor. Here’s a snippet:
You’re focusing a lot on the story. How will it work in an online shooter, where there’s usually not a lot of room for storytelling?
The most important thing for us that no matter how you choose to play, online or offline, there’s a reason why you are fighting against the others in the game. It starts when you create your character and choose which side to play on: Resistance or Security? Resistance are refugees that believe in a society where everything shared by everyone, and that the Security people are violent dictators.
Elsewhere, on the heels of their Fallout: New Vegas preview, Game Revolution’s Blake Morse shares impressions of RAGE after seeing it our Gamers’ Day event.
Finally, with the countdown clock to E3 right around three weeks, Gamespot is already looking ahead to the madness. Currently Fallout: New Vegas ranks among the most anticipated in their Readers’ Choice vote, while Senior News Editor Tor Thorsen lets us know he’s ready for more Fallout in their Editors’ Choice feature.
Update: We’ve spotted a new Hunted interview at GameZone with with inXile Entertainment’s Brian Fargo. Read it here.