The Bethesda Podcast: Oblivion 5th Anniversary Special

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Before we look forward to Skyrim, we first look back to Oblivion.

Last week we marked the fifth anniversary of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion’s release. In this episode of the podcast, we revisit the game that served as a landmark for Bethesda. Listen as key team members recount their memories of working on the project, followed by a roundtable discussion with Todd Howard and Pete Hines.


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RAGE novel hits August 30th

More exciting news for RAGE!

Following up our announcement about Dark Horse’s comic book series, we’re also pleased to announce we’re working with Del Rey on a novel based around the game’s world and characters. The novel, also titled “RAGE”, releases on August 30th and will be written by author and game writer Matt Costello.

As more details on the novel surface, we’ll let you know. For now, read our press release…

BETHESDA SOFTWORKS AND DEL REY BOOKS ANNOUNCE NOVEL BASED ON HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED RAGE VIDEO GAME

NEW YORK, NY – March 29, 2011 – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, and Del Rey, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, announced today that Del Rey Books will publish a novel based on the upcoming RAGE® video game. The novel, also entitled “RAGE”, will be written by author and game writer Matt Costello and will release in North America on August 30, 2011. The novel will be published simultaneously in the UK and British Commonwealth by Ebury Publishing, part of the Random House Group.

RAGE is the latest game from id® Software, the acclaimed designers of such classics as the Wolfenstein®, DOOM®, and QUAKE® series. Eagerly awaited by the gaming community, RAGE is already being touted as one of the industry’s most innovative first-person shooters, winning numerous awards at E3 2010, including ‘Best Overall Game of Show’ from IGN and three ‘Best of E3’ Game Critics Awards including ‘Best Console Game’. Set in the not-too-distant future after an asteroid impacts Earth, you emerge into a vast wasteland to discover humanity working to rebuild itself against such forces as bandit gangs, mutants, and more.

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Brink PAX East Party Report

Last Friday, over 1,000 Brink fans converged on Boston’s Black Falcon Terminal — an actual seaport nearby the PAX East convention center — for our massive Brink’d community event. The results are encapsulated in this early batch of photos (above).

As you’d expect, Brink was played non-stop for the duration, with 48 setups providing full 8-on-8 matches. Multiple developers from Splash Damage were on hand to chat with players and make sure the matches ran smoothly. Meanwhile, DJ R-Rated kept the music flowing, a staff of pizza runners provided a constant stream of food, a team of graffiti artists threw up tags on the walls, and much free stuff was given away.

At 10:15pm, one bank of Brink stations was set aside for our celebrity match, featuring Seth Killian of Capcom, Jason Kim and Matt Hooper of id Software, Abbie Heppe of Respawn, James Stevenson of Insomniac, Chet Faliszek of Valve, David Ellis of 343 Industries, Pete Hines of Bethesda, Paul Wedgwood of Splash Damage, and more. Following the match, a donation of $20,000 was made to the Penny Arcade charity Child’s Play in the winning team’s honor.

Thanks to everyone who attended for making this a night to remember. And if you didn’t get a chance to stop by, keep in mind that Brink hits stores in just a few months on May 17.

Prey 2 coming in 2012!

Hot off the press… here’s our press release officially announcing Prey 2!

BETHESDA SOFTWORKS ANNOUNCES PREY 2

Sequel to Award-Winning Prey to be Available in 2012

March 14, 2011 (Rockville, MD) — Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced that Prey® 2, the sequel to the popular 2006 game, is scheduled for release in 2012 and will be available for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Games for Windows. Further details on the game will be revealed in the May issues of Official Xbox Magazine and PlayStation: The Official Magazine, as well as in magazines throughout Europe.

Prey 2 is being developed by Human Head Studios, the studio that created Prey, the original, award-winning game. Prey 2 is being built on the cutting edge id tech engine from id Software.

“We are thrilled to be working with Bethesda on Prey 2,” said Chris Rhinehart, project lead. “Prey 2 will provide gamers the opportunity to explore a new facet of the Prey universe, one that offers fast-paced action in an open, alien world. We’re excited to show gamers the title we have been working on and hope they will be as excited by this title as we are.”

Continue to check http://facebook.com/prey2 for additional information on Prey 2 in the coming days.

PAX East: RAGE comic book series announced!

Hello from PAX East! Those at the show will be able to check out RAGE today and tomorrow at 1:30 in the Wyvern Theatre.

In addition to the presentations, we’re excited to announce our partnership with Dark Horse Comics to create a RAGE comic book series — with the first of three comics arriving in North America and the UK on June 22nd.

Want the details? Read the press release below. Now if you’ll excuse me, I gotta run back to the booth.

BETHESDA SOFTWORKS AND DARK HORSE COMICS ANNOUNCE

RAGE COMIC BOOK SERIES

March 11, 2011 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, and Dark Horse Comics today announced a three-issue comic book series based on id® Software’s upcoming RAGE® video game. This original miniseries is being written by Arvid Nelson, the acclaimed creator of Rex Mundi, and penciled by Andrea Mutti (DMZ). The cover art is being created by Glenn Fabry, best known for his work on Hellblazer and Preacher. Set prior to the events in the game, the comics are an extension of the RAGE universe and will provide numerous insights into the game’s storyline. The first of the three comics will be available in North America and the UK on June 22, 2011. Continue reading full article ›

RAGE website refresh + plus a free mp3!

This morning we updated the official RAGE website — adding  an interactive panoramic tour showcasing numerous areas found within the game world.  The panoramic also features plenty of info on weapons, gadgets, and vehicles. And for your viewing pleasure, the panoramic includes plenty of new gameplay clips!

Additionally, we’re excited to provide a free mp3 of Mark Lanegan’s new track, Burning Jacob’s Ladder. The track was used in the Untethered trailer we released last month, and the song will also appear in full release of RAGE.

First In-game Skyrim Trailer Released!

Following a tense 24-hour countdown, the official in-game trailer for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been released!

In addition to the new trailer, elderscrolls.com has seen a major update, including new Skyrim features and fancy legacy pages for all the games in the Elder Scrolls series. Need the TES Construction kit? Want to watch the Arena intro — or download the full game? You can do this now.

We hope you enjoy — and keep checking back for more updates as we approach Skyrim Day, 11/11/11!

New RAGE trailer unleashed

We’ve released a new trailer for RAGE, the highly anticipated shooter from id Software. The trailer features an original track, Burning Jacob’s Ladder, by singer Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, Gutter Twins).

Enjoy the trailer, and stay tuned to Bethesda Blog and RAGE’s official site for more on the game.

And in case you missed them, after the break, check out some RAGE gameplay videos featuring creative director Tim Willits. The interviews and gameplay were captured at E3 last year.

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