The Elder Scrolls Online Voice Cast Revealed

We are pleased to announce that a renowned group of actors will be lending their voices to The Elder Scrolls Online. John Cleese, Michael Gambon, Kate Beckinsale, Malcolm McDowell, Lynda Carter, Bill Nighy, and Alfred Molina – and many more – take on the roles of just some of the interesting characters you’ll meet while exploring Tamriel.

Get all the details on the star-studded voice cast – and the characters they play – in the press release below. And if you’re hoping to meet these characters before the game officially launches for PC/Mac on April 4th, sign up for beta today!

BETHESDA SOFTWORKS ANNOUNCES STAR-STUDDED VOICE OVER CAST FOR THE ELDER SCROLLS® ONLINE

Latest Game in Award-Winning Franchise Brings Together All-Star Cast

January 23, 2014 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced the members of the renowned cast lending their voices to The Elder Scrolls® Online, the highly-anticipated game arriving April 4, 2014 on PC and Mac and June 2014 for the PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. The Elder Scrolls® Online ensemble includes Academy Award nominee John Cleese (“A Fish Called Wanda,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail“), Golden Globe winner Bill Nighy (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), Kate Beckinsale (“The Aviator,” “Pearl Harbor”), Alfred Molina (“Spider-Man 2″) and Golden Globe nominees Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter”), and Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange”). In addition, Lynda Carter (“Wonder Woman”) returns to the Elder Scrolls series to reprise her role from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

The Elder Scrolls Online is the latest chapter of the award-winning franchise and will bring the legendary experience online for the first time. Players can choose their own style of play as they embark upon an epic adventure across all of Tamriel, playing alone on heroic quests as in previous Elder Scrolls games, exploring the huge, rich world with a few friends, or joining with hundreds of others in massive PvP battles to save the Empire.

“This extraordinary group of actors helps bring the distinctive characters in The Elder Scrolls Online to life,” said Matt Firor, game director of The Elder Scrolls Online. “In The Elder Scrolls tradition, we sought world class talent to add a deep and enriching component to the immersive world the series offers players.”

John Cleese plays Cadwell, the cheerful and endearingly mad lost soul who is not afraid of anyone, even a Daedric Prince. Joining the cast as High King Emeric, Bill Nighy portrays a merchant prince whose luck and determination won him the throne. Kate Beckinsale takes on the role of Queen Ayrenn, the leader of the Aldmeri Dominion and Queen of the High Elves who is far more comfortable with a blade than her crown.

In addition, Alfred Molina takes on the role of Abnur Tharn, a wily old wizard and politician who is the head of the Empire’s Elder Council, and the de facto power behind the Ruby Throne. Lynda Carter plays Azura, the Daedric Princess of Dusk and Dawn from Skyrim who is a popular part of Elder Scrolls lore.  Michael Gambon voices The Prophet, a mysterious blind man who guides the player through their journey to retrieve their soul; and Malcolm McDowell plays the key figure Molag Bal, an evil Daedric god from another plane who schemes to enslave the mortal souls of Tamriel.

The Elder Scrolls Online cast also includes:

  • Peter Stormare (“Fargo”) plays Jorunn the Skald King, an unexpected monarch who led his people into an unlikely alliance.
  • Jim Ward (“WALL·E,” “Despicable Me 2″) voices Mannimarco, a renegade High Elf wizard exiled from the realm for raising the dead and the world’s most powerful necromancer.
  • Jennifer Hale appears in the role of Lyris Titanborn, a Nord half-giant, who, along with the Prophet, aids the player on their journey..
  • Kevin Michael Richardson rounds out the cast as Sai Sahan a noble martial artist and master swordsman.

The Elder Scrolls Online has been named one of the industry’s most anticipated titles for 2014 and marks a historic point for the franchise with its multiplayer online play after nearly 20 years of developing these best-selling, award-winning fantasy role-playing games for single player only. The previous chapter in this franchise was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® which was released in November 2011 and enjoyed worldwide critical and commercial success. As the sequel to the 2002 Role-Playing Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind®, and the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®, Skyrim earned hundreds of ‘Game of the Year’ awards and sold over 20 million copies.

The Elder Scrolls Online is being developed for the PlayStation4 system, Xbox One, PC, and Mac by ZeniMax Online Studios. The studio is headed by industry veteran Matt Firor who has more than 20 years of online game development experience. Working with Matt is a team of highly regarded professionals who have created some of the best known online games ever released.

The Elder Scrolls Online has been rated M for Mature by the ESRB.

Bundles of Love – Dishonored/Borderlands 2 & Skyrim/BioShock Infinite

It looks like Borderlands’ Claptrap has a crush on us. Intrigued by the idea of receiving dub step-based love songs and receiving an invite to his very exclusive birthday/pizza party, we accept his proposal to package Dishonored & Borderlands 2 together. And for good fun, let’s do a Skyrim & BioShock Infinite bundle, too!

Both bundles will be available in North America for $29.99 on Tuesday, February 11th on Xbox 360 & PlayStation 3.

Skyrim mash-up for Minecraft available today on Xbox 360

Today on Xbox LIVE you can purchase the Skyrim mash-up for Minecraft: Xbox 360 for $3.99. Big thanks to Microsoft, Mojang, 4J Studios, and everyone here at Bethesda for making this happen.

If you missed it, here’s the content breakdown for the pack:

  • Skyrim themed texture set to apply to any existing or newly created Minecraft world.
  • 40 Skyrim characters skins to apply to player’s in-game avatars: Dragonborn (male), Dragonborn (female), Ancano, Elenwen, Argonian Fighter, Argonian Mage, Bosmer Archer, Bosmer Mage, Breton Mage, Forsworn Shaman, Dunmer Mage, Dunmer Assassin, Imperial Soldier, Vex, Khajiit Merchant, Stormcloak Soldier, Lydia, Orc Blacksmith, Orc Warrior female, Nazir, Saadia, Vampire Lord, Isran, Astrid, Aela the Huntress, M’aiq the Liar, Greybeard, Frost Troll, Flame Atronach, Dragon Priest, Hagraven, Draugr Deathlord, Sheogorath, Spriggan, Dwarven Centurion, Wispmother, Dremora Lord, Master Necromancer, Vilkas, Orc Warrior Male
  • Skyrim themed Menu, UI and Inventory including integrated Skyrim logo.
  • Skyrim music score featuring the following original tracks: Watch the Skies, Dragonborn, Awake, From Past To Present, The City Gates, Dragonsreach, Distant Horizons, Dawn, The Jerall Mountains, Secunda, Frostfall, Unbound, Far Horizons, The Streets of Whiterun, The White River, Standing Stones, Tundra, Journey’s End, Aurora, Solitude, Wind Guide You, Tooth and Claw, Into Darkness, Shadows and Echoes, Towers and Shadows, Death in the Darkness
  • Pre-made World recreating the area of WhiterunRiverwood and Bleakfalls Barrow (on a smaller scale in order to fit with technical constraints of the games map size limits)

Dragons are Forever

Recently, via Twitter, we learned how Skyrim fan Caleb Gayle proposed to his fiancé, Dara, with a ring inscribed with Dragon language. We recently caught up with the soon-to-be-married couple, who have planned their wedding date for December 31st, 2013.

How did you pop the question?

Caleb: Well it was quite the challenge keeping the secret for so long. At first I was telling her that I owed my father money so week by week I saved a little. Then one day I let her know that we would be visiting my Uncle in Manhattan for about a week, as a mini vacation.

Once we were in Manhattan my uncle called and said lets go see the sites. I then asked dara “Would you like to see the Empire State Building?”, and of course she said, “YES!”

While at the top of the Empire state I started doing a vlog video for our site, 2ndOpinionPod.com, and asked Dara to get in the shot. My uncle knew all along what I was planning and once I had the chance I said “The trip so far has been amazing…..but it would be even better if….. (kneeled down on one knee)… Dara I want to spend the rest of my life with you will you marry me?” That’s when I realized there was about 50 people surrounding us smiling and clapping while she said “YES!”

Dara: I was already very excited to be in New York. All the extremely tall buildings and structures were just so mesmerizing.  It was a lot to take in all at once. Then I was standing on top of the tallest building in New York when Caleb, being Caleb, was making a video once again, tugging on me to get in the shot. I wasn’t really sure what to do so I pulled a Vanna White trying to show off the building. That’s when I was given the biggest surprise in my life. Caleb plopped down on one knee crying like a baby and I’m thinking “HOLY CRAP!!”  After I said yes and Caleb told me everybody knew and that he lied to me about giving his dad money, I impulsively punched him in the stomach.

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Babyhood of Steel

Recently BGS character artist Dennis Mejilones and his wife Elizabeth welcomed their first child, Adriana Dahlia. To help celebrate the occasion, world artist Josh Jay, whose been known to make some pretty amazing helmets in the past, decided to create a helmet for Adriana.

In the slideshow below, check out various images of the production process, and read our short interview with Jay after the break.

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ESO: Character Creation in Action

Watch our new Elder Scrolls Online video to get a taste of the diverse customization options you’ll have at your fingertips in the game.

Even though creating your character is just the first step on your adventure, it’s an important one. We want to give you the tools you need to realize the hero you’re already envisioning, and we’re excited to give you a peek at some of the options you’ll use to create the character you want to play in ESO. Take a look at our new video and share your thoughts on The Elder Scrolls Online Facebook page.

Skyrim Modding Interview — Mike Hancho

We would like to welcome to the Bethesda Blog Mike Hancho — commonly known by the forum community as Balok, creator of Helgen Reborn for Skyrim. When he’s not too busy rebuilding Helgen, Mike is an Operations Manager for a construction company in Clemmons, NC.

Recently we caught up with him to discuss Skyrim modding…

How did you get involved with modding?

It all started with a radio! I loved the “Built for the Future” mod for Fallout 3 and wanted a radio near all the lockers I used to store my gear. Getting started, I was completely overwhelmed and not a little bit lost, so I went through the basic tutorials and figured it out from there. Since Fallout 3 was my first Bethesda game it eventually led me to the official Bethesda forums where I learned about Oblivion. I bought it and spent the next year playing it.

I made a couple of unreleased mods that I used for my personal enjoyment and then Fallout: New Vegas came out. After playing it for a while, I decided to write and build my New Bison Steve Hotel and Afterschool Special mods. Then I joined the Boulder Dome team and built all the interiors for Inner Boulder including the Haunted Toy Store as well as Harcort Positronics and the Android Manufacturing levels. That led to Skyrim and here we are!

When I think of Helgen Reborn, the first thing that comes to mind is Oblivion’s popular mod, Kvatch Rebuilt. Do you view this mod as a spiritual successor?

In all honesty, no, not really. Although I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that the name alone drew some attention to my project because of the popularity of Kvatch Rebuilt. In the beginning Helgen Rebuilt was a sort of working title, but I discovered someone had already uploaded a mod by that name. However, by this time I was well into development and into my closed beta test, and several of my testers liked my suggestion of using Helgen Reborn as they felt it was truly Reborn when it was finished, so I stuck with that. If anything, I see Helgen Reborn as the successor of my New Bison Steve Hotel and Afterschool Special mods for Fallout: New Vegas. I learned enough techniques building those mods that I felt confident enough to try something a little more ambitious. And since I like taking things you guys leave destroyed and turning them into places that are once again useable, Helgen was the obvious choice for my next project.

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Arkane ramping up for what’s next

With Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition ready for release in October, Arkane Studios is ramping up on what comes next — next-gen development. While we can’t talk about what’s on the horizon, we wanted to let prospective game developers know that they’re already building up their team for the next project.

Two key new positions opened up for Arkane’s Austin-based studio, a Lead Tech Programmer and a Tools Programmer. In addition to these new positions, the Austin office is hiring a wide range of additional art and engineering positions. Get a full rundown here.

Over in the Eastern Hemisphere, Arkane Studios France is hiring for their Lyon office. Positions include Level ArchitectLevel DesignerSystems Designer, and Senior AI Programmer.

For a look at all job openings across our studios, visit jobs.zenimax.com.

Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition Announced

 

If you missed Dishonored or any of its amazing content, we’re happy to announce that we will release Dishonored Game of the Year Edition in North America on Tuesday, October 8th.

Developed by Arkane Studios, Edge Online’s 2012 Studio of the Year, Dishonored is an immersive first-person action game that casts you as a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. With Dishonored’s flexible combat system, creatively eliminate your targets as you combine the supernatural abilities, weapons and unusual gadgets at your disposal. Pursue your enemies under the cover of darkness or ruthlessly attack them head on with weapons drawn. The outcome of each mission plays out based on the choices you make.

CONTENT INCLUDED (IN ADDITION TO THE ORIGINAL GAME)

The Knife of Dunwall - In The Knife of Dunwall, take on the role of Daud, the legendary assassin who killed the Empress. After assassinating the Empress, and forever changing the fate of Dunwall, you embark on a search for redemption. Gain access to Daud’s new weapons, gadgets and supernatural abilities as you traverse through parts of Dunwall yet unseen, including the city’s whaling center, Rothwild Slaughterhouse, and the heavily guarded Legal District.

The Brigmore Witches - Continue your journey as the legendary assassin, Daud, in The Brigmore Witches. This conclusion to Daud’s story will put you at odds with warring gang factions and the dangerous Brigmore witch coven. Journey through undiscovered locales within Dunwall, including Drapers Ward and the Brigmore Manor, where you will be met with supernatural forces that test the limits of your new weapons and abilities.

Dunwall City Trials - In Dunwall City Trials, experience Dishonored’s flexible combat system, stealth gameplay, and distinct settings in a whole new way as you make your way through 10 distinct maps that feature a variety of challenges. Put your stealth, combat and mobility skills to the test as you clear demanding objectives, unlock new achievements and secrets, and climb up the global online leaderboards.

Void Walker’s Arsenal - With the Void Walker’s Arsenal add-on pack, gain access to four content bundles previously available only through pre-ordering Dishonored. These bundles offer unique character bonuses, additional bone charm slots and more.

Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition will be available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for $39.99 / 39.99 € / £ 29.99 /$69.95 AUD, and will be priced at $39.99 / 29.99 € / £24.99 / $49.95 AUD on PC.

Now Available: The Elder Scrolls Anthology in North America

Celebrate the Elder Scrolls today with the release of The Elder Scrolls Anthology — available today on PC in North America for $79.99 (and $89.99 in Canada). The same package will be available in European territories this Friday for €59.99 / £49.99 / $89.99 AUD.

Specific to US residents, those that purchase this week at Amazon.comBestBuy.com, or Walmart.com will receive a $10 gift card/credit.

In case you missed our announcement post, this premium box set (shown above) includes all five main games from the series – Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind Game of the Year, Oblivion Game of the Year, and Skyrim Legendary Edition – as well all the official add-ons and expansions.

And with today’s release, feel free to vote for your favorite Elder Scrolls game in the poll to the right, and share any of your favorite memories from the series in the comments section.