Happy 20th, Wolfenstein 3D

Update: Steam users can celebrate Wolfenstein’s anniversary with these deals…

  • Wolf Pack for $3.75 (75% off) — includes Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Spear of Destiny, and Wolfenstein 3D
  • id Software Super Pack for $49.99 (50% off) — includes so many games, you should just visit Steam to get the lowdown.

Original Post: This past Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of id Software’s legendary FPS game, Wolfenstein 3D. To commemorate the occasion, we’ve got a few treats so you can “Get Psyched!”.

At wolfenstein.bethsoft.com, you can relive all the glory of id’s seminal shooter with a free-to-play browser version of the game. And for limited time, iOS users can download Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum for free on iTunes.

For a retrospective on the game, Nick and I recently sat down with John Carmack for a director’s commentary track. Watch the video above, as he discusses his memories of the game while playing the original DOS release.

Last but not least, we’ve put up two Wolfenstein items on Xbox LIVE’s Avatar Marketplace. Purchase a Wolfenstein t-shirt (male/female) for 80 Microsoft Point and the Classic B.J. Blaskowicz Mask for 160 points.

Have a favorite memory of Wolf 3D? Feel free to share it with us in the comments section.

Game Informer announces The Elder Scrolls Online

Since opening its doors in August of 2007, we haven’t been able to say much about happenings at ZeniMax Online Studios – until today. Announced just minutes ago, Game Informer’s June 2012 cover story is… The Elder Scrolls Online!

The magazine will be available to subscribers early next week and should arrive at GameStop stores shortly after that. You’ll also want to keep your eyes on GameInformer.com/ElderScrollsOnline. Today they put up the magazine cover, and you can expect more updates throughout the month.

The Elder Scrolls Online is planned for a 2013 release on both PC and Mac. To keep up on the latest news for the game, check out our official Twitter and Facebook accounts for the game, and also visit the game’s discussion forums.

More to come!

Watch the debut trailer for Dishonored

Watch the all-new debut trailer for Dishonored, our upcoming 2012 release from Arkane Studios.

Dishonored casts you as a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. You are the once-trusted bodyguard of the beloved Empress. Framed for her murder, you become an infamous assassin, known only by the disturbing mask that has become your calling card. In a time of uncertainty, when the city is being besieged by plague and ruled by an oppressive government armed with strange technologies, dark forces conspire to bestow upon you abilities beyond those of any common man.

In Dishonored, creatively eliminate your targets with the flexible combat system as you combine the numerous 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.

For more on the game, visit these links:

Official Website
YouTube
Twitter
Facebook
Official Forums

Tonight on Gamespot: Catch the Game Developers Choice Awards (Update)

Update: At tonight’s award show, Bethesda Game Studios won the night’s final award, Game of the Year! Congrats to the whole team!

To watch an Encore presentation of the awards, visit Gamespot. And for pictures from the event, visit the GDCA Flickr page.

Original Post: This year’s Game Developers Conference is underway in San Francisco. Last night BGS level designer Joel Burgess discussed Skyrim in a panel titled Pursuing Elegance, and tonight, the 12th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards will be announced.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is nominated for five awards in tonight’s ceremony, including Game of the Year, Best Game Design, Best Technology, Best Visual Arts, and Best Audio. If you’re interested in cheering the game along, you can watch Gamespot’s livestream beginning at 6:30 PM PST.

On the subject of awards, you can still vote for Skyrim in the BAFTA GAME GOTY award category. BAFTA winners will be announce next Friday.

Double the Fun with the Fallout 3 & Oblivion Double Pack

On April 3rd, BGS fans can pick up the award-winning classics, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Fallout 3, in a new double pack combo. Available in North America, the Double Pack will be available on Xbox 360 and PC for $29.99 and $19.99, respectively.

I was going to put up Double Mint-inspired lyrics to get you excited, but after seeing this video on Kotaku, I thought you’d enjoy it more….

Remembering Adam

Last week our dear friend and colleague, Adam Adamowicz, passed away. Adam touched the lives of everyone that knew him, and his spirit will live on in the games we create.

This week we put up a page so that everyone — family, friends and fans alike — can visit and remember him. The page includes memories and reflections from the team, plus a comprehensive collection of his work on Oblivion DLC, Fallout 3, and Skyrim. And as the introduction notes, you haven’t seen the last of his work.

We also encourage you to “squeeze the nun for service“ by donating to the American Cancer Society.

With Adam’s passing, I’ve spent some time going back and looking at some of the stuff we’ve done with him — here on the blog, on The Bethesda Podcast, and elsewhere.

G4TV — Not long after Fallout 3′s release, G4TV learned about Adam’s work as a concept art. Watch the video above.

Fallout Official Site — Before Fallout 3 launched, we did several developer diaries. In Adam’s diary, he shared details on how his inspirations for the game’s vault suit, creatures, weapons, and more.

The Bethesda Podcast – A few weeks before Skyrim’s launch, Nick and I did a podcast interview with Adam and his longtime friend, concept artist Ray Lederer. No one at the office knew Adam better than Ray, and you can read his reflections on his personal blog.

Bethesda Blog – Adam did an early Inside the Vault interviews for Fallout 3. Even today, it’s a hilarious read. After I posted it, he emailed me and asked me to add this picture. I thought he was nuts, but I’m happy to add it again.

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Rest in peace, Adam.

Skyrim takes home five AIAS awards

The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences held their award show last night at the DICE conference, and Skyrim took home five trophies, including Game of the Year.

The awards are voted on by the 20,000 members of the AIAS. In addition to the top honor, the distinguishments included Best Story, Role-playing/MMO Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering, Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction.

Congrats to the team!