QuakeCon 2011: Skyrim Collector’s Edition Announced!!!

For months many of you have asked for details on whether or not there will be Collector’s Edition for Skyrim. At the end of a rousing QuakeCon presentation, game director Todd Howard confirmed its existence.

The limited collector’s edition for The Elder Scrolls® V: Skyrim™ will be available for Xbox 360, PS3, and Games for Windows and can be pre-ordered now through participating retailers in North America, Europe and Australia. Like the regular release of the game, the Collector’s Edition will be available on 11.11.11

In addition to including the highly-anticipated game, this premium version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim also includes:

  • 12” Alduin Statue: Created in conjunction with the IP Factory, this collector’s only statue stands 12” tall and is made of high quality PVC. Modeled from actual in-game 3D digital files, it showcases Alduin, the World Eater. He stands perched atop one the game’s many dragon walls that teach the player the lethal language of dragons.
  • ‘The Art of Skyrim’ coffee table book: Featuring over 200 pages of striking, full-color illustrations, sketches and models, this stunning 9 3/8” x 12 1/8” coffee table book showcases the characters, creatures, environments, and weaponry of Skyrim. With a foreword by game director Todd Howard and commentary from Bethesda Game Studios artists, readers will be guided through the game’s iconic visual style.
  • ‘The Making of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’ DVD This documentary DVD contains exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage, including interviews with the Bethesda Game Studios team as they take you from concept to creation and provide insights into the story, gameplay, setting, legacy of the Elder Scrolls franchise, and much more.

The Collector’s Edition will be available through pre-order and it retails for $149.99 (US), €149.99 (Europe), £129.99 (UK), and A$199.99 (Australia). If you’re interested in purchasing, we recommend you pre-order asap, as the it will be available in extremely limited quantities.

Pre-Order up at Amazon.com, GameStop, Walmart and Best Buy — more listing to come!

The Bethesda Podcast Episode 11: QuakeCon Special Edition Podcast

 

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Take a trip down memory lane with members of id Software, as they discuss the company’s early years, the magic of QuakeCon, and what fans can expect out of RAGE at this year’s event. Podcast features John Carmack, Tim Willits, Matt Hooper, Marty Stratton, Jonathan Wright, and “id Mom” Donna Jackson.

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Game Informer reveals Dishonored

Since announcing the acquisition of Arkane Studios at QuakeCon last year, we’ve been on pins and needles waiting to announce their latest project. At long last, the wait is over! Game Informer has revealed that Dishonored will be the featured as the cover story for their August issue.

In addition to the magazine preview, this month you can expect updates aplenty on GameInformer.com — similar to the hub that was created for Skyrim. As they go live, we’ll keep you updated.

For now, check out our press release for the game, and check out the cover spread at Game Informer’s site.

BETHESDA SOFTWORKS ANNOUNCES DISHONORED

Arkane Studios Reveals New First-Person Action Game

July 7, 2011 (Rockville, MD) — Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today confirmed that it will publish Dishonored™, an all-new first-person action game under development at Arkane® Studios. Dishonored will be the first project for the studio since being acquired by ZeniMax in 2010.

Under the direction of co-creative directors, Raphael Colantonio, lead designer on Arx Fatalis®, and Harvey Smith, lead designer on Deus Ex®, Dishonored is set for release on the Xbox 360®video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Games for Windows® in 2012.

Details on Dishonored will be revealed in the exclusive cover story in Game Informer®’s August issue, which ships to subscribers in early July 2011 and hits newsstands on July 15th. Coverage of the game will also continue on the magazine’s website, www.gameinformer.com/dishonored, throughout the month of August.

“At Arkane we have a passion for creating deep, immersive game experiences,” said Colantonio. “To be able to finally share details of our project is both extremely exciting and satisfying.”

The game will also be featured in magazine cover stories around the world throughout the month of August. Check the official site for updated details: www.dishonored.com.

RAGE hands-on preview gives a taste of what you’ll see at E3

Gamespot recently visited id’s new office for a chance to go hands on with RAGE. During the trip, they saw several areas showcasing the game’s varied gameplay — including a look at the game’s main faction, the Authority.

Read the preview here, and be sure to watch the embedded video featuring design director Matt Hooper, creative director Tim Willits, and plenty of action from the game.

The Hunt is On: Hunted Now Available!

Co-op fantasy action has arrived with Hunted: The Demon’s Forge, which has now launched in North America on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC!

To get in the mood for some dungeon diving, check out the launch trailer above. Also be sure to read up on our recent Hunted game guide blogs: part one and part two. Of course, for more info on Hunted, HuntedTheGame.com is also a good place to look.

The first reviews are in — 84/100 from German site Spieletipps and 4/5 from the Examiner! We’ll have more as they come in.