PAX Prime: The Evil Within, BATTLECRY, and The Elder Scrolls Online Take Center Stage!

Easily one of the most fun weeks of the year is attending PAX Prime in Seattle. Closing out the summer meeting some of our biggest fans is always a thrill. And if you’ve ever been to Seattle, the weather in late August/early September is damn near perfect.

For Bethesda’s 7th PAX Prime, we’ve got a pretty exciting lineup — we’re showcasing The Evil Within, BATTLECRY, and The Elder Scrolls Online.

With less than two months until its October 14th release, we’re celebrating The Evil Within, Shinji Mikami’s return to survival horror, in a major way. By visiting our booth in the Washington Convention Center, you’ll have a chance to go hands-on with the game on either Xbox One or PlayStation 4. What’s more, we’ll have multiple contests during the week for a chance to win custom Xbox One consoles and a one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia that’s sure to charm terrify your friends and family. And don’t worry, fans at home will have a chance to win, too — more details later this week.

Mock-ups of customized Xbox One consoles that lucky winners will have a chance to score! More details to come!

Also at the Bethesda PAX booth, multiplayer madness will be in full effect for both The Elder Scrolls Online and BATTLECRY. With the the former, ESO veterans (and newcomers) will have a chance to participate in tense, 3v3v3 multiplayer in Colovian Crossing — a special capture-the-flag PvP worth checking out. It’s a real treat.

All players that check out ESO will come away with something special, too — a download code for a limited edition Bristlegut Pig pet to accompany you in your Tamriel travels.

Meanwhile for BATTLECRY, we’ll be showcasing 8v8 matches in an all-new game mode, Land Grab, with plenty of loot for players to grab. All participants will score a BATTLECRY pin for playing. But winning teams will have an opportunity for even more prizes, including…

… this Cossacks vs. Royal Marines lithograph signed by the game’s Creative Director Viktor Antonov if you win one match, and… 

… one of these PAX Prime BATTLECRY faction t-shirts if your team wins two consecutive matches.

PAX Prime takes place August 29th – September 1st at the Washington Convention Center in Seattle, WA. Stay tuned here on the blog and follow our @bethblog, @battlecry_game, @tesonline, and @theevilwithin Twitter accounts for updates through the week!

Pete Hines providing ‘storytime’ keynote for PAX Australia

Since our first trip to Seattle back in 2008, the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) has been a favorite event for many of us — especially Pete Hines. Be it Boston or Seattle, Pete’s always looked forward to showing off our games, participating in panels, and finding some spare time to play MtG at the show’s tabletop area.

Lucky for Pete, he gets an extra taste of PAX in 2014. At the tail end of our launch week for The Evil Within, Pete will be provide the ‘storytime’ keynote for PAX Australia. It’s sure to be amazing. You can always call on Pete for an entertaining story from his 15+ years with Bethesda — one that started with Morrowind in ’99.

PAX Australia takes place in Melbourne between October 31st and November 2nd. If you can make it, be sure to say hello to Pete.

Learn more about PAX Australia in the press release after the break…

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Wolfenstein @ PAX & Gamescom

Wolfenstein: The New Order doesn’t release until next year, but there’s plenty of new coverage worth checking out courtesy of Gamescom and PAX Prime.

Starting with VG247, watch a new Gamescom interview with creative director Jens Matthies.

Elsewhere…

GamesRadar — “Based on today’s playthrough, The New Order could be the most genuine, most satisfying follow-up the original games have ever had. It looks, sounds and feels completely modern, but the staunch dedication to creating fast, smooth, brutal fun on a moment-to-moment basis resurrects Wolfenstein’s spirit as efficiently as its occult Nazis resurrect their own dead.”

Xbox 360 Achievements – “A barnstorming demo, MachineGames has left us in no doubt that Wolfenstein: The New Order is a hot prospect, controlling like a dream and boasting a number of memorable story beats…”

The Gamers Hub — ” Not only was this my game of Gamescom 2013, I honestly cannot wait to hear, see and play more of this promising title.”

AusGamers — “… The New Order is definitely hitting all the right notes.”

IGN — Greg Miller joins PAX attendee Gavin Brown to share impressions from playing early sections of the game. Find out what they think.

The Sixth Axis — “This is a game which knowingly calls back to the old school of thinking, and it’s something which is just rammed home as soon as you discover that you can dual wield machine guns. It’s ridiculous, and absolutely fantastic.”

Destructoid — Jim Sterling & Jordan Devore explain why they’re taken by the gameplay.

As announced this summer, Wolfenstein: The New Order releases next year. Stay tuned for updates

PAX goes by pretty fast

Year in and year out, PAX is always a crazy-fun time, but a lot of work goes into making it happen. Thanks to our AV guys at iGad Productions, we have a time-lapse video covering the booth’s setup and the show’s first day.

To everyone that made the booth possible – iGad, Purepartner, IES, our Events/IT/PR/Dev teams, and everyone else involved – thank you!

Draugrs invade Dragoncon & PAX

Normally you expect to find Draugrs lurking in dungeons and tombs of Skyrim. This weekend a pair made their way across the country.

Skyrim fans Bill & Brittany Doran made their annual trip to Atlanta’s Dragoncon dressed as a pair of Draugr Deathlords. Taking advantage of the long weekend. we were fortunate to also see them on the final day of PAX Prime in Seattle. They posed for [many] pics, checked out The Elder Scrolls Online, and were nice enough to talk to everyone about their costumes.

Be sure to check out Bill’s blog, Punished Props, for an extensive look at the countless hours spent creating the Draugrs’ weapons, armor, and body suits. And as a bonus, see the costumes in action in the video below.

Purchase Bethesda Merch at PAX Prime

Earlier this week we announced that the Bethesda Store will be setting up shop at PAX Prime. Today we’re happy to reveal the full rundown of available items, including new DOOM plushies of the Cacodemon (above) and Pain Elemental.

After the break, you’ll get a full rundown of what’s at the store. Note: Not all items are yet available on the online store.

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Play ESO and Wolfenstein at PAX Prime

Later this week we’ll be heading to PAX Prime in Seattle. If you were lucky enough to score exhibit hall tickets (sold out), be sure to stop by our booth (#2014) to go hands on with The Elder Scrolls Online and Wolfenstein: The New Order!

We’ll also be selling merchandise from the official Bethesda Store at the booth. Later this week we’ll share more details on the items that will be available.

Outside of the exhibit hall, The Elder Scrolls Online Food Truck will be making its way to Seattle on Saturday, August 31st. Between 11:30 am and 3:00 pm, head to 802 Pine St. for free food, exclusive swag, and the chance to hang out with other fans of The Elder Scrolls Online!

See you in Seattle!