Season Passacre: An onslaught of new content coming to The Evil Within

With only two months until the release of The Evil Within (yes, it’s still coming in October!), we’re excited to share details on our Season Pass plans for the game.

The Evil Within Season Pass will allow you to experience survival horror from a new perspective. In two add-ons, you’ll assume the role of Juli Kidman — Sebastian Castellanos’ mysterious partner from The Evil Within. Across a two-part, story driven experience, you will encounter unthinkable enemies and new areas that reveal hidden motives and harrowing evil. The third add-on for the Season Pass puts you in control of The Keeper (aka Boxman) in a fun collection of mission-based maps. 

Priced at $19.99/£14.99/€19.99, the Season Pass offers savings on three planned add-ons for the game and will be available soon at select game retailers, PSN, Xbox LIVE, and PC.

The Evil Within releases on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC on Tuesday, October 14th in North America and Friday, October 17th in Europe. Pre-order on the game’s official website.

NOTE: Season Pass and game add-on content may not be available on all platforms or in all territories. Pricing and release dates may vary by territory and/or platform.

‘The Evil Within’ Your Game Case – You Decide!

The first time everyone in a group laid eyes on the cover for The Evil Within, we were pretty sure we nailed it. The cover encapsulates the peril you’ll experience playing the game.

But is it for everyone? From our days of following social media and sites like NeoGaf — we know you like your alternate cover options, too — because the other country usually has the better cover. So as to make sure everyone has a say, we’re presenting three alternate cover options — one of which will be the reverse sleeve for the launch edition of The Evil Within.

Below are three options. Be sure to vote for your pick on the Bethesda Blog poll on the right-hand side, and if you email your choice to bethblog@bethsoft.com, you’ll have a chance to win one of 10 signed copies of The Evil Within (when the game ships, of course). For contest rules, click here.

Vote for our “Asylum” Cover

 Vote for our “Piercing Eye” Cover

Vote for our “Twisted” Cover

Good luck and thanks for voting!

QuakeCon 2014: #EvilTakesHold a week early!

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Announced today at QuakeCon, we’re ready to bring Shinji’s Mikami’s latest adventure to your darkly-lit living room a week early.

On October 14th in North America, October 16th in AUS/NZ, and October 17th for Europe, The Evil Within will launch on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.

To help you through Shinji’s return to survival horror, don’t forget that pre-ordering the game means you’ll have access to the Fighting Chance Pack — full of weapons and resources that will prove useful in your playthrough. Trust us… you’ll want every bit of help you can get.

We’ll be relaying more news and updates on The Evil Within as we get closer to launch. Stay informed by following the game on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.

QuakeCon 2014 – Earth Shattering Sales for PC

You don’t have to be at QuakeCon to celebrate North America’s Largest LAN Party. With numerous QuakeCon sales taking place this weekend, you can call home your personal BYOC for the weekend.

Throughout QuakeCon weekend (July 17th – 20th) you can purchase the QuakeCon 2014 Pack, which favorites from the id Software and Bethesda library — all at one low cost of $99. The package features some all-time favorites, as well as two brand-new additions for 2014 — Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Elder Scrolls Online! All together, this special collection includes:

  • Dishonored: Game of the Year
  • Fallout: Classic Collection
  • DOOM 3: BFG Edition
  • DOOM Classic Complete
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Imperial Edition

We will also be offering deals each day on individual id Software and Bethesda Softworks’ titles via Steam. Daily deals include:

  • Thursday:  Dishonored: Game of the Year and all Dishonored DLC at 50-75% off
  • Friday:  Wolfenstein: The New Order and DOOM Sale at 50-75% off
  • Saturday:  Fallout 3: Game of the Year, Fallout: New Vegas, and all Fallout: Classic Collection at 50-75% off
  • Sunday: The Elder Scrolls Sale, with Elder Scrolls titles selling for 50-75% off

To celebrate QuakeCon and the just announced addition of The Elder Scrolls Online on Steam, both the Standard and Imperial Editions of ESO will be offered at a discount throughout QuakeCon weekend for $30 and $47.99, respectively.

For full details on the QuakeCon 2014 pack and a complete list of the weekend and daily deals, please visit the QuakeCon Steam sale.

Other QuakeCon sales are also happening at your other favorite online retailers. Be sure to check out GameStop, Amazon, and GameFly this weekend for details.

Announcing BATTLECRY! (Updated)

Welcome to the WarZone! BATTLECRY, a 32-player online team action game, is the first project from our Austin-based team, BattleCry Studios.

In the reveal trailer above, get a first look at the world envisioned by Viktor Antonov (Half-Life 2, Dishonored) – where gun powder has been banned following a cataclysmic world war at the dawn of the 20th century. Traditional warfare is now a relic of the past and all conflicts are settled head-on by elite teams of chosen warriors in sanctioned WarZones. Trained and bred for battle they face off for the glory of their nations.

To learn more on BATTLECRY – planned to be in Beta in 2015, visit the game’s official website — featuring an introduction blog post from Rich Vogel — and the BATTLECRY social media channels:

Official Website – http://www.battlecrythegame.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BATTLECRYTheGame
Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/battlecry_game

UPDATE: Recently, various gaming sites had a chance to participate in 32-players matches of the game. Learn more about their experience in the links below.

The Escapist – “The scenery of the level we played on did feel like as if you were playing in well-crafted anime painting.”

Polygon – “BattleCry’s positive community aspirations are certainly encouraging. The game’s bright, gorgeous atmosphere, clearly influenced by Antonov’s stylized work, may help foster that warm, cheery feeling of camaraderie.”

The Verge – “Its alternate take on a post-WWI world features a slick steampunk look, complete with strange technology and classy looking soldiers.”

GameSpot – Antonov’s distinct touch was immediately apparent in the map I played on, an alternate-history take on an industrial English city that manages to feel both grimy and oddly beautiful at the same time.

Eurogamer – “What these brief glimpses do illustrate is intent, and BattleCry’s team seems absolutely genuine in its desire to do something different in the F2P multiplayer market, and clearly very aware of the hurdles it faces in getting there. With a handful of intriguing ideas, and a surplus of ambition, if nothing else BattleCry will be one to watch for in 2015.”

GameFront – “The PC-based multiplayer title is easy to pick up and offers a lot of potential for depth, but at its heart, it’s a melee game that handles similarly to titles like God of War.”

Destructoid – “From the five (or so) matches that we got to see, BattleCry looks like it’ll be the perfect title to scratch an itch that a sizable portion of players have. It’s easy to jump into, and it’s very fast-paced.”

GamesRadar – “Like a classic game of Quake or Unreal Tournament, Battlecry delivers a steady stream of twitchy excitement. Whenever I wasn’t charging sword-end first into the fray, I was speeding to the nearest clash with dodge-rolls and gap-crossing swings on grappling hooks.”

PC Gamer – “…after Antonov’s work on Half-Life 2 and Dishonored, I’ve got strong hopes that it will look distinct.”

GameZone – “… Battlecry has the core to be a really fun and entertaining online battle arena game. ”

Rock, Paper, Shotgun – “BattleCry’s a melee-focused third-person multiplayer game, with up to 32 stylish soldiers murdering each other. And they are quite stylish, as the art direction is by Dishonored visual designer Viktor Antonov.”

GameReactor – “It’s visceral. Mere seconds into our first session our head was separated from the rest of our body and the blood kept being spillt with decapitations and flying limbs being the rule rather than the exception.”

CVG – New preview plus an interview with studio head Rich Vogel.

Still not sure what BATTLECRY is? Hear nearly 30 minutes of discussion on the game courtesy of Polygon’s Brian Crecente and Mike McWhertor.

 

Terrified by ‘The Evil Within’ + Hands-On Impressions!

Thanks to play testers we learn a lot about our games that help us make a better project. Specifically with The Evil Within, we’ve also received plenty of entertainment value. In our latest trailer for the game, watch actual reactions from playtesters as they get their hands on the game for the first time.

The Evil Within will now terrify players right in the thick of Halloween season – releasing on October 21st in North America, October 23rd in Australia, and throughout Europe on October 24th, 2014. With your pre-order of the game, you’ll receive The Fighting Chance Pack, which includes:

  • Medical Kit – A vital health enhancement to enable Sebastian to fight on.
  • Green Gel – Used to upgrade Sebastian’s attributes.
  • Double Barrel Shotgun and Three Shells – A larger and more formidable shotgun than the regular shotgun, it’s useful for tight situations with multiple encroaching enemies.
  • An Incendiary Agony Bolt – Capable of showering nearby enemies with damaging fire sparks.
  • A Poison Agony Bolt – Will draw enemies towards it and poison them, allowing Sebastian time for a quick escape.

For more on the game, check out these fresh hands-on impressions that went up today…

Gameplanet –”The Evil Within looks set to herald a frightening and exhilarating new dawn for survival horror.”

Joystiq — “The game is trying to unsettle me, and it’s doing a pretty good job of it. Just as I catch my breath, Spider-Girl bursts out of what was a harmless looking corpse, and now I have to run.”

MMGN –”The Evil Within is survival horror in its truest form, and the return of a once great genre I feared was lost to the mass market addicted to relentless action.”

Shacknews — “The Evil Within’s approach to survival horror feels vintage, in a good way. Limited resources help add to the tension and there are also some genuinely scary moments. The combat also helps add to the horror environments, with firearms meant to subdue, not dominate.”

Videogamer — “Having played it for a couple of hours it’s become clear that he’s close to achieving his goal: namely, returning to the horror staples he helped define in 1996 with Resi, and obliterate in 2005 with Resi 4.”

PC Gamer — “As someone who counts Resident Evil 4 among their all-time favourite games, The Evil Within has an extra layer of significance for me. ”

Polygon — “It feels like a game that builds upon what Mikami is best known for — survival horror — while taking the genre into a new direction, one without the restrictions a legacy franchise like Resident Evil carries with it. ”

Telegraph UK — “The Evil Within is shaping up to be the terrifying and triumphant horror comeback for Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami.”

GameReactor –  ”It’s the Japanese survival horror evolved.”

GameCrate — “ I was wearing a Gear Fit when I played, and had it record my heart rate right after I left the demo. My normal resting heart rate is 75 beats per minute…and after an hour and a half with The Evil Within, it was 117.”

Expert Reviews — “After 2 hours it felt like we were only just scratching the surface and were left wanting more.”

Neoseeker — “The time I spent with The Evil Within might very well be the longest two hours of my life, and that’s okay. As the survival horror genre makes its comeback, Shinji Mikami appears to have taken the opportunity to show he’s still a master at his craft.”

Bloody-Disgusting – “The Evil Within is a great horror game.”

AusGamers — “ Lights out, volume up and all alone — I may be white-haired and frail once the experience is over, but to be taken back to that place Mikami created oh-so long ago…”

The Sydney Morning Herald — “Fans of old school horror should be looking forward to this one.”

The Escapist — Watch Andrea Rene’s reaction to playing the game in the video embed below…

 

System Requirements for Wolfenstein (Updated)

It’s not too much longer you have to wait to play Wolfenstein: The New Order. Does your PC have what it takes to keep up BJ Blazkowicz? The system requirements are based on the game being a next-gen experience running at 60fps. These are the system requirements to deliver the PC game as it was intended to be experienced.

PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8
Intel Core i7 or equivalent AMD (FX 6300)
4 GB System RAM
50 GB free HDD space
GeForce 460, ATI Radeon HD 6850
High Speed Internet Connection
Steam account and activation required

If your PC matches these requirements, then you’re good to go! And don’t forget, Wolfenstein: The New Order is now available for pre-order on Steam.

Not playing on PC? Here’s some information to prepare for the game’s console launch on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360…

PlayStation 4

  • Hard Drive Requirements:  ~47 GB total install
  • Voice Commands optional

Xbox One

  • Hard Drive requirements: ~47 GB total install
  • Kinect support for Voice  Commands (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish only)

Xbox 360

  • Hard Drive requirements: 8 GB minimum
  • Game includes 4 discs, including the first disc that is a mandatory installation disc.

PlayStation 3

  • Hard Drive requirements for disc play: 8 GB HDD space
  • Hard Drive requirements for PSN download: 17 GB HDD space

Big News (and Big Battles) for The Elder Scrolls Online!

The next Elder Scrolls adventure is nearly here! Today we released our latest gameplay video, War in Cyrodiil, and with it we announced that The Elder Scrolls Online will arrive worldwide for PC and Mac players on April 4, 2014. PlayStation 4 & Xbox One will launch in June 2014.

Regardless of the platform you choose, your online adventures will be here before you know it. As you plan out which alliance you join, watch our all-new gameplay trailer showcasing PvP combat and how you will be able to battle with and against your friends in Cyrodiil.

For more information on ESO and its launch plans, read a personal update from Game Director, Matt Firor at elderscrollsonline.com.

Now Available in North America – Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition

Beginning today, you can experience all of Dishonored’s content with the newly released Game of the Year Edition.

In addition to the award-winning original game, the DLC features all of the games add-on content, including:

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 is available for $39.99 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. The game will release in Europe this Friday for 39.99 € / £ 29.99 /$69.95 AUD on PS3 and Xbox 360, and 29.99 € / £24.99 / $49.95 AUD on PC.