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.

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.

Skyrim Legendary Edition Now Available in North America

Get the complete Skyrim experience today.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition is now available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC in North America. Legendary Edition includes the original game, official add-ons and all title updates including combat cameras and mounted combat. For our friends in Europe, Legendary Edition will be available this Friday, June 7th.

Visit http://www.elderscrolls.com/skyrim/order/ and get your copy today.

Legendary Release

Today we’re happy to announce plans to release the complete Skyrim collection with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® Legendary Edition.

Coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on June 4th for $59.99 (European territories will see its release on June 7th), this package includes the most up-to-date version of the original game (employing the 1.9 title update),as well as the game’s three add-ons: Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn.

Dishonored 1.3 Update

In preparation for the release of Dishonored’s upcoming add-on, The Knife of Dunwall, this week we’re rolling out our 1.3 title update for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

So what’s in the update? Check the changelog below…

Dishonored Steam Update (v. 1.3) – Changes are for all platforms unless noted otherwise.

New Features

  • Adds support for Dishonored’s upcoming add-on, The Knife of Dunwall.

Bug Fixes (Dunwall City Trials)

  •  Fixes a bug in Back Alley Brawl challenge where live grenade remains in player’s hand when restarting match.
  • Fixes a rare bug in Back Alley Brawl challenge where restarting match while cooking grenade causes disabled left hand.
  • Fixes a rare bug in Back Alley Brawl challenge where you can fall down into The Void.
  • Fixes a rare bug in Back Alley Brawl challenge where being killed by player killed by Warfare Overseers will restart challenge with lowered health.
  • Fixes a bug in both the Back Alley Brawl and Bend Time Massacre challenges where a Headshot bonus is not awarded if an NPC dies after Bend Time II effects end.
  • Fixes a bug in Bend Time Massacre challenge where Explosive Pistol does not count as an explosive kill.
  • Fixes a bug in Bend Time Massacre challenge where achieving the Power Combo bonus using Blink is awarding 2 kills.
  • Fixes a rare bug in Bend Time Massacre challenge where you are unable to possess Nobles after firing gun through glass.
  • Fixes a rare bug in Bend Time Massacre challenge where restarting as the Bend Time effect ends causes the round to complete with zero score and a black screen.
  • Fixes a rare bug where you can inadvertently receive the Time Management achievement/trophy after failing to get the bonus.
  • Fixes a rare crash in Bend Time Massacre challenge during Waiting For Effects sequence.
  • Fixes a bug in Oil Drop challenge where aim assist does not work on PC.
  • Fixes a bug where file integrity check requires a game restart at Dunwall City Trials first boot on PC.
  • Fixes a bug in Thief (Expert) challenge where key inventory is not reset when restarting from completion.
  • Fixes a bug on PC where game displays keyboard and controller art together.
  • Fixes a rare bug in Kill Chain challenge where countdown timer will stop after killing some enemies.

Bug Fixes (Dishonored)

  • Fixes a bug on where you receive a kill in Player/Mission stats if sliding into Slackjaw after freeing him.
  • Fixes a bug where City Watch does not leave attack posture when rewiring an arc pylon.
  • Fixes a bug in Overseer Backyard where player could get stuck on chain.
  • Fixes a collision issue when Corvo drowns.
  • Fixes a bug where navigation in Piero’s shop was difficult when only one weapon upgrade remains.
  • Fixes a bug in Overseer mission where loading autosave created after actioning poison causes Campbell & Curnow to run.
  • Fixes Player/Mission Stats bugs.
  • Fixes a bug in Lighthouse where patrols are broken and there’s no sound after reloading a savegame in low chaos.
  • Fixes a bug where Specter Achievement does not activate upon completing requirements in Brothel.
  • Fixes a UI bug where turning off Health/Mana gauge show gauges when powers are used via hotkey.
  • Fixes a rare crash when signing out of your profile (Xbox 360)
  • Fixes a rare bug where installation in Czech doesn’t work if the previous language was Polish (Playstation 3)
  • Fixes a rare crash when rewiring a Watch Tower and taking a possessed rat into line of fire (PlayStation 3)