New CE pics of Alduin, the World Eater

I’ve got good news and bad news…

Bad news: I no longer have the 12″ Alduin statue from the Skyrim CE on my desk. Womp Waaah!

Good news: I’ve got new pictures, courtesy of our expert marketing artist, Lindsay Westcott!

If you want your own statue, visit the official Elder Scrolls website for pre-order info. And when I get more CE goodies to share (hopefully at my desk), I’ll share pics on the blog.

Get a premium Skyrim map with your preorder

Get a premium Skyrim map with your preorder

Making real maps of our fantasy worlds is an Elder Scrolls tradition. As Todd Howard said all the way back in a Morrowind blog post, “There’s something about having a physical object in your hands that feels like it’s part of this other world, that you are that person in the game, finding your way among the hills.”

With that in mind, today we are announcing that anyone who preorders Skyrim will automatically receive a premium quality world map with their copy as a no-extra-cost-to-you bonus.

To guarantee your copy of your premium quality world map, please pre-order today.

Update: We’ve received plenty of questions about the map. So you know, it’s a high-grade material that has a feel similar to burlap, and will be available in North America and European territories. There will be a regular paper map included in all copies of the game, but if you want to get the premium map, we recommend pre-ordering the game.

The early bird gets the double-barrel shotgun

Today we’re excited to announce that if you pre-order RAGE, you’ll automatically get upgraded to the Anarchy Edition, which adds four downloadable in-game items to your post-apocalyptic arsenal. The items include…

  • A Double Barrel Shotgun
  • Crimson Elite Armor
  • Fists of RAGE
  • Rat Rod Buggy

All four items are exclusive to the Anarchy Edition — available in the US and Canada with your pre-order from GameStop, Amazon.com, Steam, or Direct2Drive. For folks pre-ordering in Europe, we’ll have more details soon.

In case you’ve been under a meteor or sleeping in an ark, RAGE releases on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on September 13th (September 16th for Europe).

Brink’s DOOM Pack previewed

Recently GameStop put up a new video showcasing their pre-order bonus for Brink in North America. For those of you that might have missed it, the DOOM Pack features the following in-game items…

  • Unique “Hellspawn” body tattoo
  • Exclusive UAC (Security) and Cacodemon (Resistance) customized skins for the Bulpdaun SMG
  • Exclusive UAC Marine Body Armor (Security) and Lost Soul Screaming Skull
  • (Resistance) t-shirts, exclusive UAC beanie cap (Security), and DOOM bandana (Resistance)

For more details, visit GameStop’s website. If you want the DOOM Pack and you’re outside North Amercia, check our blog post here.

PAX East – Q: What does the code mean? A: A gift card for you!

Earlier this week, we shared the public invite for our Brink event at PAX East (tonight at 8 pm!). When we posted it, we received questions from folks wondering about that funky-looking barcode (also in the image above). That’s a QR code, and with it, smartphone users can access our PAX East mini-site for Brink. The page features wallpapers, screenshots, videos, and an opportunity to get a $5 gift card with your pre-order for Brink at Best Buy.

To access the page, snap a pic of the QR code with your smartphone and load a QR code app. If you’re at a desktop computer, you can get more details here.

New Vegas Collector’s Edition: Get it while you can!

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If you’re interested in pre-ordering the Fallout: New Vegas Collector’s Edition and haven’t done so already — now’s a good time to pre-order. Unless your S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats are heavy on Luck, there’s a strong chance you won’t find them after the release of the game.

If you’re in the US, you can order the CE at the following sites:

If you’re in Canada, you can order the CE from these retailers:

If you’re wondering about all the content shown above, the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC versions of the CE will all include the following

  • Seven “Lucky 7″ poker chips, each designed to represent chips from the major casinos found on the New Vegas strip and throughout the Mojave Wasteland.
  • A fully customized Fallout: New Vegas deck of cards. Each card in the pack has been uniquely illustrated to depict characters and factions found within the game. Use the cards to play poker, blackjack or Caravan, an original card game that was created by Obsidian especially for New Vegas.
  • A recreation of the game’s highly coveted “Lucky 38″ platinum chip.
  • A hardcover graphic novel “All Roads” that tells the story of some of the characters and events that lead up to Fallout: New Vegas. “All Roads” was written by Chris Avellone, the game’s creative director, and created in conjunction with Dark Horse Comics.
  • “The Making of Fallout: New Vegas” DVD. This documentary DVD will contain exclusive video content, including interviews with the developers in which they take you from concept to creation and discuss topics such as story, setting, legacy of the Fallout franchise and more.

For folks looking to order the collector’s edition in other parts of the world, please refer back to information provided in this post. We’ll let you know of any updates.

New Vegas Pre-Order Update: Coasters at Best Buy

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Here’s an update on our pre-order plans for Fallout: New Vegas at Best Buy. With a $5 deposit on your pre-order (regular or Collector’s Edition), you’ll receive four collectible coasters themed after the casinos on the New Vegas strip. Additionally, you’ll still receive the Mercenary Pack shown here.

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For full details on pre-ordering at Best Buy, click here.

Fallout: New Vegas pre-order details for Europe, France, Australia and South Africa (Updated)

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You’ve been asking, and now we’re answering: the Fallout: New Vegas pre-order details for much of Europe, Australia and South Africa are in, and we have the comprehensive breakdown.

Before we get to where you can grab each bonus pack, it’s important to note that the Collector’s Edition will be available for pre-order in all of the below territories. In addition, the Collector’s Edition will come packed with the same applicable digital bonus that each retailer is offering for the standard edition of the game.

Without further ado, the retailers carrying each pack are listed below:

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Brink pre-order bonuses announced

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Moar Brink news! We’ve also just announced Brink’s digital pre-order bonuses for North American retailers. Extend your customization options even further with the exclusive DOOM, Fallout, Psycho and Spec Ops packs. Each contains unique apparel, tattoos, weapons and weapon attachments for your in-game character. These pre-order bonuses will be offered exclusively through participating North American retailers and will be made available in Europe and Australia in the coming weeks.

Full details after the jump…

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