News Roundup, Pt. 2: RAGE and Hunted

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Hot off the heels of releasing new screenshots at RAGE.com, Gamespot features five new screens in their Most Anticipated of 2011 feature. Check out the feature here.

For more on RAGE, check out these links.

After the break, we’ve got Hunted news, a new interview with Pete Hines, and more…

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News Roundup, Part 1: Brink, New Vegas

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It’s been awhile since our last “Around the Web” update. So long that when I was compiling it, the beast grew a second head. Up first, we conquer news on Brink and Fallout: New Vegas.

Back in December, Time.com’s Techland writer, Evan Narcisse, visited Splash Damage and posted a quick-look preview and interview with Richard Ham and Paul Wedgwood. This week Evan’s back with two more interviews — one with lead writer Ed Stern and another with lead artist Olivier Leonardi. Both interviews feature concept art and new screenshots (like the Predator-esque image above).

Here’s a quick snippet of Evan’s interview with Mr. Stern…

There seems to be a lot of sociological commentary churning in the game’s environment and story. Where did you go for inspiration for that?

We want Brink to be sticky: both to draw players in and keep them imaginatively engaged, even when they’re not playing. The test of any character or scenario is whether it lives on in your imagination even after you’ve stopped playing the game, so we wanted to incorporate real world thematic content into the storylines for Brink for players to become engaged.

After the break, we’ve got more coverage on Brink — plus updates for New Vegas.

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Release Dates announced for Brink, Hunted

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Mark your calendars!

In a press release that just went out, we’ve announced the release dates for Brink (May 17th in North America, May 20th in Europe) and Hunted: The Demon’s Forge (June 1st in North America, June 3rd in Europe). The two games complete our Class of 2011 lineup, which also includes join RAGE (September 13th in North America, September 16th in Europe) and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (November 11th worldwide).

For more information, read the full press release below…

BETHESDA SOFTWORKS ANNOUNCES BLOCKBUSTER
2011 VIDEO GAME LINEUP

Brink and Hunted Release Dates Announced

January 27, 2011 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced the release dates of four multiplatform AAA titles shipping in 2011. Brink™, Hunted: The Demon’s Forge™, RAGE™, and The Elder Scrolls® V: Skyrim™ are all slated for release on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Games for Windows.

Brink, an immersive first-person shooter under development at Splash Damage, will be available in North America on May 17th and in Europe on May 20th. Brink was named as the ‘Game of Show’ at Eurogamer Expo 2010, while G4TV.com declared “Brink takes shooters to a whole new level.” Blending single-player, co-op, and multiplayer action into one seamless experience, Brink features dynamic battlefields, extensive customization options, and an innovative control system.

Hunted, a fantasy action game, will be available in retail stores across North America on June 1st and on store shelves in Europe on June 3rd. Hunted is a fresh take on the classic dungeon crawl experience that delivers the intensity and action of a modern-day shooter. Hunted, under development at inXile Entertainment, has been called “A Dungeon Crawl for the Gears Age” by Kotaku.com and has been described by Eurogamer as “violent, deceptively thoughtful and witty.”

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RAGE website gets a makeover

Those that visit our RAGE homepage today will notice we’ve revamped the look and feel of the site. Be sure to bookmark the page, as we’ll be adding some nice features between now and the game’s launch (Sept. 13th in North America, Sept. 16th in Europe). And if you’re one of those hip kids, be sure to follow RAGE on the Facebooks and Tweeters.

We’ll also keep you in the loop here at Bethesda Blog. For now, check out the site, enjoy the screenshots above, and check out developer profiles for John Carmack, Tim Willits, and Matt Hooper.

All the RAGE: Matt Hooper

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RAGE design director Matt Hooper joins John Carmack and Tim Willits in having a new interview up on Bethesda Blog.

What do you do at id Software?

My title is Design Director, which would imply that I handle the design direction. However, like most folks at id, I’m allowed to apply my skills beyond my title’s scope into other areas that benefit the team as a whole.

So, while my main passion has always been design and I do work closely with our group of talented designers, I’ve also been responsible for collaborating with the core technology group. I’ve always been excited by our cutting edge directions we take at id, and one of my tasks has been to help focus the practical application of our technology. With industry leading engineers like John Carmack, Robert Duffy, Jan Paul Van Waveren, and many more, I consider that a fun and exciting endeavor more than just a task.

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All the RAGE: Tim Willits

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Recently we had a chance to catch up with id Software’s Tim Willits to discuss his career, interests, and more. Leading up to RAGE’s release in September, you can expect to hear plenty more from the game’s creative director — both on RAGE’s official site and here at Bethesda Blog.

What do you do at id Software?

I am the Creative Director working on RAGE. I manage the entire RAGE team and ensure things get done with the game. My days involve a little cheerleading, whip-cracking, motivational sneakiness, and just about anything else to get the team working. Luckily for me, I’m working with the best team in the industry, and I feel like I have the best job in the world!

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All the RAGE: John Carmack

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Whether he’s making games, building rockets, or just talking about technology, it’s always interesting to listen to John Carmack. Read his ‘All the RAGE’  interview below. And if you missed it, be sure to check out the podcast interview Nick and I did with him back in November.

What do you do at id Software?

I am the technical director. I find and develop the major technology pillars that our games are built on, which involves research, some inspiration, and a whole lot of work.

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Your hopes for TES V, and other 2011 excitement

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When it comes to multi-faceted open world RPGs, everyone has their own priorities. As evidence of this phenomenon, we’ve been enjoying the following articles that guess/hope at Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim features:

In other list news, click through to check out some of the many “Best of 2011″ articles that talk about Skyrim, RAGE, Hunted and Brink.

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News Roundup: RAGE iOS update, IGN features, and New Vegas news

We’re back with another news round up.

As noted last week, there’s a new iOS update for RAGE and RAGE HD up on iTunes. To learn more about the update, watch the trailer above. Even with the update, both RAGE and RAGE HD are still priced at $.99 and $1.99, respectively.

In other news, IGN has put up  a feature on their most anticipated games for 2011. RAGE is the only game to crack the top ten for PC (#3), 360 (#5), and PS3 (#9), while The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim hit the Xbox 360 list at #4 and ranked as the #1 game on PC.

Speaking of Skyrim, while you wait for the February issue of Game Informer to hit shelves, IGN PC makes predictions on what to expect in the game.

And while many are looking ahead to 2011, there’s still plenty of sites discussing their favorite games of 2010. Fallout: New Vegas has received plenty of recognition at the sites below:

  • Gamasutra ranks New Vegas as their #7 favorite game of the year
  • PlayStation Lifestyle has named Fallout: New Vegas their top RPG of the year.
  • 1Up readers can vote for Fallout: New Vegas in three categories: Game of the Year, Best Role-playing Game, and Best PC game.

Wrapping up this roundup, the latest podcast from Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson includes an interview with senior producer Jason Bergman — who visits the show to discuss Dead Money. Available now on Xbox LIVE, you can also read reviews for Dead Money at Xbox 360 Achievements, Gamer Limit, and Eurogamer.

That’s all for now. Happy Holidays!

RAGE mobile update v1.11

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A new update is available for RAGE and RAGE HD on iTunes, adding a number of new features — including Game Center support. Full details below…

v1.1 Update Info

  • Game Center Leaderboards – Compare your daily, weekly and all-time scores with friends as well as global leaders.
  • Game Center Achievements – More than 50 achievements to unlock. Career, map and difficulty specific challenges!
  • Gyroscope Support (iPhone 4 & iPod touch 4) – Hold and move your iPhone in front of you like a virtual window with full gyroscopic aiming control.
  • Museum Mode – Explore the levels at your own pace, eerily void of any mutants. Take-in a taste of the spectacular RAGE universe, powered by id Tech megatexturing technology
  • 2nd Display Support – Play on a TV or Monitor using your iDevice as a controller. Output 480p over the official Apple Component cable & 720p over the official Apple VGA cable.
  • Mirror Mode – mirrored levels flips the world for a new shooting experience.
  • Language Localization –  now in French, Italian, German & Spanish.
  • Additional Bug Fixes