Modding Interview – Beyond Skyrim

We’re starting the new year with a all-new Skyrim modding interview. This time around we’re talking to Will Hillson, part of the Dark Creations team. A post-grad student in the UK, Will is an integral part of DC’s ambitious project known as “Beyond Skyrim”.

What’s the mod all about? Find out below…

Can you give a general overview of Beyond Skyrim and where the mod project currently stands?

Beyond Skyrim is a series of interlinking mods which will ultimately allow players to visit other areas of Tamriel within the Skyrim engine. Assets for each new region are being painstakingly created from scratch, including architecture, creatures, weapons, landscapes, textures and objects created by our artists and modelers. We pride ourselves on our fidelity to Elder Scrolls lore, and our ultimate aim is to create a player experience which will fit together seamlessly with Skyrim itself, allowing players to continue their existing character’s adventures in other lands, or perhaps even sidestep Skyrim’s story  entirely and experience what the rest of Tamriel has to offer.

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It’s Beginning to Feel A Lot Like Christmas

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There’s a chill in the air going into the holidays this year. That means its time for us to warm up by the fire and spend time with family and friends. We wish everyone a safe and wonderful holiday season as we head to 2015.

Happy Holidays everyone and a Happy New Year!

Now on PSN — Skyrim Mashup for Minecraft

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PlayStation users can re-create and expand upon Skyrim’s world like never before with the Skyrim Mashup pack — now available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita.

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Developed by our friends at 4J Studios, the mash-up features an exclusive Skyrim-themed texture set, 40 character skins, themed menus and user interface, craftable items, and more than 20 iconic selections from the original Skyrim soundtrack. On top of these features, the pre-set world recreates memorable areas including Whiterun, Riverwood, and Bleak Falls Barrow.

More details below…

Skyrim Mash-up  — Content Breakdown

  • Skyrim themed texture set to apply to any existing or newly created Minecraft world.
  • 40 Skyrim characters skins to apply to player’s in-game avatars: Dragonborn (male), Dragonborn (female), Ancano, Elenwen, Argonian Fighter, Argonian Mage, Bosmer Archer, Bosmer Mage, Breton Mage, Forsworn Shaman, Dunmer Mage, Dunmer Assassin, Imperial Soldier, Vex, Khajiit Merchant, Stormcloak Soldier, Lydia, Orc Blacksmith, Orc Warrior female, Nazir, Saadia, Vampire Lord, Isran, Astrid, Aela the Huntress, M’aiq the Liar, Greybeard, Frost Troll, Flame Atronach, Dragon Priest, Hagraven, Draugr Deathlord, Sheogorath, Spriggan, Dwarven Centurion, Wispmother, Dremora Lord, Master Necromancer, Vilkas, Orc Warrior Male
  • Skyrim themed Menu, UI and Inventory including integrated Skyrim logo.
  • Skyrim music score featuring the following original tracks: Watch the Skies, Dragonborn, Awake, From Past To Present, The City Gates, Dragonsreach, Distant Horizons, Dawn, The Jerall Mountains, Secunda, Frostfall, Unbound, Far Horizons, The Streets of Whiterun, The White River, Standing Stones, Tundra, Journey’s End, Aurora, Solitude, Wind Guide You, Tooth and Claw, Into Darkness, Shadows and Echoes, Towers and Shadows, Death in the Darkness
  • Pre-made World recreating the area of Whiterun, Riverwood and Bleak falls Barrow (on a smaller scale in order to fit with technical constraints of the games map size limits)

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In addition to being available on PlayStation platforms, you can download the Skyrim Mashup on both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Show your Daedric Side with the Shrine of Malacath

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Beginning today on GamingHeads.com & the Official Bethesda Store, you can purchase the newest collectible statue from The Elder Scrolls — The Shrine of Malacath. The third statue in our Elder Scrolls ‘Shrine Series’, the statue can be summoned to your home next year in exchange for 25 lbs of troll fat. for $209.99 (exclusive faux bronze finish) or $199.99 (regular edition).

Order the exclusive edition (limited to 350 pieces worldwide) on GamingHeads.com or the regular edition there or at store.bethsoft.com.

Around the web – ‘Pass the Cyberdemon’ edition

Tomorrow we’ll be at home celebrating Thanksgiving, but before we get to glorious Detroit Lions football and turkey legs, let’s check out some highlights from around the web. Setting the table is a dinner-themed tribute to DOOM — Dovahbear’s hilarious Dinner with Mancubus — shown in the embed above.

Speaking of DOOM, every second of Zero Master’s record-breaking speedrun for DOOM II is must-watch internet. After watching, head to reddoorbluekey.com for more details on DOOM speedruns.

Looking for a second serving of links? Fill your plate with these…

That’s all for now. Safe travels, everyone!

Friday Fan Art: It’s Wall Good

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We’ve rounded up some of the best artwork and cosplay we’ve seen throughout the week. There’s a bit of variety to satisfy all your gaming needs as we’ve seen incredible works from Skyrim, Morrowind, DOOM, and Fallout: New Vegas!

You can pass along your favorite photos, inkworks, costumes, and customizations by sending an email to bethblog@bethsoft.com or by using the #BethesdArt hashtag. Have a great weekend!

Friday Fan Art: Masked Excitement

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Cakes, colors, and costumes – we’ve got them all here. We’ve scoured the internet near and far to collect and share all of the incredible arts we’ve seen over the past few weeks.

You can share your creativity with us by using hashtag #BethesdArt or by sending us an email to bethblog@bethsoft.com.

Legendary Smithing Skills

Nearly three years have passed since Skyrim’s November 2011 release date, and we’re still amazed by the unbelievable fan creations that come in from around the world. This week at the office, a number of devs took notice when Matt and Kerry Stagmer of Baltimore Knife & Sword re-created Skyrim’s iconic iron helmet.

See how it was done (and be sure to stick around for the strength test at the end) in the embed above.

Halloween Happenings

It just wouldn’t be a Halloween post if we didn’t have the annual sharing of office costumes. Take a look at the great outfits from our both Rockville HQ and id’s office in Dallas!

Have you gutted your orange globe yet and carved it up? We’ve been seeing some wonderful jack-o-lanterns this Halloween season ranging from Skyrim to Dishonored to The Evil Within. Send us your costumes, artwork and orange scary squash and we’ll add them to the post.

Happy Halloween… have a great weekend!