TGIF! With the weekend here, it’s a great opportunity to turn down the lights and stay up late to play part 1 of Juli Kidman’s two-part adventure — The Assignment — available through Steam, Xbox Live, and PSN.
Focusing heavily on stealth tactics, the DLC is already receiving praise from reviewers. Scoring it an 8.5/10, IGN had the following to say:
“I spent a lot of the time running blindly with my heart thumping, hoping a distracted enemy wasn’t now in pursuit, or yelling in triumph after locking one in a room. Without a weapon, the tension builds quickly.”
You can get more from IGN in a their review commentary video feature (note: there are spoilers). For more opinions, we’ll be adding reviews as they come in below.
Videogamer.com (8/10) — “…The Assignment is a reasonably-sized add-on which fleshes out The Evil Within’s story while building on what made it so enjoyable in the first place.”
We Got This Covered (4/5) – “… it was an intense burst of fear that retroactively makes The Evil Within a more complete experience while also standing on its own as an exciting step in a different direction for the series.”
Crave Online — (8/10) — “For fans of The Evil Within, The Assignment stands out as a key component to understanding its complex story. For everyone, it offers an entirely new way to enjoy the universe.”
Bloody Disgusting (8.5/10) – “The Assignment takes the best aspects of The Evil Within — namely the stealth, unsettling enemies and the strategy that’s required in combat — and successfully builds a bite-sized adventure around it that never outstays its welcome.”
Digital Chumps (8.8/10) – “I loved the strategy and intensity of playing purely stealth more than I did the combat in the original game.”
This morning we’re excited to announce what our friends and colleagues at MachineGames are up to: an all-new standalone prequel to everyone’s favorite Nazi-blasting first-person shooter of 2014, Wolfenstein: The New Order!
Arriving digitally on May 5th for $19.99/£14.99 /€19.99/$39.95 AUS on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood takes our hero BJ Blazkowicz back to the year 1946 in an adventure that spans eight chapters and two interconnected stories (released together) that will lead into the events you know and love from The New Order.
Part one of Wolfenstein:The Old Blood – Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves — pits BJ Blazkowicz against a maniacal prison warden as he breaks into Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to steal the coordinates to General Deathshead’s compound. In part two – The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs – our hero’s search for the coordinates leads him to the city of Wulfburg where an obsessed Nazi archaeologist is exhuming mysterious artifacts that threaten to unleash a dark and ancient power.
For a first look, watch our announcement trailer in the embed above, and this weekend at PAX East, look for our two-part livestream happening on Twitch.TV/Twitch at 10:30 am est on both Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th.
With The Evil Within’s first DLC releasing next week, you might notice a new title update deploying this week on Steam, PSN, Xbox LIVE. The update will ready the game for DLC compatibility and a detectives-to-be might notice the reveal of The Assignment’s trophies & achievements.
And in case you missed it, The Assignment releases on Tuesday, March 10th on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4 (Note: PlayStation players in Europe will be able to play on Wednesday, March 11th). For a first look at gameplay, follow Twitch.TV/Bethesda and tune in on Monday, March 9th at 4pm est.
For many that have completed The Evil Within, the mysteries surrounding Sebastian’s partner, Juli Kidman, are among the most discussed plotlines in the game. These questions (and new questions… hehe) will arise in Part 1 of Kidman’s DLC adventure, The Assignment.
Taking the role of Kidman, The Assignment features an increased focus on stealth gameplay mechanics as you untangle the secrets of what happened to her and untangle the truth behind her connection with Mobius. Introducing new enemies and gameplay tactics, The Assignment sets the stage for the concluding chapter of Kidman’s Adventure, The Consequence, releasing later this Spring.
To save on all three DLCs planned for The Evil Within – you can purchase the game’s Season Pass on your preferred platform of choice! In addition to The Assignment and The Consequence, this package will also feature content surrounding the safe pick for everyone’s favorite villain, The Keeper.
The Evil Within: The Assignment is part of The Evil Within’s Season Pass package and can also be purchased separately for $9.99/£6.99/€9.99 releases on Tuesday, March 10th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Steam. Note for PlayStation users in Europe: The content will release on PS3 and PS4 on March 11. For an extended look at gameplay, subcribe to Twitch.TV/Bethesda and be ready to tune in on Monday, March 9th at 1pm est. In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for new and terrifying content on our social media pages, including:
On the 15th anniversary of QUAKE III: Arena’s PC release, QUAKE LIVE unleashes nine new arenas, unlocked map rotations, new announcer VO, and much more. On top of in-game features, the game now unlocks its very own Steam trading cards. Get a preview of the art, created by John Mueller, in the imgur slideshow below.
In time for Halloween, you can scream on Steam — free (!!) — through three chapters of The Evil Within!
Starting October 30th, you’ll be able to enjoy the first three chapters for free. If you choose to purchase the game after the first three chapters, you’ll be able to continue your save progress, and as an added bonus, we’ll throw more evil your way with a free copy of Call of Cthulhu. Finally, and for a limited time only, we are offering 50% off The Evil Within’s Season Pass!
Already purchased The Evil Within and its Season Pass? Fear not. Those that already have the main game will have Cthulhu added to your library, and purchasers of the Season Pass will receive special offers on other Bethesda titles.
If you fire up The Evil Within today, you will notice the game will patch automatically with a new game update.
With the update, players with high-end PCs will be able to go in to their settings and toggle between running the game with a 30 FPS cap or a 60 FPS cap. Additionally, players will be able to disable the letterbox “black bars” in the game settings — allowing you to maximize your screen’s real estate.
Full changelog below…
Frame lock settings added
In settings, you can now toggle between a 30 FPS and 60 FPS cap.
UI toggle to disable the letterbox bars
Fixes gameplay issues when running at >30 FPS
Fixes for visual issues associated with removing letterbox framing
Achievements now work when console is enabled
Fix for game starting in windowed mode on first run
Announced at QuakeCon 2014, Quake Live is now available as a Free to Play game on Steam for your PC. With its move to Steam, the game features all the newest changes for the game, including a new announcer voice, several new in-game reward medals and more. Full update details can be found on here.
Dripping blood, gooey brains, and terrifying cries of the Haunted. When playing The Evil Within – Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami’s return to survival horror – you can expect plenty of gruesome sounds that beg to be played with surround speakers or noise -cancelling headphones.
What you wouldn’t expect is how these sounds are engineered. Stomach-turning noises that could make squeamish players lose their lunch are, actually, created by the very foods you might eat during lunch. On a recent trip to Tango Gameworks, the sound team had the Bethesda Underground team (myself included) track down items to create heinous sound effects for the game.
With a short grocery list of cantaloupe and raw beef from sound designer Mashahiro Izumi, we decided to have some fun and surprise him with additional items to throw into the mix.: noodles, marshmallows, potato chips, and more.
The results? The experience was nearly as terrifying as the game itself. Well versed in the arena of Foley work, Izumi-san assaulted the foods we provided with the same tenacity as some of the game’s most challenging opponents.
The Evil Within releases in North America and Europe on Tuesday, October 14th and on October 16th in Australia/New Zealand. Pre-ordering the game today allows you to gain access to the Fighting Chance Pack.