Weekend Update: ESO Beta and more!

It’s the weekend, which means we’re in the midst of the latest beta session for The Elder Scrolls Online! If you have a beta code, be sure to join the fun. And if you can’t make it this time around, you can catch up on all the notable gameplay streams throughout the ESO community.

So what else is worth checking out this weekend? Here’s some highlights from the past week…

  • Our friends at Shortlist have put together one of the tougher Fallout 3 quizzes we’ve ever seen. Share with us your high score in the comments below.
  • Pete Hines recently took time to discuss our 2014 lineup — The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein, and The Evil Within — in new interviews with both CVG and 3News.
  • Preparing for The Evil Within this August? A new feature at Gamespot readies you for the return of survival horror with classic games and films that will condition your mind for Shinji Mikami’s newest (and most twisted) game.
  • We’ve got even more previews for Wolfenstein: The New Order — with the latest coming from 411Mania, IGN AU, Gamespot, and Nerd Reactor.

That’s all for now. See you in beta!

Weekend Update: Polygon explores the journey of Shinji Mikami

From developing the SNES  adaptation of Aladdin to a whole new world — Shinji Mikami became the king of survival horror. During your weekend, head to Polygon and read Matt Leone’s feature, “Shinji Mikami and the Fountain of Youth”. The article chronicles his career and focuses on the youth movement he believes is important for the success of Tango Gameworks and the games they develop.

As announced last week, Mikami’s latest game, The Evil Within, releases this summer on August 26th in North America and across Europe on August 29th

Read “Shinji Mikami and the Fountain of Youth”  and read others stories from around the web…

That’s all for now. Enjoy your weekend!

ESO Roundup

The countdown to ESO’s PC/Mac release continues (six weeks to go!) and there’s plenty of news and happenings for the game. In case you missed it, we’ve rounded up the latest and greatest news in one convenient place.

Recently press outlets spent a weekend playing The Elder Scrolls Online. Read PvE and PvP roundups on the site. And now that the Beta NDA has lifted, be sure to share your thoughts and reaction on the official ESO Twitter and Facebook pages.

ESO: How to Create a Daedric Prince

It takes more than excellent Smithing skills to craft a statue that perfectly encaptures a Daedric Prince.

Take an inside look at the making of the Molag Bal statue that comes along with the Imperial Edition of The Elder Scrolls Online. Here’s an excerpt on what it takes to design a Daedric Prince:

Designing the God of Schemes as he appears in ESO was the first step. Our concept artists explored various ideas and silhouettes through a series of quick thumbnail sketches. We used references from previous Elder Scrolls games, including the appearance of the Mace of Molag Bal from Skyrim, to guide creation. We chose to make him huge, bestial, and sinister—a look fitting for the Daedric Prince of enslavement and domination.

To read the full article and for more information on ESO venture to www.elderscrollsonline.com

Around the web – beta access, interviews, and more!

We’re back with another web roundup.

The Elder Scrolls Online launches on PC/Mac two months from today, and today at elderscrollsonline.com, you can get details on the latest wave of invites for the game’s closed beta. And if you still haven’t gotten in yet, don’t worry, we’ll be sending out even more invites leading up to the game’s release.

Can’t wait to get into beta? Beginning this week, our friends at Curse will be giving away beta keys. Visit their site and follow them on Twitter.

Elsewhere around the web…

Finally, if you’re in the Dallas area and interested in providing feedback on future Bethesda titles, check out our new Temporary Play Tester position. You can apply for that job and others at jobs.zenimax.com!

ESO ‘Ask Us Anything': Variety Pack 12

The latest ESO ‘Ask Us Anything’  answers a variety of new questions on the game — including various questions stemming from our Imperial Edition announce. Here’s a sampling:

Do people who order the Imperial Edition gain a big gameplay advantage over those who don’t? 

No. With the Imperial Edition you get the opportunity to play as a rogue Imperial who has broken from their Daedra worshipping ways, and you get a unique racial skill line of equal gameplay impact to other races’ unique racial skill lines. As an Imperial you also get a mount and the automatic ability to craft items into the Imperial style. All non-Imperial races can also learn this ability after locating the corresponding racial motif. Imperials do not begin the game in a unique starting location or via a separate quest, but they can start in any alliance as befits their status as un-aligned outcasts of their own Province. Being an Imperial includes a racial skill line that offers unique gameplay opportunities, but there is not an overall gameplay advantage. It is an opportunity to set yourself visually apart in the lands of Tamriel.

Gameplay benefits within this edition have been designed to avoid bestowing unfair advantages over players who do not purchase this special edition. This is cool content designed for some of our biggest fans who wish to have something different from other collector’s editions in the market. The only other alternative would have been to offer a collector’s edition that offers no in-game items whatsoever. That simply didn’t seem fair to fans who are excited about the game and want some special digital items.

Learn more on the Imperial Edition and gameplay at www.elderscrollsonline.com.