Fan Art Friday: Speed Demon

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DOOM and Skyrim take over dominate fan art as we head into the weekend. Featured above, check out 915retsamdrows’s speed paint of your everyman’s Pain Elemental. We continue with fan creations of some of Skyrim’s more sinister characters — including Alduin and Miraak.

Feed our appetite for your artwork by sending an email to [email protected] or by getting our attention on social with #BethesdArt. We look forward to hearing from you! Until then… have a great weekend!

Around the Web – ‘In a Nutshell’ Edition

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From the offices of id Software, we’re back with a lo0k at the latest and greatest web happenings.

We begin talking about id. Above is a new teaser pic of MythBusters’ Adam & Jamie with UFC Fighter (and part-time DOOM marine), Brendan Schaub. For more sneak peaks at this Saturday’s episode, keep an eye on our DOOM Twitter and Facebook pages.

To tide you over until Saturday night, here’s some other links to check out.

2015 is a big year for BATTLECRY as players — beginning in Australia/New Zealand — will be able to play the game in beta, and it’s making waves in “Games of 2015″ lists from sites like MashableUSA Today, AusGamers, and CHIP (DE).

PC Gamer offers an ode to the odorous toilet of Dishonored.

Giant Bomb has shared the results of their 2014 Readers’ GOTY voting and we’re very excited to see Wolfenstein cracked their top 10 list.

Develop discusses BATTLECRY’s move to beta in a new interview with the teams’s design director, Lucas Davis.

SXSW will be happening before you know it in Austin, and in this year’s Gaming Awards, Wolfenstein and The Evil Within received nominations for Excellence in Narrative and Excellence in SFX, respectively. Find out who wins on Friday, March 13th.

Over at MMORPG.com, it’s up to fans like you to help ESO win Best RPG and Best MMO of 2014 in their Players Choice Awards.

Shoddycast continues to impress with their lore series for Fallout. One name provides all you have to say about the latest episode: GARY!

Lastly, and and in case you missed it, here’s one of our early contenders for video of the year. Created in Source Filmmaker, here’s Skyrim in a Nutshell by YouTuber Ferhod.

Friday Fan Art: Detective Works

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Here’s the week’s findings for imaginative artwork. This time we’ve got a pretty good variety ranging from DOOM to The Evil Within and everything in between. Take a look in our gallery below to see which one’s your favorite.

We love seeing whatever you have to offer when it comes to fan art for our titles. Send it our way by emailing us at [email protected] or by posting to social media using the hashtag #BethesdArt.

Have a great weekend!

Around the Web – ‘New Life Festival’ Edition

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It’s Morning Star 1st — Happy New Year to all! Writing in from the home front, here’s some things to know from around the web.

At Coub — a site dedicated to creating video shorts — they’re kicking off the new year with a competition giving tribute to Skyrim’s Dragon Shouts. By submitting your #fusrodah clip, you’ll have a chance to win a Skyrim print, a Jeremy Soule-signed soundtrack, and a copy of Skyrim Legendary Edition signed by Todd Howard. For details on how to submit your own Coub (and learn the official rules), visit here.

With a new year ahead of us, many gaming sites are taking one last opportunity to reflect back on some of their favorite moments in gaming from 2014. Back in May, Polygon heralded Wolfenstein: The New Order as one of the best shooters of the year — scoring it as a 9/10. Months later, they’ve also decided it’s one of the very best games of the year — ranking it as the #2 game of the year! Here’s a snippet from reviewer Arthur Gies:

“But it’s the people in it and their stories that hold everything together and setWolfenstein: The New Order above so many of its action contemporaries, that place it above so many story-based games in general. It’s the stories within that make it one of the best games of the year.”

Who else has Bethesda shout outs in their end of year awards? Read on below…

Total Biscuit — Named Wolfenstein his #1 Game of 2014 (!!), and in his annual “The Arbitrary Awards”, Total Biscuit declares Wolfenstein “The Game That Most Surpassed My Expectations”.

Giant Bomb — The New Order received Top 10 recognition from a few of the sites staff and guests, including Will Smith, Drew Scanlon, and Dave Lang. Also worthy of note, the site got Horror Master John Carpenter to share his top 5 games of the year — a list that includes The Evil Within!

Rock, Paper Shotgun – Named Wolfenstein the “Best FPS of 2014″.

IGN –Voting for the Best of 2014 continues. Vote for Wolfenstein in the Best Xbox One, Best Xbox 360, Best PS3, and Best Shooter categories. You can also vote for The Evil Within for Best Action Game!

Ars Technica — Wolfenstein named #6 game of the year.

PCGamesN — Wolfenstein named as one of the “Best Games of 2014″.

Games Radar –The Evil Within (#21) and Wolfenstein: The New Order (#17).

Yahoo — Wolfenstien (#14) for Yahoo’s Top 20 Games of the Year.

Guardian UK — Named The Evil Within (#20) and Wolfenstein (#13) to their year-end Top 25.

The Onion AV Club — Wolfenstein a “Our Favorite Games” selection (Drew Toal).

PC Gamer — Wolfenstein a “2014 Personal Pick” (Tony Ellis).

God is a Geek — Ranks Wolfenstein their #10 game of the year.

Halfbeard’s Hub – FPS GOTY

Telegraph — One of 2014’s Top 40 Games (Wolfenstein).

Venture Beat — Runner-up accolade for Wolfenstein (Paul Semel).

Techno Buffalo — Wolfenstein highlighed as one of the year’s top 14 games.

That’s all for now. From everyone at Bethesda, we wish you all the a happy and healthy 2015!

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!

A Safe Pick for Your Bobblehead Collection

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Gross up your bobblehead colletion with GamingHead’s new bobblehead of The Evil Within’s most iconic adversary, The Keeper. Standing at a less-intimidating 6 inches tall, he will still be a formidable foe for your other collectibles — including Vault Boy. And he’s definitely endearing in a weird sort of way!

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The Keeper bobblehead is available for $19.99 today on GamingHeads.com!

DLC Takes Hold for The Evil Within Early Next Year

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If you’ve already completed The Evil Within, you probably have a number of questions about the ending. If you haven’t finished yet – hurry up, as part 1 of the game’s three-part Season Pass , The Assignment, will release in early 2015. The Assignment is the first of two DLCs centering on Detective Castellanos’ mysterious partner, Juli Kidman.

In 2015, we will reveal more information on Part II of her story, The Consequence, as well as our final DLC featuring The Keeper. Stay tuned, and consider yourself teased with the short video above.

Dying for a little more information? This week we caught up with the game director for both The Assignment & The Consequence, Tango Gameworks’ John Johanas (a.k.a., The American)

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Some of the main game’s biggest questions surround Juli Kidman? How do you balance answering some of those questions with keeping parts of the game’s story open-ended/mysterious?

That was a tough one! We approached the DLC from the perspective that, while Juli is enigmatic during the main game, there were additionally lots of other mysteries about the world and the characters that could be cleared up or hinted at by playing as her. She is a character who seems rather “aware” of her situation, after all.

Early on, we listed the things that we wanted to answer and ones we wanted to keep open and worked around that. We definitely leave some of the mysteries open, but I feel we shed a lot of light on the lore of Ruvik, STEM, and the characters while asking (and answering) a whole new set of questions regarding Juli and her mission. Continue reading full article ›

The Evil Within update deploys on PC, PS4, and Xbox One

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Update: The latest Steam Update (1.03) for The Evil Within is now live. It features minor bug fixes and performance enhancements, including:

  • Performance optimizations on Higher end GPU systems
  • Fix for “The Power of Three” achievement unlocking incorrectly after upgrading the same weapon three times
  • Count-based achievement progress persists when loading earlier saves for some trophies.

Original Post: If you boot up The Evil Within tonight on your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, you’ll notice that a new title update for the game has been released. The 1 GB update covers minor bug fixes and optimizations.