Weekend Update: ESO Roundup & More

Enjoying your weekend? Good. Now make things even better by catching up on the latest news for The Elder Scrolls Online. This week’s highlights on elderscrollsonline.com include:

Finally, if you haven’t gotten around to watching our first gameplay stream, we’ve uploaded the 30 minute QuakeCon playthrough on the ZeniMax Online Studios’ YouTube Channel. After watching, be sure to read the latest Ask Us Anything, which answers fan questions about the stream.

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QuakeCon Wrap – The Evil Within, Wolfenstein, and ESO at QuakeCon

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a week since QuakeCon. Having had a few days to recover, here’s a look at some of the coverage highlights for our unreleased games.

  • Wolfenstein’s creative director, Jens Matthies, met with GameTrailers during the show. Watch his video interview, featuring new gameplay footage, in the embed above. Learn more about The New Order in additional previews at Polygon, MachinimaThe Escapist and EGM Now.
  • Get QuakeCon reaction on The Evil Within from ScrewAttack, GamerChatter, and The Koalition.
  • Playing The Elder Scrolls Online, sites like Polygon and IGN are starting to make Skyrim comparisons after playing the game in first person. Find these previews and more in a compreshensive roundup at elderscrollsonline.com.
  • Want more Elder Scrolls? The Escapist’s Andrea Rene shares her enthusiasm for the announcement of The Elder Scrolls Anthology. Watch her video here.

We’ll be sharing more QC highlights in the near future. Stay tuned!

New QuakeCon Details

The return of Peace, Love, and Rockets is nearly here!

Today we’re exactly three weeks from the kickoff of QuakeCon 2013 and excited to share updated details on the 18th running of North America’s largest LAN event. Read on for more on our keynote, presentations, panel, and exhibit hall sponsors.

As has become tradition, the first day of QuakeCon will feature a keynote address from the legendary John Carmack, id Software’s co-founder and technical director.

Along with John’s keynote, this year’s QuakeCon will feature the first public gameplay presentations for The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Evil Within — plus a special panel featuring Dishonored’s Raphael Colantonio, Ricardo Bare and Seth Shain. These events will all take place on the show’s Ventrilo Main Stage. Additionally, attendees will be able to play The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein, and Dishonored’s final game add-on, The Brigmore Witches, in the QuakeCon exhibit hall.

The Elder Scrolls Online, the next chapter in the award-winning series and the first to bring the legendary experience online, Wolfenstein: The New Order, a reimagining of the popular shooter franchise developed by MachineGames, and Dishonored: Brigmore Witches, the third add-on pack for Arkane Studios’ critically-acclaimed first-person action game, will all be playable at the show.

More after the break…

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E3 2013: Booth Photos and more The Evil Within

One week after the last day of E3, there’s still plenty of buzz from our 2013 lineup. Before checking in on the latest news for The Evil Within, check out our new imgur album featuring E3 photos from last week Lots of fun memories!

Back to the games, here’s the latest on Tango Gameworks’ survival horror game coming next year. During the show, Team Tango demoed the game every hour… so there’s plenty to to share.

USA Today — Top 10 Games of E3 (#8)

Gamespot — Watch Pete Hines interview filmed live from Gamespot’s E3 command center.

Giant Bomb — Patrick Klepek puts on his reporter hat and talks survival horror with Shinji Mikami.

NZ Gamer — “All of this was delivered by way of the grimy, dirty aesthetic of the game, and compounded by a claustrophobic level design and some truly disturbing experiences.”

Forbes — “The demo included everything one would expect from classic survival horror combined with top-notch graphics and audio. If the demo is any indicator, The Evil Within is shaping up to be a dark room delight.”

Yogscast –New interview with Pete Hines.

Denkiphile — “The feeling of powerlessness here is something that gamers have been pining for. Something that all survival horror games have been lacking as of late.”

TechnoBuffalo — “The gruesome character models, unsettling atmosphere, and copious amounts of gore are already enough to make one shiver. Given the history of Shinji Mikami’s skill with spooks and Bethesda’s knack for immersion, this added layer of uncertainty might just make this the scariest game ever created.”

Exophase — “Survival horror fans should take note of The Evil Within, it’s shaping up to be one of the most satisfying entries in the genre to date.”

Explosion — “It simply looks fantastic. I can’t wait for it.”

NVIDIA — New interview with Shinji Mikami

CV-Games — “The Evil Within could really be the next version of Resident Evil with the way things are looking. However, I applaud Mikami for branching out and trying to create a new IP, with new ideas, and a new cast and backstory.”

More E3 coverage to come, including a preview roundup for Wolfenstein tomorrow.

Magic Carpet Ride – E3 Awards & Nominations (Updated)

With E3 riding into the sunset, we’re beginning to see various sites announce their ‘Best of E3′ Awards. As you’ll see below, we’ve already received plenty of accolades for our 2013 lineup: The Elder Scrolls Online, The Evil Within, and Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Best award? The early nominee has to be winning ‘Best Overall Carpet of E3 2013′ from the always hilarious Yogscast. Scrub ahead to the 5:10 mark of the video above to watch Pete Hines graciously accepts the awards.

What awards and nominations have us feeling like we’re walking on air soft carpet? Check out the list below….

The Elder Scrolls Online

  • Game Critics Awards – Winner of ‘Best RPG’. Also nominated for ‘Best PC Game’ and ‘Best Online Multiplayer’.
  • IGN – Winner of ‘Best MMO’. Also nominated for ‘Best PlayStation 4 Game’, ‘Best PC Game’, and ‘Best MMO’
  • Game Informer — Winner of ‘Best MMO’
  • PC Gamer – ‘Most Valuable Game’ selection
  • Machinima — Nominated for ‘Best MMO’ and ‘Best Online Multiplayer’
  • Game Informer — ‘Best of E3′ Nominee
  • The Escapist – ‘We Love It’ award recipient
  • MMORPG — Winner of ‘Most Anticipated’
  • Digital Trends — Winner for ‘Best MMO’. Also nominated for ‘Best RPG’.
  • Neoseeker — Nominated for ‘Best RPG’ and ‘Best Online Game’
  • Destructoid– Nominated for ‘Best MMO’
  • GameFront — ‘Best of Show’ nominee
  • OXM – ‘Most Valuable Game’ selection
  • Gaming Excellence – Nominated for ‘Best MMO’, ‘Best RPG’, and ‘Best PC Exclusive’.
  • STFU & Play — Winner of ‘Best MMORPG’
  • WarCry — Winner of ‘Best MMO’
  • GamingTrend — Winner of ‘Best PC Game’
  • Nerdist — Winner of ‘Best MMO’

The Evil Within

  • Telegraph – Top 15 Games of E3
  • IGN — Nominated for ‘Best Xbox One Game’, ‘Best PlayStation 4 Game’, ‘Best Action Game’, and ‘Best New Franchise’.
  • PC Gamer – Best of E3 selection
  • Neoseeker — Winner for ‘Best Original Game’. Also nominated for ‘Best Action/Adventure Game’ and ‘Game of the Show’.
  • CV-Games — ‘Best of E3′ selection
  • Destructoid– nominated for ‘Best Action/Adventure Game’
  • Metro UK — ‘Best Non-Playable Game’ runner-up
  • OXM – ‘Most Valuable Game’ selection

Wolfenstein

  • IGN — nominated for ‘Best Shooter’
  • Neoseeker — nominated for ‘Best Action/Adventure Game’
  • Digital Trends — nominated for ‘Best Action/Adventure Game’
  • Destructoid– nominated for ‘Best Shooter’
  • GameFront — ‘Best of Show’ nominee
  • EGM — ‘Underappreciated Pick of the Show’ (Brooks Huber)
  • Metro UK — ‘Most Unexpectedely Good Game’ runner-up
  • PC Gamer — ‘Most Valuable Game’ selection

E3 2013 Roundup: The Evil Within

E3 continues on and GameTrailers has given us a first look at The Evil Within’s chilling atmosphere (see above).

To learn more about what people are saying about Shinji Mikami’s terrifying new entry in the world of survival horror, read our preview roundup below.

  • The Guardian — “The Evil Within is perfectly paced, oscillating between nail-biting chase scenes and giant horrific spectacle, such as when Castellanos wanders outside the hospital to find that its grounds suhave become an island cut adrift from the rest of the world.”
  • The Escapist – “Shinji Mikami, creator of Resident Evil, however, hopes to reclaim his place at the top of the survival horror food chain by ‘taking survival horror back to its original roots.’ What these roots are, exactly, wasn’t made clear, but from what we saw in the The Evil Within demo, he’s off to a good start.”
  • Just Push Start – “Based on what was shown, The Evil Within conveys the survival horror that we’ve all been waiting for.”
  • Xbox360 Achievements – “And large multi-limbed spider-like humanoids jump out of a corpse… yeah, it looks like it’s going to get a little weird and wild, and where better to end the demo than at that point.”
  • USA Today — “This is where the hands-off demo gets incredibly intense. A giant, masked man — splotches of blood covering his body — wielding a chainsaw starts chasing Sebastian through sections of the asylum.”
  • Destructoid – “Looks promising as heck, at any rate, and that art style is simply distressing. Love that.”
  • EGM – “From what I’ve seen of it so far, I’m definitely excited for The Evil Within…”
  • Leviathyn – “Well, being that it’s E3 and that we’re being treated to a deluge of games and interviews, we’ve finally had a look at and learned more details about The Evil Within. And yes, you should be excited.”
  • BeefJack – “Everything about The Evil Within made me feel like I was back in the cold, zombified arms of Resident Evil 1 or 2 – a great feeling in my book. “

Shinji Mikami took some time to sit down and chat with SA News Informer, The Sixth Axis, Cinema Blend, and GetaShirtLikeMine about his vision for the game.

Meanwhile Pete Hines shared the game with Revision3 , IGN, and PlayStation Blog. Watch all three embeds after the break.

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LIVE at E3: The Evil Within, Wolfenstein, and The Elder Scrolls Online

E3 week is here! With so much happening this week, we’ve attached the current schedule of when you can catch live interviews and presentations for The Elder Scrolls Online, The Evil Within, and Wolfenstein: The New Order

All times PST and subject to change. To get the latest during E3, be sure to follow @bethblog on Twitter.

The Elder Scrolls Online

Tuesday, June 11th

  • GameTrailers TV — 10:30am

Wednesday, June 12th

  • Revision3– 10 am
  • Machinima — 1 pm
  • Gamespot – 4:40 pm

Thursday, June 13th

  • IGN — 10:40 am
  • Twitch.TV — 11:25 am

The Evil Within

Monday, June 10th

  • GameTrailers TV — 11:25 pm

Tuesday, June 11th

  • Revision3 – 5 pm

Wednesday, June 12th

  • PlayStation — 10:30 am
  • IGN — 4 pm

Thursday, June 13th

  • Gamespot — 10 am
  • Twitch.TV — 12:45 pm
  • Machinima — 1:05 pm

Wolfenstein: The New Order

Monday, June 10th

  • GameTrailers TV — 12:45 pm

Tuesday, June 11th

  • Revision3– 2 pm

Wednesday, June 12th

  • PlayStation — 10:40 am
  • Gamespot — 11:40 am
  • IGN — 1:40 pm

Thursday, June 13th

  • Twitch.TV — 11:10 am
  • Machinima — 3:20 pm

Around the Web: The Evil Within

No gameplay (yet!) for The Evil Within, but there’s plenty of new coverage to check out while you mentally prepare to see the game in action.

Learn more about Tango Gameworks’ survival-horror style in a new Machinima interview with Masato Kimura. Kimura-san returns for more interview, including ones posted at MMGN, 411 Mania and GamePlanet.

Elsewhere…

  • Giving Masato a break, Game Reactor UK interviews Pete Hines and producer Jason Bergman.
  • In an extensive two-page look, Phil Hornshaw of Game Front recaps Tango’s suspenseful Pre-E3 presentation that evokes “The Spirit of Resident Evil 4″.
  • Closing out this recap, watch as CVG recap their first impressions of seeing The Evil Within.

Much more to come next week!

Pre-E3 Roundup: The Evil Within (Updated)

A couple weeks back, we held an event to highlight our 2013 E3 lineup: The Evil Within, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Wolfenstein: The New Order. Beginning today, you can start reading previews and interviews for all three games.

We begin with The Evil Within — our survival-horror game in development from our Japanese team, Tango Gameworks. In Kotaku’s preview for the game, Stephen Totilo writes:

“The Evil Within seems creepier, more dangerous, more old-school. It might as well be the Resident Evil 5 we didn’t get.”

For more on the game, check out impressions on these sites…

LA Times –  ”The imagery and atmospherics easily recall earlier installments in the “Resident Evil” series, as well as that other survival horror tentpole “Silent Hill” — the abandoned hospital location, the dismembered bodies, the blood-spattered walls hidden in shadow. Here, too, classical music emanates from a gramophone, while the sound of bug zappers and water dripping up the sense of timeless dislocation and foreboding mood.”

Game Revolution — “What translates most about The Evil Within is that it’s by far the best shot we have to seeing the (wonderfully evil) revival of the survival horror genre.”

Games.com — “… Evil Within approaches a more traditional survival horror design.”

Neoseeker –  ”I sat on the edge of my seat, I watched attentively, and yes, at times I was legitimately scared. The Evil Within is an experience to behold, that much is clear to me.”

Destructoid – “The sense of helplessness as you flee the chainsaw monster was thrilling, and oh so very creepy.”

AusGamers — “The game looks gorgeous. It has that Japanese horror feel we love with Western sensibilities built in. There’s a maturity to Mikami’s movement and horror design that beings his style into the new and, potentially, beyond. But most important of all is the greater sense of mystery.”

Polygon –  ”Tango Gameswork’s producer Masato Kimura said the game instills in the player a sense of uncertainty, and it is this ‘subtle, anxious, shapeless, unknowable sort of fear” that the game developers want to invoke.”

Game Informer — “While the base gameplay functions familiarly, the gore, mind games, and oppressive atmosphere have been ratcheted up.”

Eurogamer — “It’s certainly as pure as survival horror gets, with an emphasis on keeping the player vulnerable and outmatched, plus the obligatory side order of confusing mind games and grisly gross stuff.”

CVG — “The Evil Within is a welcome return to survival horror.”

GameZone — New interview with Masato Kimura.

VenureBeat — New preview and interview with producer Masato Kimura

OXM Online — “Though we hope Tango’s maiden voyage into survival-horror waters will pack more surprises than just the overly familiar peek-a-boo homages to scary games past, we jumped out of our seat more than once during the demo like frightened school kids.”

Gamer Horizon — “The graphics are fantastic, the atmosphere is tense and foreboding, and the moments in the asylum were genuinely tense and suspenseful. Coupled with the last moments of the demo, clearly Tango Gameworks is on the right track for making a truly horrific, and scary horror game.”

GameZone — “If you dig the horror genre or consider yourself a fan of Mikami’s work, this upcoming project is one worth keeping an eye on.”

NowGamer — New interview with Pete Hines and Jason Bergman.

Canadian Online Gamers — “Shut off the lights and pick yourself up a bulk sized package of Depends to prevent any unwanted messes and prepare for a terror fest.”

As new coverage surfaces, we’ll update the post. And get more updates on the game’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts.