Skyrim roundup: Vampires, DLC news, QuakeCon/Gamescom, and more!

In a few hours, fans at PAX Prime will finally be able to play Skyrim for the first time. Until then, we wanted to share the latest Skyrim news from around the web.

Earlier this morning, Microsoft announced that the first two pieces of game add-on content for Skyrim will be releasing exclusively on Xbox 360 — 30 days before they’re available anywhere else. When we have more details on the content, we’ll let everyone know.

Elsewhere, don’t miss Dave Oshry’s Skyrim preview posted yesterday at RipTen. The preview is significant, as he’s the first person we know that encountered vampires in his playthrough. Read the four-page preview here.

Fun fact: Pete Hines is actually dragonborn. At least that’s my explanation for how he survived all the interviews he did at Gamescom.With more than 275,000 attendees in Cologne last week, Pete used the power of the voice to conduct countless interviews with sites like Gamespot, ComputecDestructoid, and FBC.

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PAX Prime Plans!

With PAX Prime 2011 kicking off on Friday, we wanted to share details on what we’re planning.

At our booth (#1314), you won’t want to miss your chance to play RAGE, as well as presentations of Prey 2 at the top of every hour. On top of that, fans will be able to play Skyrim for the first time!

But wait, there’s more! At 3:30 pm on Saturday, Todd Howard will be giving a special presentation of the game in the Unicorn theater. Seating is expected to be limited, so you will definitely want to line up early. As a bonus, everyone that attends the demo will receive a ticket which can be redeemed at our booth for a Skyrim plush helmet — just like the one being modeled by our lovely 2008 PAX statue, Burnadette.

If you’re not able to get the helmet at the presentation, you can also visit our Skyrim food truck to grab one. Located at 9th & Pine (across from the Paramount Theater) from 11:30 to 3:00 pm Saturday, the truck will feature the following foods fit for a Nord:

To see where else the food truck is headed… visit GamesRadar.

Around the web and on newsstands (Updated)

It’s been a busy week: Old World Blues reviews, Skyrim creations you can wear and play, details and screens for Brink DLC, a new Bethesda Podcast, studio tours for Tango & id, and plenty of updates for Dishonored & QuakeCon. So what did I miss? Apparently quite a bit!!

In print, get new details on Skyrim in the latest issue of PSM3 — now on newsstands in the UK. Meanwhile, folks in the US can read GameInformer’s E3 impressions of both Skyrim & RAGE in their August issue.

There’s plenty more to read online, including various features with the folks that make our games great

  • Pete Hines talks Bethesda in a two-part interview (part 1part 2) with Edge. Todd Howard chats with them, too.
  • USA Today interviews John Carmack about RAGE
  • IGN looks back at the early years (before Resident Evil) of Tango’s Shinji Mikami
  • id Software senior producer Jason Kim answers RAGE questions for CVG (part 1, part 2)
  • Kotaku takes a look back at the work of Dishonored’s visual design director, Viktor Antonov

After the break, check out the latest Skyrim coverage…

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QuakeCon Keynote & Presentation news

This morning we’re pleased to announce that QuakeCon, the ultimate video game festival, will kick off on Thursday, August 4th 2011. As tradition goes, id’s co-founder and technical director, John Carmack, will kick things off with his keynote address.

In addition to the keynote and other special events (more on that soon), this year’s event will give you a chance to see some great presentations on our upcoming titles, including Todd Howard’s first public presentation of Skyrim!! QuakeCon will also see the first public demo of Prey 2, which will be demoed by Chris Rhinehart, Project Lead at Human Head Studios. And in addition to being able to play RAGE on the show floor, attendees will be able to check out a special presentation of the award-winning shooter given by Matt Hooper, the game’s Design Director.

QuakeCon 2011 will take place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX. The event remains FREE to general admission and BYOC attendees thanks to the support of id and Bethesda Softworks, as well as the QuakeCon volunteer staff and the 2011 event sponsors and exhibitors. Doors to the QuakeCon BYOC will open on Thursday, August 4th at 9:00am CST and will remain open through 12:00pm CST on Sunday, August 7th.

QuakeCon Exhibit Hall Hours are:

  • Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday August 5 2011 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday August 6, 2011 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

To pre-register online for QuakeCon today go to: http://registration.quakecon.org/.

Update on Skyrim fan interview

As it’s been about a month since we announced our Skyrim fan interview, we wanted to give a quick status update. Todd and other members of BGS are working through the selected questions, and we expect to share answers soon after E3. For your patience, today we’re releasing a new wallpaper (above) and two new screenshots on The Elder Council.

In the meantime, you can expect to see and hear plenty on the game at next week’s big show. For starters, Todd Howard will be showing the game at the following:

  • GameTrailers.com – In the hour following Microsoft’s Monday press conference
  • IGN Live Show – Wednesday at 5:00 pm PST
  • G4TV – Tuesday at 1 pm PST on their E3 2011 LIVE Show

Since we’ll be busy at our booth next week, keep an eye out for additional updates across Twitter and Facebook… should be fun!

Shout out your Skyrim questions

Like fire in a dragon’s belly, we realize many of you have burning questions you want to ask about Skyrim. Now’s your chance, as today we’re kicking off our first fan interview for the game.

If there’s something you’re dying to know about the game, give us a shout on the forums, at The Elder Council, or here on the blog. Game Director Todd Howard and other members of Bethesda Game Studios will be answering your questions in a few weeks.

Weekend Update: Extended Skyrim interviews at GameTrailers.com

If you’re looking for new details on Skyrim, don’t miss Geoff Keighley’s extended interviews with Todd Howard from our BFG press event. In the videos, you’ll learn more about dragons, how the game begins, and that yellow toboggans make great loot.

Watch the second video after the break. And for more on the game, check out the previews and interviews from our previous Skyrim roundup.

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Weekend Update: RAGE, Skyrim, Hunted, and Prey 2

While our BFG event was more than two weeks ago, there’s plenty of new coverage to share for RAGE, Skyrim, Prey 2, and Hunted.

Don’t miss last Friday’s GTTV episode, which featured a new Skyrim interview with Todd Howard, as well as a first look at RAGE’s Subway Town. Catch both segments at GameTrailers.com.

If podcasts are your thing, Giant Bomb has 40 minutes of discussion on Skyrim, RAGE, and Prey 2. While I highly recommend the entire podcast, the BFG coverage starts just before the 50-minute mark. Elsewhere, Shacknews’ Garnett Lee shares his Skyrim impressions in episode 57 of Weekend Confirmed (scan ahead to the 33:25 mark of the podcast), and also divulges on why he’s so excited for RAGE in episode 58. Head to iTunes to download all three podcasts.

More after the break…

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