Wolfensteal of a Deal at Amazon

wolf_tno_finalbox_3D_xonebox_postlaunchIf you’re looking to upgrade your living room console setup, this week is a great time. Between now and Sunday, Amazon is offering a killer deal* on the Xbox One. For $349.99, you’ll score the console, a second controller, and three games — including Wolfenstein: The New Order.

*While supplies last. For US Customer Only.

Wolfenstein Wins Game of the Year at the 4th Annual New York Game Awards

34861_2_4Last night, the The New York Videogame Critics Circle held their 4th Annual game awards where Wolfenstein: The New Order won of Game of the Year! To add to the excitement, the East Coast was greeted with a pretty massive snowstorm which made it pretty difficult for Pete Hines to get to NYC to make an acceptance speech. So that left only one option.

Introducing the first-ever New York Game Award accepted in a snowstorm with Pete Hines.

Congratulations to the Machinegames team on the (wintery) victory!

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.

The Road to Award Season – GDC & D.I.C.E. Nods for Wolfenstein

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We like Wolfenstein. You like Wolfenstein. And this week, MachineGames’ industry peers let it be known they have a thing for B.J. Blazkowicz, too.

Both the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ D.I.C.E. Awards and GDC’s Game Developer Choice Awards honored Wolfenstein: The New Order a Best of 2014 nomination.  Unveiled this morning, Wolf received a D.I.C.E. nomination for Action Game of the Year,  and the GDC Awards nominated MachineGames for Best Technology.

The D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony will take place in Vegas on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the conclusion of D.I.C.E, while the GDC Awards run on March 4th in San Francisco.

Congrats to the whole team at MachineGames!

Weekend Update

As we head back into the work week, here’s some Sunday night entertainment from around the web…

When a website has a name like Bloody Disgusting, you’d think The Evil Within would have home field advantage. But when the category is Horror Game of the Year, it’s a game in good company. Help it win the award by voting here.

Elsewhere, VG247 examines how a game like Wolfenstein: The New Order succeeded as a first-person shooter without multiplayer. Here’s an excerpt:

“For this is a game from the past that should not work in the modern market. Wolfenstein is an offline-only, big-budget first-person shooter. It’s an anachronism, a modernisation of a dead genre. No one makes this type of game anymore, and that isn’t an exaggeration. If there were an Offline-only, Big-budget First-person Shooter Award for 2014, Wolfenstein would win by default. It led a market of one.”

Supporting VG247’s claim, this roundup offers even more Wolfy accolades, including:

Slate – Chris Suellentrop still has room for console shooters like Wolfenstein in his Top 10 list dominated by mobile titles.

The Escapist — The always-hard-to-please Yahtzee was actually quite pleased with Wolfenstein: The New Order, as he included it in his top 5 games of the year at numero dos! Watch his video here.

Hardcore Gamer — Selects Wolfenstein as its favorite Dark Horse game of the year.

Play.TM — Ranks Wolfenstein as their #5 GOTY!

G4TV (Canada) – Editor pick for GOTY (John Powell)

Game Spark — Wolfenstein gets acclaim from Asia — winning Game Spark’s PS4 GOTY!

Wrapping up this roundup is an interesting feature at GamaSutra discussing one of Wolfenstein’s throwback features — manually retrieving in-game ammo. Learn how this decision was managed in new feature written by MachineGames’ Jerk Gustafsson.

Oh wait, and then there’s 2015’s biggest dance craze — The Wazer Wifle! Watch the Fallout 3 tribute from Caedo Genesis in the embed at the top of this post.

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!

Around the Web – Awards Edition

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Our fingers are crossed for Wolfenstein: The New Order and MachineGames, who are nominated for Best Shooter and Best Narrative at tonight’s The Game Awards in Las Vegas. Watch live tonight on Twitch, YouTube, or your gaming console. The show starts at 9 pm est.

Related, Wolfenstein, The Elder Scrolls Online, and The Evil Within are already getting end-of-year award attention elsewhere, including:

  • Rock, Paper, Shotgun — Announced Wolfenstein as Best FPS for 2014!
  • The New York Times — Placed Wolfenstein as one of 10 games to get in their Holiday Gift Guide.
  • MMORPG — Vote for The Elder Scrolls Online in the site’s Great MMO Face-Off.
  • VG247 — All three of our 2014 releases can be voted on for their 2014 Community Game of the Year.

While you watch the Game Awards, it’s worth noting that Wolfenstein is part of #TheGameAwards Steam sale. Save 67% on the game this weekend!

Wolfenstein Commentary – The Train Sequence

We’re back with the newest edition of our evolving Wolfenstein commentary series. This time around, we hear from lead narrative designer Tommy Tordsson Björk. The newest video features lead narrative designer Tommy Tordsson Björk discussing the ins and outs of one of Wolfenstein: The New Order’s most memorable moments: encountering Frau Engel and Bubi on the train..

For more commentary videos, check out Jens Matthies and Jerk Gustafsson commentary of Chapter 1 and Andreas Öjerfors walkthrough of the Gibraltar Bridge level. You can also catch commentary videos like these during our biweekly Bethesda Twitchworks livestream (note: this week we’re taking a break to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families)  — airing every other Friday at 4 pm est.