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.

Weekend Update — Golden Opportunity Edition

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After a busy launch week for The Evil Within, it’s nice to catch up on news for our other 2014 releases — Wolfenstein: The New Order & The Elder Scrolls Online — while some Sunday afternoon  football (sorry Saints fans… Go Lions!). Join me as I catch on the following:

ESO Game Director Matt Firor talks about what’s new with The Elder Scrolls Online — including details on Update 5 and the game’s new loyalty program — in the October Edition of ‘The Road Ahead’.

What made Wolfenstein: The New Order’s story one of the most compelling of 2014? In a new feature with Digital Trends, learn from Creative Director Jens Matthies why nothing in the game is done by accident. Here’s an excerpt…

“It’s never a case where things get developed in a vacuum from each other. It’s always a collaboration. There’s always lot of conflict that arises through that; I’ll have a story idea and somebody else will have a gameplay idea, and they might be conflicting. Then we negotiate and discuss around that and try to find a solution where all parties are happy. It’s not until we get there that we move along to the next problem.”

Reminder: Both of these games are up for Golden Joystick nominees. ESO is up for Best Online Game, while Wolfenstein is up for Best Gaming Moment, Best Story, and the big one… Game of the Year! Voting for the Golden Joysticks ends tomorrow (10/20)… so show your support today!

Wolfenstein: The New Order – Gibraltar Bridge Developer Commentary

Last week we introduced our newest developer commentary for Wolfenstein: The New Order on our Twitch stream. Now, for your viewing pleasure, see the exciting in depth footage of the Gibraltar Bridge in high definition with narration from MachineGames’ senior gameplay designer, Andreas Öjerfors.

If you missed our first commentary video, you can catch it in episode 2 of our Bethesda Twitchworks variety show.