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.

Weekend Update – Countdown to The Evil Within’s Kickoff

Okay, we’re not quite there yet (there’s still 5 weeks until 10.14), but like many of you, we’re excited about this weekend’s kickoff of the NFL season. As you settle down for Sunday’s last matchup of the weekend, take advantage of a second screen experience full of BATTLECRY and The Evil Within highlights.

The Evil Within countdown continues on our social media channels, as we’re upping our game with plenty of never-before-seen concept art.  Check out some of this week’s highlights, focusing on lead protagonist Sebastian, in the imgur slideshow below and look forward to more art on our Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and instagram accounts. Like what you’re seeing, don’t forget that you can order Dark Horse’s “The Art of The Evil Within”.

What else is happening with The Evil Within?  Courtesy of PAX Prime and gamescom 2014, catch new hands-on impressions from OnlySP.com, GameTrailers, and Independant.co.uk. Meanwhile, both Tech Gen Mag and Explosion.com discuss how Shinji Mikami and The Evil Within are major contributors to the reemergence of the survival horror genre.

Finally, huge props to YouTube creator SlasherJPC for creating a comprehensive look at what you can expect from The Evil Within based upon existing gameplay and impressions. Really good stuff here.

Shifting gears, BATTLECRY had a major presence at PAX Prime — with plenty of folks joining our devs in friendly, but very competitive gameplay sessions. If you haven’t already, follow BATTLECRY’s Twitter and FB pages to see some of the amazing PAX photos, and check out these recent highlights:

Gamespot — Live from the PAX Prime showfloor, members of Gamespot discuss BATTLECRY being one of the weekend. Tune in at the 4:25 mark to hear their commentary specific to the game.

Tek Syndicate — Watch a recent interview with design director Lucas Davis.

asleepypanda — At PAX Prime, BATTLECRY devs were joined by Christopher Walken, Morgan Freeman, and President Barack Obama himself. Okay, not really — but this YouTube video with Christopher Walkenthrough is pretty great.

farfromsubtle — This video’s a little old, but it’s a pretty hilarious look back on the announce trailer for BATTLECRY.

Overtime! Not to be outdone, we’ve got some new Wolfenstein updates, too. Check new post-mortem interview at VentureBeat (w/ Jerk Gustafsson and Anders Backman) and Gamasutra (one again with Jerk).

That’s all for now. Go Lions!  

Friday Fanart: Aldu-ing it Right

Video courtesy of Roberto Blake
 

We’re coming out of a busy convention weekend featuring PAX Prime, DragonCon, and FanExpo, and that means lots of creative and wonderful cosplay.

Taking the lead in all cosplays would have to be the incredible Skyrim work done by Sedulous Studios for DragonCon. They created a full size Alduin to complement the rest of the their Skyrim troupe (See video blog above).

Artistry also takes over and invades our offices! Nia Watkins was kind enough to send Harvey and co at Arkane a handmade Outsider. He now sits proudly in the lobby welcoming all that enter Arkane Lyon.

See all the new artwork, stitches, suits of armor, and more in our gallery below. See yours next time by sending bethblog@bethsoft.com an email or by using #BethesdArt when you post on your channels.

Help Wolfenstein & ESO Become Golden

Our industry’s longest-standing award show (32 years), the UK’s Golden Joystick Awards, return on Friday, October 24th. Both Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Elder Scrolls Online are representing Bethesda — providing us with a total of four nominations, including a Game of the Year nod for MachineGames’ take on the Wolfenstein franchise!

Nominations include:

Want to help support ZeniMax Online Studo and MachineGames in these categories? Head to www.goldenjoystick.com and vote before October 20th.

Friday Fan Art: Constructed Whaler?

There’s certainly no “free Willy” in  TheWhaleOilKing’s perfectly constructed Lego Whaling Trawler above. From plastic to painting, we show off some of this week’s incredible artwork spanning multiple titles including Fallout New Vegas, Wolfenstein: The New Order, and more Dishonored. Then we have some cosplay coming from DeviantArt and San Diego Comic Con.

Check out the album below to see what talent we’ve found inspiring. We dont’ want to stop now! Send us your work (whatever it may be*) by emailing bethblog@bethsoft.com, or by social media (#BethesdArt).

*By “whatever it may be” we mean nothing graphic. Keep it SFW.