Around the Web: ‘Extreme Character Customization’ Edition

A holiday weekend done right can feel like an eternity, but it also means missing everything that the world wide web has to offer — including the latest for The Evil Within, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Wolfenstein.

Starting light, in the embed above, watch The Onion’s in-depth look at new character customization features for The Elder Scrolls Online. It’s the best fun anyone’s had with mitochondria since A Wind in the Door.

Actually, there are new customization coming to ESO — including the ability to dye your armors. Learn more on that, combat improvements, guild enhancements, and much more in the July edition of ESO – The Road Ahead.

Elsewhere, Giant Bomb’s Patrick Klepek has a pair of posts worth checking out. DOOM fans will want to check out his interview with DOOM modder Sam Prebble, whose Total Chaos mod takes the DOOM engine in a haunting (and visually stunning) new direction.

Also on Giant Bomb, if you didn’t read Klepek’s interview with MachineGames’ Jen Matthies, you can now listen to the raw audio — a full 45 mintues worth — right here!

What else is worth checking up on? Highlights below…

  • New interviews with The Evil Within’s Shinji Mikami are now up at AusGamers and Telegraph UK.
  • The Mirror UK has it’s review of Wolfenstein: The New Order up, and they decide, “With its oppressive – yet thought-provoking – environment, explosive action and addictive nature, Wolfenstein: The New Order is a must-buy.”
  • The fun-loving folks at MTV have taken a break to share their 7 Video Games to Keep You Inside This Summer. Find out where Wolfenstein made the list (hint: it’s pretty high) here.
  • Total Xbox looks at The Evil Within and declares that the game is “the game survival horror fans have been waiting for”.

That’s all for now. If you see an article worth featuring on “Around the Web”, feel free to email us at bethblog@bethsoft.com.

Around the Web – Swede Interview Edition

What’s new on the web? Plenty!

With Wolfenstein out for more than a month now, Giant Bomb’s Patrick Klepek caught up with MachineGames’ creative director, Jens Matthies, for a must-read interview. Topics covered include: what it takes to make a Wolfenstein game, spoilers [alert!] about the ending, and what’s on the horizon for MachineGames.

Here’s an excerpt…

Giant Bomb: So you actually liked the idea of trying to resolve the potential contradictions in the story you wanted to tell with the legacy of the storytelling in Wolfenstein?

Jens Matthies: Yeah, of course. We want this to be part of a greater saga. That said, of course, this game stands completely on its own. It’s not a requirement that you play anything of the previous games. You can be completely new to Wolfenstein and have a complete experience. But we also want to build upon things that have been established on their own.

Who else is putting their post-mortem wrap on Wolfenstein? The Escapist. One of the site’s feature writers, Shamus Young, shares his surprise in how great the game ended up being — drawing comparisons to Valve’s Half-Life 2. Read Shamus’ article here.

Going from what’s already out to what’s coming later this year, we move to The Evil Within. And with The Evil Within at E3, you also get plenty of face time with Shini Mikami. Read a pair of interviews with him at both Metro UK and Telegraph.

Previewed in a dark room, we had to be careful not to make players scream at the top of their lungs as we strolled by. Below are some E3 highlights…

Official Xbox Magazine – “… it could be the modern Resident Evil that fans like me have been waiting for.”

Platform Nation - “Bewildered by the blank wall, I turn around and the hall goes all hazy, riddled with static, and then the doctor and patient disappear after the kid gives some sort of creepy psycho premonition speech. The hallway ends at a door that wasn’t there before, and the other side appears to go on interminably. It’s disconcerting to say the least.”

USA Today — Watch a new video preview with Pete Hines.

Closing out our wrap up, read impressed impressions from folks that tried BattleCry Studios’ self-titled debut. Among recent previews, USA Today ranked the game as one of their Top 10 game of the show. Previews below…

Quest Gaming Network – “Fast and fluid, pretty yet gritty; BattleCry Studios seem to know what their doing, which is no surprise with vets from all around the industry in their ranks.”

Tom’s Hardware – “BATTLECRY in its present state was a blast. A number of us played as the Cossacks while another set played as the Royal Marines. Because there is no gunpowder in this alternate timeline, players must rely on melee and basic ranged weapons such as swords, bows, energy-powered blades and more. That made the gameplay feel a bit more personal and frantic.”

USA Today – “It’s a fascinating approach for an online multiplayer game, which anyone with a headset and public chat settings enabled will tell you is sometimes a hostile experience.”

On the Storefront: UAC Tee and Wolf LP!

E3 saw the release of the DOOM Teaser. Show off your excitement (and pride) for DOOM with the new UAC — that’s Union Aerospace Corporation tshirt.

AND in case you missed it, we wanted help you grow your vinyl collection with tracks inspired by and used in Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Pre-order the Neumond Classics: Superhits of the 1960s LP to be able to listen to all your favorite Neumond songs the way they were meant to be heard!

Side Eine:

  1. Viktor & Die Vokalisten – Berlin Boys & Stuttgart Girls
  2. Wílbert Eckart und seine Volksmusík Stars – House of the Rising Sun
  3. Schwarz-Rote Welle – Ich bin überall
  4. Hans – Mein kleiner VW

Side Zwei:

  1. Die Käfer – Mond, Mond, Ja, Ja!
  2. Karl & Karla – Tapferer kleiner Liebling
  3. The Bunkers – Toe the Line
  4. The Comet Tails – Weltraumsurfen
  5. Die Schäferhunde – Zug nach Hamburg

In other Wolfenstore news, we’re pleased to share that the Panzerhund Edition — a collection of Wolfenstein: The New Order goodies — is available with free shipping in the continental United States.

Around the web: Pre-E3 Edition

Before hopping on a plane to Los Angeles for E3 2014, here’s some videos and articles we thought you’d enjoy this weekend.

While in Munich to receive the LARA of Honor award, Todd Howard chatted with GameStar on a number of topics: career highlights, gaming philosophies, favorite German cuisine, and much more are all covered in the video above.

Elsewhere…

“Turn the pain into something positive. Use the darkness to make good art.” — Those words mean a great deal to Wolfenstein narrative designer Tommy Tordsson Björk. Find out why in a heartfelt column this week on The Huffington Post.

Next… err current-gen gaming is all the rage these days, but IGN recently took time to share their 100 favorite games from the previous generation. Bethesda published games make quite a splash in the list — with five games making the list: Dishonored (#67), Oblivion (#40), Fallout: New Vegas (#26),  Fallout 3 (#5), and Skyrim (#4).

The Skyrim Mash-up for Minecraft on Xbox 360 recently won the “Coming Back for Seconds” award from the Xbox community. Thanks to everyone for voting.

If you’ve ever eaten at Nando’s, you know their chicken is peri peri good! It’s so good that MachineGames developers flew from Sweden to the UK to celebrate their first paycheck. Learn more on this and other tidbits about Wolfenstein: The New Order’s development at Shortlist.

Are The Evil Within and BATTLECRY your most anticipated games of E3? Share your support in a new poll up at FavsList!.

Here’s some scary thinking: A new feature at Games Radar focuses on eight bizarre parallels that can be made between the real world and the world of Wolfenstein. Yikes!

Do you know what time it is? It’s time for a Wolfenstein Penny Arcade cartoon!

Finally, a little love for Dishonored. Below you can watch a jaw-dropping play-through of the Lord Regent assassination mission — courtesy of StealthGamerBR. The video is an awesome reminder that you can always find new and creative ways to play through the game.

Have an awesome weekend!

Roundup: The Wolfen-wide Web

It’s only been a week since Wolfenstein: The New Order’s, but there’s already plenty of web highlights from around the web. On top of our initial review roundup, there’s plenty of must-read coverage to catch up on.

To start, recently we had the opportunity to send Wolfenstein’s collection of awesome goodies, The Panzerhund Edition, to MachineGames’ office so they could do a proper unboxing video. Watch their video, featuring Jens Matthies and Jerk Gustafsson, in the embed above. To purchase this collection, visit the Official Bethesda Store.

Elsewhere, catch these articles, features, and videos…

  • Polygon – As a story-driven experience, Polygon’s Ben Kuchera discusses how Wolfenstein manages to handle sexual situations the right way — unlike most pop-culture affairs. Elsewhere on the site, watch a 2-minute primer for playing the game.
  • Prima Games — Known for their prowess on gameplay strategy, Prima tackles beginner’s tips, Easter eggs, and throwback surprises.
  • Who is more imposing than B.J. Blaskowicz? Perhaps UFC middleweight/TUF Nations champ Elias Theodorou and UFC welterweight Sean Pierson. Watch them play Wolfenstein here.

Continuing our review roundup, read and watch full reviews after the break…
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Enhance your day-to-day with the music of Wolfenstein: The New Order

Prepare to add dramatic effect to your life with the release of the Wolfenstein: The New Order Original Game Soundtrack. Composer, Mick Gordon – along with contributions from Meshuggah’s Frederik Thordendal –  brings intensity and thrill to the game that you can now experience anywhere you go.

You can get the soundtrack consisting of the entire in game score on iTunes for $9.99.

Additionally, for your listening pleasure, you can download tracks from our Neumond Recordings for $0.99 a song by clicking an album cover below.

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Updated DOOM Beta FAQ

It’s Wolfenstein release day! Which means mean of you are redeeming your DOOM Beta codes. There were some reports of emails not getting sent after entering your beta code. For those of you who have not received their confirmation email, we’ve resolved the issue and verification emails are going out today. If you have any concerns, feel free to notify customer support and they will get that handled.

Got more questions on the DOOM beta code redemption? Take a look at our updated FAQ below:

DOOM BETA FAQ

THIS INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES.

I’VE JUST PICKED UP MY PRE-ORDERED VERSION OF WOLFENSTEIN, WHERE’S MY DOOM BETA KEY?

A key code is located on an insert inside your boxed copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order.. Visit wolfenstein.com and follow the instructions on the site. Once you complete that process, you’ll be registered to participate in the DOOM beta once it begins. Additional terms and conditions may apply, please visit wolfenstein.com/doom periodically for updated information.

DO I NEED TO CHOOSE THE PLATFORM ON WHICH I WANT TO PLAY THE DOOM BETA?

No. DOOM beta access correlates to your pre-ordered Wolfenstein: The New Order platform. If you purchase an Xbox 360 or Xbox One version of Wolfenstein: The New Order, you will receive an invitation to the Xbox One DOOM beta. PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 purchasers will receive an invite to the PS4 DOOM beta. PC purchasers will receive an invite to the PC DOOM beta. The DOOM Beta will only be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

HOW DO I REDEEM MY CODE? (XBOX 360, XBOX ONE & PC PURCHASES)

Once you’ve received your boxed copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order or your key code from your participating digital retailer, return to wolfenstein.com/doom and follow the below steps:

1. Choose the platform you purchased WOLFENSTEIN.

2. Enter the code in the field provided.

3. Provide a valid email address (Please ensure you use a valid email address that you will continue to use in the future; you will not be able to change the email address associated with your key code.

4. You will receive an email confirmation asking you to validate your email. Click the link provided to complete the registration.

We will contact you at a later date with further instructions regarding the DOOM beta via the email address you provided when you registered your code.

HOW DO I REDEEM MY CODE? (PLAYSTATION 3 & PLAYSTATION 4)

Once you’ve received your boxed copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order or your key code from your participating digital retailer , follow the steps below:

VIA THE CONSOLE

PS3:

  1. Open a Sony Entertainment Network account (or login to an existing account).
  2. From the XMB™ menu, select [Account Management] under PlayStation Network.
  3. Select [Redeem Codes].
  4. Enter the Voucher Code. Please note that the Voucher Code is case sensitive and must be entered exactly as shown.
  5. Confirm the Voucher Code has been entered correctly and then select [Continue] to complete Code redemption on PS3™ system.

PS4:

  1. Create an online account on your PSN-enabled PlayStation® system (or use your existing account).
  2. Select PlayStation®Store icon on the PS4™ system Home Screen.
  3. On PlayStation Store, select ‘Redeem Codes’ at the bottom of the menu on PS4™ system.
  4. Enter the Code. Please note that the code is case sensitive and must be entered exactly as displayed.
  5. Once the Code has been entered correctly, select ‘Continue’ on the dialog box to complete Code redemption on PS4™ system.

VIA THE SONY ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK (SEN) WEBSITE

  1. Go to http://www.SonyEntertainmentNetwork.com
  2. Click “Manage Account” and sign in with your Sign-In ID(E-mail Address) and Password.
  3. Click on “Redeem Prepaid Card”.
  4. Enter the code printed on the voucher or PlayStation Network Card and click “Continue”.
  5. If the code is valid, you will be presented with a description of what the code

Check back at wolfenstein.com/doom for updated information about the DOOM beta on PlayStation 4.

I’VE REDEEMED MY DOOM BETA KEY ON www.wolfenstein.com/doom AND CLICKED THROUGH TO VERIFY AND NOT RECEIVED A VERFICATION EMAIL. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Be sure to check spam folders to ensure that it hasn’t already been sent to you. If you continue to have an issue, please contact our customer support team at support.bethsoft.com.

IF I PRE-ORDER THE GAME DIGITALLY ON STEAM, WILL I STILL GET ACCESS TO THE BETA?

Yes. Once you pre-order, your invitation to the DOOM beta will be associated with your user account. You will not receive a code. Other digital retailers’ processes and/or participation may vary. We suggest contacting your preferred retailer directly for additional information.

IF I PURCHASE THE GAME DIGITALLY ON XBOX 360 OR XBOX ONE, WILL I RECEIVE AN INVITE TO THE DOOM BETA?.

Yes, for a limited time.  If you purchase from now until Monday May 26th, your invitation to the DOOM beta will be associated with your user account. You will not receive a code.

IF I PURCHASE THE GAME DIGITALLY ON PLAYSTATION 3 OR PLAYSTATION 4, WILL I RECEIVE AN INVITE TO THE BETA?.

Yes in North America, for a limited time.  If you purchase from now until Monday May 26th, your invitation to the DOOM beta will be associated with your user account. You will not receive a code.  In Europe, Sony is not offering the DOOM beta as part of a digital purchase.

WILL I NEED 1ST PARTY PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTIONS IN ORDER TO PLAY THE DOOM BETA?

An Xbox Live Gold membership is required for the Xbox One beta. A PSN Plus membership is not required for the PlayStation 4 beta.

WHAT IS THE DOOM BETA? HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?

We will be providing more information on the specific content and duration of the beta test at a later time.

WHEN DOES THE DOOM BETA START?

Although you’ll receive the DOOM beta key code with your copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order, the DOOM beta won’t begin until a later, yet-to-be announced date. We will contact you with news and updates surrounding the start of the DOOM beta via the email address provided during the key code redemption process.

WILL THERE BE AN OPEN BETA FOR DOOM?

Timing and availability of future beta programs for DOOM is to be determined by Bethesda in its discretion. The only current way to ensure an invitation is through pre-ordering Wolfenstein: The New Order. We will be providing more information on additional beta tests, if any, at a later time.

*DOOM BETA INVITE INCLUDED WITH QUALIFYING GAME PURCHASE. PLATFORM/CONSOLE RESTRICTIONS WILL APPLY. MUST BE 18+ TO PARTICIPATE. ACCESS SUBJECT TO REQUISITE PLATFORM/CONSOLE SUBSCRIPTION, TIMING AND TERRITORIES, TO BE DETERMINED AT BETHESDA’S SOLE DISCRETION. PARTICIPATION REQUIRES INTERNET CONNECTION AND ACCEPTANCE OF BETA AGREEMENT. ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY.