Worth Reading: VG247′s Wolfenstein Preview & Interview

Wolfenstein fans will want to check out today’s preview + interview from VG247′s Deputy Editor, Dave Cook. After playing the game for about an hour at Gamescom, Cook covers how the game takes inspiration from the original game and expands upon it with new story-driven cutscenes and choices. Here’s an excerpt:

“It doesn’t take long for Wolfenstein: The New Order to pull the rug out from beneath the player and smack them across the face with a brutal moral choice. In front of handcuffed hero BJ Blazkowicz, fellow brothers in arms Wyatt and Fergus lie partially stripped and bound. Towering above them, the maniacal Nazi surgeon Deathshead cackles and forces the player to choose which of the two should walk free, and which should be condemned to his sadistic medical research. “I like this one’s eyes”, he sneers as he strokes Wyatt’s face with grave menace.”

In addition to the articles first-hand impressions, Cook catches up with Machinegames creative director, Jens Matthies, to learn more about how the project started — including inspirational meetings the development team had with id Software during pre-production.

Give it a read and in case you missed it, watch their Gamescom 2013 video feature.

Wolfenstein: The New Order doesn’t release until next year, but we’ll share updates on the game as we get them!

Wolfenstein @ PAX & Gamescom

Wolfenstein: The New Order doesn’t release until next year, but there’s plenty of new coverage worth checking out courtesy of Gamescom and PAX Prime.

Starting with VG247, watch a new Gamescom interview with creative director Jens Matthies.

Elsewhere…

GamesRadar — “Based on today’s playthrough, The New Order could be the most genuine, most satisfying follow-up the original games have ever had. It looks, sounds and feels completely modern, but the staunch dedication to creating fast, smooth, brutal fun on a moment-to-moment basis resurrects Wolfenstein’s spirit as efficiently as its occult Nazis resurrect their own dead.”

Xbox 360 Achievements – “A barnstorming demo, MachineGames has left us in no doubt that Wolfenstein: The New Order is a hot prospect, controlling like a dream and boasting a number of memorable story beats…”

The Gamers Hub — “ Not only was this my game of Gamescom 2013, I honestly cannot wait to hear, see and play more of this promising title.”

AusGamers — “… The New Order is definitely hitting all the right notes.”

IGN — Greg Miller joins PAX attendee Gavin Brown to share impressions from playing early sections of the game. Find out what they think.

The Sixth Axis — “This is a game which knowingly calls back to the old school of thinking, and it’s something which is just rammed home as soon as you discover that you can dual wield machine guns. It’s ridiculous, and absolutely fantastic.”

Destructoid – Jim Sterling & Jordan Devore explain why they’re taken by the gameplay.

As announced this summer, Wolfenstein: The New Order releases next year. Stay tuned for updates

Eurogamer Expo & The Evil Within gameplay stream!

Are you lucky enough to be going to this year’s sold-out Eurogamer Expo? If so, we’ll see you there!

This year our lineup will include The Elder Scrolls Online and Wolfenstein: The New Order – both playable for the first time in the UK. Additionally, prepare to be terrified by a special gameplay presentation for The Evil Within in the Expo’s main auditorium. The fun starts at 5 PMpm BST on September 26th.

Can’t make it to Earl’s Court for the Expo? Don’t worry… we’re not going to let tickets or the Atlantic Ocean keep you from seeing Shinji Mikami’s newest game in action. Eurogamer will stream The Evil Within developer session through their YouTube channel! Set your alarms for 5 PM BST/12 PM EST/6 PM CET on September 26th to witness the return of survival horror.

If you’re going to the Expo get in contact and let us know on Twitter using the #EGX and #BringBackHorror hashtag.

This year’s Eurogamer Expo takes place September 26th - 29th this month. For more information check out their website http://www.eurogamerexpo.com/

Play ESO and Wolfenstein at PAX Prime

Later this week we’ll be heading to PAX Prime in Seattle. If you were lucky enough to score exhibit hall tickets (sold out), be sure to stop by our booth (#2014) to go hands on with The Elder Scrolls Online and Wolfenstein: The New Order!

We’ll also be selling merchandise from the official Bethesda Store at the booth. Later this week we’ll share more details on the items that will be available.

Outside of the exhibit hall, The Elder Scrolls Online Food Truck will be making its way to Seattle on Saturday, August 31st. Between 11:30 am and 3:00 pm, head to 802 Pine St. for free food, exclusive swag, and the chance to hang out with other fans of The Elder Scrolls Online!

See you in Seattle!

 

Weekend Update: ESO Roundup & More

Enjoying your weekend? Good. Now make things even better by catching up on the latest news for The Elder Scrolls Online. This week’s highlights on elderscrollsonline.com include:

Finally, if you haven’t gotten around to watching our first gameplay stream, we’ve uploaded the 30 minute QuakeCon playthrough on the ZeniMax Online Studios’ YouTube Channel. After watching, be sure to read the latest Ask Us Anything, which answers fan questions about the stream.

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QuakeCon Wrap – The Evil Within, Wolfenstein, and ESO at QuakeCon

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a week since QuakeCon. Having had a few days to recover, here’s a look at some of the coverage highlights for our unreleased games.

  • Wolfenstein’s creative director, Jens Matthies, met with GameTrailers during the show. Watch his video interview, featuring new gameplay footage, in the embed above. Learn more about The New Order in additional previews at Polygon, MachinimaThe Escapist and EGM Now.
  • Get QuakeCon reaction on The Evil Within from ScrewAttack, GamerChatter, and The Koalition.
  • Playing The Elder Scrolls Online, sites like Polygon and IGN are starting to make Skyrim comparisons after playing the game in first person. Find these previews and more in a compreshensive roundup at elderscrollsonline.com.
  • Want more Elder Scrolls? The Escapist’s Andrea Rene shares her enthusiasm for the announcement of The Elder Scrolls Anthology. Watch her video here.

We’ll be sharing more QC highlights in the near future. Stay tuned!

New QuakeCon Details

The return of Peace, Love, and Rockets is nearly here!

Today we’re exactly three weeks from the kickoff of QuakeCon 2013 and excited to share updated details on the 18th running of North America’s largest LAN event. Read on for more on our keynote, presentations, panel, and exhibit hall sponsors.

As has become tradition, the first day of QuakeCon will feature a keynote address from the legendary John Carmack, id Software’s co-founder and technical director.

Along with John’s keynote, this year’s QuakeCon will feature the first public gameplay presentations for The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Evil Within — plus a special panel featuring Dishonored’s Raphael Colantonio, Ricardo Bare and Seth Shain. These events will all take place on the show’s Ventrilo Main Stage. Additionally, attendees will be able to play The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein, and Dishonored’s final game add-on, The Brigmore Witches, in the QuakeCon exhibit hall.

The Elder Scrolls Online, the next chapter in the award-winning series and the first to bring the legendary experience online, Wolfenstein: The New Order, a reimagining of the popular shooter franchise developed by MachineGames, and Dishonored: Brigmore Witches, the third add-on pack for Arkane Studios’ critically-acclaimed first-person action game, will all be playable at the show.

More after the break…

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