Also in May… The Art of Wolfenstein

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve teamed up with Dark Horse Comics to create three incredible art books – “The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order”, “The Art of The Evil Within” and “Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives”. Each hardcover book, packed with art and game design details, will retail for $39.99.

This hardcover collection features full-color artwork and developer commentary from the team at MachineGames. Spanning more than 200pages, the collection covers all facets of the game’s design — concept art, characters designs, landscapes & settings, and technology — all inspired by the MachineGames’ plot twist for 1960′s based Wolfenstein where the Nazi’s won World War II and conquered the globe.

For a first look at “The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order” — available for pre-order at Amazon and the Official Bethesda Store — check out never-before-seen concept art and sample pages in the imgur slideshow below. Additionally, we’ll be sharing new art for the game every week on the official Wolfenstein Facebook & Twitter pages.

Weekend Update: ESO Beta and more!

It’s the weekend, which means we’re in the midst of the latest beta session for The Elder Scrolls Online! If you have a beta code, be sure to join the fun. And if you can’t make it this time around, you can catch up on all the notable gameplay streams throughout the ESO community.

So what else is worth checking out this weekend? Here’s some highlights from the past week…

  • Our friends at Shortlist have put together one of the tougher Fallout 3 quizzes we’ve ever seen. Share with us your high score in the comments below.
  • Pete Hines recently took time to discuss our 2014 lineup — The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein, and The Evil Within — in new interviews with both CVG and 3News.
  • Preparing for The Evil Within this August? A new feature at Gamespot readies you for the return of survival horror with classic games and films that will condition your mind for Shinji Mikami’s newest (and most twisted) game.
  • We’ve got even more previews for Wolfenstein: The New Order — with the latest coming from 411Mania, IGN AU, Gamespot, and Nerd Reactor.

That’s all for now. See you in beta!

Hands on with Wolfenstein: The New Order

Last week we shared release date information for Wolfenstein: The New Order. This week we’re excited to share new hands-on impressions based on early chapters from the game..

We start at Polygon, where Michael McWhertor reveals that it was some of the game’s dark moments that surprised him most about the game. Here’s an excerpt:

“MachineGames has described its take on Wolfenstein as ‘a dark-roasted blend of drama, mystery, humor,’ but it was the game’s injection of horror that stood out most during Bethesda’s recent preview. And it reignited my interest in The New Order.”

Learn more about the game’s dark humor, mature storytellling, and old-school gunplay (it’s Wolfenstein after all) in our extensive roundup below…

IGN — “After three hours with Wolfenstein, I feel comfortable saying this: It seems like a solid shooter with lots of action and fun stealth mechanics.”

Game Informer — “Wolfenstein: The New Order asked me to shoot pistols, man turrets, and quietly knife guards to avoid detection. But it also did something I wasn’t expecting. It made me feel something.”

New Gamer Nation — “Overall, Wolfenstein: The New Order presented beautifully and offers a promise of something great. The game looked amazing visually and controlled perfectly which are the hallmarks of any great game.”

GameTrailers — Watch their new three minute preview based on the game’s early chapters.

Associated Press – Learn five ways Wolfenstein is being reinvented by the team at MachineGames.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun — “Machine Games can do well-written, well-animated cutscenes that, amazingly, I didn’t want to skip.”

Xbox Achievements – “It’s a fun game, with great set-pieces, a diverse set of experiences, clever level design, enjoyable shooting and worthwhile stealth.”

Push Square – “Wolfenstein: The New Order is shaping up very nicely indeed. It’s managed to expertly blend older and newer gameplay mechanics to create an extremely satisfying experience.”

Tech-Gaming — “Either way, first-person shooter fans should keep an eye out for Wolfenstein- it’s one of the rare entries in the genre where the storyline isn’t disposable.”

Joystiq — Sinan Kubba discusses how the game’s tone, pace, and charisma could offer charm similar to one of the action genre’s greatest films, Die Hard.

PlayStation Blog – “Old-school in all the best ways”

Gamerzines — “MachineGames’ reinvention of Wolfenstein is the most inventive and emotionally-charged first person shooter we’ve played since Valve unleashed Half Life 2 way back in 2004.”

PC Gamer – “The game is loud. Guns crack and Nazis bellow, cover collapses, robots leak flaming oil and explode. Drone enemies buzz like someone receiving a text on a chainsaw set to vibrate. ”

Capsule Computers – “…a meaty FPS experience. ”

CVG — “Thankfully, there’s a sardonic wit about The New Order which saves it from becoming the excruciatingly po-faced video game it could have been. The speculative sci-fi setting allows MachineGames to have a lot of fun with the environments and plot, and there are cute nods to the enduring appeal of the Wolfenstein series, especially when an old Polish man excitedly summons you to “kill everyone”. Wolfenstein is a series about killing lots of Nazis.”

PCGamesN — “… a confident and competent shooter that recognises precisely what’s appealing about the subject matter of robotic super Nazis and bionic dogbots, and presents it with total conviction. Wolfenstein: The New Order is bound to be one of this year’s best shooters.”

The Sixth Axis — “What delighted me at every turn was the plot, script and characterisation. The jump forward in time is a clever one, allowing MachineGames to shift the game away from the occult and supernatural elements of before to the retro sci-fi stylings of this alternate universe, with robots, mechs, lasers and more to hand.”

GameFront — “Mixing tragedy with triumph and making a variety of gameplay styles and mechanics all viable options could make Wolfenstein: The New Order a standout among shooters.”

And after the break, check out a few of the most recent video previews to go live.

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Weekend Update: Polygon explores the journey of Shinji Mikami

From developing the SNES  adaptation of Aladdin to a whole new world — Shinji Mikami became the king of survival horror. During your weekend, head to Polygon and read Matt Leone’s feature, “Shinji Mikami and the Fountain of Youth”. The article chronicles his career and focuses on the youth movement he believes is important for the success of Tango Gameworks and the games they develop.

As announced last week, Mikami’s latest game, The Evil Within, releases this summer on August 26th in North America and across Europe on August 29th

Read “Shinji Mikami and the Fountain of Youth”  and read others stories from around the web…

That’s all for now. Enjoy your weekend!

Get Psyched: Wolfenstein release date; First details on DOOM beta

The FPS legend that started it all returns this May! Today we’re excited to announce that Wolfenstein: The New Order will release on Tuesday, May 20th in North America and throughout Europe on Friday, May 23rd. And as a bonus to everyone that pre-orders, we will be letting you into the beta for the next DOOM game!

Wolfenstein marks the first Bethesda-published game to arrive on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and will also be available on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Developed by MachineGames, a studio comprised of a seasoned group of developers recognized for their work creating story-driven games, Wolfenstein: The New Order is a reimagining of the FPS franchise from id Software. The game offers a deep game narrative packed with action, adventure and first-person combat rendered in stunning detail with id® Software’s id Tech® 5 engine. And typical of a classic Wolfenstein game, expect plenty of hidden secrets, too.

Wolfenstein: The New Order once again centers around the series’ iconic war hero, B.J. Blazkowicz and this time faces alternate version of the 1960s in which the Nazis won World War II. As the only man capable of rewriting history, with the help of a small group of resistance fighters, infiltrate their most heavily guarded facilities, battle high-tech Nazi legions, and take control of super-weapons that have conquered the earth – and beyond. See the game in action on our official YouTube channel.

For community updates, visit www.wolfenstein.com and follow the game on both Facebook and Twitter. For more information on the DOOM beta access pre-order bonus, as well as applicable terms and restrictions, please visit: www.wolfenstein.com/DOOM.

Getting ready for 2014!

Happy New Year! As we break out our new calendars, many sites are already waiting to get their hands on our 2014 games — The Elder Scrolls Online, The Evil Within, and Wolfenstein: The New Order.

We kick off with ESO, which was recently highlighted as one of the 10 most anticipated video games from CNN.

Hype continues to build on numerous other sites, including:

If you’re holding out for survival horror and old-school gunplay, there’s plenty of excitement for The Evil Within and Wolfenstein, too. More after the break…

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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/