Office Antics: Halloween Edition

It’s Halloween again, and there were several people that came to work dressed in costume — here at our office and across some of our other studios. We hope that you enjoy the group shot of everyone at Bethesda HQ. We had quite the big turn out this year compared to last year. It looks like we need a bigger hallway!

We received a great many photos from id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, and Battlecry Studios.

Finally, we received and saw tons of wonderful Halloween pumpkins and costumes. Here’s an album of some of our favorites!

Thanks to everyone that jumped on the Halloween creativity bandwagon and sent us or shared their pics. Happy Halloween!

ESO ‘Ask Us Anything’ – Variety Pack 9

Read answers to ESO questions sent in from TESO Junkies and Tamriel Foundry at elderscrollsonline.com. Here’s a snippet of this week’s feature:

How do you intend to make each Alliance War campaign feel persistent? Will campaigns last forever, or will they change from time to time, and will the enemies rotate?

Campaigns last for three months at a time, so you’ll find yourself running into familiar faces during them. Also note that you won’t get rotated out or switched to other campaigns unless you choose to; you’ll be able to stay in the same campaign for the entire time your character exists if you want! When a campaign ends, the only things that reset are its leaderboards and the score. Keeps, Scroll ownership, emperor status, and where you are in the world don’t get reset. It gives a great sense of persistence when only the scoring mechanics “reset.”

ESO: Character Creation in Action

Watch our new Elder Scrolls Online video to get a taste of the diverse customization options you’ll have at your fingertips in the game.

Even though creating your character is just the first step on your adventure, it’s an important one. We want to give you the tools you need to realize the hero you’re already envisioning, and we’re excited to give you a peek at some of the options you’ll use to create the character you want to play in ESO. Take a look at our new video and share your thoughts on The Elder Scrolls Online Facebook page.

Around the Web: What you may have missed

The Elder Scrolls Online  got off to a great start this week by headlining the new PlayStation 4 trailer. Here are some other exciting things you may have missed!

ESO Update – New Wallpaper & Emote Contest Winner

Happy Morndas, TES fans! Today we have two notable updates from ElderScrollsOnline.com to share.

First, be sure to download the newest wallpaper for the game — showcasing art from The Crow’s Wood. As one of the more dangerous locales you’ll visit in the game, the foreboding image provides the perfect Halloween makeover for your desktop.

Elsewhere on the official site, the ESO team has announced the winner of the the ESO Emote Creation Contest. Congratulations to Trevor Baggett, whose Honor/Dishonor concept was selected as the grand prize winner. As the winner, his concept will now be adapted and used in game. Watch his submission below, and see more submissions here.

ESO Roundup: Paris Games Week & More!

ElderScrollsOnline.com has been busy this week! Here are some things you may have missed:

Last chance to vote for the 31st Golden Joysticks

Voting for this year’s Golden Joysticks is nearing the final stretch, but there’s still time to support your favorite games.

Dishonored and Arkane are nominated in six categories, including:

  • Game of the Year
  • Best Newcomer
  • Best Storytelling
  • Studio of the Year
  • Top Gaming Moment (Lady Boyle’s Last Party)
  • Visual Design

Meanwhile, TES fans can show support for ESO in this year’s ‘Most Wanted’ category.

Voting continues between now and October 20th. A week later, on the 25th, you can watch the awards streamed live. For more information and to vote, visit www.goldenjoysticks.com.

ESO ‘Ask us Anything’ – Variety Pack 8

The newest ‘Ask Us Anything‘ for The Elder Scrolls Online is now online. Visit the official site to get answers about weapons, inventory items, PvP, and more.

Here’s a sampling…

Will there be items or spells players can obtain that will cast an appearance illusion over them, making, say, a Breton look like an Argonian or a frost troll for a limited amount of time?

Yes. We have a disguise mechanic in the game, which allows you to equip an item that changes your appearance. This can be used for costuming purposes or, for instance, to infiltrate the camp of an enemy. There are also spells that change your appearance for a limited amount of time—these can change your appearance in more drastic ways than disguises can.

Read ‘Ask Us Anything’ – Variety Pack #8