READ the new RAGE novel!

The official RAGE novel, written by author and game writer Matt Costello, has now hit stores!

In RAGE, the asteroid Apophis has annihilated Earth, and only a small percentage of humanity’s best and brightest have been saved. Buried deep below the ground in life-sustaining Arks, these chosen few are tasked with one vital mission—to restore civilization to a devastated planet hundreds of years after the impact. The novel centers around Lieutenant Nick Raine, an Ark survivor that emerges into the apocalyptic world of RAGE to confront a would-be tyrant.

To read a sample of the novel and/or order online, head to Random House. Folks in the UK can order here.

PAX 2011: Skyrim presentation attendees could win this Xbox 360

Welcome to day 2 of PAX Prime. Our booth is already a madhouse with thousands checking out RAGE, Prey 2, and Skyrim.

Today at 3:30, Todd Howard will treat attendees to a special demo of Skyrim in the Unicorn Theater. You’ll definitely want to line up early, as two lucky attendees will win one of these custom Xbox 360s. We teamed up with Microsoft to create a handful of limited edition consoles for fans. Between now and 11.11.11, we’ll share details on other ways to win. Even if you don’t win the Xbox 360, you’ll still get a plush Dragonborn helmet.

For fans with a dragon-sized appetite, don’t forget to check out our Skyrim food truck from 11:30-3:00 pm on 9th & Pine — just one block from the convention center. We’ll be serving Dragon Legs, Whiterun Corn, and Solitude Sweetrolls — all for free!

Skyrim roundup: Vampires, DLC news, QuakeCon/Gamescom, and more!

In a few hours, fans at PAX Prime will finally be able to play Skyrim for the first time. Until then, we wanted to share the latest Skyrim news from around the web.

Earlier this morning, Microsoft announced that the first two pieces of game add-on content for Skyrim will be releasing exclusively on Xbox 360 — 30 days before they’re available anywhere else. When we have more details on the content, we’ll let everyone know.

Elsewhere, don’t miss Dave Oshry’s Skyrim preview posted yesterday at RipTen. The preview is significant, as he’s the first person we know that encountered vampires in his playthrough. Read the four-page preview here.

Fun fact: Pete Hines is actually dragonborn. At least that’s my explanation for how he survived all the interviews he did at Gamescom.With more than 275,000 attendees in Cologne last week, Pete used the power of the voice to conduct countless interviews with sites like Gamespot, ComputecDestructoid, and FBC.

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The Bethesda Podcast Episode 12

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On this episode of the podcast, Arkane Studios’ Raphael Colantonio and Harvey Smith join us once again to discuss their recently announced immersive action game Dishonored.

Recorded in the halls of QuakeCon, the co-directors give us a rundown on the basic premise of Dishonored, a game that reflects their love of deep action simulations and rich worlds. We also delve into some of the finer details, with talk of assassination powers, environmental storytelling and three-headed fish. Give it a listen at the following locations:

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RAGE Gameplay Trailer: Gearhead Vault (Updated!)

We just landed at PAX Prime 2011. To help kick off the weekend, we’ve released an all-new RAGE gameplay video. This time around, we’re focusing on one of the game’s most challenging bandit clans, the Gearheads.

In this video, the Gearheads have started combining Feltrite and Plutonium to create the ultimate power supply. The mayor of Subwaytown sends you on a mission to the clan’s vault so that he can claim this new power for his own use.

For more on RAGE, read the coverage roundup after the break…

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Lonesome Road coming September 20th; Courier’s Stash and Gun Runners’ Arsenal one week later (Updated)

The Courier’s journey ends this September.

We’re excited to share that Lonesome Road, the fourth add-on pack for Fallout: New Vegas, will be available for download on Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Network and Steam on September 20th.

In Lonesome Road you are contacted by the original Courier Six, a man by the name of Ulysses who refused to deliver the Platinum Chip at the start of Fallout: New Vegas. Ulysses promises the answer as to why he didn’t take the job, but only if you make one last journey into the hurricane-swept canyons of the Divide, a landscape torn apart by earthquakes and violent storms. It’s up to you whether you take the job or not.

But wait! There’s more!!

Today we’re also announcing two additional DLC packs, Courier’s Stash and Gun Runners’ Arsenal, which will be available for download one week later on September 27th.

Courier’s Stash (Xbox LIVE for 160 Microsoft points, PlayStation Network and Steam for $1.99) gives players immediate access to four content bundles previously available only through pre-ordering Fallout: New Vegas. The Caravan Pack, Classic Pack, Mercenary Pack and Tribal Pack each offer unique weapons, apparel and aid advantages that will help you throughout your journey.

Gun Runners’ Arsenal (Xbox LIVE for 320 Microsoft points, PlayStation Network and Steam for $3.99) increases the range of unique weapons, weapon mods, ammo types and recipes waiting to be uncovered in the vast Mojave Wasteland.

Among the unqiue weapons added are the Bozar, an all-powerful 5.56mm Light Machine Gun, the Smitty Special, an overwhelming variant of the Plasma Caster, the MFC Cluster mine, the Esther, a unique Mini Nuke Launcher, and the ridiculous Nuka Breaker – a new melee weapon made from a Nuka-Cola neon sign. In total Gun Runners’ Arsenal adds 27 new weapons, 40 new weapon modifications for existing weapons, 18 new new recipes, and 29 new ammo types — including the 12 Ga. Dragon’s Breath, Hive Missiles, and 25mm/40mm Plasma Grenades. Finally, Gun Runners’ Arsenal also adds more than 20 all-new challenges to the Mojave Wasteland.

For a first look at Gun Runners’ Arsenal, check out the screenshots below…

New CE pics of Alduin, the World Eater

I’ve got good news and bad news…

Bad news: I no longer have the 12″ Alduin statue from the Skyrim CE on my desk. Womp Waaah!

Good news: I’ve got new pictures, courtesy of our expert marketing artist, Lindsay Westcott!

If you want your own statue, visit the official Elder Scrolls website for pre-order info. And when I get more CE goodies to share (hopefully at my desk), I’ll share pics on the blog.

The Races and Faces of Skyrim

Long hair. Short hair. No hair. Dirty faces. Dirty beards. War Paint. Crazy eyes. Argonian eyes.

Like Bubba from Forrest Gump, we could go on for days talking about the different customization options you’ll have with Skyrim. But instead, we decided to share the preset options you’ll have when you start your adventure. Above is a sampling of choices you can make for the men and women of Skyrim… the Nords.

Check out the other nine races after the break (or by visiting our Flickr page).

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