Around the web: Pre-E3 edition

Live presentations! Interviews! New Screenshots! SO… MUCH… MORE!!! Why do I sound like used car salesman on TV?!? Because we’re headed to LA tomorrow, and that means things are going to get craaaaaazy!!

When we get there, we’ll be greeted by our pal Dovahkiin — as he graces the famous Figueora Hotel (more on that soon).

But before we head to the airport, let’s share some pre-E3 news.

  • Don’t miss the first look at Skyrim gameplay tomorrow on GTTV Presents: E3 All Access Live. After Microsoft’s E3 briefing, Todd will be presenting the game on Spike TV. Talking with Mr. Keighley, he says the show will also be livestreaming in HD worldwide on Gametrailers.com, Kotaku, MTV.com and Yahoo!
  • CVG revealed that Skyrim was voted the #1 most anticipated game of E3. Thanks for voting!
  • Kotaku looks ahead to Prey 2 and RAGE in their E3 Shooters preview. Meanwhile, Skyrim gets covered in their RPG preview.
  • Gametrailers has Skyrim as their #2 most anticipated game of the show.
  • Keep an eye on new Skyrim news on the newly updated Planet Elder Scrolls.
  • FPS Guru looks forward to seeing more on RAGE at the show.
  • Xbox 360 Achievements gets a head start on interviewing Skyrim lead designer Bruce Nesmith.
  • Following Hunted’s release, you can find new reviews for the game at Eurogamer, The Controller Online, Joystiq, Just Push Start, and DieHard GameFan.

For updated info on E3, keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages (listed above in the blog menu). We’ll also post coverage roundups asap on the blog.

Update on Skyrim fan interview

As it’s been about a month since we announced our Skyrim fan interview, we wanted to give a quick status update. Todd and other members of BGS are working through the selected questions, and we expect to share answers soon after E3. For your patience, today we’re releasing a new wallpaper (above) and two new screenshots on The Elder Council.

In the meantime, you can expect to see and hear plenty on the game at next week’s big show. For starters, Todd Howard will be showing the game at the following:

  • GameTrailers.com – In the hour following Microsoft’s Monday press conference
  • IGN Live Show – Wednesday at 5:00 pm PST
  • G4TV – Tuesday at 1 pm PST on their E3 2011 LIVE Show

Since we’ll be busy at our booth next week, keep an eye out for additional updates across Twitter and Facebook… should be fun!

RAGE – The Well Official Gameplay Trailer

RAGE’s newest gameplay clip takes you to The Well. The town of Wellspring is being terrorized by a bandit clan threatening to poison the town’s water supply and they need your help. The ransacked well must be infiltrated and the bandit threat of lethal contamination must be stopped.

We’ll have more gameplay videos for RAGE soon. And if you missed them, watch the gameplay videos for Dead City and The Shrouded Clan.

Brink statistics site now online for PS3 & 360 users

More than a million matches. Over 10 billion XP points earned. And more than 80 years of playtime. Wow, you’ve been busy!

Beginning today you can track these stats and much more on our all-new Brink statistics site.Visit Battle.BrinkTheGame.com for in-depth players stats, match summaries, and the Battle for the Ark – a weekly meta-game between Security and Resistance.

In addition to the statistics, we’ve got an update planned for this summer that will help with setting up tournaments and clan recruitment. Stay tuned for more details.

To learn how to track your progress, check out our FAQ after the break.

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RAGE hands-on preview gives a taste of what you’ll see at E3

Gamespot recently visited id’s new office for a chance to go hands on with RAGE. During the trip, they saw several areas showcasing the game’s varied gameplay — including a look at the game’s main faction, the Authority.

Read the preview here, and be sure to watch the embedded video featuring design director Matt Hooper, creative director Tim Willits, and plenty of action from the game.

New changes to QUAKE LIVE

Today’s update, QUAKE LIVE Premium Pak 8, introduces two new Premium Arenas to QUAKE LIVE, new Start-a-Match features for Pro Subscribers and FreezeTag players, new and improved mouse input code, a TeamKill complaint system, an overhauled more flexible InstaGib system, match forfeit options, and a great number of website, game, and server fixes to improve the gameplay experience.

Premium Maps Added:

  • Revolver (Small CA):

Crafted by Wiebo de Wit, designer of the highly popular ‘Overkill’ Clan Arena level of RA3 fame, Revolver is a small outdoor chamber with an overhanging grated walkway, a higher ground that holding can prove vital to victory.

  • Sorrow (Duel):

Set in a foreboding dungeon, Sorrow is a brand new arena from Pawel Chrapka that is nicely suited for both Duel and small teamplay when a more strategic and paced style of play is preferred.

For all the nitty gritty details, read more after the break.

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