A star-studded cast

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In a press release this morning, we’ve announced the star-studded voice over cast for Skyrim. Learn more below…

BETHESDA SOFTWORKS ANNOUNCES RENOWNED
VOICE OVER CAST FOR THE ELDER SCROLLS® V: SKYRIM™
Academy Award Nominees Christopher Plummer, Max Von Sydow and Joan Allen Come Together for the Year’s Most Anticipated Game

September 27, 2011 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today revealed the stage and screen legends lending their talents to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the next installment in the award-winning Elder Scrolls series. Skyrim will feature an ensemble cast of Academy Award nominees, including Christopher Plummer (“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” “The Insider”), Max Von Sydow (“The Exorcist,” “Minority Report”), and Joan Allen (“The Contender,” “The Bourne Ultimatum”).

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Gun Runners’ Arsenal & Courier’s Stash Available Today!

We’re pleased to announce that Courier’s Stash and Gun Runners’ Arsenal are now available for download on Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Network and Steam!.

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 pointsPlayStation 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.

After the break, read Josh Sawyer’s final preview of the Gun Runners’ Arsenal…

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Bring the boom with Gun Runners’ Arsenal

Gun Runners’ Arsenal releases tomorrow on PSN, Xbox LIVE, and Steam. Today Josh Sawyer returns with details on some of the most explosive weapons in the Mojave.

Come back tomorrow to check out the crazy melee weapons available.

Esther, GRA Fat Man – Two new Fat Men (Fat Mans, Fat Man and Fat Lady?) for your consideration. The new GRA Fat Man takes “traditional” Fat Man mods like the Little Boy Kit, but has the added capability of firing our custom Mini-Nukes. If you’d like to go extra-large, pick up Esther (shown above), a unique model. In addition to firing all of our custom Mini-Nukes, it has a built-in blast shield that is surprisingly effective.  Use it to march on a small army, or toss Tiny Tots with reckless abandon, allowing the blast shield to soak up most of the collateral damage!

Low Yield, Big Kid, and Tiny Tots Mini-Nukes - The Fat Man. You’ve been carrying that huge lump of meta around for how long, and how many times have you fired it? Once? Twice? Seventeen? Whatever the frequency, it’s still not enough. Trust us, we’re the experts. That’s why we’ve brought you three new Mini-Nuke variants. Low Yield is your “everyday” light payload, good for liquidating irritating raiders or the occasional horde of Nightstalkers on the horizon. Traveling through Quarry Junction? Try our Big Kid variant for extra Deathclaw-eradicating power (warning: range is reduced). Last but certainly not least, the Tiny Tots are the answer to a question no one asked, “What if I want to decorate two city blocks with a scattering of miniature mushroom clouds?”  N.B.: requires GRA Fat Man or Esther. Specialized Mini-Nukes cannot be fired from a standard Fat Man.

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Preview: 50 pages of The Lord of Souls

The second Elder Scrolls novel from author Greg Keyes, The Lord of Souls, officially goes on sale tomorrow. Just in time, Random House has put up an enormous 50 page sample of the novel for you to peruse at your leisure.

Click through to read through the sample, and scroll to the bottom of the excerpt for links to where you can order a copy.

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Gun Runners’ Arsenal preview, part 3

Read part 3 of Josh Sawyer’s look at Fallout: New Vegas’ upcoming game add-on, Gun Runners’ Arsenal. Featured screens include the Li’l Devil, GRA Anti-Material Rifle, and the Bozar.

Li’l Devil, GRA Hunting Revolver - Like hard-hitting handguns? Then we’ve got a pair of knockouts for you. First up is this unique 12.7mm Pistol called “Li’l Devil”. It may not look like much, but it does more damage than a standard model, fires faster, and is so stubby that we’ve heard you can conceal it quite easily. When we took it to the range, we found that it’s even more accurate! If semi-autos aren’t your style, here’s the GRA take on the mighty Hunting Revolver. How do you improve a scoped hand cannon like this, you might ask? How about a Match Barrel mod, for starters? On top of that, throw in a Six Shot Cylinder for an extra dose of .45-70 Gov’t downrange.

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More of the Gun Runners’ Arsenal

We’re back with more details on Gun Runners’ Arsenal. Once again, here’s project director Josh Sawyer…

GRA Tri-Beam Laser Rifle,  Plasma Defender - You’re an Energy Weapon aficionado and you’re looking for some mid-range customizations.  We’ve got just the thing you’re looking for.  The Gun Runners have set up distribution for customizable Tri-Beam Laser Rifles and Plasma Defenders. For the Tri-Beam, you’ve got Focus Optics (increases damage), HD Capacitors (dramatically increases condition), and a High-Capacity Terminal (increases ammo capacity). If you’re more of a “Plasma Spaz”, take in the customizable Plasma Defender (shown above). A Scope and Sheath Stabilizer (decreases spread) give it a “throwback” look.  The High-Capacity Terminal significantly boosts ammo capacity.

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Two tickets to the gun show

Maybe you’ve just started Lonesome Road, but with Gun Runners’ Arsenal releasing next week, it’s time to start sharing details on the many weapons, weapon mods, and ammo types that will be available on Xbox LIVE, PSN, and Steam.

To assist, we enlisted New Vegas’ project director (and office gun guru) Josh Sawyer to share details on the new ways you’ll be able to create mayhem in the Mojave. Read part 1 after the break…

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A new look at the Skyrim Collector’s Edition

This week we received a final version of The Art of Skyrim Official Art Book – the massive, 200+ page companion to the Skyrim Collector’s Edition. To celebrate the affair, marketing artist Lindsay Westcott took a new photo of all the CE contents — including a first peek at the pages of the artbook.

In the coming days, we’ll be sharing more from the artbook… keep your eyes peeled!

All the RAGE: Jeremy Mitchell

We’re back with another developer profile for RAGE. Today we meet Jeremy Mitchell…

What do you do at id Software (or more specifically on RAGE) and how long have you worked at the company?

I’m the Lead Visual Effects Artist on RAGE, which means I’m responsible for anything that explodes, burns, glows, zaps, drips, shoots, or bleeds. I get to build on all the fantastic art and design work done by our team, and add the finishing touches like muzzle flashes, dust, blood, water, etc. All the little moving bits that make the world come to life. I’ve been with id since July 2009.

Read more after the break…

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