Fanart Friday: Illustrated to Impress

Shared from Mohammad Fikree on Twitter

This week’s fanart is heavily influenced by The Evil Within, with many illustrations showing off gory creativity. With the game’s release happening in October, we’re excited to see what else you got! Make sure to check out the album below to see some more of our favorites from The Evil Within, as well as Skyrim and Fallout 3.

Unimpressed? Share your designs, costumes, tattoos, and sculptures with us! #BethesdArt on Twitter and Instagram or send your creations to bethblog@bethsoft.com.

rePlay: Symphony of Heroes

It’s a good time to sit down, relax, and listen to the soothing sounds of your favorite video game scores. Starting in July, rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes will start their tour to bring video game score performances to cities worldwide. Listen carefully and you may even hear the familiar tunes of Oblivion and Skyrim.

For more information on the touring schedule or the featured titles visit replay-symphony.com

On the Storefront: Vault Boy’s Soft Side (Updated)

So soft and cuddly! Here’s a side of Vault Boy we haven’t seen before. Available from GamingHeads is the 12 inch Vault Boy plush. Not only will he add nicely to any Fallout collection, but he will also pacify the most nuclear of hearts.

Head on over to the official Bethesda store or directly to GamingHeads.com to secure one for yourself.

[Update] Also new to the store today, you can snag the very limited “Epic Story” giclee that showcases memorable symbols and images from Fallout 3.

Around the Web – Swede Interview Edition

What’s new on the web? Plenty!

With Wolfenstein out for more than a month now, Giant Bomb’s Patrick Klepek caught up with MachineGames’ creative director, Jens Matthies, for a must-read interview. Topics covered include: what it takes to make a Wolfenstein game, spoilers [alert!] about the ending, and what’s on the horizon for MachineGames.

Here’s an excerpt…

Giant Bomb: So you actually liked the idea of trying to resolve the potential contradictions in the story you wanted to tell with the legacy of the storytelling in Wolfenstein?

Jens Matthies: Yeah, of course. We want this to be part of a greater saga. That said, of course, this game stands completely on its own. It’s not a requirement that you play anything of the previous games. You can be completely new to Wolfenstein and have a complete experience. But we also want to build upon things that have been established on their own.

Who else is putting their post-mortem wrap on Wolfenstein? The Escapist. One of the site’s feature writers, Shamus Young, shares his surprise in how great the game ended up being — drawing comparisons to Valve’s Half-Life 2. Read Shamus’ article here.

Going from what’s already out to what’s coming later this year, we move to The Evil Within. And with The Evil Within at E3, you also get plenty of face time with Shini Mikami. Read a pair of interviews with him at both Metro UK and Telegraph.

Previewed in a dark room, we had to be careful not to make players scream at the top of their lungs as we strolled by. Below are some E3 highlights…

Official Xbox Magazine – “… it could be the modern Resident Evil that fans like me have been waiting for.”

Platform Nation - “Bewildered by the blank wall, I turn around and the hall goes all hazy, riddled with static, and then the doctor and patient disappear after the kid gives some sort of creepy psycho premonition speech. The hallway ends at a door that wasn’t there before, and the other side appears to go on interminably. It’s disconcerting to say the least.”

USA Today — Watch a new video preview with Pete Hines.

Closing out our wrap up, read impressed impressions from folks that tried BattleCry Studios’ self-titled debut. Among recent previews, USA Today ranked the game as one of their Top 10 game of the show. Previews below…

Quest Gaming Network – “Fast and fluid, pretty yet gritty; BattleCry Studios seem to know what their doing, which is no surprise with vets from all around the industry in their ranks.”

Tom’s Hardware – “BATTLECRY in its present state was a blast. A number of us played as the Cossacks while another set played as the Royal Marines. Because there is no gunpowder in this alternate timeline, players must rely on melee and basic ranged weapons such as swords, bows, energy-powered blades and more. That made the gameplay feel a bit more personal and frantic.”

USA Today – “It’s a fascinating approach for an online multiplayer game, which anyone with a headset and public chat settings enabled will tell you is sometimes a hostile experience.”

ESO Update: Update 2 is Now Live!

Discover Veteran Crypt of Hearts, new lootables, improved interior lighting, and more.

We’re pleased to announce that Update 2 is live today, adding even more adventure, new features, and lots of fixes to ESO. Rally your toughest allies and prepare to return to Crypt of Hearts in the new Veteran version, where you’ll face devious new bosses as you delve further into the Crypt’s sinister mysteries. See the next chapter of the dungeon’s story and earn some great loot — if you can survive.

There are some great new improvements in Update 2. Chances are you’ve seen the tons of weapon and armor racks scattered throughout Tamriel. Ever wanted to loot them? We thought so, and now you can! We’ve also put together a beautiful new interior lighting effect. When you’re inside a building, you’ll now see its windows cast light across the room. It really adds something special to the atmosphere!

And, of course, you’ll see tons of bug fixes in Update 2. To see the complete list of changes, read the full patch notes.

In addition to all the new features and refinements, there’s plenty more to on elderscrollsonline.com, including…

  • The ESO Team readies you for the new Veteran Dungeons in the latest edition of Creating ESO.
  • A lightning-wielding sorceror in heavy armor? That’s  Cole Schnitzer’ Storm Conduit build featured in BattleMaster’s Quarter.
  • The Loremaster’s Archive returns with knowledge on Mephala — bestowed upon us by Divayth Fyr.
  • Celebrate the release of the veteran version of Crypt of Hearts with a new wallpaper.

Friday Fanart: DOOMed Keeper Edition

DeviantArtist, Corroder666 recreates The Evil Within’s The Keeper

Jesters, and Assassins, and Couriers! Oh my! Here’s the creativity round up to last you until next week. Keep them coming by putting up #BethesdART on your social media preference. If email is more your style: bethblog@bethsoft.com.

Have a good weekend!

Courtesy of crabwithglasses on Tumblr

Summer Sale!

Three words you love to hear. Steam. Summer. Sale.

Those words are Pavlovian for anyone that loves games. You hear them and you’re conditioned to find numerous deals that will fly under the radar of your joint checking account. Or maybe that’s just me. Anyways, we’re happy to say we have a number of  games on sale for incredible prices – including the newly re-released Fallout games, Dishonored and it’s DLC, and all your favorite games from id Software and Bethesda Game Studios.

The Steam Summer Sale runs between today and June 30th. While most of our titles are already marked down, you’ll also want to keep an eye out for Daily Deals and Community’s Choice Savings. For the best deals, check out the store daily.

On the Storefront: UAC Tee and Wolf LP!

E3 saw the release of the DOOM Teaser. Show off your excitement (and pride) for DOOM with the new UAC — that’s Union Aerospace Corporation tshirt.

AND in case you missed it, we wanted help you grow your vinyl collection with tracks inspired by and used in Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Pre-order the Neumond Classics: Superhits of the 1960s LP to be able to listen to all your favorite Neumond songs the way they were meant to be heard!

Side Eine:

  1. Viktor & Die Vokalisten – Berlin Boys & Stuttgart Girls
  2. Wílbert Eckart und seine Volksmusík Stars – House of the Rising Sun
  3. Schwarz-Rote Welle – Ich bin überall
  4. Hans – Mein kleiner VW

Side Zwei:

  1. Die Käfer – Mond, Mond, Ja, Ja!
  2. Karl & Karla – Tapferer kleiner Liebling
  3. The Bunkers – Toe the Line
  4. The Comet Tails – Weltraumsurfen
  5. Die Schäferhunde – Zug nach Hamburg

In other Wolfenstore news, we’re pleased to share that the Panzerhund Edition — a collection of Wolfenstein: The New Order goodies — is available with free shipping in the continental United States.

Fallout Classics Return to Steam

Update: As part of Steam’s Summer Sale, right now you can get each game for only $4.99, or get all three games for $12.99.

Your favorite Fallout Classics are back. Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics are now available for purchase on Steam individually for $9.99 or in the Fallout Classics pack for $19.99.

Some details to note:

  • All three games have Steam Cloud enabled for save games.
  • Fallout 1 & Fallout 2 can be launched in either default or classic versions. Default allows for high resolutions and Classic is the original, unmodified release.
  • Fallout Tactics is unmodified. Multiplayer works with direct connect.
  • While Fallout 1 and Fallout 2 can run full screen on Windows 8, Fallout Tactics is will need to be run in ‘Windowed Mode’ on Windows 8.

If case you’ve been in under a rock… or in a Vault, here’s a refresher on what to anticipate in each adventure in the franchise:

Fallout

You’ve just unearthed the classic post-apocalyptic role-playing game that revitalized the entire CRPG genre. The Fallout SPECIAL system allows drastically different types of characters, meaningful decisions and development that puts you in complete control. Explore the devastated ruins of a golden age civilization. Talk, sneak or fight your way past mutants, gangsters and robotic adversaries. Make the right decisions or you could end up as another fallen hero in the wastelands…

Fallout 2

Fallout 2  is the sequel to the critically acclaimed game that took RPG’ing out of the dungeons and into a dynamic, apocalyptic retro-future. It’s been 80 long years since your ancestors trod across the wastelands. As you search for the Garden of Eden Creation Kit to save your primitive village, your path is strewn with crippling radiation, megalomaniac mutants, and a relentless stream of lies, deceit and treachery. You begin to wonder if anyone really stands to gain anything from this brave new world.

Mastering your character’s skills and traits for survival, Fallout 2 will challenge you to endure in a post-nuclear world whose future withers with every passing moment…

Fallout Tactics

Tactical Squad-Based Combat comes to the Fallout Universe!

You are the wretched refuse. You may be born from dirt, but we will forge you into steel. You will learn to bend; if not you, will you break. In these dark times, the Brotherhood – your Brotherhood – is all that stands between the rekindled flame of civilization and the howling, radiated wasteland.

Your weapons will become more than your tools, they will become your friends. You will use your skills to inspire the lowly and protect the weak… whether they like it or not. Your squadmates will be more dear to you than your kin and for those that survive there will be honor, respect and the spoils of war.

Discuss your favorite memories and moments from the series in our official forums here.

Common Ground Games brings tabletop games to QuakeCon 2014

We’re excited to announce that QuakeCon and Common Ground Games have joined forces to bring the best of table top gaming to the new Table Top Village, located in the BYOC at QuakeCon 2014!  Common Ground Games, with the help of DFW Nerd Night, will be hosting some exciting events at the show for all skill levels!

Come join Friday Night Magic on July 18th at 7:00pm CT to celebrate the release of the 2015 Magic the Gathering Core Set (M15). As this is a sealed event, anyone at any skill level can participate. The tabletop area will also host additional M15 drafts throughout the rest of the weekend whenever  at least 8 people want to join in.

In additional to MtG and other tabletop gaming activities and retailers, Common Ground Games will also be holding a Ticket to Ride Tournament on Saturday, July 19th where a copy of the 10th Anniversary Ticket to Ride is up for grabs!

No clue what any of this means but think it sounds fun? We’ll also have tons of demo games and staff on hand to teach newcomers how to play! See below for hours that the demo area and retail space will be open.  The play area will be open 24 hours a day as of noon on Thursday, July 17th all the way through noon on Sunday, July 20th.

Details on how to sign up for tournaments, along with a full schedule of events will be available soon!

Table Top Village Hours (including retailers):

Thursday, July 17th:             12:00pm – Midnight

Friday, July 18th”:                 10:00am – Midnight

Saturday, July 19th:              10:00am – Midnight