Motivate yourself into that Spring training with this month’s Vault Boy of the Month shirt, Endurance! It’s ok if you’re not the exercising type. This comfy shirt is also perfect for lounging. Grab yours before its gone at store.bethsoft.com.
We’ve been grateful to our fans for the wonderful response to our recent launch of The Elder Scrolls Online for PC/Mac, but we know many of you are eagerly waiting to play the game on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
We continue to work on the console versions of ESO, and game development has been progressing steadily, but we are still working to solve a series of unique problems specific to those platforms. Integrating our systems with each console manufacturer’s networks — which are both different from the PC/Mac system as well as different from each other—has been a challenging process. It has become clear that our planned June release of the console versions isn’t going to be possible. Though we have made great progress, we have concluded that we’ll need about six months to ensure we deliver the experience our fans expect and deserve.
We know that the news of an ESO console delay is as disappointing to many of you as it is to us. We want to do what we can to make it up to our fans who want to start playing now, so we have worked out the following arrangement with Sony and Microsoft:
Via a special offer, anyone who purchases and plays the PC/Mac version of The Elder Scrolls Online by the end of June will have the opportunity to transfer their character(s) to either console version when they are released. The offer will allow you to begin playing immediately on the PC/Mac, and then add the PS4 or Xbox One version and transfer the character(s) you have created and developed. And, you don’t have to pay full price for the game twice. For $20, eligible PC and Mac players will have the option to add a full, digital version of ESO on either the PS4 or the Xbox One with your character transfer(s), and another 30 days of included game time.
Whether you decide to take advantage of this offer or not, we promise to do everything we can to get the game released on both consoles as quickly as we can. We will keep everyone updated with additional details regarding character transfers, specific offer dates, when you can expect console beta to start, and of course, when ESO on consoles will launch.
Thank you for your patience and loyal support.
Update: Jens’ AmA has begun. Ask your questions here!
Wolfenstein: The New Order’s Jens Matthies will be participating in a Reddit AmA this Friday, May 9th beginning at 9:30 am est. As the game’s creative director and one of the founders of our Uppsala, Sweden-based studio, MachineGames, he can answer plenty of your Wolfenstein and game developments questions.
He’s also got a pretty amazing collection of movies and TV series, so feel to test his movie knowledge. Or ask him about Swedish cuisine or jet skis. Or… um… ask him about anything else!
Look for Jens_MachineGames tomorrow morning in /r/IAmA!
We’re teaming up with Operation Supply Drop to support our game-playing troops deployed around the globe… and need your help!
We’re seeking Bethesda community members interested in participating in this year’s 24-hour gaming marathon on Saturday, May 17th! If you’ve got the time to support Operation Supply Drop with a gaming marathon stream of your favorite games — be it The Elder Scrolls Online, Dishonored, or Fallout 3 — we’ll be sure to hook up with Bethesda swag to giveaway during the event.
As it’s our first year helping Operation Supply Drop, we’re starting our goal at $2,500. Show your support by making a donation!
Interested in being one of our marathon streamers? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the subject line “Operation Supply Drop”.
The past couple years we’ve been gathering helpful feedback from those of you that have participated in playtesting at our Dallas Play Test lab. This feedback has been imperative to improving games like The Evil Within and Wolfenstein: The New Order. As a result of the success from the Texas lab, we’re looking to add another one near our Maryland headquarters.
As always, we continue to look for new applicants — both in Texas and Maryland. You must be at least 18 years of age, have a passion for games, and be willing to take home some awesome giveaways.
To apply, visit playtest.bethsoft.com.
Morrowind Ordinator by isugi
We’re nearing summer which means we’re going to be seeing more and move coverage of conventions and expos! We saw great cosplay at PAX East, and with San Diego Comic Con, Dragon Con, and PAX Prime only a few months away, we expect to see even more. If you need some inspiration or that last push to dress in your finest Dwarven Armor, or put the finishing touches on your Boxman
mask box you’ve been working on… we’ve got you covered here! We have some of what’s been seen at PAX East, WonderCon, and other cons and expos so far this year!
Time flies. It’s been a month since Tamriel opened its doors for early access players, and the support from our the community has been amazing. In a new “Road Ahead” letter from Game Director Matt Firor, learn about the exciting future for ESO — including all the new features, balance tweaks, and bug fixes — plus news on what we’re doing to thank everyone for their support!
Every ESO player who set up an active account prior to 8pm EST Thursday May 1st (today) and who are currently enjoying their 30 days of included game time, will receive an additional five days of included game time. If you’re eligible to receive the five additional days, a confirmation will be sent to your account’s registered email address. For further details, please visit help.elderscrollsonline.com. This is a small gesture to show our thanks for being part of the ESO community while we work to make this extraordinary game and service even better.
Highlighting Matt’s post is the changelog for ESO Update 1. Current changes in Update 1 include:
- Craglorn, the first Adventure Zone, specifically created for groups of Veteran Rank 1 and above characters
- Trials, which are 12-player “raid”-type instances for Veteran Rank characters, featuring completion time leaderboards
- Death recap: you can now see who killed you and what ability they were using. This is invaluable information in dungeons, PvP, and Craglorn
- Underdog bonuses in Cyrodiil—you’ll get more Alliance Points and XP while fighting for an alliance with a lower population in your campaign
- Animation tweaks and polish
- Combat ability balance changes and fixes
- Class ability tweaks and updates
- Content bug fixes, especially edge cases where quests could become de-synced
- And much, much more—check out the final patch notes when they are posted in the forums.
Learn what else is on the horizon in Matt’s post here. For more on ESO, check out what’s worth reading below.
- On Reddit today at 3 PM EST, join Matt Firor and other members of the development team as they answer questions on the game — including your questions for the game’s first Adventure Zone, Craglorn!
- The ESO team wants to see your character build! Learn about “The Shadow Knight”, created by Kraive Moar, here.
- The latest Tamriel Chronicle features several inspiring contributions from deviantART.
It’s not too much longer you have to wait to play Wolfenstein: The New Order. Does your PC have what it takes to keep up BJ Blazkowicz? The system requirements are based on the game being a next-gen experience running at 60fps. These are the system requirements to deliver the PC game as it was intended to be experienced.
PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8
Intel Core i7 or equivalent AMD (FX 6300)
4 GB System RAM
50 GB free HDD space
GeForce 460, ATI Radeon HD 6850
High Speed Internet Connection
Steam account and activation required
If your PC matches these requirements, then you’re good to go! And don’t forget, Wolfenstein: The New Order is now available for pre-order on Steam.
Not playing on PC? Here’s some information to prepare for the game’s console launch on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360…
- Hard Drive Requirements: ~47 GB total install
- Voice Commands optional
- Hard Drive requirements: ~47 GB total install
- Kinect support for Voice Commands (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish only)
- Hard Drive requirements: 8 GB minimum
- Game includes 4 discs, including the first disc that is a mandatory installation disc.
- Hard Drive requirements for disc play: 8 GB HDD space
- Hard Drive requirements for PSN download: 17 GB HDD space
BJ Blazkowicz is the resistance’s best hope of taking down General Deathshead’s army, but how will you achieve victory? In our newest gameplay trailer, we provide a look at alternate paths through an early chapter of the game.
Watch our new gameplay trailer, “Exploring Wolfenstein: The New Order – Stealth vs. Mayhem” in the embed above, and learn more details on gameplay choices from executive producer Jerk Gustafsson in a new interview up on PlayStation Blog.
Wolfenstein: The New Order, will be available worldwide for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on May 20, 2014. As an added bonus, everyone pre-ordering the game will be invited to access the DOOM beta with their copy of Wolfenstein. For more information on the DOOM beta access pre-order bonus, as well as applicable terms and restrictions, please visit: www.wolfenstein.com/DOOM.
Happy Saturday, everyone! Here’s some fun links worth reading while you relax.
Let’s start with GamesRadar, who this weekend are taking a look at the visual evolution of Wolfenstein. In addition to showing how B.J. Blazkowicz cleans up after more than 20 years, they showcase changes to other key character from series — including both Caroline Becker and General Deathshead. Take the visual journey here.
Elsewhere, read a new PAX East hands-on preview from The Koalition. Here’s an excerpt…
“It is also worth noting that the difficulty level elevates over time to emphasize the dominance of the enemies. This feature was handled with finesse and is therefore a lot more balanced and refined than most of your typical first-person shooters out today.”
Other stories worth checking? Hit up these links…
GamesRadar — Game Director Jens Matthies and Narrative Designer Tommy Tordsson discuss making the newest Wolfenstein game in an all-new feature.
Ars Technica — Dennis Scimeca calls the game “a blend of the satisfying old and the terrifying new”.
2nd Opinion Productions — Learn why this non-FPS fan found something to love in the PAX East demo of Wolfenstein.
Fast Company — Get an inside look on how the Neumond Recordings label was created for Wolfenstein.
Lastly, Rooster Teeth have returned a new gameplay video — this time focusing on some of the game’s achievements. Watch it below.