Headed to Gamescom?

Headed to this year’s Gamescom in Cologne, Germany?  We’re pleased to let you know that as well as showing The Evil Within in a theatre, and having The Elder Scrolls Online and Wolfenstein: The New Order playable on the show floor, we’ve teamed up with Level Up Wear and for the very first time will have a booth selling Bethesda merchandise!

You can find our merchandise booth at Hall 9, Aisle B, stand 64, conveniently located just around the corner from our public booth (Hall 9, Aisle A, stand 31).  The merchandise booth will feature items such as t-shirts, hoodies, dog tags, glassware, mobile cases, and mouse pads from games such as Dishonored, Doom, Fallout, The Elder Scrolls Online, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Evil Within and Wolfenstein.

We look forward to seeing you out at Gamescom!

Review Roundup: The Brigmore Witches

Early reviews are in for The Brigmore Witches! They include:

Eurogamer (9/10) — “The Brigmore Witches emerges as one of the finest examples of how to not only expand a blockbuster video game, but also of how to enrich and deepen one.”

EDGE Online — “Like the best expansions, The Brigmore Witches offers more of the game you know while hinting at a game you don’t: a game with different powers in a different part of Dishonored’s world. Corvo’s story seemed rather tidily concluded by the end of Dishonored, but Daud’s shorter tale shows there’s plenty more to be done in the Empire Of Isles.”

Kotaku — “It’s a fine story, with a few wrinkles, and it features the Corvo vs. Daud showdown that you’ve seen before if you’ve played Dishonored.”

GameTrailers (8.9) — “If you know who Daud is, and what he’s capable of, you’ll certainly want to see his story through.”

The Controller Online (10/10) — “Not only does it do a great job of concluding Daud’s story but, when taken as a whole, it competes closely with that of the main campaign.”

Rock, Paper, Shotgun — “In conclusion, then: you should get this. After Knife Of Dunwall. I’ve enjoyed them both enough to the point where I can honestly say that they are more entertaining slices of Dunwall than much of the original game.”

The Koalition (95%) — ” I cannot recommend you purchase this DLC any more adamantly, as it is simply fantastic.”

The Gamers Hub (4.5/5) — “Given that this is the final DLC for Dishonored, it’s a great send-off and one worthy of your cash if you’re fan of the city of Dunwall.”

FPSGuru (9/10) — “Arkane Studios manages to always deliver an enticing experience leaving you wanting more, you won’t stop until your finished.”

GameFront (85%) — When you take The Knife of Dunwall and The Brigmore Witches together, you get $20 of content that winds up being an extensive expansion of Dishonored at a pretty good value. What’s more, the story of the overall whole of Dishonored becomes a lot deeper and more interesting for the additions. Dishonored is better for its DLC, but the story works both ways.

BeefJack (Recommended) — “Another triumph for Arkane.”

Pixel Related (9/10) — “The Brigmore Witches is the final piece of DLC for Dishonored and it’s a fitting send off for the game.”

Digital Chumps (8.4/10) — “he idea of single player downloadable content offering a meaningful narrative and a familiar yet engaging mechanics sounds like an idea allambitious games should exhibit, but for whatever reason it rarely happens. The Brigmore Witches is another exception to the unfortunate rule.”

Strategy Informer (8.5/10) — “Combined with The Knife of DunwallThe Brigmore Witches and the story of Daud is exactly what Dishonored’s DLC needed to be – a fun side-story with an interesting character that adds to the main story but doesn’t take anything away.”

GameRanx — “But what’s more important about this tale is the context it provides.”

Attack of the Fanboy (The Verdict: Loved) – “by the end, it’s every bit as good as the original game. ”

We Got This Covered (4/5) — “Dishonored fans won’t want to miss out on what is a fitting, thoroughly interesting and well-priced conclusion to Daud’s storyline.”

Meristation (8.5/10)

We’ll update this post as new review scores make their way online. You can purchase the content on Xbox LIVE and Steam, and it will be live on PlayStation Store later today.

Dishonored’s final add-on available today! (Updated)

Updated: The Brigmore Witches is now available on all three platforms — Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Network, and Steam.

We’re pleased to announce that Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches, the final add-on pack for Arkane Studios’ critically-acclaimed first-person action game, is now available worldwide via Xbox LIVE (800 Microsoft Points). The content will be available worldwide on Steam and the North America PlayStation Store later today and on the European PlayStation Store tomorrow. 

In The Brigmore Witches, you continue your journey as the legendary assassin, Daud, and bring his twisted narrative that began with The Knife of Dunwall to a close. After discovering the identity and intentions of Delilah, the leader of the Brigmore Witch coven, you set out to disrupt her from completing a powerful ritual that will spell your doom. Having already been betrayed by your lieutenant, Billie Lurk, you must rely on feuding gang factions—the Dead Eels and the Hatters—to negotiate your way through previously unseen districts of Dunwall en route to Delilah’s stronghold.  Regardless of the way you reach your destination, one thing is for certain – you will finally answer for your treacherous actions and fall before the mercy, or punishment, of the Royal Bodyguard and Assassin, Corvo Attano. Additionally, your power, weapon and item upgrades, Chaos level, and player actions from The Knife of Dunwall will carry over via a compatible save file option.

Want to see more of the game in action? Be sure to check out our QuakeCon Twitch stream below.

QuakeCon pics & vids

Having a lazy Sunday? Take some time to check out photos, panels, and more from QuakeCon 2013.

The slideshow above features pics taken by our own Matt Ross during last week’s Con — everything from case mods in the BYOC to fans lining up for the weekend’s biggest events. Want more? There’s a near-endless supply of QuakeCon memories uploaded at flickr.com/quakecon.

Next, set a aside a few hours to watch presentations given on the event main stage. Everything’s still available on twitch.tv/bethesda, but we’ve also begun uploading them to our YouTube channel. Today we’ve uploaded:

QuakeCon 2013 Keynote Presented by John Carmack

From Sketchbook to the Big Screen | A talk by id Software’s Hugo Martin

The Physics of Light and Rendering | A Talk by John Carmack

GameTrailers’ Bonus Round with Geoff Keighley | Creating and Expanding the Virtual World 

In addition to these videos, later this week we’ll be uploading YouTube versions of our gameplay streams for both The Elder Scrolls Online and Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches.

Finally, don’t forget to visit youtube.com/quakecon to watch highlights from this year’s tournaments.

 

The Brigmore Witches – Delilah’s Paintings

Dishonored’s final add-on, The Brigmore Witches, releases next week. This week we’re showcasing jaw-dropping in-game paintings from the DLC’s main antagonist, Delilah — courtesy of  Arkane Studios’ artist/illustrator, Veronique Meignaud.

If you’re dying to know even more about Dishonored’s final DLC, check out new QuakeCon coverage from The Escapist, VG247Joystiq, EGM Now, and CVG.

QuakeCon Wrap – The Evil Within, Wolfenstein, and ESO at QuakeCon

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a week since QuakeCon. Having had a few days to recover, here’s a look at some of the coverage highlights for our unreleased games.

  • Wolfenstein’s creative director, Jens Matthies, met with GameTrailers during the show. Watch his video interview, featuring new gameplay footage, in the embed above. Learn more about The New Order in additional previews at Polygon, MachinimaThe Escapist and EGM Now.
  • Get QuakeCon reaction on The Evil Within from ScrewAttack, GamerChatter, and The Koalition.
  • Playing The Elder Scrolls Online, sites like Polygon and IGN are starting to make Skyrim comparisons after playing the game in first person. Find these previews and more in a compreshensive roundup at elderscrollsonline.com.
  • Want more Elder Scrolls? The Escapist’s Andrea Rene shares her enthusiasm for the announcement of The Elder Scrolls Anthology. Watch her video here.

We’ll be sharing more QC highlights in the near future. Stay tuned!

The Complete Elder Scrolls Collection comes to PC this September (Updated)

Exciting news today for Elder Scrolls fans. On September 10th (and September 13th in Europe), we’ll be releasing The Elder Scrolls Anthology on PC. This premium box set (shown above) includes all five main games from the series – Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim – as well all the official add-ons and expansions for Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim.

To help you explore the expansive world of Tamriel, the Anthology also features a set of five physical maps detailing the lands of Tamriel, Iliac Bay, Morrowind, Cyrodiil and Skyrim.

In case you haven’t been with us since 1994, here’s a recap of all five titles that will be included in the $79.99 package (€59.99 / £49.99 / $89.99AUD)

Arena – Assume the role of a lone prisoner and travel to Tamriel’s most famous and dangerous sites to collect the shattered Staff of Chaos and save the Empire from the evil Imperial battlemage, Jagar Tharn. The Anthology features the original version of Arena and will launch within a DOS emulator.

Daggerfall – The ancient golem Numidium, a powerful weapon once used to unify Tamriel has once again been unearthed. In the power struggle that follows, the King of Daggerfall is murdered and his vengeful spirit haunts the kingdom. The Emperor Uriel Septim VII sends you on a heroic path to put the king’s spirit to rest and ensure that the golem does not fall into the wrong hands. The Anthology features the original version of Daggerfall and will launch within a DOS emulator.

Morrowind – To fulfill an ancient prophecy, the Emperor sends you, an unknown Imperial courier, to the island of Vvardenfell to rid the land of Morrowind of a dark curse. Through a series of dangerous and magical quests, you are transformed into one of the Empire’s most enduring heroes. Also includes: Tribunal and Bloodmoon add-ons, plus The Elder Scrolls Construction Set.

Oblivion – With the Empire ready to crumble, the gates of Oblivion open and demons march upon the land. In the shadow of evil, a hero will rise from the ashes of a fallen Empire. You must find the true heir of the Septim line and restore him to the Imperial throne, while unraveling the sinister plot that threatens to destroy all of Tamriel. Also includes: Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles expansions.

Skyrim – Dragons, long lost to the passages of the Elder Scrolls, have returned to Tamriel. The future of Skyrim, even the Empire itself, hangs in the balance as they wait for the prophesized Dragonborn to come; a hero born with the power of The Voice, and the only one who can stand amongst the dragons. Also includes: Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn add-ons.

Wanna see more? Check out our slideshow below featuring additional images from the collection.

What versions of the games are included with Anthology?

The Elder Scrolls Anthology is the same content you would get if you purchased the boxed version of each game.

  • Arena and Daggerfall include a pre-configured version of DosBox that gets installed during installation and allows you to play on modern machines.
  • Morrowind GOTY and Oblivion GOTY are based on the retail versions of the game, which do not require Steam activation. For Oblivion, this means that the disc version of the game does not include the smaller add-ons (Horse Armor, Fighter’s Stronghold, Mehrunes’ Razor, etc)… more on that below.
  • For Skyrim, the disc is based on the Legendary release of the game, which requires Steam activation.

As a bonus, the included Steam key will activate Steam versions of Morrowind GOTY and Oblivion GOTY Deluxe. Like the disc release of Oblivion, the deluxe versions include the main game, Knights of the Nine, and Shivering Isles, but it also adds English versions of the Wizard’s Tower, Fighter’s Stronghold, Orrery, Thives’ Den, The Vile Lair, Mehrunes’ Razor, and Horse Armor. These add-ons are not compatible with the disc version of the game, so you will need to use the Steam version to access them.