Friday FanArt: Gear Up!

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!

Dressed to impress? Send them over to us on Facebook, Twitter #BethesdARt or email them to us: bethblog@bethsoft.com.

 

ESO Update: ‘One Month Anniversary’ Edition

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.

And finally, check out the very first Guild Spotlight on the The Noore — a group known to horse around now and then.

System Requirements for Wolfenstein (Updated)

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…

PlayStation 4

  • Hard Drive Requirements:  ~47 GB total install
  • Voice Commands optional

Xbox One

  • Hard Drive requirements: ~47 GB total install
  • Kinect support for Voice  Commands (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish only)

Xbox 360

  • Hard Drive requirements: 8 GB minimum
  • Game includes 4 discs, including the first disc that is a mandatory installation disc.

PlayStation 3

  • Hard Drive requirements for disc play: 8 GB HDD space
  • Hard Drive requirements for PSN download: 17 GB HDD space

Exploring Wolfenstein: The New Order – Stealth vs. Mayhem


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.

Weekend Update: Wolfenstein Evolved

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.

Twitch.TV today: It’s Wolfentime! (Updated)

Update: Watch a highlight of our stream above.

Tune into Twitch.TV/Bethesda today at 2 pm est to catch our second livestream for Wolfenstein: The New Order. Missed last week’s stream? You can watch the 30-minute playthrough as a Twitch highlight or on the  Bethesda YouTube channel.

And if you’re looking for something to tide you over until tomorrow, be sure to watch Rooster Teeth’s “Five Facts” for Wolfenstein below, as well as their look at alternate history timelines caused by microwaves.

Wolfenstein Party at PAX — What a night!

Music. Drinks. Playing Wolfenstein!

On Saturday, April 12th, we celebrated Wolfenstein: The New Order with a special PAX East community event — brought to you by Neumond Recordings. Thanks to iam8bit, the band, and everyone that attended for making it such a memorable night.

Watch highlights above, and in other YouTube news, catch yesterday’s Wolfenstein Twitch stream on the Bethesda YouTube Channel. Catch our next Twitch stream for Wolfenstein on Thursday, April 24th at 2PM EST.

Wolfenstein on Twitch.TV/Bethesda — today at 2PM EST! (Updated)

Missed the chance to play Wolfenstein: The New Order at PAX East? No worries, we’ll be running a Twitch stream today at 2:00PM EST. Tune in at Twitch.TV/Bethesda or watch in the embed above.

[Update] We’ve replaced our live feed with the Wolfenstein: The New Order highlight above! Catch up with today’s coverage so you can make it next week, same time. Same place.