Best RPG of E3 2013!

Following last week’s nominations, we’re thrilled to share news that The Elder Scrolls Online has been named Best Role Playing Game of E3 2013… congrats to the team at ZeniMax Online Studios! For a look at the game’s other E3 awards, check out our post from last month.

As a company, ESO is the fourth Bethesda-published game to win Best Role Playing Game. Previously Bethesda Game Studios’ Oblivion (2005), Fallout 3 (2008), and Skyrim (2011) received the same accolade.

For more on ESO, visit the official website to grab new Google+/Facebook cover images and read a new feature on the game’s dungeons. Here’s an excerpt…

“Dungeons represent some of the toughest challenges in The Elder Scrolls Online, and they add yet another adventure you can choose to experience as you explore Tamriel. We hope this peek behind the portcullis helped give you some insight about dungeon design, and we’re excited to see how you choose to tackle these dangerous delves in your own groups. Make sure to share this with your prospective party members so they’ll be prepared, too!”

Also worth checking out, the team at Tamriel Foundry have put together a great new video, titled An Overview of The Elder Scrolls Online. Watch the video in the embed below.

OXM UK honors Bethesda Developers

As part of their 100th issue, OXM UK has put together a list of the 100 most important people in the world of Xbox. Included on the list are six members of the Bethesda family: Todd Howard (Bethesda Game Studios), Raphael Colantonio (Arkane Studios), Harvey Smith (Arkane Studios), Viktor Antonov (Zenimax Media), John Carmack (id Software), and Shinji Mikami (Tango Gameworks).

To see the full list, head here.

Gary (Updated)

Update: The extremely limited Gary hoodie is available for purchase while supplies last.

Want one of these Vault 108 hoodies? You’ll need to act quickly tomorrow when they go up at store.bethsoft.com.

Just as there were 54 Garys in Fallout 3′s Vault 108, we will only sell 54 individually-numbered hoodies* (Gary 01 — Gary 54). Due to the extremely limited nature of this item, we can’t honor requests for specific numbers.

As soon as the hoodies are available tomorrow, we’ll update this post and also notify fans following our Twitter and Facebook pages.

ESO captures three ‘Game Critics Awards’ nominations

The annual Game Critics Awards for E3 — determined by 30 outlets that cover games — have been announced, and we’re excited to share news that The Elder Scrolls Online received three nominations:  Best PC Game, Best RPG, and Best Online Multiplayer. Congrats to everyone at ZeniMax Online Studios for their hard work and this prestigious honor.

Winners of this year’s awards will be announced next week on July 2nd. To learn more about the Game Critics Awards — including details on the judging panel and rules — at gamecriticsawards.com.

E3 2013 Roundup: Wolfenstein

With hourly presentations from game director Jens Matthies and more than a dozen hands-on kiosks within our booth, there’s still plenty of E3 buzz for Wolfenstein: The New Order making its way online. Let’s have a look, shall we?

Start by watching a video feature filmed at our booth featuring Polygon’s Matt Leone. Once you’ve watch the video, read his MachineGames feature, The Team Reviving Wolfenstein.

Also at Polygon, Jenna Pitcher discusses the satisfying feeling of wielding guns after playing the hand-on demo:

“It felt great, and a little naughty, dual-wielding machine guns, especially since they felt like they had at least three times the heft and punch of other games’ machine guns. Other weapons encountered included a metal cutting tool called the Lazerkraftwerk, a detachable gatling gun and more.”

For more on Wolfenstein, keep reading…

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New prices for digital content

Effective this week, we have new pricing on a number of games and add-ons across Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Store, and Steam. They include:

Xbox LIVE

  • Oblivion: Shivering Isles — 800 Microsoft Points
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Games on Demand) — $29.99
  • Dishonored (Games on Demand) —  $29.99
  • Fallout: New Vegas — $14.99
  • Fallout 3 — $14.99
  • Fallout 3 Add-Ons (Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout, Mothership Zeta) — 400 Microsoft Points each
  • QUAKE Arena Arcade — 400 Microsoft Points

PlayStation Store

  • Oblivion: Shivering Isles — $9.99
  • Dishonored — $29.99
  • Fallout 3 Add-Ons (Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout, Mothership Zeta) — $4.99 each

Steam

  • Skyrim — $29.99
  • Dishonored — $29.99
  • Fallout: New Vegas — $9.99
  • Fallout 3 Add-Ons (Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout, Mothership Zeta) — $4.99 each

Skyrim’s Greatness in New PS Spot

PlayStation’s new TV spot, Greatness Awaits, focuses on all that you can achieve while playing video games. The spot includes dozens of references to games in the PlayStation catalog, including The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Near the end of the video, you should be able to spot Dragonborn and Alduin, and if you have eagle vision, you may also be able to spot some skeletons and draugrs from the game. To interact with the trailer, visit the official PlayStation YouTube Channel.

In other Skyrim news, here’s a pair of links worth checking out:

  • The Onion — Legendary (he’s a level 252 Dark Elf) Dagmar Brightbane recounts his adventures in a new interview featured at the infamous humor site.
  • Shortlist — TESt your knowledge with the UK site’s Ultimate Skyrim Quiz.

Got fun Skyrim news to share? Email us at bethblog@bethsoft.com.

Bethesda Underground – Torvenius!

In our newest Bethesda Underground Video, we feature MachineGames’ senior concept artist, Axel Torvenius.

The video is broken out into two parts. First, we interviewed Axel to learn more about working at Machinegames and creating concept art for Wolfenstein: The New Order.

In the second half of the video, he demonstrates his daily routine of speedpainting — his method of mentally preparing for the work day by spending 15-20 minutes to create a concept image from scratch.

In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be sharing more Bethesda Underground videos from our trip to MachineGames. If you’ve missed any of the previous videos, check out our playlist on the official Bethesda YouTube Channel.

E3 2013: Booth Photos and more The Evil Within

One week after the last day of E3, there’s still plenty of buzz from our 2013 lineup. Before checking in on the latest news for The Evil Within, check out our new imgur album featuring E3 photos from last week Lots of fun memories!

Back to the games, here’s the latest on Tango Gameworks’ survival horror game coming next year. During the show, Team Tango demoed the game every hour… so there’s plenty to to share.

USA Today — Top 10 Games of E3 (#8)

Gamespot — Watch Pete Hines interview filmed live from Gamespot’s E3 command center.

Giant Bomb — Patrick Klepek puts on his reporter hat and talks survival horror with Shinji Mikami.

NZ Gamer — “All of this was delivered by way of the grimy, dirty aesthetic of the game, and compounded by a claustrophobic level design and some truly disturbing experiences.”

Forbes — “The demo included everything one would expect from classic survival horror combined with top-notch graphics and audio. If the demo is any indicator, The Evil Within is shaping up to be a dark room delight.”

Yogscast –New interview with Pete Hines.

Denkiphile — “The feeling of powerlessness here is something that gamers have been pining for. Something that all survival horror games have been lacking as of late.”

TechnoBuffalo — “The gruesome character models, unsettling atmosphere, and copious amounts of gore are already enough to make one shiver. Given the history of Shinji Mikami’s skill with spooks and Bethesda’s knack for immersion, this added layer of uncertainty might just make this the scariest game ever created.”

Exophase — “Survival horror fans should take note of The Evil Within, it’s shaping up to be one of the most satisfying entries in the genre to date.”

Explosion — “It simply looks fantastic. I can’t wait for it.”

NVIDIA — New interview with Shinji Mikami

CV-Games — “The Evil Within could really be the next version of Resident Evil with the way things are looking. However, I applaud Mikami for branching out and trying to create a new IP, with new ideas, and a new cast and backstory.”

More E3 coverage to come, including a preview roundup for Wolfenstein tomorrow.