PAX Prime: The Evil Within, BATTLECRY, and The Elder Scrolls Online Take Center Stage!

Easily one of the most fun weeks of the year is attending PAX Prime in Seattle. Closing out the summer meeting some of our biggest fans is always a thrill. And if you’ve ever been to Seattle, the weather in late August/early September is damn near perfect.

For Bethesda’s 7th PAX Prime, we’ve got a pretty exciting lineup — we’re showcasing The Evil Within, BATTLECRY, and The Elder Scrolls Online.

With less than two months until its October 14th release, we’re celebrating The Evil Within, Shinji Mikami’s return to survival horror, in a major way. By visiting our booth in the Washington Convention Center, you’ll have a chance to go hands-on with the game on either Xbox One or PlayStation 4. What’s more, we’ll have multiple contests during the week for a chance to win custom Xbox One consoles and a one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia that’s sure to charm terrify your friends and family. And don’t worry, fans at home will have a chance to win, too — more details later this week.

Mock-ups of customized Xbox One consoles that lucky winners will have a chance to score! More details to come!

Also at the Bethesda PAX booth, multiplayer madness will be in full effect for both The Elder Scrolls Online and BATTLECRY. With the the former, ESO veterans (and newcomers) will have a chance to participate in tense, 3v3v3 multiplayer in Colovian Crossing — a special capture-the-flag PvP worth checking out. It’s a real treat.

All players that check out ESO will come away with something special, too — a download code for a limited edition Bristlegut Pig pet to accompany you in your Tamriel travels.

Meanwhile for BATTLECRY, we’ll be showcasing 8v8 matches in an all-new game mode, Land Grab, with plenty of loot for players to grab. All participants will score a BATTLECRY pin for playing. But winning teams will have an opportunity for even more prizes, including…

… this Cossacks vs. Royal Marines lithograph signed by the game’s Creative Director Viktor Antonov if you win one match, and… 

… one of these PAX Prime BATTLECRY faction t-shirts if your team wins two consecutive matches.

PAX Prime takes place August 29th – September 1st at the Washington Convention Center in Seattle, WA. Stay tuned here on the blog and follow our @bethblog, @battlecry_game, @tesonline, and @theevilwithin Twitter accounts for updates through the week!

Prepare for Chills from “The Art of The Evil Within”

Following last week’s reveal of Dishonored’s “The Dunwall Archives” art book, this week we’re featuring another fine art book from Dark Horse, “The Art of the Evil Within”. Sure to excite any fan of Shinji Mikami or just horror fans in general, “The Art of the Evil Within” features concept art, developer notes, and designs featured in game.

Packed with 184 pages of incredible and spine-tingling artwork and features, the hardcover book releases this October to accompany the game’s launch.

Get a glimpse of the book in the pages below.

The Evil Within Completionist

[Caution: Minor Spoilers Within]

Unless you’re Jimmy Woods or The Last Starfighter, playing The Evil Within isn’t going to be a walk in the park. From personal experience and hearing the horror stories of others playtesting the game, you’re more than likely looking at over 15 (probably 20+) hours of gameplay on the game’s default difficulty (Survival).

And what of the completionists? Those trying to get all the achievements/trophies, play through the game’s most challenging mode (AKUMU), or fans tackling the madness of New Game + mode (see the “Blow Up the Playing Field” achievement)? With so much to take on, we thought we’d give you a head’s up on what to prepare for with our Completionist Guide for The Evil Within.

By finishing the puzzle at this link, you’ll unlock an exclusive wallpaper for the game as well as a PDF that will help you learn about all the game’s trophies and achievements.

Click here to play THE EVIL WITHIN Completionist Guide

Announcing the ESO Loyalty Program

Tamriel is growing, as is the amount of adventurers traversing the lands, but that doesn’t mean that recognition shouldn’t be given to the players that have been in The Elder Scrolls Online since the beginning.

September introduces the Elder Scrolls Online subscriber loyalty program. Paid accounts that have been subscribed for three months will receive the Ice Wraith vanity pet that will follow you on your journey.

Keep checking elderscrollsonline.com to find out about future rewards and continuing news on the growth of Tamriel.

By Azura… that’s cold!

The ALS ice bucket challenge has made its way to Bethesda HQ! Watch our chairman Robert Altman dump a cold bucket of ice water on his wife, Lynda Carter (a.k.a Wonder Woman & Azura), and see the Ice Queen of QuakeCon, Jenny McWhorter, treat our marketing guru, Pete Hines, to an ice bath worthy of a Super Bowl championship.

And the ice bucket challenge continues. Shinji and Harvey… get ready!

Lynda has issued her own challenge—to CBS broadcasters Julie Chen and Norah O’Donnell and to Blaine Trump.

As amusing as these videos are, the message is much more important — finding a cure for ALS. Please donate to this worthwhile cause at http://www.alsa.org/donate.

Gamescom 2014 – The Evil Within Wins ‘Best Console Game (PlayStation)’

Not that I can speak about it personally (I’ve never been to Gamescom), but talking to those that attended and knowing that more than 300,000 attend the show, it sounds pretty hectic.

And with that, we’d like to give thanks to all the folks that helped make this year’s show such a success for Bethesda — for The Elder Scrolls Online, BATTLECRY, and The Evil Within.

Specific to The Evil Within, we’re very excited about the awards the game claimed at the show, including the official Gamescom award for Best Console Game (Sony PlayStation), JeuxVideo.com’s Best Survival Horror Game, and Computer Bild Spiele’s Best Next Gen Game.

To everyone that attended, and everyone that worked the booth, thanks for making this year’s Gamescom so memorable!

Below are some photo highlights from the show, as well as the newest screenshots for The Evil Within.

In and around the show

Get more details on the game here!

Dunwall’s finest free on Xbox LIVE and coming to your coffee table in November

As mentioned earlier in the month, beginning today and throughout the remainder of the month, Dishonored is a free download on Xbox LIVE for Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers. Boot up your Xbox 360 or head to Xbox.com to download.

And if you can’t get enough of Dishonored, below is a look at pages from Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives. This hardbound collection from Dark Horse uses all of Dishonored’s in-game text — diaries, notes, letters, etc — and combines them with the fantastic concept art that set the stage for the game’s unforgettable art style. It’s a must-have collection for Dishonored’s biggest fans and arrives this November.

Check out the cover and sample pages below…

Bethesda TwitchWorks: #EvilTakesHold of Twitch

#EvilTakesHold of Pete Hines.

We’d like to say that Pete Hines is our fearless leader, but when it comes to survival horror games, it probably apt to call him our fearful leader. And for that reason, we thought he’d be the perfect first guest for Bethesda Twitchworks to play The Evil Within. In the dark.

So how will he do? Tune in at 4pm EDT to Twitch.tv/Bethesda to witness the fate of Detective Castellanos & Mr. Hines as they explore The Evil Within.