Play Testers Wanted

Over the years, we’ve gained valuable experience from player feedback, and now we’re ready to take it to the next level. Beginning this month, we’re opening our Bethesda Play Test Lab in Dallas, TX (stationed at idSoftware’s offices).

In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be kicking off our first play tests with folks that apply from our official website. Folks that apply will be able to play games before they release and even score some cool Bethesda swag.

We are looking for people of all skill levels who enjoy playing games. We’re interested in your feedback, whether you are a person that only plays games once in a while or the hardcore gamer that plays everything. If you’re over 18 and in or around the Dallas area, apply at playtest.bethsoft.com.

Discover Coldharbour

Molag Bal, the God of Schemes, threatens all of Tamriel in The Elder Scrolls Online. Watch this new video to visit his Oblivion plane of Coldharbour and learn more about his plans.

We’re taking you straight to Molag Bal’s realm in this new video. Watch it to get a glimpse of Coldharbour and some of its inhabitants and to learn more about this malevolent Daedric Prince’s plans for Tamriel—and your soul.

Ausgezeichnet!

Today we’re sending congrats to everyone at Arkane Studios and our German office, as Dishonored was named ‘Best International Console Game’ at this year’s LARA — a.k.a. the biggest video game award show for Germany.

On hand to receive the award and smile for the camera are (from left): Kurt Krömer (German Comedian), Harvey Smith, Julien Roby, and Raphael Colantonio.

Vampire Lord… in 3D!

Flying cars? Not yet. However, to hold you over until they arrive, we can show you how cool 3D printers are – and give us a glimpse into how amazing this technology is.

BGS character artist, Dennis Mejillones has one of these newfangled devices, and he was nice enough to capture footage of his Zbrush design for Dawnguard’s Vampire Lord being brought to life.

Watch the video above and check out more pics, including his printout of a Daedric Dagger, below…

Legendary Release

Today we’re happy to announce plans to release the complete Skyrim collection with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® Legendary Edition.

Coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on June 4th for $59.99 (European territories will see its release on June 7th), this package includes the most up-to-date version of the original game (employing the 1.9 title update),as well as the game’s three add-ons: Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn.

Review Roundup: The Knife of Dunwall

Looking to further your adventures in Dishonored? In the past week numerous gaming sites have reviewed The Knife of Dunwall and believe it’s a great way to extend the game. In the embed above, watch Gametrailers review in which they scored the content an impressive 8.9/10!

At Kotaku, they don’t give review scores, but they emphatically say “YES!” to the content — with Jason Schreier’s conclusion summing things up nicely:

“Just more Dishonored,” it must be said, is not a complaint. You don’t go to a steakhouse expecting to get fish. Sometimes another big chunk of meat is just what you need—even if you won’t get to finish eating until later this year.

Elsewhere, check out reviews at these fine sites.

OXM (9/10) – It’s been a long seven months since Corvo’s tale ended, but we’re glad Arkane didn’t rush out the next chapter. Knife of Dunwall sharpens Dishonored’s storytelling and combat in one slice.

Gamespot (8.5/10) – Watch the video review.

NBC News – Watch the video review.

Gametrailers (8.9/10)– Whale vivisection, electric mines, and other fun toys make this story-driven DLC a must have for any fan of teleportation-assisted assassination!

Polygon (8/10) — “The Knife of Dunwall is almost exactly what it needs to be. Familiar without feeling the same, comprehensible but more demanding. The Knife of Dunwall artfully builds onto Arkane’s world, even if it shares some of the fictional and design difficulties of its foundation — and the most exciting thing about it is what it promises for the continuing story of Dunwall.”

Eurogamer (8/10) – “It’s all that’s great about Dishonored, essentially, a subtly tweaked and well fleshed out return to the dirty streets of Dunwall, and its handful of shortcomings and taste for blood over stealth are never really enough to stop it from being essential.”

GamerLimit (8.5/10) – “It takes the core fundamentals from the original game without sacrificing the integrity of it and provides its own spin on the formula. Honestly, at this point I wish Daud was the main character of Dishonored to begin with. If you even slightly enjoyed Dishonored, this is a no-brainer.”

OXM UK (8/10) — “Level design still invites experimentation, but your tool set nudges you towards combat rather than stealth. The tougher difficulty means you’ll likely rely trial and error to get the perfect stealth run, and Daud’s arsenal often feels against you if you’re not getting into bloody combat.”

Forbes (8/10) — “In our first trip back to Dunwall, we control Daud, the hard-as-nails assassin who kicked off Dishonored by murdering the Empress. He plays like Corvo, only just different enough to make him feel like his own man.”

The Koalition (8/10 — “Knife of Dunwall is a nice addition to an already excellent game.”

Destructoid (8/10) — “The promise of more DLC has me excited, if not to finish Daud’s adventure, then to explore more of this detailed world, and embark on more devilishly challenging assassinations.”

GamrReview (8.7/100) — “I’m glad that this DLC was made: we do get to see a little more of everyone’s favourite Dishonored character, the Outsider, and we do get another two and a half levels of stealthy brutal goodness.”

Gaming Trend (93/100) — “If you enjoyed Dishonored you know exactly what you are in for here.

Later this year, the adventures of Daud will continue with The Brigmore Witches. As new details on the content become available, we’ll share them here.