Beginning today on Xbox LIVE, you can download the full version 2012′s Action-Adventure Game of the Year, Dishonored, via Xbox LIVE’s Games on Demand for $59.99
If selected, you will be one of the first people to embark upon the newest Elder Scrolls adventure, and help us beta test The Elder Scrolls Online. Please be aware that this is just beta sign-ups. The first beta test will begin soon—watch our official website, Facebook, and Twitter for an announcement about the first round of invites.
And in honor of opening beta sign-ups, we have released The Elder Scrolls Online – The Alliances Cinematic Trailer. Watch the trailer above.
Finally, Nick and I visited ZeniMax Online Studios to learn more about the beta program for our latest edition of The Bethesda Podcast. Featuring Matt Firor, Paul Sage, and Jo Burba, the podcast details specifics of the beta and includes questions submitted to @bethblog on Twitter.
Grab the podcast episode via any of the following methods:
For more Skyrim highlights from around the web, visit these links:
- At Prima’s official website, David Hodgson details how to obtain five of the most notable items from Dawnguard (note: be aware of quest spoilers). Also on the site, he shares details on home building in Hearthfire.
- Zerios88′s deviantART page showcases one seriously awesome Daedric armor set, while Beebichu showcases her Nightingale armor on her page.
- A dwarven rifle? See it and other crazy weapon mods in a new video from Machinima.
- Did you get a dwarven robot pet in Dragonborn? IGN shares how you can claim your own Steadfast Dwarven Spider.
- 1Up’s Jeremy Parish blogs of his quest to finally finish Skyrim.
- Watch “Shattered Sword” — a new live-action short on Node’s YouTube channel.
In The Elder Scrolls Online, the Aldmeri Dominion, Daggerfall Covenant, and Ebonheart Pact are embroiled in a full-scale war, but that was not always the case. What led each alliance to feel that war was the only option? What are their reasons and motives for fighting? Who are the key people and groups involved? In our latest developer video, “Alliances at War”, Loremaster Lawrence Schick answers these questions and more.
For more on the game’s alliances, visit ElderScrollsOnline.com.
PC and PS3 fans, prepare to cast off. Next month, you will travel to Solstheim, home of Skyrim’s latest add-on, Dragonborn. PS3 fans can expect an expanded itinerary – with stops at Fort Dawnguard and Castle Volkihar – before heading back to the home of your dreams. Details below:
PC: On Tuesday, February 5th, Dragonborn will be available on Steam, including the English, French, Italian, Spanish and German versions of the content.
PlayStation 3: Dragonborn will be the first add-on arriving on PSN in February. Hearthfire will release next, followed by Dawnguard, and all three should be out in February. The 1.8 update will also release, just prior to Dragonborn. We’ll keep you posted as release dates get finalized both on our end and with Sony for each and its various languages. Last but not least, each one will be 50% off during their launch week on PSN.
Over the last year, it’s been a treat for us to work on new content for Skyrim, and we’re excited that it will soon be available for everyone to explore. Thanks for all your support and sharing your adventures with us.
Haven’t picked up Dishonored yet? Between now and January 27th, GameStop is giving away Dishonored’s first DLC, Dunwall City Trials, as well as the official game guide from Brady Games, to anyone that purchases Dishonored on PC, PlayStation 3, or Xbox 360.
Note: This offer is in-store only and while supplies last.
Quick update on the latest for Elder Scrolls Online…
At the time the game takes place, how long have the Redguards been in Tamriel? Are they regarded as something of a newcomer race? – By Emmy Mariner
The Ra Gada that brought the Yokudans to Tamriel began around 1E 800, approximately 2,700 years before ESO – so only the Elves are likely to still regard the Redguards as newcomers.
Finally, a reminder that later today we’ll be recording an Elder Scrolls Online edition of The Bethesda Podcast. If you have questions on the game, be sure to tweet them and include#AskESO.
Elsewhere, check out these fantastic Dishonored tributes
- @MaryKateClark is helping get the word out on characters captured on popular characters from the game
- theomeganerd.tumblr.com showcases the recreation of Corvo’s mask used for a GamesRadar contest last Fall.
- Kotaku highlights Nathan Proudloves’ LEGO tribute to Dunwall’s Tallboys. We’re crossing our fingers for a “to scale” version at LEGOLAND.
“What makes the characters of Dishonored unique, is that fact that we have chosen them to be peculiar and with a clear identity since the beginning.” - Florence Lapalu, Lead 3D Character Artist
Dishonored’s exaggerated character designs have received plenty of attention, and this week you can get a closer look at Florence’s contributions to the game at ZBrushCentral.com. To learn more about the creation of Dishonored’s characters and world, be sure to watch our archived behind-the-scenes look here.
This week at the Consumer Electronics Show, folks have an opportunity to play Dishonored on Razer’s gaming-centric tablet, the Razer Edge Pro. Learn how the tablet plays with Dishonored in Kyle Wagner’s hands-on report at Gizmodo.
For a chance to win your very own Razer Edge Pro (and a free copy of Dishonored), visit www.razerzone.com/gettheedge.