Friday Fanart: DOOMed Keeper Edition

DeviantArtist, Corroder666 recreates The Evil Within’s The Keeper

Jesters, and Assassins, and Couriers! Oh my! Here’s the creativity round up to last you until next week. Keep them coming by putting up #BethesdART on your social media preference. If email is more your style: bethblog@bethsoft.com.

Have a good weekend!

Courtesy of crabwithglasses on Tumblr

Summer Sale!

Three words you love to hear. Steam. Summer. Sale.

Those words are Pavlovian for anyone that loves games. You hear them and you’re conditioned to find numerous deals that will fly under the radar of your joint checking account. Or maybe that’s just me. Anyways, we’re happy to say we have a number of  games on sale for incredible prices – including the newly re-released Fallout games, Dishonored and it’s DLC, and all your favorite games from id Software and Bethesda Game Studios.

The Steam Summer Sale runs between today and June 30th. While most of our titles are already marked down, you’ll also want to keep an eye out for Daily Deals and Community’s Choice Savings. For the best deals, check out the store daily.

On the Storefront: UAC Tee and Wolf LP!

E3 saw the release of the DOOM Teaser. Show off your excitement (and pride) for DOOM with the new UAC — that’s Union Aerospace Corporation tshirt.

AND in case you missed it, we wanted help you grow your vinyl collection with tracks inspired by and used in Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Pre-order the Neumond Classics: Superhits of the 1960s LP to be able to listen to all your favorite Neumond songs the way they were meant to be heard!

Side Eine:

  1. Viktor & Die Vokalisten - Berlin Boys & Stuttgart Girls
  2. Wílbert Eckart und seine Volksmusík Stars - House of the Rising Sun
  3. Schwarz-Rote Welle - Ich bin überall
  4. Hans - Mein kleiner VW

Side Zwei:

  1. Die Käfer - Mond, Mond, Ja, Ja!
  2. Karl & Karla - Tapferer kleiner Liebling
  3. The Bunkers - Toe the Line
  4. The Comet Tails - Weltraumsurfen
  5. Die Schäferhunde - Zug nach Hamburg

In other Wolfenstore news, we’re pleased to share that the Panzerhund Edition — a collection of Wolfenstein: The New Order goodies — is available with free shipping in the continental United States.

Fallout Classics Return to Steam

Update: As part of Steam’s Summer Sale, right now you can get each game for only $4.99, or get all three games for $12.99.

Your favorite Fallout Classics are back. Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics are now available for purchase on Steam individually for $9.99 or in the Fallout Classics pack for $19.99.

Some details to note:

  • All three games have Steam Cloud enabled for save games.
  • Fallout 1 & Fallout 2 can be launched in either default or classic versions. Default allows for high resolutions and Classic is the original, unmodified release.
  • Fallout Tactics is unmodified. Multiplayer works with direct connect.
  • While Fallout 1 and Fallout 2 can run full screen on Windows 8, Fallout Tactics is will need to be run in ‘Windowed Mode’ on Windows 8.

If case you’ve been in under a rock… or in a Vault, here’s a refresher on what to anticipate in each adventure in the franchise:

Fallout

You’ve just unearthed the classic post-apocalyptic role-playing game that revitalized the entire CRPG genre. The Fallout SPECIAL system allows drastically different types of characters, meaningful decisions and development that puts you in complete control. Explore the devastated ruins of a golden age civilization. Talk, sneak or fight your way past mutants, gangsters and robotic adversaries. Make the right decisions or you could end up as another fallen hero in the wastelands…

Fallout 2

Fallout 2  is the sequel to the critically acclaimed game that took RPG’ing out of the dungeons and into a dynamic, apocalyptic retro-future. It’s been 80 long years since your ancestors trod across the wastelands. As you search for the Garden of Eden Creation Kit to save your primitive village, your path is strewn with crippling radiation, megalomaniac mutants, and a relentless stream of lies, deceit and treachery. You begin to wonder if anyone really stands to gain anything from this brave new world.

Mastering your character’s skills and traits for survival, Fallout 2 will challenge you to endure in a post-nuclear world whose future withers with every passing moment…

Fallout Tactics

Tactical Squad-Based Combat comes to the Fallout Universe!

You are the wretched refuse. You may be born from dirt, but we will forge you into steel. You will learn to bend; if not you, will you break. In these dark times, the Brotherhood – your Brotherhood – is all that stands between the rekindled flame of civilization and the howling, radiated wasteland.

Your weapons will become more than your tools, they will become your friends. You will use your skills to inspire the lowly and protect the weak… whether they like it or not. Your squadmates will be more dear to you than your kin and for those that survive there will be honor, respect and the spoils of war.

Discuss your favorite memories and moments from the series in our official forums here.

Common Ground Games brings tabletop games to QuakeCon 2014

We’re excited to announce that QuakeCon and Common Ground Games have joined forces to bring the best of table top gaming to the new Table Top Village, located in the BYOC at QuakeCon 2014!  Common Ground Games, with the help of DFW Nerd Night, will be hosting some exciting events at the show for all skill levels!

Come join Friday Night Magic on July 18th at 7:00pm CT to celebrate the release of the 2015 Magic the Gathering Core Set (M15). As this is a sealed event, anyone at any skill level can participate. The tabletop area will also host additional M15 drafts throughout the rest of the weekend whenever  at least 8 people want to join in.

In additional to MtG and other tabletop gaming activities and retailers, Common Ground Games will also be holding a Ticket to Ride Tournament on Saturday, July 19th where a copy of the 10th Anniversary Ticket to Ride is up for grabs!

No clue what any of this means but think it sounds fun? We’ll also have tons of demo games and staff on hand to teach newcomers how to play! See below for hours that the demo area and retail space will be open.  The play area will be open 24 hours a day as of noon on Thursday, July 17th all the way through noon on Sunday, July 20th.

Details on how to sign up for tournaments, along with a full schedule of events will be available soon!

Table Top Village Hours (including retailers):

Thursday, July 17th:             12:00pm – Midnight

Friday, July 18th”:                 10:00am – Midnight

Saturday, July 19th:              10:00am – Midnight

E3 2014 – Photos from the Show

E3 week is always a bit crazy, but we still manage to have a blast while showing off our newest games. There’s plenty of highlights: from a BATTLECRY showdown featuring our friends from Respawn Entertainment, candid interview shots, and seeing folks playing the game in mood-setting darkness.

Check out highlights in our imgur slideshow and Vines below…

Bethesda Booth imgur slideshow
Vine from our entrance for The Evil Within
Vine showing off various parts of our E3 Booth

E3 Roundup: BATTLECRY

Missed some of the E3 coverage on BATTLECRY? Fear not, we’ve got reactions, gameplay, and more in a new roundup.

Kicking off things is Gamespot, who featured the BattleCry Studios’ game in their video feature of the Impressive PC Games of E3 and interviewed the studio’s executive producer, Rich Vogel. Watch that interview above.

What else is being said about the team combat action game? Check out more impressions below.

MMOBomb - “Mobility in BattleCry is also surprisingly fast. Characters automatically sprint while out of combat making traversing the medium-sized E3 demo map Fracture a quick affair. Players also have access to a magnetic grappling hook ala Bioshock Infinite which propels them across the sky and onto the map’s more vertical locations.”

Game Informer - “I’m always skeptical of multiplayer-focused free-to-play action games, but I enjoyed what I played of BATTLECRY. The action is fast-paced but also felt fair, and required less twitch reflexes than cover-based shooters.”

The Escapist – “BATTLECRY is definitely something to keep an eye on. It’s fast, exciting, fun, and equally brutal and beautiful. When you do get in the game, though, stick with your squad and don’t wander off alone. This is clearly a game designed to be played with a team.”

Game Revolution – “My short time with BATTLECRY was nutty, running about the battlefield as a Cossack Duelist, taking advantage of Royal Marines running around alone. Due to physical space limitations at the Bethesda booth, our game only held 16 players, but the full game actually supports 32 at a time. Seeing the juxtaposition of the graphics with the kooky animations and the pools of violently-hewn blood was definitely a unique experience.”

Pocket Lint - “The studio confirmed that there will be no pay-to-advance route through the game, so you can’t throw cash at it and become invincible. To earn you’ll need to acquire medals and salutes from your co-players to translate into iron.”

Twitch - New Interview with Lucas Davis.

And after the break, check out additional video previews featuring Rich Vogel, Lucas Davis, and Viktor Antonov.

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E3 Roundup – The Evil Within

The Evil Within Extended Gameplay Demo w/ IGN 

Day 3 of E3. Everyone looks unnerved or as if they’ve seen a ghost. At the Bethesda E3 booth, we’ve actually seen that look all week from folks terrorized by our demo for The Evil Within.

Susan Arendt at Joystiq had shown concern that the game would not be scary enough. In her latest playthrough, her only worry concern was not completely freaking out from the game:

“Moving from room to ruined room, I found a few notes left behind by the previous inhabitant, who was engaged in some kind of experiments. Mad scientist, sure, I can work with that, wait, why are all of the faces in that portrait slashed except for the young boy? Ok, no problem, I get it, the boy’s the survivor, wait oh my god what is that thing trying to kill me shotgun shotgun take its head off GAHHH it turned into some guy in a hood that’s coming right at me and my bullets are doing nothing and GAHHHHHHHH.”

Meanwhile, resident survival-horror writer Tim Turi at Game Informer played the game and stated, “The Evil Within feels like an alternate reality where the Resident Evil franchise doubled down on tense combat, scares, and creepy environments rather than fun, over-the-top action.”

Who else braved our E3 demo of the game. Check out more highlights below…

IGN – “So how many ways are there to die in The Evil Within? Well, in my 20-minute hands-on play session, I had a pickaxe lodged in my chest, was strangled and bit, had my skull crushed by a hulking ghoul’s meaty foot, and got blown to bits by a tripwire bomb. ”

Gameranx - “… Shinji Mikami and his team at Tango Gameworks have made a game that promises to embody the dread and suspense the way only a survival horror game can.”

God is a Geek - “…it is shaping up to be the purest and most varied third-person horror experience in years.”

Shacknews – “Head shots don’t always kill enemies, and downed creatures don’t always stay dead unless you light them on fire with matches (another scarce item).”

HorrorMovies.CA – “I think this game is on track to satisfy those old-school horror cravings you might be having. ”

EGMNow — “There’s a great balance between puzzles and action, with both having a flair that you’d expect from a team like Tango.”

After the break, see more video features taken from the E3 show floor.

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The Return of DOOM

Earlier today, we ever-so-slightly tugged on the curtain to reveal that new information on DOOM is coming soon. We encourage you to throw on some headphones and check out the trailer.

We’re not ready to discuss the details of the game yet, but we’ll be sharing new info at this year’s QuakeCon event – taking place July 17-20th at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX. For more information on the event, visit www.QuakeCon.org.