[UPDATE]: Didn’t get a chance to check out the AMA last week? Find a breakdown of all the questions here!
It’s the weekend, which means we’re in the midst of the latest beta session for The Elder Scrolls Online! If you have a beta code, be sure to join the fun. And if you can’t make it this time around, you can catch up on all the notable gameplay streams throughout the ESO community.
So what else is worth checking out this weekend? Here’s some highlights from the past week…
- Our friends at Shortlist have put together one of the tougher Fallout 3 quizzes we’ve ever seen. Share with us your high score in the comments below.
- Pete Hines recently took time to discuss our 2014 lineup — The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein, and The Evil Within — in new interviews with both CVG and 3News.
- Preparing for The Evil Within this August? A new feature at Gamespot readies you for the return of survival horror with classic games and films that will condition your mind for Shinji Mikami’s newest (and most twisted) game.
- We’ve got even more previews for Wolfenstein: The New Order — with the latest coming from 411Mania, IGN AU, Gamespot, and Nerd Reactor.
That’s all for now. See you in beta!
Visit elderscrollsonline.com to discover more about the music in The Elder Scrolls Online and how it will shape the atmosphere of your adventures — including the in-game score by Brad Derrick and Rik Schaffer, and including contributions from Jeremy Soule and Malukah!
With QuakeCon taking place July 17-20, we’re planning to begin our pre-registration for the event earlier than ever, and we are making to changes to the process in an effort to make registering easier than ever.
Through registration.quakecon.org, we’re rolling out the registration in a series of four stages. The first package, BYOC Select-a-Seat with QuakeCon done Quick, will become available on March 5th. Full descriptions for each of these limited packages, and the dates they will become available are below.
While general attendance remains free, attendees wishing to participate in the QuakeCon 2014 BYOC, must pre-purchase one of the ‘BYOC Select-a-Seat’ packages through our online registration site to guarantee a seat. Once the packages sell out, we’ll be giving people the opportunity to win BYOC seats via social media giveaways, contests, and via our event partners leading up to the show. As all seats will be accounted for prior to the show, this year we won’t have seats available on-site or on a first-come-first serve basis. Keep tab on our QuakeCon Twitter account and QuakeCon Facebook page for details !
Last week we shared release date information for Wolfenstein: The New Order. This week we’re excited to share new hands-on impressions based on early chapters from the game..
We start at Polygon, where Michael McWhertor reveals that it was some of the game’s dark moments that surprised him most about the game. Here’s an excerpt:
“MachineGames has described its take on Wolfenstein as ‘a dark-roasted blend of drama, mystery, humor,’ but it was the game’s injection of horror that stood out most during Bethesda’s recent preview. And it reignited my interest in The New Order.”
Learn more about the game’s dark humor, mature storytellling, and old-school gunplay (it’s Wolfenstein after all) in our extensive roundup below…
IGN — “After three hours with Wolfenstein, I feel comfortable saying this: It seems like a solid shooter with lots of action and fun stealth mechanics.”
Game Informer — “Wolfenstein: The New Order asked me to shoot pistols, man turrets, and quietly knife guards to avoid detection. But it also did something I wasn’t expecting. It made me feel something.”
New Gamer Nation — “Overall, Wolfenstein: The New Order presented beautifully and offers a promise of something great. The game looked amazing visually and controlled perfectly which are the hallmarks of any great game.”
GameTrailers — Watch their new three minute preview based on the game’s early chapters.
Associated Press — Learn five ways Wolfenstein is being reinvented by the team at MachineGames.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun — “Machine Games can do well-written, well-animated cutscenes that, amazingly, I didn’t want to skip.”
Xbox Achievements — “It’s a fun game, with great set-pieces, a diverse set of experiences, clever level design, enjoyable shooting and worthwhile stealth.”
Push Square — “Wolfenstein: The New Order is shaping up very nicely indeed. It’s managed to expertly blend older and newer gameplay mechanics to create an extremely satisfying experience.”
Tech-Gaming — “Either way, first-person shooter fans should keep an eye out for Wolfenstein– it’s one of the rare entries in the genre where the storyline isn’t disposable.”
Joystiq — Sinan Kubba discusses how the game’s tone, pace, and charisma could offer charm similar to one of the action genre’s greatest films, Die Hard.
PlayStation Blog — “Old-school in all the best ways”
Gamerzines — “MachineGames’ reinvention of Wolfenstein is the most inventive and emotionally-charged first person shooter we’ve played since Valve unleashed Half Life 2 way back in 2004.”
PC Gamer – “The game is loud. Guns crack and Nazis bellow, cover collapses, robots leak flaming oil and explode. Drone enemies buzz like someone receiving a text on a chainsaw set to vibrate. ”
Capsule Computers — “…a meaty FPS experience. ”
CVG — “Thankfully, there’s a sardonic wit about The New Order which saves it from becoming the excruciatingly po-faced video game it could have been. The speculative sci-fi setting allows MachineGames to have a lot of fun with the environments and plot, and there are cute nods to the enduring appeal of the Wolfenstein series, especially when an old Polish man excitedly summons you to “kill everyone”. Wolfenstein is a series about killing lots of Nazis.”
PCGamesN — “… a confident and competent shooter that recognises precisely what’s appealing about the subject matter of robotic super Nazis and bionic dogbots, and presents it with total conviction. Wolfenstein: The New Order is bound to be one of this year’s best shooters.”
The Sixth Axis — “What delighted me at every turn was the plot, script and characterisation. The jump forward in time is a clever one, allowing MachineGames to shift the game away from the occult and supernatural elements of before to the retro sci-fi stylings of this alternate universe, with robots, mechs, lasers and more to hand.”
GameFront — “Mixing tragedy with triumph and making a variety of gameplay styles and mechanics all viable options could make Wolfenstein: The New Order a standout among shooters.”
And after the break, check out a few of the most recent video previews to go live.
The internet is a wonderful and creative oasis (when looking in the right places). We are feeling inspired by all the artwork we’ve seen or that’s been shared with us and decided to post it to share with everyone! Thank you to all the imaginative minds that designed the illustrations below.
From developing the SNES adaptation of Aladdin to a whole new world — Shinji Mikami became the king of survival horror. During your weekend, head to Polygon and read Matt Leone’s feature, “Shinji Mikami and the Fountain of Youth”. The article chronicles his career and focuses on the youth movement he believes is important for the success of Tango Gameworks and the games they develop.
As announced last week, Mikami’s latest game, The Evil Within, releases this summer on August 26th in North America and across Europe on August 29th
Read “Shinji Mikami and the Fountain of Youth” and read others stories from around the web…
- Screw Attack features their top 5 favorite moments from The Elder Scrolls series.
- The Evil Within, Wolfenstein, and The Elder Scrolls Online find themselves in good company in Maximum PC’s list of of most anticipated PC games in 2014.
- Arkane Studios is a finalist for the Texas Arts Achievement award being given out this year’s SXSW Gaming Awards. Congrats!
- Venture Beat explores why they think Wolfenstein: The New Order is one of 2014’s most exciting releases.
That’s all for now. Enjoy your weekend!
- ESO Content Editor Dominic Davies asks about armor style preference in this week’s Developer Question of the Week
- Blacksmithing in Tamriel is the focus for the new Developer Play Session
- Tamriel Chronicles #45 and #46 show off the hard work and creativity of fans
Recently press outlets spent a weekend playing The Elder Scrolls Online. Read PvE and PvP roundups on the site. And now that the Beta NDA has lifted, be sure to share your thoughts and reaction on the official ESO Twitter and Facebook pages.
Wolfenstein marks the first Bethesda-published game to arrive on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and will also be available on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Developed by MachineGames, a studio comprised of a seasoned group of developers recognized for their work creating story-driven games, Wolfenstein: The New Order is a reimagining of the FPS franchise from id Software. The game offers a deep game narrative packed with action, adventure and first-person combat rendered in stunning detail with id® Software’s id Tech® 5 engine. And typical of a classic Wolfenstein game, expect plenty of hidden secrets, too.
Wolfenstein: The New Order once again centers around the series’ iconic war hero, B.J. Blazkowicz and this time faces alternate version of the 1960s in which the Nazis won World War II. As the only man capable of rewriting history, with the help of a small group of resistance fighters, infiltrate their most heavily guarded facilities, battle high-tech Nazi legions, and take control of super-weapons that have conquered the earth – and beyond. See the game in action on our official YouTube channel.
For community updates, visit www.wolfenstein.com and follow the game on both Facebook and Twitter. For more information on the DOOM beta access pre-order bonus, as well as applicable terms and restrictions, please visit: www.wolfenstein.com/DOOM.