As the end of the year draws near, more and more lists and countdowns are starting to sweep the internet. With the advent of new consoles and the opportunity for new titles, we take a look at some of the praise last generation titles received.
Crowning glory comes from Examiner.com who granted Skyrim the coveted title of “Game of the Generation”. This was the first of several “Best of a Generation” mentions we received in 2013. Kotaku included Skyrim as a Game that defined “last gen”, while Hardcore Gamer honored multiple Bethesda titles in their Top 100 Games of the Generation, including: Oblivion, Dishonored, Fallout: New Vegas, Skyrim, and Fallout 3.
And where there are last-gen countdowns, one should expect next-gen (err… current gen?) countdowns. In such a list, Gameranx listed Wolfenstein The New Order as one of the Top 10 games to look forward to in 2014.
Elsewhere in the land of the lists, something about the bitter-cold temperatures in Skyrim gave inspiration for Winter weather countdowns. Shortlist mentions the frigid temperatures found atop the Throat of the World in their list, while IGN celebrates Skyrim for being the perfect seasonal game. As you ready for the holidays, curl up in a blanket, drink some hot chocolate, and give Skyrim a revisit during your winter break.
Visit Russian artist SapeginM92’s deviantART page to check out his 10-page Dishonored comic which incredibly recreates Corvo’s escape from Coldridge Prison. Elsewhere on his page, check out additional tributes to Dishonored and The Elder Scrolls.
Discover one of the rewards only the most powerful in Tamriel can claim — the emperor’s armor! Visit ElderScrollsOnline.com for the full image and more details.
As tradition, we wanted to share this year’s Bethesda Holiday card. With 2014 already on the brain, this year’s card pays tribute to next year’s lineup.
For more holiday cheer, check out the Ghosts of Christmas Card Past.
After a long run of traveling from event to event, many of our statues have decided to retire to their home in our newly-renovated atrium. Visitors will now be greeted by our elaborate guarding system as soon as they walk through the doors.
Ok, they may not actually be guards but they sure look great in the atrium. View the album below to get a glimpse of the steps involved in placing the statues.
The next Elder Scrolls adventure is nearly here! Today we released our latest gameplay video, War in Cyrodiil, and with it we announced that The Elder Scrolls Online will arrive worldwide for PC and Mac players on April 4, 2014. PlayStation 4 & Xbox One will launch in June 2014.
Regardless of the platform you choose, your online adventures will be here before you know it. As you plan out which alliance you join, watch our all-new gameplay trailer showcasing PvP combat and how you will be able to battle with and against your friends in Cyrodiil.
For more information on ESO and its launch plans, read a personal update from Game Director, Matt Firor at elderscrollsonline.com.
Update: For retrospective pieces on DOOM, be sure to visit Games Radar, Polygon, Wired, IGN, Eurogamer, and The Verge.
Hard to believe, but today marks the 20th anniversary of DOOM’s original PC release. To help celebrate, we’re sharing some of our favorite DOOM community creations, DOOM memories from the team at id Software, and for one day only, you can purchase a commemorative anniversary t-shirt on the Official Bethesda Store.
Want to share your memories? Post in the comments below or include #DOOMemories on Twitter.
Tim Willits — “DOOM is the sole reason I am in the video game industry. I remember downloading the game, without knowing much about it, playing it, and then having the game consume most of my life for two years — until id Software hired me!
For me, the greatest thing about DOOM was the ability to create and play my own levels. The limitless possibilities of what I could do in the game fascinated me so much that the entire direction of my life changed. I knew, after creating my first DOOM level, that the only thing I wanted to do in my life was make video games. And to this day, I still feel very blessed and a little amazed that I work at id Software and that I have had the chance to shape the DOOM franchise.
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Answers to your questions about progression in The Elder Scrolls Online are here. Learn more about skills, ability morphing, and more.
As we close in on the the end of the year, there’s plenty of new items — big and small — that will be make the perfect gift for your loved ones… even if that loved one is yourself.
By the Nine… we have a Talos Shrine! Beginning this week, you can pre-order the limited-edition Shrine of Talos statue — available both at the Official Bethesda Store and in regular & exclusive edition flavors at GamingHeads.com. The statue is 1/6 scale of the statue in game, and you don’t need Dragon bones or scales to build it. Oh, and did we mention this is just the first in a new collection of Elder Scrolls shrines? More to come in 2014.
Being that it’s the end of the year, it’s time for the final 2013 Vault Boy Tee of the Month. We’re putting the L in SPECIAL with the release of the Luck tee. This limited-run shirt will be available until next Friday, both on the Official Bethesda Store and our European lvlp store — so order now.
Finally, it celebration of Dishonored’s VGX nomination for Best DLC, Treehouse is running a special sale this weekend on any purchases over $50. Save on our assortment of Dishonored items, or other new items — like the leather messenger bag and wallet for Skyrim.
Have a great weekend!
Visit elderscrollsonline.com to get a closer look at one of the key progression systems in The Elder Scrolls Online.