All Things Elder Scrolls Online at QuakeCon 2014

We have big plans for ESO at the show this year. Find out how you can get in on the fun!

PANEL: THE FUTURE OF ESO Panel

The ESO devs will talk about where the game is headed and answer your questions on the main stage. Each developer (listed below) will speak about a specific aspect of ESO and what’s in store, followed by a live Q&A. Also, the first 3,000 attendees will receive a free copy of The Elder Scrolls Online! Submit your questions to us on the official ESO forums and Twitter ahead of time, and you may see us answer it live at QuakeCon! (Please use the #ESO and #QuakeCon hashtags on Twitter.)

Can’t make it to QuakeCon? Don’t worry! You can watch the full panel and Q&A live on Twitch.tv/bethesda. The livestream and Q&A will also be available for viewing afterward on the ESO YouTube channel.

When? Friday, July 18th from 5:00PM to 7:00PM CDT

Where? QuakeCon Ventrilo Main Stage

Who? Game Director Matt Firor, Creative Director Paul Sage, Lead PvP Designer Brian Wheeler, Lead Gameplay Designer Nick Konkle, Lead Designer Rich Lambert, Art Director Jared Carr, and Lead Programmer Jesse McIntyre.

COMMUNITY MEET-AND-GREET

After the panel, feel to free to hang out with us and meet some of the ESO developers at our casual meet-and-greet. Stop by and say hi!

When? Friday, July 18th starting at 7:00PM CDT

Where? Gossip Bar at the Hilton Anatole (at the convention)

How to Attend: Simply stop by the Gossip bar at 7:00 PM CDT on Friday night, after the Future of ESO panel. We’ll be there!

PVP TOURNAMENT AND LIVESTREAMS

Fight for glory—and for great prizes (to be revealed soon)! We’ll be holding a PvP tournament throughout the show. Get your team registered now.

When? Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (July 17th-20th) from Noon until 1:00PM CDT

Where? At the ESO booth and on Twitch.tv

How to Register: Send your name and the names of your three teammates to community@elderscrollsonline.com. You must be in attendance at QuakeCon to play in the tournament. Don’t forget to send us your guild name if you’re representing one!

TRIALS TOURNAMENT AND LIVESTREAM

Find out how your Trials team stacks up and win awesome prizes! We’ll pit you against other teams in a bid to earn the fastest completion time. Register now to secure your team’s spot.

When? Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (July17th-20th) starting at 1:30PM CDT

Where? At the ESO booth and on Twitch.tv (Saturday only)

How to Register: Send the names of your 12-player team’s members to us at community@elderscrollsonline.com. You must be in attendance at the show to participate. Remember to include your guild name!

DAILY GIVEAWAYS

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to find out about our giveaways at the show! You’ll get the chance to win some great ESO goodies throughout the weekend.

ESO: Update 3 is On the Way

Update 3 is almost here, and is sure to impress your guild! Watch the video preview above to see all the new guild enhancements, such as:

  • Armor dyes
  • Guild Tabards
  • Public Guild Store locations
  • A new difficulty mode for Trials
  • Fixes and improvements

Look for the new update happening later in July, and be sure to get all the Elder Scrolls Online news by visiting www.elderscrollsonline.com

QuakeCon 2014 – Bring on the case mods!


On top of being a gaming paradise, the BYOC can feel like you’re visiting the gaming equivalent of a an auto show — PCs with ridiculous horsepower and monster truck-esque casings. Truly a site to behold.

During last year’s QuakeCon, the Bethesda Underground team talked with contestants competing in Modders-Inc Computer Case Mod Contest. See some of last year’s highlights in the video above.

 

Interested in competing this year? Modders-Inc is back at it again — with three categories for attendees to compete in:

Case Mod Classic: class consists of any mod that is built from an existing retail or factory PC Case.

Scratch-Build Mod: consists of any mod built from anything other than a PC Case.

id/Bethesda Themed Mod: consists of any mod themed on id Software/Bethesda or any their games.

For more details on the contest, head to www.modders-inc.com.

Around the Web: ‘Extreme Character Customization’ Edition

A holiday weekend done right can feel like an eternity, but it also means missing everything that the world wide web has to offer — including the latest for The Evil Within, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Wolfenstein.

Starting light, in the embed above, watch The Onion’s in-depth look at new character customization features for The Elder Scrolls Online. It’s the best fun anyone’s had with mitochondria since A Wind in the Door.

Actually, there are new customization coming to ESO — including the ability to dye your armors. Learn more on that, combat improvements, guild enhancements, and much more in the July edition of ESO – The Road Ahead.

Elsewhere, Giant Bomb’s Patrick Klepek has a pair of posts worth checking out. DOOM fans will want to check out his interview with DOOM modder Sam Prebble, whose Total Chaos mod takes the DOOM engine in a haunting (and visually stunning) new direction.

Also on Giant Bomb, if you didn’t read Klepek’s interview with MachineGames’ Jen Matthies, you can now listen to the raw audio — a full 45 mintues worth — right here!

What else is worth checking up on? Highlights below…

  • New interviews with The Evil Within’s Shinji Mikami are now up at AusGamers and Telegraph UK.
  • The Mirror UK has it’s review of Wolfenstein: The New Order up, and they decide, “With its oppressive – yet thought-provoking – environment, explosive action and addictive nature, Wolfenstein: The New Order is a must-buy.”
  • The fun-loving folks at MTV have taken a break to share their 7 Video Games to Keep You Inside This Summer. Find out where Wolfenstein made the list (hint: it’s pretty high) here.
  • Total Xbox looks at The Evil Within and declares that the game is “the game survival horror fans have been waiting for”.

That’s all for now. If you see an article worth featuring on “Around the Web”, feel free to email us at bethblog@bethsoft.com.

QuakeCon 2014 – #TheGoodWithin

Before things get evil in October, we’re using the The Evil Within for a good cause. Inspired by the game, we’re partnering with the American Red Cross at QuakeCon 2014! Attendees that donate blood will be awarded an official The Evil Within chill pack.

To learn more about the QuakeCon Blood Drive, read the press release below…

BETHESDA SOFTWORKS AND AMERICAN RED CROSS PARTNER FOR THE GOOD WITHIN BLOOD DRIVE AT QUAKECON® 2014 

Gamers to Donate Blood During Gaming Festival this Month in Dallas

July 8, 2014 (Rockville, MD) — Bethesda Softworks® and the American Red Cross are partnering to host “The Good Within Blood Drive” during QuakeCon®2014, North America’s largest Bring-Your-Own-Computer (BYOC) LAN party and gaming festival. The blood drive, which was inspired by The Evil Within™, out October 21 from Bethesda Softworks and Tango Gameworks™, will take place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas on Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19. Donors who take part in “The Good Within Blood Drive” at QuakeCon will receive an official The Evil Within chill pack to honor the donation.

“QuakeCon has a great group of attendees who we think will want to help the community by donating blood,” said Pete Hines , VP of PR and Marketing,  Bethesda Softworks. “The American Red Cross is a terrific organization, and we’re thrilled to welcome them to QuakeCon.”

“The Red Cross is grateful for Bethesda Softworks’ invitation to host a blood drive during such a critical time,” said Jan Hale, External Communications Manager at the American Red Cross. “The summer months are a particularly difficult period for blood collections and being a part of this event gives us more opportunities to help save lives.”

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July Vault Boy of the Month: Pyromaniac!

Who says that Vault Boy can’t be holding a sparkler instead of a matchstick in this month’s shirt? Let’s put that pyromania to good use and light some awesome fireworks! Pyromaniac on vibrant red is this month’s Vault Boy of the Month shirt in honor of Independence Day!

Ignite your wardrobe by heading over to store.bethsoft.com. Be safe this 4th of July and please don’t set the world on fire.

QuakeCon 2014 – Special Events Schedule

We’re less than two weeks away and to get you ready for QuakeCon, we’ve got a look at this year’s schedule of events.

Highlighted earlier this week, our sneak peek at the next DOOM game is an exclusive perk to attendees of QuakeCon and starts at 6:00pm. Give yourself time to get lined up for a 6:00pm start, as you won’t see it anywhere else.

Beyond DOOM, developers from ZeniMax Online Studios will be on hand at QuakeCon to let everyone see what’s coming next for The Elder Scrolls Online. A special panel, The Future of The Elder Scrolls Online will take place on Friday, July 18th at 5:00pm on the Ventrilo Main Stage. Senior members of the ESO team, representing a variety of disciplines, will discuss plans for short-term and long-term future content, approaches to addressing player feedback and suggestions, bringing ESO onto consoles, and more. The panel will be followed by a Q&A and the first 3,000 attendees will receive a free copy of The Elder Scrolls Online! Get more details at www.elderscrollsonline.com!

Attendees can also check out “Designing the Perfect Game”, taking place on the Ventrilo Main Stage on Saturday at 5:00pm. Join Chris Kluwe (former NFL punter, co-author of Genesis: Prime), Rick Malambri (actor, Step Up 3D), and Matt Grandstaff (Global Community Lead at Bethesda) as they work together to design the perfect game. Moderated by Andrew Reiner, executive editor at Game Informer Magazine and co-author of Genesis: Prime, the panelists will work together to design a game concept which will be judged by Feargus Urquhart (CEO of Obsidian Entertainment). After the panel, attendees can weigh in on the game design and provide feedback and reviews. The first 1500 attendees will also receive a Bethesda t-shirt!

Throughout the show, aspiring artists can also visit the id Software booth in the Exhibit Hall from 12:00pm – 2:00pm to meet Hugo Martin, id Software’s Art Director, for an art portfolio review. Amateur or professional artists who want feedback and career advice should bring their portfolios to the event for this unique opportunity to meet with an expert in the field of film and video game art.

Additionally, at the Bethesda booth in the Exhibit Hall, fans will have the opportunity to play The Evil Within, the new survival horror game from legendary director, Shinji Mikami. Attendees will also be able to join in tournaments for BATTLECRY, an all-new multiplayer action combat game featuring fast-paced and frenetic 32-player battles under development at BattleCry Studios, and The Elder Scrolls Online. Be sure to stop by the booth for details on participating in these tournaments.

If you’re attending QuakeCon, be sure to download the Official QuakeCon App on your Apple, Android or Windows mobile device to keep up to date on event happenings and highlights. We’ll be announcing more details soon.

And if you’re at home, Twitch TV will be showcasing a number of our panels and tournaments. Be sure to check out Twitch.tv/Bethesda for panels and The Elder Scrolls Online tournament streaming and Twitch.tv/QuakeCon to see all of the official QuakeCon tournament action in real time!

Check the listings below for more details on the event schedule. (Please note: All times listed are Central Time.)

Thursday, July 17th

The Elder Scrolls Online PvP Tournament

12:00pm – 1:00pm | Streaming Live from the Bethesda Booth via Twitch.tv/Bethesda

Hugo Martin’s Portfolio Reviews

12:00pm – 2:00pm | id Software Booth

Hugo Martin, Art Director | id Software

The Elder Scrolls Online Trials Tournament

1:30pm – 2:30pm | Bethesda Booth

Annual QuakeCon Welcome & Attendee Exclusive DOOM Reveal 

6:00pm | QuakeCon Attendee Exclusive | Ventrilo Main Stage

Friday, July 18th

The Elder Scrolls Online PvP Tournament

12:00pm – 1:00pm | Streaming Live from the Bethesda Booth via Twitch.tv/Bethesda

Hugo Martin’s Portfolio Reviews

12:00pm – 2:00pm | id Software Booth

Hugo Martin, Art Director | id Software

The Bonus Round with Geoff Keighley

1:30pm – 2:30pm | Streaming Live from the Ventrilo Main Stage via Twitch.tv/Bethesda

The Elder Scrolls Online Trials Tournament

1:30pm – 2:30pm | Bethesda Booth

The Future of The Elder Scrolls Online

5:00pm – 7:00pm | Streaming Live from the Ventrilo Main Stage via Twitch.tv/Bethesda
ZeniMax Online Studios panelists include: Matt Firor, Game Director | Paul Sage, Creative Director | Jared Carr, Art Director | Rich Lambert, Lead Designer | Brian Wheeler, Lead PvP Designer | Nick Konkle, Lead Gameplay Designer | Jesse McIntyre, Lead Programmer

Moderated by Jessica Folsom, Community Manager

Friday Night Magic Tournament and 2015 Magic the Gathering Core Set Release Party

7:00pm – 11.30pm | Table Top Village

Master Pancake Presents… Labyrinth 

9:000pm – 11:30pm | Ventrilo Main Stage 

Saturday, July 19th

PC Perspective Hardware Workshop

12:00pm – 2:00pm | Ventrilo Main Stage

Hugo Martin’s Portfolio Reviews

12:00pm – 2:00pm | id Software Booth

Hugo Martin, Art Director | id Software

The Elder Scrolls Online Trials Championship

1:30pm – 2:30pm | Bethesda Booth

Ticket to Ride Tournament

2:00pm | Table Top Village

The Elder Scrolls Online PvP Tournament

3:00pm – 4:00pm | Streaming Live from the Bethesda Booth via Twitch.tv/Bethesda

Designing the Perfect Game

5:00pm – 6:00pm | Streaming Live from the Ventrilo Main Stage via Twitch.tv/Bethesda

Panelists include:Feargus Urquhart, CEO at Obsidian Entertainment | Chris Kluwe, former NFL punter, co-author of Genesis: Prime, Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies | Rick Malambri, actor Step Up 3D, Twitch.TV streamer | Matt Grandstaff, Global Community Lead at Bethesda

Moderated by Andrew Reiner, executive editor at Game Informer Magazine, co-author of Genesis: Prime

Tournament Finals Party!

8:30pm | Ventrilo Main Stage

In addition to the full schedule of events, attendees will also have the opportunity to check out various exhibitors and sponsors on the show floor, including:

QuakeCon 2014 Sponsors:

  • AT&T
  • DELL/Alienware
  • ibuypower
  • Intel
  • Logitech
  • Origins
  • PCPartPicker
  • Plantronics Gaming
  • Red Bull
  • Seasonic
  • Ventrilo

QuakeCon 2014 Exhibitors:

  • 505 Games
  • Common Ground Games
  • BAWLS Guarana
  • BenQ
  • Bethesda Softworks
  • CPU Magazine
  • Dallas Pets Alive
  • Ecomaster Technology Corp.
  • Enermax & LPEA
  • Final Boss Entertainment
  • Fractal Design
  • FRAGApparel
  • Gigabyte
  • GX-Gaming
  • Ilya Films
  • In Win
  • Magic Box
  • Miners Source
  • Minor Hosting LLC
  • Minor Key Games
  • Modders Inc.
  • NVIDIA
  • PC Perspective
  • Symbiote Studios
  • Therma Take-MSI
  • Treehouse
  • Upper Cut Circuit

QuakeCon Exhibit Hall Hours

  • Thursday, July 17th: 10am – 6pm
  • Friday, July 18th: 10am – 6pm
  • Saturday, July 19th: 10am – 6pm

Table Top Village Hours

  • Thursday, July 17th: 12pm – Midnight
  • Friday, July 18th”: 10am – Midnight
  • Saturday, July 19th: 10am – Midnight

Pete Hines providing ‘storytime’ keynote for PAX Australia

Since our first trip to Seattle back in 2008, the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) has been a favorite event for many of us — especially Pete Hines. Be it Boston or Seattle, Pete’s always looked forward to showing off our games, participating in panels, and finding some spare time to play MtG at the show’s tabletop area.

Lucky for Pete, he gets an extra taste of PAX in 2014. At the tail end of our launch week for The Evil Within, Pete will be provide the ‘storytime’ keynote for PAX Australia. It’s sure to be amazing. You can always call on Pete for an entertaining story from his 15+ years with Bethesda — one that started with Morrowind in ’99.

PAX Australia takes place in Melbourne between October 31st and November 2nd. If you can make it, be sure to say hello to Pete.

Learn more about PAX Australia in the press release after the break…

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QuakeCon 2014: The id & The ESO

Anxious for the DOOM sneak peek? Attending QuakeCon 2014 will satisfy your immediate desire to get the first details on the new shooter from id Software. And it will also give you a chance to meet the game’s art director.

Hugo Martin, already known for his work on Pacific Rim and games like Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and The Force Unleashed, will be reviewing art portfolios for amateur and professional artists who want honest feedback and career advice.

Interested? Be sure to BYOP (Bring Your Own Portfolio) to our id Software booth in the exhibit hall Thursday-Saturday from 12:00pm – 2:00pm.

QuakeCon will also offer an opportunity to hear more about long-term plans for The Elder Scrolls Online.

During ZeniMax Online’s panel, ‘The Future of ESO’, Game Director Matt Firor and other members of the team will discuss where the game is headed and answer your questions on the Ventrilo main stage. Like Hugo from id, members of the ESO team will be on hand throughout QuakeCon to meet and greet fans. For full details on ESO’s QuakeCon showing, including how to receive a free copy of the game at QuakeCon, visit elderscrollsonline.com.

For the latest news and announcements for QuakeCon 2014, visit the event’s official site, Twitter, and Facebook pages.