Weekend Update – Countdown to The Evil Within’s Kickoff

Okay, we’re not quite there yet (there’s still 5 weeks until 10.14), but like many of you, we’re excited about this weekend’s kickoff of the NFL season. As you settle down for Sunday’s last matchup of the weekend, take advantage of a second screen experience full of BATTLECRY and The Evil Within highlights.

The Evil Within countdown continues on our social media channels, as we’re upping our game with plenty of never-before-seen concept art.  Check out some of this week’s highlights, focusing on lead protagonist Sebastian, in the imgur slideshow below and look forward to more art on our Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and instagram accounts. Like what you’re seeing, don’t forget that you can order Dark Horse’s “The Art of The Evil Within”.

What else is happening with The Evil Within?  Courtesy of PAX Prime and gamescom 2014, catch new hands-on impressions from OnlySP.com, GameTrailers, and Independant.co.uk. Meanwhile, both Tech Gen Mag and Explosion.com discuss how Shinji Mikami and The Evil Within are major contributors to the reemergence of the survival horror genre.

Finally, huge props to YouTube creator SlasherJPC for creating a comprehensive look at what you can expect from The Evil Within based upon existing gameplay and impressions. Really good stuff here.

Shifting gears, BATTLECRY had a major presence at PAX Prime — with plenty of folks joining our devs in friendly, but very competitive gameplay sessions. If you haven’t already, follow BATTLECRY’s Twitter and FB pages to see some of the amazing PAX photos, and check out these recent highlights:

Gamespot — Live from the PAX Prime showfloor, members of Gamespot discuss BATTLECRY being one of the weekend. Tune in at the 4:25 mark to hear their commentary specific to the game.

Tek Syndicate — Watch a recent interview with design director Lucas Davis.

asleepypanda — At PAX Prime, BATTLECRY devs were joined by Christopher Walken, Morgan Freeman, and President Barack Obama himself. Okay, not really — but this YouTube video with Christopher Walkenthrough is pretty great.

farfromsubtle — This video’s a little old, but it’s a pretty hilarious look back on the announce trailer for BATTLECRY.

Overtime! Not to be outdone, we’ve got some new Wolfenstein updates, too. Check new post-mortem interview at VentureBeat (w/ Jerk Gustafsson and Anders Backman) and Gamasutra (one again with Jerk).

That’s all for now. Go Lions!  

Friday Fanart: Aldu-ing it Right

Video courtesy of Roberto Blake
 

We’re coming out of a busy convention weekend featuring PAX Prime, DragonCon, and FanExpo, and that means lots of creative and wonderful cosplay.

Taking the lead in all cosplays would have to be the incredible Skyrim work done by Sedulous Studios for DragonCon. They created a full size Alduin to complement the rest of the their Skyrim troupe (See video blog above).

Artistry also takes over and invades our offices! Nia Watkins was kind enough to send Harvey and co at Arkane a handmade Outsider. He now sits proudly in the lobby welcoming all that enter Arkane Lyon.

See all the new artwork, stitches, suits of armor, and more in our gallery below. See yours next time by sending bethblog@bethsoft.com an email or by using #BethesdArt when you post on your channels.

Help Wolfenstein & ESO Become Golden

Our industry’s longest-standing award show (32 years), the UK’s Golden Joystick Awards, return on Friday, October 24th. Both Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Elder Scrolls Online are representing Bethesda — providing us with a total of four nominations, including a Game of the Year nod for MachineGames’ take on the Wolfenstein franchise!

Nominations include:

Want to help support ZeniMax Online Studo and MachineGames in these categories? Head to www.goldenjoystick.com and vote before October 20th.

Europeans getting ‘Evil’ early!

If you’re looking forward to playing The Evil Within and you live in Europe, South Africa, India or the Middle East we’ve got good news. Shinji Mikami’s return to survival horror, The Evil Within, is now releasing on the same day it’s coming to North America,  Tuesday, 14th October, both at retail and on Xbox LIVE, PSN, and Steam.

Winner of the official Gamescom award for Best PlayStation Game at this year’s show, you can visit the game’s official site for details on pre-ordering the game and receiving The Fighting Chance Pack. From experience, I can tell you the game can be quite challenging, so taking any extra gear will help.

Note: For Australia and New Zealand (16 October) and Japan (23 October), the release dates for The Evil Within have not changed.

At PAX or at Home — Another Chance to Win a Custom #TheEvilWithin Xbox One!

As mentioned earlier this week, attendees of The Evil Within Experience at PAX Prime will have a chance to win a limited and customized Xbox One console. If you’re not able to make the event — heck, if you’re not even in Seattle — you still have a chance to win this custom Xbox.

All you have to do is check our official rules to see if you’re eligible and retweet this post from @TheEvilWithin. One lucky winner will be selected next week!

Evil Takes Hold of New Photo App

On the dawn of PAX Prime, we’ve released our new photo app for The Evil Within on both the Google Play and iTunes App Store, as well as through a Facebook app!

As you can see above, using the app can transform even the world’s most beautiful faces into your worst nightmare. It’s the perfect way to set up your social media profile pics with an image ready for Halloween.

 The prize winner will get a smaller scale version of our The Evil Within brain (replica Shinji not included)

And that’s not all! Through all versions of the app and thanks to our partners at GamesRadar, valid participants will have an opportunity to score a one-of-a-kind memento for The Evil Within — a replica brain based upon key art for the game. For your chance to win (contest rules here), be sure to submit your photo to the contest between today and 11:59.59 pm edt on Tuesday, September 3rd.

Evil Takes Hold of Your Xbox & PlayStation

Time to give your Xbox or PlayStation dashboard a taste of the terror that awaits this October.

On both Xbox 360 and Xbox One, your avatar can get in the spirit of Halloween and dress up as one of the The Evil Within’s iconic characters — options include “The Keeper” (complete with his terrifying hammer), main protagonist Sebastian Castellanos, Ruvik, or the Beacon Hill nurse, Tatiana.

In addition to characters there’s an array of weapons, traps, and shirts you can purchase on the Avatar Store. Show off your excitement for The Evil Within and to get into the Halloween spirit! Note: If you’re on Xbox One, you can still update your avatar if you purchase avatar content through Xbox.com.

And beginning this week on PSN, you can purchase a new dynamic theme featuring The Evil Within for your PlayStation 3. See it in action here.

Hollywood cast provide the voices within

When playing through The Evil Within’s campaign — especially if you’re playing by yourself — every now and then it will be comforting to hear the voice of someone you recognize.

In a press release today, we can reveal that the game’s main protagonist, Sebastian Castellanos, is voiced by Anson Mount, known for his popular role as Cullen Bohannon’s on AMC’s Hell on Wheels. Also on your side will be the voice of Jennifer Carpenter (Officer Morgan from the TV hit Dexter) — playing the role of Sebastian’s partner, Detective Juli Kidman. For the game’s most sinister role, Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley has been cast in the role of the game’s top villain, Ruvik.

Finally, the anime crowd will be familiar with the voicework for Jospeh Oda. Playing his role is Yuri Lowenthal – otherwise known as Ben in Ben 10 and also the voice of Sasuke in Naruto.

To learn more about the amazing work contributed by these actors, watch the video embed above and read the official press release after the break…

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