QUAKE LIVE Premium Pack 12

We’re pleased to announce a content update for Pro and Premium subscribers to QUAKE LIVE, id Software’s browser-based free-to-play first person shooter, with the addition of the Premium Pak 12. With this update, Pro Start-a-Match players get five new game modes, a new Start-a-Match interface that offers in-depth match customization options, more than 200 customization settings, and four new premium arenas. The Premium Pak 12 update is available at quakelive.com.

In addition, all QUAKE LIVE premium content will be free beginning today through Sunday, May 6th. During this Free Premium Week, new Premium and Pro subscribers will receive one or two free two-week Pro Subscription Tokens which can be redeemed to extend their subscription or gifted to a friend.

The Free Premium Week content includes:

Dishonored preview blowout

In the past few weeks, members of Arkane have traveled to New York, LA, and across Europe to show off new areas in Dishonored. The above image comes from their stop in London, where (from left) Viktor Antonov, Sebastien Mitton, Harvey Smith, Raphael Colantonio, and Dinga Bakaba) enjoyed relaxing in a room you might recognize from the 2011 Best Picture Winner, The King’s Speech.

While the Arkane crew works away in Lyon, France and Austin, TX, coverage from their tour has started appearing today.

We start at Kotaku, where where Stephen Totilo reveals 18 Things About Dishonored That You Should Know. Here’s one to get you started:

#7 In this game, there are lots of ways to do the same thing. Take the Bathhouse building I saw during the demo. It’s where the action was going to be. And while we could possess a fish to go inside, there were supposedly seven other ways to get in there, too.

On Machinima, watch a 7-minute interview with the game’s co-creative directors, Raphael Colantonio and Harvey Smith. That and more after the break.

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Skyrim Roundup: Mods, Kinect impressions, and more arrows to the knee

Here’s a look at some of the best Skyrim news on the web from the last week.
Watch Gamespot’s weekly look at Skyrim mods as they highlight Dragon Bone weapons, Katamari-esque madness, and more. Featured mods include:
More mods and news after the break…

Tango Gameworks announces survival-horror project, codenamed “Zwei”

In an interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu, Tango Gameworks executive producer Shinji Mikami announced that the studio’s first project, codenamed “Zwei”, will return Mikami-san (the creator of Resident Evil) to the survival-horror genre.

Here’s the official statement posted on Tango’s website.

Our latest project’s codename is “Zwei” and it is a survival horror game.

The above image is a collage of different environments we put together for this announcement and is intended to give a feel for the tone and the direction the production is taking. (However, neither the code name nor the image is intended to tell you exactly what is in the game.)

As a master of the ‘survival horror’ genre, Shinji Mikami is committed to making a game that is the realization of pure survival horror, an experience which he defines as one that pushes the limits of fear and exhilaration. He and his team at Tango are committed to attaining this vision.

Here on the blog, we’ll keep you posted on the latest developments from Tango. You can also follow them on their official website, Twitter, and Facebook. Those interested in applying at Tango should visit the ZeniMax job page.

Pre-register for QuakeCon 2012 now!

Update 4/25: Registration is now live!

 

Original Post: We’re less than four months from QuakeCon, and to get ready, we’re opening pre-registration tomorrow!

While general admission to QuakeCon remains FREE for all attendees, when pre-registration opens we will be offering premium packages. These premium packages are limited and will be available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Get all the package details after the break…

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Dishonored Roundup

Following last week’s debut trailer, gaming press have begun dissecting and analyzing the video with hopes of finding new information on the game. Check these sites for recaps:

If last week’s trailer was your introduction to Dishonored, below is a recap of previous coverage on the game.

Game Informer revealed Dishonored last summer with their August cover story. Visit their Dishonored hub and watch the following videos featuring members of Arkane’s team.

More recently, first looks at gameplay were included in interviews with Gamespot and Xplay. Watch these videos.
  • Gamespot — Creating Steampunk Beauty
  • Gamespot — Stealthy, Gruesome Murder
  • Xplay — First Look Preview

Now that you’re up to speed, be on the lookout for new impressions of the game this week.

Plant a Tree

Who knew Nick Breckon’s initials also stood for Nature Boy? His recent (and totally awesome) Skyrim mod, Plant Trees, lets you purchase and plant seeds throughout the world. Watch the video above to see how trees grow over time.

If that’s not cool enough, his v0.5 update adds a new item, the Staff of Efflorescence, that allows you to fire off some pretty potent flower power. Watch the video below to see it’s impressive effects.

Download Plant Trees on the Skyrim Workshop