We’re back sharing our favorite news from around the web. On the docket for today, we’ve got links and videos to share for Skyrim, Dishonored, Wolfenstein, and The Evil Within.
To begin, many of us at the office enjoyed watching “Man at Arms” Tony Swatton create (by popular demand) a bone-smashing Orcish Battleaxe from Skyrim. It’s clear Tony has made his Smithing skill Legendary many times over, and we hope to see him create more Skyrim weapons in the future.
What else is happening on the internet with our games? Let’s continue…
As announced by Major Nelson, next week Xbox LIVE will be featuring a sale on Dishonored add-ons. Between July 9th and July 15th, The Knife of Dunwall and Dunwall City Trials will be 50% off — that’s 400 and 200 Microsoft points, respectively.
Game site Leviathyn has a new article focusing on what they want to see in Dishonored’s next DLC, The Brigmore Witches. As we have new details on the game, we’ll let everyone know.
Want to see amazing Dishonored fan art? Visit le-sim’s tumblr to see art of Emily, the Pendletons, Granny Rags, and more!
After the break, check out new highlights for The Evil Within and Wolfenstein: The New Order.
Following last week’s nominations, we’re thrilled to share news that The Elder Scrolls Online has been named Best Role Playing Game of E3 2013… congrats to the team at ZeniMax Online Studios! For a look at the game’s other E3 awards, check out our post from last month.
As a company, ESO is the fourth Bethesda-published game to win Best Role Playing Game. Previously Bethesda Game Studios’ Oblivion (2005), Fallout 3 (2008), and Skyrim (2011) received the same accolade.
“Dungeons represent some of the toughest challenges in The Elder Scrolls Online, and they add yet another adventure you can choose to experience as you explore Tamriel. We hope this peek behind the portcullis helped give you some insight about dungeon design, and we’re excited to see how you choose to tackle these dangerous delves in your own groups. Make sure to share this with your prospective party members so they’ll be prepared, too!”
As part of their 100th issue, OXM UK has put together a list of the 100 most important people in the world of Xbox. Included on the list are six members of the Bethesda family: Todd Howard (Bethesda Game Studios), Raphael Colantonio (Arkane Studios), Harvey Smith (Arkane Studios), Viktor Antonov (Zenimax Media), John Carmack (id Software), and Shinji Mikami (Tango Gameworks).
Want one of these Vault 108 hoodies? You’ll need to act quickly tomorrow when they go up at store.bethsoft.com.
Just as there were 54 Garys in Fallout 3’s Vault 108, we will only sell 54 individually-numbered hoodies* (Gary 01 — Gary 54). Due to the extremely limited nature of this item, we can’t honor requests for specific numbers.
As soon as the hoodies are available tomorrow, we’ll update this post and also notify fans following our Twitter and Facebook pages.
The annual Game Critics Awards for E3 — determined by 30 outlets that cover games — have been announced, and we’re excited to share news that The Elder Scrolls Online received three nominations: Best PC Game, Best RPG, and Best Online Multiplayer. Congrats to everyone at ZeniMax Online Studios for their hard work and this prestigious honor.
With hourly presentations from game director Jens Matthies and more than a dozen hands-on kiosks within our booth, there’s still plenty of E3 buzz for Wolfenstein: The New Order making its way online. Let’s have a look, shall we?
Also at Polygon, Jenna Pitcher discusses the satisfying feeling of wielding guns after playing the hand-on demo:
“It felt great, and a little naughty, dual-wielding machine guns, especially since they felt like they had at least three times the heft and punch of other games’ machine guns. Other weapons encountered included a metal cutting tool called the Lazerkraftwerk, a detachable gatling gun and more.”
Today on store.bethsoft.com, we have three new giclee prints available for purchase — two for Dishonored and one for Skyrim! Note: the Dishonored prints are extremely limited — each are limited to 75 total prints.
PlayStation’s new TV spot, Greatness Awaits, focuses on all that you can achieve while playing video games. The spot includes dozens of references to games in the PlayStation catalog, including The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Near the end of the video, you should be able to spot Dragonborn and Alduin, and if you have eagle vision, you may also be able to spot some skeletons and draugrs from the game. To interact with the trailer, visit the official PlayStation YouTube Channel.
In other Skyrim news, here’s a pair of links worth checking out:
The Onion — Legendary (he’s a level 252 Dark Elf) Dagmar Brightbane recounts his adventures in a new interview featured at the infamous humor site.
Shortlist — TESt your knowledge with the UK site’s Ultimate Skyrim Quiz.
The video is broken out into two parts. First, we interviewed Axel to learn more about working at Machinegames and creating concept art for Wolfenstein: The New Order.
In the second half of the video, he demonstrates his daily routine of speedpainting — his method of mentally preparing for the work day by spending 15-20 minutes to create a concept image from scratch.
In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be sharing more Bethesda Underground videos from our trip to MachineGames. If you’ve missed any of the previous videos, check out our playlist on the official Bethesda YouTube Channel.