But is it for everyone? From our days of following social media and sites like NeoGaf — we know you like your alternate cover options, too — because the other country usually has the better cover. So as to make sure everyone has a say, we’re presenting three alternate cover options — one of which will be the reverse sleeve for the launch edition of The Evil Within.
Below are three options. Be sure to vote for your pick on the Bethesda Blog poll on the right-hand side, and if you email your choice to email@example.com, you’ll have a chance to win one of 10 signed copies of The Evil Within (when the game ships, of course). For contest rules, click here.
Vote for our “Asylum” Cover
Vote for our “Piercing Eye” Cover
Vote for our “Twisted” Cover
Good luck and thanks for voting!
We know many of you have been looking forward to the migration, and we’re ready to share the specifics. The European megaserver migration will begin at 8:00AM EDT (1:00PM BST) on July 29th, and we anticipate that the process will be complete by 5:00PM EDT (10:00PM BST). During the migration, the European megaserver will be unavailable, but the North American megaserver, account site, and forums will not be affected.
If you have questions about the process, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few common ones. If you don’t see your question here, make sure to check out our knowledge base.
Will anything change for me when the migration is complete?
Nope! All your characters will be just the way you left them before the move. There won’t be a patch to download, either.
The migration seems to be during European primetime. Why is that?
Moving everything over to our new datacenter is a complex operation involving a large number of our engineers and support staff in Europe and North America. It’s important to us that everyone we need for the process is awake, ready, and available. This will help us make the transition as smooth as possible.
I’m European, but created characters on the North American megaserver. Can I move them to the new European megaserver?
No. The migration will only affect characters that already exist on the European megaserver, and no transfers are available right now.
We’re looking forward to the move and are doing everything we can to make sure your characters arrive safely in the Frankfurt database. See you there!
What else is happening with ESO, check out these highlights from www.elderscrollsonline.com:
- QuakeCon 2014 featured PvP Tournaments, Time Trials, and a panel looking ahead to the game’s future. Read highlights and watch footage on the official site.
- The newest edition of Battlemaster’s Corner highlights user Dreddnawt’s appropriately titled Dreadnaught character.
- Learn tips for individualizing your character with new features from ESO’s Update 3.
- The official Bethesda Store is selling an all-new “Siege of The Imperial City” lithograph (limited to 300 prints). See full details here and check out the print below.
For anyone that loves playing games, QuakeCon should be on your bucket list. From thousands of fans “whoop-ing” and playing games in BYOC to special events like this year’s DOOM reveal, it’s memorable each and every year. It’s also the most acceptable venue in the world for BAWLS chugging contests.
With 2014 being Bethesda’s 6th year helping with the show, we’ve put together some of our favorite pictures and videos from the event. For more, be sure to check out the event’s official YouTube channel, Flickr page, and the amazing community forums up at QConForums.com.
And they’re not the only ones talking about this year’s show. On top of coverage of the DOOM reveal, we recommend checking out these QuakeCon features…
- Polygon examines the logistics of setting up North America’s biggest LAN party and discusses what makes QuakeCon so special.
- Shacknews wraps up their highlights in, including a tower of BAWLS and pizza.
- The Dallas Observer shares their favorite pics from this year’s event.
- GameFront shares their favorite case mods from QuakeCon 2014.
To all those that attended — from our BYOC attendees to a volunteer staff that could run a country — thanks for making QuakeCon so memorable. As much important as the games are to the event, it’s the people that make the event so special.
See you next year in Dallas for the 20th QuakeCon!
After the break, catch our 2014 QuakeCon video highlights…
Signing off into the weekend, we bring you works from Fallout: New Vegas, Skyrim inked, and some Evil Within. Send us your artwork by using #BethesdArt on social media, or be directly emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We love filling up our album below with your incredible artwork!
As we draw nearer to “The Evil Within’s” release date (October 14 in North America, October 17th in Europe), we’re giving you a closer look at the names and faces of Tango Gameworks — the developers behind Shinji Mikami’s return to survival horror. These videos come from a recent trip to Tango’s office located in Tokyo, Japan.
Meet Tango Gameworks’ Level Designer, John Johanas – AKA ‘The American’.
For more Bethesda Underground videos, check out playlist here.
QuakeCon might be North America’s largest LAN party, but it’s definitely not the highest. In a new mini-documentary, Tek Syndicate tells the story of players participating climbing the summit of Mt. Elbert — to have a LAN party at the summit!
The game of choice? DOOM! Watch how they battle elevation sickness (and each other) as they climb a 4500 ft.
Moving from CO to TX, BattleCry Studios ventured to QuakeCon 2014 for the game’s first-ever free-play matches and competitive tournament. In addition numerous attendees playing the game, some members of the gaming press also got their first stab at post-Black Powder Treaty combat. Get new impressions at MMOBomb.com, PCGamesN, and Shacknews.
And while players played BATTLECRY, members of the team talked about it. Design Director Lucas Davis answered a number of questions for MMORPG.com. Here’s an excerpt…
MMORPG: How does advancement work? Is it skill-based, weapon-based, or both?
LD: As your warrior progresses through levels, you’re able to unlock your skill tree, which is used to build customized loadouts with. The skill tree will allow you to power up your weapons, but whatever you want your weapon to look like, that’s what it will look like.
So what else is happening? We’ll ask you below.
- Ever wonder what Dishonored would look like in 4K?
- What would Shinji Mikami do if he found himself inside a survival horror game? Find out at 3NewsNZ.
- Can you name which one of our games ranked in Video Game Writers’ 10 Best Games of 2014 (So Far)?
- Looking for more reactions from the QuakeCon DOOM reveal? Head to Platform Nation.
- What does The Sixth Axis think you’ll need a spare pair of when playing The Evil Within? Well, you can probably guess.
- What elements of DOOM I & II should be in id Software’s newest effort? AusGamers answers the question.
That’s all for now. Look for more coverage of QuakeCon 2014 — including photos from the show — later in the week.
If you’re lost you can look – and you will find me — Con after Con.
That’s the case for The Evil Within. A week after making a trip to QuakeCon 2014, we’re excited to announce that the game — along with more than 20 other titles — will be playable at Microsoft’s Xbox Lounge for San Diego Comic-Con weekend. While in town for the show, head to Manchester Grand Hyatt — Seaport Ballroom, 2nd floor during these hours:
- Thursday: 11AM – 6PM
- Friday: 11AM – 8PM
- Saturday: 11AM – 8PM
- Sunday: 11AM – 5PM
In addition to playing new games, 20 custom-designed Xbox Ones will be given out during the weekend, including the barbed-wire brain box shown above. For a chance to win (full rules here), head over to the Xbox Gaming Lounge, snap a photo of your favorite custom console (that would be The Evil Within), and tweet. Be sure to follow @Xbox, tweet a photo of the console in the Xbox Gaming Lounge, and include the hashtags #XboxOne and #XboxSweeps.
Big thanks to those QuakeCon attendees that participated in our #TheGoodWithin Blood Drive in association with The American Red Cross. With your help, we easily surpassed our two-day goal. According to the American Red Cross, it’s estimated that the blood you gave will help save 372 lives.
So now that the drive is over, it’s safe to raise a pint to celebrate the pints you gave!
In celebration of the game’s first community tournament at QuakeCon, we’re releasing an all-new wallpaper for the game. Head to www.battlecrythegame.com to download.
Inspired by the colors and rendering style from 19th century frescoes and by the efficient techniques used by World War I Naval painters, the mural depicts a battle scene between the Royal Marines and Cossacks taking place near Novi Sevastopol (English: New Sevastopol). A suspended city with three bridges, one coming from Asia, another from the Cossack Empire, and third one from the West, Novi Sevastopol is a key strategic point in the Pansophic era, the last stop for all good arriving from the mythical Silk Road before they reach their final destination. A massive metal structure overlooking the entire port is the largest trading post on the Black Sea.
The QCon Forums hit the exit gates of yesterday’s DOOM reveal to catch reactions the first folks to see the game… they’re pretty amazing! On behalf of everyone at id and Bethesda, thank you for coming and making the game’s reveal so memorable.
And for more on the reveal, read reactions from Game Informer’s Andrew Reiner.
On October 14th in North America (and October 16th and October 17th for Europe, The Evil Within will launch on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.
To help you through Shinji’s return to survival horror, don’t forget that pre-ordering the game means you’ll have access to the Fighting Chance Pack — full of weapons and resources that will prove useful in your playthrough. Trust us… you’ll want every bit of help you can get.
News alert! Steam is welcoming The Elder Scrolls Online to its library later today. For updates, stay tuned here on the blog and at elderscrollsonline.com
As the old saying goes: “It takes a Village”. That’s certainly the case when it comes to volunteers for QuakeCon. In a new video from the Bethesda Underground team, meet three QuakeCon volunteers and find out what brings them back to QuakeCon every year.
Want to be one of the villagers that makes QuakeCon so awesome? Be sure to visit the BYOC volunteer desk at this year’s show.
Nothing stands out in an art piece more than someone’s face missing! That may not be entirely true as we see plenty of amazing artwork and cosplay complete with faces, but we certainly were paying attention to the DOOM piece Brock Hofer sent to us above.
See more faceful and faceless imagery below as we feature plenty of amazing art pieces from Dishonored, Skyrim, and DOOM. If you have some art of your own, send it to us to share using #BethesdArt on Twitter and Instagram or to email@example.com.
As announced in a recent QuakeCon update, we’re excited to be holding the first tournaments for BATTLECRY — our new team-based action game from BattleCry Studios. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s planned in this year’s Exhibit Hall.
BATTLECRY Free-Play Matches
Beginning Thursday morning, we will have first-come, first-serve free-play matches of the game’s first WarZone in the QuakeCon exhibit hall. Winning teammates will receive a limited edition BATTLECRY Tournament t-shirt, and all participants will received a signed lithograph from the game’s creative director, Viktor Antonov.
For your chance to play and score the shirt, note our Free-Play schedule for the weekend…
Thursday, July 17
11:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Friday, July 18th
11:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 2:00pm
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Saturday, July 19th11:00am – 12:00pm 1:00pm – 2:00pm 3:00pm – 4:00pm
These Free-Play matches will also give you quality gameplay experience should you elect to participate in our…
Inaugural Team Tournament (!!)
In addition to daily free-play matches, our Inaugural Team Tournament will be running Thursday – Saturday. For this tournament, we encourage clans/teammates/friends to group up and note the following guidelines:
- You should register yourself and your seven teammates at this link.
- All players must be 18 and must present a government issued ID to participate. Identification will be checked on site.
- Our eight-team (64 players) tournament bracket will be determined at approximately 1:30 pm CDT on Thursday, July 17th.
- The tournament will kick off at 2:00pm CDT on July 17th.
- Participants not on hand for their scheduled match will be replaced by standby players.
- Best-of-three match ups are tentatively scheduled for the following times
- Thursday (Quarterfinals) — Starting at 2pm
- Friday (Semifinals ) — Starting at 4pm
- Saturday (Championship) — Starting at 5 pm
In addition to scoring a BATTLECRY Tournament t-shirt and signed lithograph for participating, each member of the Championship Team will receive one (1) XFX AMD R9 290X graphics card..
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. You must be in attendance at the show to participate. Remember to include your guild name!
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
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.
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.”
QuakeCon 2014, the ultimate video game festival, will take place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, July 17 through Sunday, July 20. Attendees who would like to donate can sign up with American Red Cross representatives in the Topaz room l during blood drive hours: Friday, July 18, 2014 11 am – 5 pm and Saturday, July 19, 2014 11 am – 5 pm. **Donors must be at least 17 years old and meet American Red Cross requirements for donating blood, which can be found at http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements
QuakeCon is a free event open to general admission attendees thanks to the support of id Software and Bethesda Softworks, as well as the QuakeCon volunteer staff and the 2014 event sponsors and exhibitors.To pre-register for QuakeCon today go to: http://registration.quakecon.org. For more information on QuakeCon 2014 visit www.quakecon.org.
About Bethesda Softworks
Bethesda Softworks, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, is a worldwide publisher of premier interactive entertainment software. Titles featured under the Bethesda label include such blockbuster franchises as The Elder Scrolls®, DOOM®, QUAKE®, Fallout®, Wolfenstein®, Dishonored®, Prey®, and RAGE®. For more information on Bethesda Softworks’ products, visit www.bethsoft.com.
Often described as the “Woodstock of Gaming,” QuakeCon is a four-day, non-stop celebration of games and the people who play them. Free to all and open to the public, QuakeCon 2014 will feature North America’s largest Bring-Your-Own-Computer (BYOC) LAN party, drawings and contests with big cash prizes, exhibits with the latest games and hardware, and non-stop entertainment, parties and events. First created in 1996 by a group of friends on IRC and now going into its nineteenth year, QuakeCon remains true to its original mission as an event created by gamers, for gamers. Sponsored by id Software and other industry-leading software and hardware manufacturers, QuakeCon continues to be run by a dedicated group of volunteers, including an executive team with more than 75 years of combined experience producing the event.
About American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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.