Courtesy of our friends & colleagues in our Sydney office, we wanted to share this PAX Aus clip of Australian comedy trio Tripod. Watch as they burst into song to describe their Skyrim characters.
Their character experiences are very different, to say the least. Enjoy!
Yar really going to like our newest modding interview. This week we talk to BigBizkit, responsible for the popular Pirates of Skyrim mod.
What you do for a living?
What pirate fiction would you say most influenced your project?
Well, it is not so much fiction per se but I really like to think of the golden age of exploration as a source of inspiration. The times when people would set sail not just to get to places, but to actually go out and look for places and routes that have not been discovered yet (by Europeans). The times when seafaring nations like the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain used to be world powers because of their naval prowess. Other than that, there is also this series of blockbuster movies… there are currently four and a fifth one is in the making. I will not say anything about the quality of the movies, but they surely did have an impact on how pirates are viewed. As for games, a great source of inspiration is and has always been the eternal classic “Monkey Island” especially the first and second part. Oh, and there is also this fairly recent game with “black flag” in the title… you’ve probably never heard of it.
What features in the project are you most proud of?
When I created “Pirates of Skyrim”, I wanted it to be its own “system” so to speak. I could have made it into a quest mod where you would set sail, pillage some ships, return and mission accomplished, but instead I went for a radiant system where the player would have a reason to set sail to the sea of ghosts repeatedly, where you would want to pillage ships over and over. That is why the naval battles are randomly assigned and the loot is different every time, and so are the things you may or may not find on the ocean floor. In my opinion, the randomness of the battles, the loot, the ocean, etc. — in combination with the achievements you can unlock by collecting treasure that you may or may not find, contributes to the mods longevity and constitutes the best feature – and that is what I am most proud of.
Do you plan to continue supporting the project? And if so, what can you share from your current plan?
Sure. I have pretty much already shared my future plans in the forum tab at the mod’s file page. There are two main features on my list that I want to implement:
A Pirate Port — I envision a safe haven for pirates on a small island. It would be rundown at first and only a few NPCs would hang around there initially. But as the player continues to bring in loot from his/her pillages market stands and decoration would be unlocked and more and more NPCs would appear there showing the place flourishing.
A Privateering System — You would be able to obtain a “letter of marque” from either the Imperial Legion or the Stormcloaks. This would give you permission to hunt down ships of the opposing faction. The player would need to set sail to the sea of ghosts, dispose of a crew of the opposing faction, and then return with proof of the deed (e.g. a banner) to Solitude/Windhelm to receive a reward. Doing so would earn the player a positive reputation with his/her faction, and a negative one with the opposing one. This would obviously come with some consequences like being blocked from ports, attacks from opposing privateers etc.
In your opinion, of all the races in The Elder Scrolls, which ones make the best pirates? The worst?
Best: I would say, lore-wise, it would have to be Redguards. Judging solely based on “style” I would say all the human races would be doing fine as pirates. The two pirate characters I play are both Bretons. Dunmer/Dark Elves also make for some good scurvy ridden, swashbuckling scum.
Worst: I like Khajiits alot and I know they are not identical to cats, but still, I find it hard to imagine that they would feel very comfortable at sea. There might be the odd cat though that would do well as a pirate. I also do not think Altmer/High Elves would make good pirates. They are often times portrayed as rather uptight, snooty, “high class” and such so it is hard to imagine them as sailing rapscallions. I envision them more as victims of piracy, for example if there ever was to be an Elder Scrolls game taking place on or around the Summerset Isles (wink wink nudge nudge)…
Outside of what you’re working on, what mods/mod authors are among your favorites?
That is a tough question for somebody like me who is well beyond the 255 mods limit. Anyways, one of my favourite mods is Throwing Weapons Redux by Madrilous. It adds something to the game that was clearly missing and some of my characters’ builds depend on it as they make avid use of poison grenades and other explosives. I have heavily edited my private version of Madrilous’ mod but without him laying the groundwork many of my characters would be using “sword and board” rather than grenades and throwing knives. Bob’s Armory created by Mr. Dave offers a great variety of weapons and hats – some of them are featured in my mod as well.Another great addition is Automatic Crossbows by J3X.
Jaxonz is a modder who has created some essentials and who clearly knows what he’s doing. If you are in need of a good house mod, you cannot go wrong with one of Elianora’s mods. Last but not least, Matthiaswagg – one of the most helpful and capable people at the Skyrim Nexus Forums – and a skilled team of other modders are working on a massive mod called “Immersive Quests”. I cannot wait for its release as it is bound to be great.
Do I get (or am I forced) to walk the plank?
Don’t worry, you are just going to be fired out of a cannon. But you get to wear a bucket on your head – for safety reasons
In writing dialogue for the mod, did you find yourself increasingly using the letter “R”?
If you’ve already completed part 1 of Juli Kidman’s adventure and are dying to know what happens next… and we’re happy to inform you won’t have to wait long to see her story through.
The Consequence will release on Tuesday, April 21st on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC (Note: European PlayStation players will be able to download on Wednesday, April 22nd).
Since it’s only been a couple weeks since The Assignment released, we don’t want to spoil too much of what’s happening next — there would assuredly be consequences for that. Instead, we’ve created a brief teaser of the madness Kidman will soon encounter.
For more on The Evil Within’s DLC, keep your eyes peeled for updates as we creep nearer to April 21st. You can find out more on The Evil Within and it’s DLC by visiting theevilwithin.com or by visiting Facebook, or following @theevilwithin on Twitter & Instagram.
Our newly-announced standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Old Blood, brings fans back to a familiar locale — Castle Wolfenstein! But before you return to Castle Wolfenstein, we’re going to play Return to Castle Wolfenstein (RTCW)– the 2001 classic. Confused… hmmm… moving on.
In RTCW, BJ’s breakin’ out of the dungeon to hunt down and stop Heinrich Himmler, facing zombies and freakish experiments along the way. Return to Castle Wolfenstein with us this Friday at 4pm ET only on Twitch.TV/Bethesda.
Spring is in the air. To help get into the season, the official Bethesda merch store has a refreshing new line of Nuka-Cola products, including:
- Vintage Nuka Cola Screenprint Tee
- Nuka Cola Modify Watch
- Quantum Cola Modify Watch
- Nuka Cola Trucker Cap
- Nuka Cola Mug
For more info, visit store.bethsoft.com!
With this week’s release of Tamriel Unlimited on PC/Mac, here’s a quick reminder of some desk-side companions for your journeys.
Up first, we have an all-new plush Bull Netch. We know, it’s not made from 100% Netch leather, but we thought the adjustable tentacles would make up for it.
Additionally, we wanted to provide a reminder of upcoming books you’ll want to check out during gameplay breaks. You can pre-purchase both The Elder Scrolls Online: Tales of Tamriel, Vol. 1 – The Land and The Skyrim Library, Vol. 1: The Histories – arriving in April and June, respectively.
For the first time ever, you can adventure in ESO without paying a game subscription!
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited — coming June 9th to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 — has arrived for PC and Mac! Featuring the entire original game and all six major content updates since launch – including the new Justice and Champion Systems – there’s never been a better time to play The Elder Scrolls with your friends. Rally your most trusted allies, take up your sword, and get ready to experience everything Tamriel has to offer with no restrictions!
If you previously purchased ESO, your characters are ready to continue the adventure right now—all you have to do is run the launcher to patch up and get back in the game. And if you’re currently subscribed, you’ve automatically become a member of ESO Plus, our new premium membership! As a member, you’re going to get some great in-game bonuses (like additional experience gain) and a monthly allotment of crowns—virtual currency you can spend in the new Crown Store on great cosmetic and convenience items.
New players only need to make the one-time purchase of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited to get into the action. Whether you plan to quest alone, explore with your friends, or join massive siege battles in the Alliance War, now is the perfect time to join us in Tamriel.
Last weekend hosted the very first live edition of Gamespot’s Top 5 Skyrim Mods of the Week show. Over 100 fans came from far and wide to pack out London’s Loading bar – one US resident even crossing the Atlantic to be at the special show – where they were treated to an evening of Skyrum (heh!) cocktails, sweetrolls, prizes and, of course, plenty of new Skyrim mods.
Regular hosts Cam and Seb, along with special guest companion Dovahbear, kept the crowd entertained with a predictably madcap mix of cheese-based Dragon Shouts and giant, exploding chickens, but mostly it was a great chance for members of the community to meet up, enjoy the game and quiz the hosts on how the show is made.
TGIF! With the weekend here, it’s a great opportunity to turn down the lights and stay up late to play part 1 of Juli Kidman’s two-part adventure — The Assignment — available through Steam, Xbox Live, and PSN.
Focusing heavily on stealth tactics, the DLC is already receiving praise from reviewers. Scoring it an 8.5/10, IGN had the following to say:
“I spent a lot of the time running blindly with my heart thumping, hoping a distracted enemy wasn’t now in pursuit, or yelling in triumph after locking one in a room. Without a weapon, the tension builds quickly.”
You can get more from IGN in a their review commentary video feature (note: there are spoilers). For more opinions, we’ll be adding reviews as they come in below.
Videogamer.com (8/10) — “…The Assignment is a reasonably-sized add-on which fleshes out The Evil Within’s story while building on what made it so enjoyable in the first place.”
Crave Online — (8/10) — “For fans of The Evil Within, The Assignment stands out as a key component to understanding its complex story. For everyone, it offers an entirely new way to enjoy the universe.”
Last week Pete Hines and I had the pleasure of debuting Wolfenstein: The Old Blood — live in Boston from the Twitch.TV main stage. We had a great time showing off the content, and as you’ll see, it was a pretty good idea that I input a debug code for a little extra “health insurance.”
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood releases digitally on Tuesday, May 5th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. For more content updates — including the debut of new concept art for weapons be sure to check out the game’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
PAX East, Day 1
PAX East, Day 2
Available today, Juli Kidman stars in “The Assignment”, the first of three DLCs to come to The Evil Within. Grab a flashlight to light your way as you get closer to understanding the role Sebastian’s partner plays.
And if you missed the Twitch stream yesterday showcasing gameplay, you can get a taste of what awaits you by watching the highlight below…
You can purchase “The Assignment” today on Xbox LIVE, PSN (North America), or Steam for $9.99 right now! Keep up to date with the latest on The Evil Within and DLC on TheEvilWithin.com.
We wanted to get you ready for the thrills and excitement of The Evil Within’s “The Assignment” DLC arriving this Tuesday. Turn off all the lights and join us on Monday as we reveal gameplay from the newest addition to The Evil Within story.
Advertise your intelligence, agility, and love for Wasteland weaponry with the new Vault Boy of the Month shirt, Gun Nut! Sure, it may not give you any extra skill in Repair and Small Guns, but you’ll look stylish heading towards St. Patrick’s Day.
Stop by store.bethsoft.com before the end of next week to grab one before they’re gone!
This week Bethesda TwitchWorks comes in at a special time!
The stream, featuring Pete Hines and myself, starts live from PAX East at 10:30 am est on both Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th!
Visit ElderScrollsOnline.com to learn more about the update, including:
- An introductory guide to the Justice System
- A new primer on how Champion Points work
- Additional changes and improvements to ESO in the full Update 6 Patch Notes
… there was The Old Blood!
This morning we’re excited to announce what our friends and colleagues at MachineGames are up to: an all-new standalone prequel to everyone’s favorite Nazi-blasting first-person shooter of 2014, Wolfenstein: The New Order!
Arriving digitally on May 5th for $19.99/£14.99 /€19.99/$39.95 AUS on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood takes our hero BJ Blazkowicz back to the year 1946 in an adventure that spans eight chapters and two interconnected stories (released together) that will lead into the events you know and love from The New Order.
Part one of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves — pits BJ Blazkowicz against a maniacal prison warden as he breaks into Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to steal the coordinates to General Deathshead’s compound. In part two – The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs – our hero’s search for the coordinates leads him to the city of Wulfburg where an obsessed Nazi archaeologist is exhuming mysterious artifacts that threaten to unleash a dark and ancient power.
For a first look, watch our announcement trailer in the embed above, and this weekend at PAX East, look for our two-part livestream happening on Twitch.TV/Twitch at 10:30 am est on both Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th.
Get ready for bigger mods on Steam’s Skyrim Workshop. This week we’ve pulled the restraining bolt that restricted mod sizes to 100 mb – allowing you to upload mod projects to the file size your project demands!
Before we go live with this feature for everyone, we’re beta testing things this week – both for Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit, too.
Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update
- Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods on the Steam Workshop.
- The Preview Image is limited to no larger than 1 MB.
- The Skyrim Launcher no longer downloads mods from Steam Workshop. Downloads are now managed by the Steam Client. The Skyrim Launcher updates the game after the Steam Client finishes the download.
To participate in these beta releases, you’ll need to do the following steps in the Steam client:
- Log into Steam
- Click on your game Library.
- Right click on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and select Properties.
- Click on the Betas tab, and from the drop down select beta – Skyrim Beta
- Next from Library, access Tools from the drop down.
- Right click on Creation Kit and select Properties.
- Click on the Betas tab, and from the drop down select beta – Creation Kit Beta
- Steam will now restart. After Steam restarts, Skyrim will be updated to the Beta version currently available.
If you decide you don’t want to run the Beta anymore, redo the steps above and select “None”.
To provide feedback on the beta update, use our beta forum.
With The Evil Within’s first DLC releasing next week, you might notice a new title update deploying this week on Steam, PSN, Xbox LIVE. The update will ready the game for DLC compatibility and a detectives-to-be might notice the reveal of The Assignment’s trophies & achievements.
And in case you missed it, The Assignment releases on Tuesday, March 10th on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4 (Note: PlayStation players in Europe will be able to play on Wednesday, March 11th). For a first look at gameplay, follow Twitch.TV/Bethesda and tune in on Monday, March 9th at 4pm est.
Focus on this! We’ve collected and put together a nice little mini gallery of some of our favorite art pieces from the last few weeks and placed it below. Rorschach test results have concluded that there is a taste for horror in psyches this week.
In addition to the artwork made by you guys, we’ve also had some fun showing off ours. Earlier this week we revealed the gameplay trailer for “The Assignment” DLC for The Evil Within with accompanying concept art and screenshots going up on our Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook pages. We’ve provided just a glimpse at what you can expect to see in the coming weeks leading up to “The Assignment”‘s release in the gallery below.
For many that have completed The Evil Within, the mysteries surrounding Sebastian’s partner, Juli Kidman, are among the most discussed plotlines in the game. These questions (and new questions… hehe) will arise in Part 1 of Kidman’s DLC adventure, The Assignment.
Taking the role of Kidman, The Assignment features an increased focus on stealth gameplay mechanics as you untangle the secrets of what happened to her and untangle the truth behind her connection with Mobius. Introducing new enemies and gameplay tactics, The Assignment sets the stage for the concluding chapter of Kidman’s Adventure, The Consequence, releasing later this Spring.
To save on all three DLCs planned for The Evil Within – you can purchase the game’s Season Pass on your preferred platform of choice! In addition to The Assignment and The Consequence, this package will also feature content surrounding the safe pick for everyone’s favorite villain, The Keeper.
The Evil Within: The Assignment is part of The Evil Within’s Season Pass package and can also be purchased separately for $9.99/£6.99/€9.99 releases on Tuesday, March 10th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Steam. Note for PlayStation users in Europe: The content will release on PS3 and PS4 on March 11. For an extended look at gameplay, subcribe to Twitch.TV/Bethesda and be ready to tune in on Monday, March 9th at 4pm est. In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for new and terrifying content on our social media pages, including: