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New Releases: The Elder Scrolls Online, MLB 14: The Show, Ragnarok Odyssey Ace

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Just three new retail releases this week, but all three can be considered very important to somebody.

Bethesda will release The Elder Scrolls Online for the PC on April 4. The MMORPG, the first for the franchise, has been a long time coming and fans are eager to see if it can stack up to the Skyrim and Oblivion. The Elder Scrolls Online is also in development for the PS4 and Xbox One and will be available in June.

With 2K dropping out of the baseball simulation competition, Sony will be releasing the year’s only baseball simulation this year, MLB 14: The Show. The PS3 and Vita versions of the game will be released on April 1 with a PS4 version planned for May.

Finally this week, XSEED will bring their monster hunter, Ragnarok Odyssey Ace, to the PS3 and Vita. People like the series, so that qualifies as “important” in my book.

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Bethesda unveils Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition, new cinematic trailer

elderscrollsonline-imperialeditionA few days ago, Bethesda announced an impressive voice cast for The Elder Scrolls Online. Today, they’ve unveiled an equally impressive special edition for the game.

The “Imperial Edition” will be available in both digital and physical formats. The $79.99 Digital Edition will feature a variety of in-game gear including:

  • Play as an Imperial: Become an Imperial and play in any Alliance. Gain unique bonuses, crafting styles, gear, and more.
  • White Imperial Horse: Summon this Imperial mount and journey through Tamriel with speed.
  • Mudcrab Vanity Pet: Explore Tamriel with a mudcrab pet scuttling along by your side.
  • Rings of Mara: Complete the Ritual of Mara with a friend and receive an experience bonus when you play together.

The Physical Edition has been priced slightly higher, $99.99, but it will include all the Digital Edition content as well as several goodies you can touch and feel:

  • Molag Bal Statue: A 12” statue featuring Molag Bal, Daedric Prince of domination and enslavement.
  • The Improved Emperor’s Guide to Tamriel: A 224-page illustrated guide annotated by the Imperial scholar, Flaccus Terentius.
  • Physical Map of Tamriel: A 21” x 26” printed map detailing Alliance-controlled zones and the ultimate conquest: Cyrodiil.
  • Steelbook Packaging: A limited edition steel case decorated in the color of the Imperials.

Players who pre-order either edition (or the $59.99 Standard Edition) will also receive the Explorer’s Pack, a special bit of DLC that includes a Scuttler vanity pet, four bonus treasure maps, the ability to play as any of the nine races in any Alliance, and five days of Early Access ahead of the game’s April 4 launch. The Elders Scrolls Online will also be available for the PS4 and Xbox One in June.

And if you’re desperate for more ESO, we’ve got a brand new cinematic trailer, “The Arrival,” after the break. (more…)

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Elder Scrolls Online voice cast includes Kate Beckinsale, John Cleese, Malcolm McDowell, and many more

Bethesda never skimps when it comes to hiring actors and actresses for the vocal roles in their games. The Elder Scrolls Online is no different.

“In The Elder Scrolls tradition, we sought world class talent to add a deep and enriching component to the immersive world the series offers players,” said Game Director Matt Firor. “This extraordinary group of actors helps bring the distinctive characters in The Elder Scrolls Online to life.”

So what will The Elder Scrolls Online’s cast of characters look like? Well…

  • Cadwell (John Cleese) is a cheerful and endearingly mad lost soul who is not afraid of anyone, even a Daedric Prince.
  • High King Emeric (Bill Nighy) is a merchant prince whose luck and determination won him the throne.
  • Queen Ayrenn (Kate Beckinsale) is the leader of the Aldmeri Dominion and Queen of the High Elves. She is far more comfortable with a blade than her crown.
  • Abnur Tharn (Alfred Molina) is a wily old wizard and politician who is the head of the Empire’s Elder Council, and the de facto power behind the Ruby Throne.
  • Azura (Lynda Carter) is the Daedric Princess of Dusk and Dawn from Skyrim who is a popular part of Elder Scrolls lore.
  • The Prophet (Michael Gambon) is a mysterious blind man who guides the player through their journey to retrieve their soul.
  • Molag Bal (Malcolm McDowell) is an evil Daedric god from another plane who schemes to enslave the mortal souls of Tamriel.
  • Jorunn the Skald King (Peter Stormare) is an unexpected monarch who led his people into an unlikely alliance.
  • Mannimarco (Jim Ward) is a renegade High Elf wizard exiled from the realm for raising the dead and the world’s most powerful necromancer.
  • Lyris Titanborn (Jennifer Hale) is a Nord half-giant, who, along with the Prophet, aids the player on their journey.
  • Sai Sahan (Kevin Michael Richardson) is a noble martial artist and master swordsman.

While most of these actors need no introduction (Alex DeLarge! Mr. Monty Python! Doc Ock! Wonder Woman! Dumbledore!), their characters might. So Bethesda put together the above video to introduce you to the characters they play and (if need be) the actors who play them.

The Elder Scrolls Online will be available for the PC on April 4 with a PS4 and Xbox One version to follow in June.

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The Elder Scrolls Online will be released on April 4

Bethesda has announced that The Elder Scrolls Online will be released for the PC and Mac on April 4, 2014. In honor of the good news, Game Director Matt Firor has posted an update on ESO’s progress at ElderScrollsOnline.com:

Game development is coming along very well. We completed major systems development, and are focusing on making this the Elder Scrolls game you expect: polishing the hundreds and hundreds of hours of content, making combat even more fun and responsive, fixing quest issues, and much, much more. In fact, we plan on spending the next few months before launch reacting to the latest feedback from internal and external testers and gameplay data we have collected.

The Elder Scrolls Online will also be available for the PS4 and Xbox One, but console gamers will have to wait until June 2014 to explore the massive world the Zenimax Online team is building. But everyone can enjoy the game’s new trailer, “War in Cyrodiil,” which has been embedded above.

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TitanFall wins “Best of Show” at E3 2013 Game Critics Awards

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Respawn’s TitanFall is a big winner in this year’s E3 2013 Game Critics Awards. The mech shooter, which will be available for the PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in Spring 2014, won all six awards it was nominated for, including the coveted “Best of Show” award.

TitanFall was the only game to win in multiple categories this year, but Watch Dogs (“Best Action/Adventure Game”), Tearaway (“Best Handheld/Mobile Game”), The Elder Scrolls Online (“Best Role Playing Game”), and a few others split the nine remaining awards. And a virtual high five to the developers at Supergiant Games for Transistor, which was selected as the “Best Downloadable Game.” We liked it quite a bit at PAX East 2013 too.

You can find the complete list of selections from this year’s Game Critics Awards after the break. (more…)

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The Elder Scrolls Online coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One in Spring 2014

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First, the bad news… the release of The Elder Scrolls Online has been pushed back to Spring 2014. Now, the good news… The Elder Scrolls Online is now in development for the PS4 and Xbox One, in addition to the previously announced PC and Mac version. I realize that this is still “bad news” to many PC gamers, and for that, I’m sorry.

But the team at ZeniMax Online Studios sounds pretty excited about it:

“We are thrilled to bring this game to consoles, in addition to the PC and Mac,” said Matt Firor, Game Director of The Elder Scrolls Online. “It’s something our fans have been requesting since we first announced the title, and something our team is excited to offer. Everyone will be able to play The Elder Scrolls Online the way they want to play.”

If you’re interested in viewing The Elder Scrolls Online’s E3 2013 gameplay trailer, you can find it after the break. (more…)

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Apply for Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls Online beta now

Are you itching to get your hands on The Elder Scrolls Online? Well, you’re in luck. Today, Bethesda opened registration for the game’s beta test at ElderScrollsOnline.com.

“We’re really excited to get the game into players’ hands,” said Matt Firor, game director of The Elder Scrolls Online. “We receive invaluable feedback through the beta process, and that helps us ensure that the game will be one of the best online gaming experiences ever offered — one worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise.”

The Elder Scrolls Online is scheduled to be released this year exclusively for the PC. The start date and duration of the beta test will be announced at a later date. Good luck to everyone who applies for a spot in the beta.

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The Elder Scrolls Online will include solo story mode

Game Informer‘s extensive coverage of The Elder Scolls Online continues with an in-depth interview with Game Director Matt Firor. During the chat, Firor drops a huge bombshell… even though The Elder Scolls Online is an MMO, it will include a “solo mode.” So to everyone that declared The Elder Scrolls Online “the end of the series as we know it,” you can relax.

Here’s what Firor had to say about solo mode:

“In the Elder Scrolls games you’re always the hero, whether you want to be or not. You go out there and you kill the dragons. You kill Mehrunes Dagon in Oblivion. In Morrowind, you’re up there fighting the Tribunal – those are huge, global, epic things that you don’t want to stand in line to do in an MMO. The last thing you want to do is have the final confrontation with Mehrunes Dagon as he’s stomping across the Imperial City, and you see like 15 guys behind you waiting to kill him because they’re on the same quest.

We have a whole part of the game that is 100% solo, which is the main story, where the world focuses on you. You are the hero, everything you do is solo and the world reacts to you that way.”

This news certainly makes you wonder if Bethesda plans to sell a version of The Elder Scrolls Online without the “online” part.

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