‘Wolfenstein: The New Order’ Returns With ‘The Old Blood’ DLC

Get ready for another crazy FPS adventure by way of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood.

Wolfenstein: The New Order was one of the biggest surprises in gaming last year, delivering a fantastic single-player FPS experience that ended up on many game-of-the-year lists. While the game doesn’t have a multiplayer component to give it the legs of other shooters, Bethesda has just announced a standalone prequel called The Old Blood to get the ball rolling again.

The prequel is developed by the same team that made The New Order, MachineGames, and takes place during 1946 as B.J. Blazkowicz breaks into Castle Wolfenstein. The game will have two parts, which are called “Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves” and “The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs.” Check out the sweet trailer below. 

The prequel will be released digitally on May 5th, 2015 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC for $19.99.

‘The Elder Scrolls Online’ Is Now Free-To-Play, Launching June 9th For PS4 & Xbox One

The Elder Scrolls online will be free-to-play for all versions of the game.

The latest entry in the Elder Scrolls series that took the franchise into the MMO world is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on June 9th. However, that release dates news comes with even better news: The Elder Scrolls Online is now free-to-play.

The game is now called The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited and will include all of the content and updates from the current PC version of the game. A purchase of the game itself is required, but once you buy it you can roam the MMO world as much as you want without any monthly subscription.

For those who have been playing the game on PC Tamriel Unlimited will be launching on March 17th. Current players of the game will be automatically switched over to the new version of the game, so no additional purchases are necessary.

For those dedicated few who want to continue to pay monthly subscriptions, Bethesda has also revealed ESO Plus that will serve as the game’s premium subscription service. This will essentially give subscribers in-game bonuses, a monthly amount of Crowns for use in store and all future DLC.

This is honestly great news, in my opinion. The paid subscription model for MMOs is becoming increasingly dated and is making an already inaccessible genre of games even less accessible. Allowing gamers access to the full game with just one base price is a great move, and those super hardcore players can still have benefits for paying every month. Win-Win!

Is ‘The Elder Scrolls Online’ Going F2P?

The Elder Scrolls Online could be following in the footsteps of Star Wars: The Old Republic.

When The Elder Scrolls Online launched for the PC back in April, it was met with lots of moans due to the fact that the game just wasn’t up to the snuff that the series is known for. So many people were ditching the lackluster game, in fact, that there were immediately rumors of the game going F2P (free-to-play) to try and get some people back on board with the project.

Well, that prospect could be closer than ever before as the word has spread that the 180-day billing option has been removed from the game. Apparently some have said that this is due to customers preferring shorter subscriptions, though due to the game’s continued lackluster performance and the looming console releases, it could be that Bethesda is quietly transitioning the game into a F2P model.

This is entirely speculation, but something that’s worth keeping your eye on if you have been considering taking the plunge into The Elder Scrolls Online. It could mean that waiting just a few months before buying the game could save you some hard-earned cash.

Don’t Expect To See Anything More From The Doom Reboot This Year

Doom will be going away for a while.

Word of the Doom reboot that is being developed by id Software has been catching steam lately, with exclusive footage of the game being shown at last week’s QuakeCon. However, Bethesda has now revealed that more information on the game will not be coming until sometime next year.

The PR and marketing boss for Bethesda, Pete Hines, talked about why Doom isn’t ready for a proper reveal yet with PC Gamer:

“We’re working with them to say, ‘How does this work? What do we want to show?’ And they’re like, ‘Look, we don’t want a stream to go up for a game that isn’t at the point where we would formally show it to the world, and now that thing is getting picked apart, and digested, and gone through frame-by-frame and getting nitpicked to death, when normally we wouldn’t be showing this to anybody at all.'”

Hines goes on to explain why he felt they had to release something for Doom:

I really wanted to put something out there that, in a strong way, said, ‘id is working on something that we think is really cool.’ And we wanted … to show something to [fans] that gives them the confidence that it is still a viable studio that’s doing really cool stuff, that is making a game you want to play, and is treating Doom with the care and respect that you want. And now we’re going to go away and go back to making the game, but to be able to counter other people talking about us and we’re sort of just sitting here staying silent, or operating from this negative space of like, ‘Oh, it got rebooted, oh it’s in trouble.’ All of that stuff just bothered the hell out of me.”

So, it sounds like this will be the last that we hear from the new Doom game for a while, but that’s probably for the better. I’d rather they focus on the game rather than having to deal with media scrutiny over every little piece of detail that will eventually be released, and then make the big reveal when they feel satisfied with what they have.

‘The Elder Scrolls Online’ Delayed 6 Months For PS4 & Xbox One?

The Elder Scrolls Online released for the PC back in the beginning of April and was met with exceptionally mixed reviews. However, the console versions of the game have yet to be released, and although they were originally planned for a June release the developers have recently confirmed that that is no longer possible.

Now, developer Bethesda is claiming that an even bigger delay is coming. According to the FAQ page they are claiming that they all came to an agreement that the game needs around 6 more months of development time to get some extra polish and make this game commercially ready.

Here’s where it gets interesting, though – Very quickly after that message was posted it was deleted and the developers began banning those where were posting images or text related to this message.

So, what’s the deal? Who knows, but whatever the case may be it looks like the developers really have no clue how much longer it will take to get these console versions of the game commercially ready, and due to the mixed reception that the PC version received they are probably going to be taking their time to fix some of the glaring complaints.

Elder Scrolls Online Voice Cast Revealed

Oh my voice talent!

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Elder Scrolls Online is due out for PC/Mac on April 4 and in June for PS4/Xbox One, and now Bethesda has announced who the voice cast for the game will consist of. Let me just tell you right now, it’s really freakin’ impressive. Continue reading “Elder Scrolls Online Voice Cast Revealed”