• 13 June 2011

    Bethesda forums and websites hacked: usernames, emails, and passwords potentially taken

    posted by Galahaut Site News
    GStaff has just announced via the BethBlog that the Bethesda forums and websites were the subject of a hacking attempt/attack over the weekend. GStaff claims that no financial info was taken but usernames, emails, and passwords may have been accessed.

    If you have an account over on the Bethsoft forums, changing your password is recommended. If you use the same password on the Nexus (or other sites) it is definitely a good idea to change those passwords as well.

    At the moment Bethesda has not sent out any email notice to users. The only notices are posted on the BethBlog and a selection of subforums (the general discussion forums of only some games).

    Over the past weekend, a hacker group attempted an unlawful intrusion of our websites to gain access to data. We believe we have taken appropriate action to protect our data against these attacks. While no personal financial information or credit card data was obtained, the hackers may have gained access to some user names, email addresses, and/or passwords. As a precaution, we recommend that all our fans immediately change passwords on all our sites — including our community forums and the statistics site we maintain for Brink players.

    If your username/email address/password is similar to what you use on other sites, we recommend changing the password at those sites as well. As we don’t know what further plans the hackers may have, we suggest that you keep an eye out for suspicious emails and account activity.

    We regret any inconvenience that these attacks on us cause for you. These attacks will be evaluated to determine if there are any additional protections we might take that would be prudent.

    Update: Via GamePro, it appears that LulzSec has claimed responsibility for the breach.
  • 11 June 2011

    Skyrim Facebook screenshots

    posted by Agonofinis Game News
    Though they were added nearly a week ago, I thought I would draw everyone's attention to the E3 screenshot gallery posted on The Elder Council Facebook page.

    If you haven't joined already, the Facebook page is a great source of up-to-the-minute Skyrim news. I would recommend it wholeheartedly. Below are a couple of screenshots on offer:

    The now-infamous "chubby pony" of Skyrim.

    A closer look at the improved NPC facial models.
  • 08 June 2011

    New, more comprehensive Skyrim gameplay video

    posted by Agonofinis Game News
    If, like me, you could not get enough of the seven minute walkthrough of Skyrim gameplay footage from the first day of E3, G4TV has released a longer, more comprehensive video with Todd Howard walking the (at times rather jockish) presenters through a full thirteen minutes of video, revealing environments, enemies and gameplay not seen before, including:

    - Standing stones that function like Ayleid wells, but with powers based around star signs.
    - Horse riding in motion for the first time.
    - Some wolf-on-Dovahkin combat.
    - The user interface in all its glory.
    - In-game conversations, smithing, and the town of Riverwood.
    - More Dragon Shouts, the Word Walls and a lot more.

    I think you should probably go and take a look.

    Watch on Youtube (Thanks, Zaldiir)
  • 07 June 2011

    Oblivion 5th anniversary edition coming July 12th with (some) DLC, collectibles, and $10 Skyrim coupon

    posted by Galahaut Game News
    "Hot off the press," Bethesda has announced the upcoming release of the 5th Anniversary Edition of Oblivion on July 12th (in North America). The announcement may not be much of a surprise considering people started to notice the product around two weeks ago. The package will include Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles; it seems the other DLC are, strangely, not included.

    Update: GStaff confirmed that the other DLC are indeed not included.

    The anniversary edition comes in a "beautiful collectible metal case masterfully embossed with Daedric symbols." You'll also get the making of Oblivion behind-the-scenes documentary, a full-color map of Cyrodiil and the Shivering Isles, and a $10 coupon for "Skyrim and a Skyrim Strategy Guide." The wording there is a bit vague. Can the coupon only be used on a package of the game and guide, or can it be used on either product individually? Hopefully Bethesda will clarify that part.

    The 5th Anniversary Edition will cost $30 (really $20, with the coupon). The Oblivion GotY Deluxe package which includes all nine DLC is only $25, though.
  • 06 June 2011

    7 minutes of Skyrim footage from GameTrailers/E3 2011

    posted by Galahaut Game News
    GameTrailers has posted the Skyrim "gameplay walkthrough" video Todd Howard showed earlier today. The almost seven minute video shows off various aspects of Skyrim, including...

    • Environments: tundra, nordic ruins/cave, forest, guard tower, etc.
    • Combat, including dragon shouts (knockback, fire breath, lightning storm), dual wielding, archery, sneak attacks, finishing moves, and spellcasting (healing, fire, shock).
    • Dragon combat (unscripted), soul absorption, etc.
    • Bandits, giants, mammoths, and draugr.
    • HUD shows health/magicka/stamina bars at the bottom, compass up top. Gaining a skill brings up level progress bar. Location discovered pop-up also shown.
    • Improved third-person camera & animations.

    Overall there is some impressive footage, though not much truly new information. You can watch the full video on GameTrailers. The quality isn't great but for now it's the best available. Perhaps Bethesda will upload higher quality footage at a later time.

    Skyrim will also be shown Tuesday at 1 PM PST (4 PM EST) on G4TV and Wednesday at 5:00 PM PST (8 PM EST) on IGN.
  • 05 June 2011

    Bethesda releases two new screenshots of Skyrim

    posted by yoba333 Game News

    Yesterday, Bethesda released two new screenshots for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The first picture shows two new creatures introduced into the game: the wooly mammoth and the giant that watches over them. According to this interview with Skyrim’s lead designer Bruce Nesmith, they will be involved in the overall ecosystem present in the land of Skyrim. The interview also has information about loot, game detail, and skills.

    The second picture shows a man in either leather or fur armor, with war paint, scars, and bloodstains. The war paint and scars possibly show a new level of customization, meaning that the player character may also be able to have scars, war paint/makeup, and maybe even tattoos. The screenshot also reiterates the high level of character detail shown in other screenshots, such as this screenshot of a Khajiit.

    Continue to look here for the latest Skyrim news, screenshots, and information. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be released on November 11, 2011.
  • 03 June 2011

    Interview with tetrodoxin, winner of May's FOTM Contest

    posted by yoba333 Game News
    Tetrodoxin won The Elder Scrolls Nexus’ File of the Month contest with his mod The Synx. I interviewed tetrodoxin, which you can read below. Congratulations, tetrodoxin!

    Q:Tell us a little about yourselves. Where you are from, what are some of your other hobbies outside of games?
    A:I'm from Bavaria, Germany. My real name is Mario S. and my other hobbies are quite different... motor-biking, festivals and music in general are consuming a lot of time for me. I'm also a hobby photographer.

    Q:What was your inspiration for creating this mod?
    A:Everything started with a female character I created for the image share section. That character was inspired by some characters I've seen here on the Nexus, most of their uploaders were Asian I think. HoneyVanity gave me the inspiration (and support!) for the male version, without her there would probably no male counterpart. After some requests, I decided to release them. The whole idea was to create a human looking race that doesn't look like everyone's a Hollywood star. That's also the reason why I chose Rens Head for the female version - it's maybe not as detailed as Head06, but it's very good for creating unique looking characters.

    Q:What did you find most enjoyable about the creation process of this mod?
    A:Working with other people! The Oblivion modding community is very supportive. Whenever I needed help with something, I knew someone to ask. A HUGE thank you to Geechan at this point.

    Q:What were some of the challenges you came across making this mod?
    A:Well, fitting the hairstyles to Rens Head was the most challenging part for me. The good thing about that is that I finally fiddled with Blender. Now I know some basic stuff, and I am very dedicated in learning more at the moment, hehe.

    Q:Do you plan on any more new features in your mod? Specifically anything not listed on your mods page on the Nexus?
    A:Yes, the male face texture for example is just a placeholder. I am working on a new one at the moment. Other than that, I may add some more hairstyles. Depends on what the community wants!

    Q:What was the first mod you created and how have you progressed from that?
    A:I was part of the Battlefield 1918 (a BF1942 mod) dev-team some time ago. My job was texturing some tanks. Next I did was creating some custom maps for the Source engine, for games like Zombie Panic: Source and Day of Defeat.
    After that, I textured mostly for myself and games like Fallout 3 and Oblivion finally brought me to character texturing. My work is of course not perfect, texturing persons is quite different than texturing... tanks.
    Thanks to Bethesda and their awesome Construction Set, it's very easy to create mods. I will definitely continue to create some stuff for their games, let's just hope there'll be a similar CS for Skyrim.

    Q:Do any of you have other mods you are working on or do any of you plan to create other mods? If so what might those be?
    A:Other than the Oblivion stuff, I'm not working on anything right now... it's something I do in free time after all. As I said, Skyrim might be interesting in the near future.

    Q:What are some of your favorite games besides Oblivion?
    A:Battlefield Bad Company 2, Mass Effect 1/2, Dragon Age, The Witcher (2), Amnesia, Pirates Vikings and Knights II, The Legend of Zelda, pretty much everything from Valve, Red Orchestra, Fallout 3, Guild Wars, Rise of Flight, Dead Space (2).....
    ... and many more. I'm pretty much interested in everything.

    Q:Do you have any advice for aspiring mod authors?
    A:Don't be afraid to ask the community if you are stuck with something. They're very helpful and patient. And don't forget that there are many great articles available which may be useful for you.

    Q:And finally, do you have anything you would like to say to our readers out there?
    A:I want to give a huge thanks to everyone who downloaded, voted and supported my race mod. It's really cool that so many people are enjoying the Synx!

    Remember to vote for this month’s File of the Month contest, so you can see your favorite mod author featured on the site news. Congratulations again to tetrodoxin.
  • 03 June 2011

    New Skyrim information from PlayStation Magazine

    posted by Galahaut Game News
    Bethesda has revealed some new information in the latest issue of PlayStation Magazine. A user on the Bethsoft forums, GT409, has a copy of the issue and has summarized some of the information, though it is a mix of new and old.

    Five Dragon Shouts are described; three have the dragon language names included: Yol Toor (fire breath), Iiz Slen (ice crystals), Strun Bah Qo (lightning storm). The remaining two shouts grant the ability to slow time or move quickly in one direction. Also on the subject of dragons, Bethesda explained that dragons will appear randomly, battles with them will be unscripted, and they can be grounded with injuries.

    The article gives some new information about travel. Horse riding is included, as well as both Oblivion- and Morrowind-style fast travel. Horses are said to be "more detailed" than those in Oblivion and to behave more like real horses.

    As previously revealed to GameInformer, dual wielding is included in Skyrim, but the article elaborates slightly more on that subject. Torches can be wielded in one hand and even used as a weapon. Of course you can use spell/spell, weapon/weapon, weapon/spell or weapon/shield too. Shield/spell was not mentioned (but not ruled out), nor was the "Confused Turtle" (shield/shield).

    Not much new information about the "radiant story" quest system, except that Bethesda felt that some quests in Oblivion felt "too fake." The new system aims to make them feel "more real."

    Three more factions have been confirmed: the Thieves' Guild, College of Winterhold (mages), and Companions (Warriors). Along with the Dark Brotherhood this brings the total number of (confirmed) factions to four.

    Though mentioned before, Bethesda has reiterated that each city will have have its own, unique economy which the player can affect, presumably both negatively and positively. Sabotage is specifically mentioned. On a related note, the player's bounty is now separated out by each of the nine areas. You can be a wanted criminal in one area and a complete unknown in another. Guards will also be less powerful than guards in Oblivion.

    Some final tidbits: 13 different types of ore for crafting, 60,000 lines of recorded dialog (Fallout 3 has "over 40,000"), more voice actors than Oblivion, and hand-to-hand joins the growing collection of removed skills.
  • 01 June 2011

    Site down-time this evening explained

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    Hi folks,

    We've had a bit of down-time this evening (5pm-8pm GMT). Initially it was thought the network was under a much more potent DDoS attack than the last one but the hosts have managed to get their heads around it and it looks like they have gotten to the bottom of it. It was a DDoS attack of sorts but I'll keep the details secret so I don't give anyone any ideas ;)

    The "good news" is that (unless anyone want to come forward and say to the contrary) this DDoS attack was not directed at us, or the Nexus sites specifically. We were merely collateral damage.

    Another one of those lessons that we learn as we grow. Sorry about the down-time.

    The best way to stay informed when these kind of things happen is to follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook, where I post updates on situations when the sites can't be accessed.
  • 31 May 2011

    Andoran trailer (mod)

    Andoran is a lore-based mod for Oblivion. While playing this large mod, the player can do whatever they wish. Information and details found as you adventure will be important as you play. Some interesting things you may find are living pieces of cheese and water-walking horses, possibly part of the reason the creators have said that Andoran will show "the dark side of The Elder Scrolls". Every problem in Andoran can be solved in different ways. If you desire an item you can either kill the owner, or steal it. It may be interesting to note that all NPCs will have proper AI. All new music has also been written for the mod as well.

    Some lore background to all of this: the island of Andoran is one of three south of Black Marsh. There are many unique places to visit and explore and each city has unique architecture. There will be many quests, both long and short, for the player to complete.

    Although it is in Russian the mod looks amazing. A trailer of the mod was recently uploaded to YouTube. It is also on the website. On May 29, BethSoft tweeted about it.

    EDIT September 28th 10:27 (GMT -7): If you have a current save, you can continue to Andoran with that particular character and save. There will also be an English translation, similar to Nehrim with only subtitles translated.