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From Bethesda's New Engine To The Biggest App Ever - News Roundup 13th December 2010

Jonathan Lester
4OD, Bethesda Softworks, Chair, Epic iOS, Infinity Blade, Insomniac, ITV Player, PS3, Resistance 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Elder Scrolls V Will Use New Engine

From Bethesda's New Engine To The Biggest App Ever - News Roundup 13th December 2010

It's about damn time. The Gamebryo engine may have powered some incredible games over the last few years- but most of us are also sick and tired of putting up with its tendency to brick every ten seconds. Fallout New Vegas, the latest Gamebryo title, really took the biscuit (and the piss) with an obscene amount of glitches... the worst of which- the infamous missing DLC bug- recently corrupted all of my save files. The patch can't come soon enough.

After officially announcing the rumoured TES V: Skyrim at last night's VGA ceremony, Bethesda's Nick Brecon has announced that it will run on an entirely new engine that has been bespoke tailored in-house.

We can now confirm that the TES V: Skyrim engine is all-new. And it looks fantastic.

It’s a new graphics/gameplay engine built internally. We’ll have more details down the road. - Bethesda's Nick Brecon via Twitter

Naturally we'll bring you more information about the new "Skyrim Engine" as details become available.

C4 And ITV Headed To PS3 This Week

From Bethesda's New Engine To The Biggest App Ever - News Roundup 13th December 2010

It's a good time to own a PS3. Every other week seems to bring news of yet more value being added to the multimedia experience free of charge, with this latest offering courtesy of Channel 4 and ITV. The 4OD service (yay!) and the ITV player (meh) will provide a mix of free-to-view and premium programming, and are estimated to increase each channel's viewing figures by 10%. [The Guardian]

Channel 4 is "not saying no" to the idea of providing 4OD content to Xbox 360 customers... but unfortunately Microsoft are unlikely to take them up on it without being able to guarantee a significant financial return.

Infinity Blade Is The Fastest Grossing App, Ever

From Bethesda's New Engine To The Biggest App Ever - News Roundup 13th December 2010

Infinity Blade, the recently-release action RPG built on the Epic iOS engine, has been confirmed as the fastest grossing app of all time. According to reports from Apple Game Center, over 271,000 users have downloaded and paid for the app: resulting in nearly one million pounds in revenue.This is seriously impressive considering that Infinity Blade has only been out for four days. [Appmodo]

Chair, the studio behind Infinity Blade, are no strangers to crafting big hits with Epic tech. Shadow Complex was one of last year's most impressive XBLA sleeper hits, and we can't wait to see what they come up with next.

Resistance 3 Is Already 100% Playable

From Bethesda's New Engine To The Biggest App Ever - News Roundup 13th December 2010

Resistance 3 may still be 8 months away (with a confirmed release date of 6th September 2011), but Insomniac has claimed that the game is already completely playable from beginning to end. Community Manager James Stevenson dropped the following bombshell in a recent post on GAF:

I think… and we have to be careful about discussing exactly where we are in dev… but we totally have a lot of content done (2 years of dev so far) w/ a lot of polishing to go.

The game is playable start to finish on disc, which is pretty insane for an Insomniac game w/ this much time left.

So, what exactly are they going to do with all this time? Quite a lot, actually. As well as continually polishing the singleplayer, Insomniac will be working on and delivering a significantly improved multiplayer suite as well as deliberating whether to add Move or 3D support. [GAF]

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Hector  Dec. 13, 2010 at 16:33

RE: Fallout: New Vegas corrupting all of your save files - you only have yourself to blame for continuing to pay out good money to a company that consistently fails to produce playable games.

It's like keeping up your yearly subscription to the Mational Socialist Party and then moaning that the Christmas gift box they send you every year is always full of human-scented bars of soap.

Jonathan Lester  Dec. 13, 2010 at 16:50

Absolutely, it's up to us to inspire quality by voting with our wallets. As a games journalist, however, I usually don't have that option.

More to the point: I wouldn't trade the joys and triumphs I've experienced throughout Oblivion and Fallout for anything- glitches or no.

Steve  Dec. 13, 2010 at 17:19

Is that the first reported instance of Dealspwn going Godwin?

Gunn  Dec. 13, 2010 at 18:32

Totally agree.

Sally  Dec. 13, 2010 at 18:37

Wow- an xbox kinect would make a super present for husband (and meand kids!)

Matt Gardner  Dec. 13, 2010 at 18:56

Outstanding :D

Hector  Dec. 13, 2010 at 21:43

I completely appreciate your points (but...).

My first few hours playing Fallout 3 I was completely blown away - creeping down the aisles of the Super-Duper-Mart scared to knock over so much as an empty can for the fear of alerting one of the resident outlaws - but my last few hours (and to be honest the majority of the experience) were shot to bits by the ever present bugs, and the whole experience eventually became No Fun.

The bugs took you completely out of the game and made you realise you were sitting in an armchair smacking a control pad against your forehead instead of scouring the radioactive wastelands searching for identity.

It reminds me of Jet Set Willy - one of the finest things ever to get programmed into a computer and one of the only other games I've played that have stolen so many hours of my life as Fallout 3.

It was a work of genius and vast exploration, much like Fallout, and the programmers even had the audacity to offer a case of champagne and a helicopter ride over London to the first person to complete it.

But here's the kicker - you couldn't complete it. No matter how hard you tried, no matter how many how many banyan trees you could manouvre or how many quirkafleegs you performed, it was bugged up the arse and unfinishable.

Two guys eventually claimed the prize by hacking the game (and in the process fixing it) but as many hours as I sank into that bastard game, I never did.

So when Jet Set Willy 2 came out I said, "Fuck Jet Set Willy. Fuck that useless tophat wearing cunt."

That's why I never bought Fallout New Vegas, and why I wouldn't play the fucker if you gave it me for free. Jet Set Willy ran on 48 kilobytes of RAM and Fallout 3 needed a 6.5 gigabyte install and at the end of the day they ran almost exactly the same.

Hector  Dec. 13, 2010 at 21:52

Excellent point Steve, but it appears that in my haste I actually referenced the "Mational Socialist Party" as opposed to any factual & historically based political party and as such our Godwin rating here is still <1.

Sorry to poop your Godwin party.

ODB  Dec. 14, 2010 at 14:09



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