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The dog that played Dogmeat in Fallout 4 has died

River, the gorgeous German Shepherd who played Dogmeat in Fallout 4, has died. She was owned by Joel Burgess, former lead level designer on the game, who would bring River into the studio so the developers could learn from her behaviour. In a lovely Twitter thread that’s made me a bit teary, he talks about River’s role and how she wasn’t just Dogmeat’s in-game model, but a companion to both the player and team. Read more

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Fallout: London is another impressive-looking Fallout 4 mod project

Yet another giant Fallout 4 modding project has released a trailer for an ambitious expansion-sized campaign. Fallout: London is planning to take players to see how the war affected things in the UK. London may change, but war doesn’t. Things look just as irradiated, divided, and gritty as you’d expect from a major Fallout 4 mod project. There’s no release date yet, and it’s certainly looking like there will be plenty of infighting between its new, British factions. No Enclave or Brotherhood of Steel here. Read more

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Does the Starfield trailer tease The Elder Scrolls 6’s setting?

Bethesda announced The Elder Scrolls VI way back at E3 2018, then promptly started saying “Sorry, what, I can’t hear you, gotta go” and leaving whenever anyone raised it again, or making beeping noises with their mouth then saying “Excuse me, I have a phone call”. They did not show TES6 at E3 2021 either, instead focusing on Starfield, but their new sci-fi RPG’s trailer might possibly be hiding a clue to TES6’s setting. You see, tiny marks on one spaceship console do look like a map of High Rock and Hammerfell. Read more

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Starfield’s “explore the galaxy” premise is hard to beat, but it’ll be even harder to deliver on

“Get in a ship, explore the galaxy, do fun stuff”: that’s Bethesda’s Starfield in a nutshell, according to executive producer Todd Howard. The first time I read that neat little triptych in yesterday’s Washington Post interview, my brain skated over it. It’s one of those broad, sweeping statements that promises something so big you end up disregarding it by default. But then I went back to it, and after forcing my mind’s eye to hover over the words like a fat hawk, the words really sank in. The middle three, in particular. Explore the galaxy. That, right there, is a…

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Watch Microsoft and Bethesda’s E3 stream here today

Today’s the second official day of E3, and Microsoft will take the stage with their large corporate son, Bethesda, at 6pm UK time (10am Pacific). What to expect? Well, games we know they have coming include Hellblade 2, Halo Infinite, Psychonauts 2, a Perfect Dark reboot, a new Forza, and State Of Decay 3. Plus presumably some games we don’t know about, possibly yet more studio acqusitions between the two of them? And maybe Bethesda will finally reveal their mysterious sci-fi game Starfield, or even invent a new system expressly to release Skyrim on it. Read more

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This mod puts Half-Life: Alyx’s gravity gloves into Skyrim VR

Half-Life: Alyx ‘s gravity gloves ruined a lot of other virtual reality games for me, because being able to point and flip objects into my hands solved a lot of awkward manoeuvring problems common in other games. It’s hard, after the elegance of Half-Life’s system, to go back to bending, sidestepping, and grasping at the air to pick up items – or worse, having your hands lack any and all collision with the world around you. Enter the modders. Specifically, enter modder FlyingParticle, who has released HIGGS VR for Skyrim VR. It’s a mod that adds gravity glove-style interaction to…

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Skyrim modders are getting creative with this AI text to speech tool

The magic of AI-powered text to speech continues as Skyrim modders get their hands on an application that generates speech from text based on voice samples from Bethesda games. It’s already inspired a trailer with AI-only voice acting and a new mod that gives Skyrim characters lines to compliment your dragonborn’s naked figure. Oh, the things modders will do. (more…)

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Bethesda might be teasing the Elder Scrolls 6’s location, maybe

Wake up and slap on your lore caps, Elder Scrolls fans. The Elder Scrolls VI may be quite a ways off yet, but that sure hasn’t ever stopped anyone from trying to divine details about where and when it might be set. The game’s afoot once again thanks to a map that Bethesda have posted with a message that seems like it could definitely possibly maybe be a hint that ES6 will head to Hammerfell. Maybe. (more…)

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Have you played… The Evil Within 2?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. There’s a bit in The Evil Within 2 where you walk into a large residential area with lots of houses, garages and shops to explore. Up until this point the game (and the series) has been entirely linear, so having the ability to roam is immediately daunting. You pick a building, head inside and hope for the best. What you’ll find ranges from fairly normal zombie-killing fare to genuinely horrible miniature horror stories involving force-feeding mothers and shouty poltergeists. (more…)

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Fallout 76 grants player request to add wheelchairs to the wasteland

The Brotherhood Of Steel brought a lot of metal with them when they arrived in Fallout 76. Power Armour, weapons, you name it. But in a more quietly pleasant addition to the wasteland, it looks like Bethesda also added wheelchairs with last week’s update, following one fan’s request to see their own real-life mobility aid represented in the post-apocalyptic sandbox. (more…)

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The Brotherhood Of Steel are coming to Fallout 76 a week early

You’d think it’d be hard to get anywhere early, weighed down by all that power armour. And yet, despite all odds, the Brotherhood Of Steel has marched into Fallout 76 a little earlier than planned. After accidentally gifting Xbox players the gift of technophilic paladins, Bethesda have chosen to just give the update to everyone rather than roll back the update and have folks wait another week. Nice! (more…)