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Xbox Game Pass gains 20 Bethesda games tomorrow
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
With all of ZeniMax Media now being under Microsoft, it hasn't taken long to bring over iconic games from its many studios over to Xbox Game Pass. Today Microsoft revealed that 20 titles are on their way to its Xbox Game Pass subscriptions tomorrow, March 12.
The incoming games include hits from Bethesda Game Studios, Arkane, id, MachineGames, and others, adding up to experiences from eight different franchises.
While some of the titles have been available on the Xbox Game Pass platform before, or are already being offered (Doom Eternal and Fallout 76 for example), today's announcement seems to cement these as permanent residents on the subscription program much like other Microsoft-first party games.
Here's the full list of the announced games and their subscription platforms:
Dishonored Definitive Edition (Console, PC, Cloud) Dishonored 2 (Console, PC, Cloud) DOOM (1993) (Console, PC, Cloud) DOOM II (Console, PC, Cloud) DOOM 3 (Console, PC, Cloud) DOOM 64 (Console, PC, Cloud) DOOM Eternal (Console, PC, Cloud) The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (Console, PC) The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Console, PC) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition (Console, PC, Cloud) The Elder Scrolls Online (Cloud, Console) The Evil Within (Console, PC, Cloud) Fallout 4 (Console, PC, Cloud) Fallout 76 (Console, PC, Cloud) Fallout: New Vegas (Console) Prey (Console, PC, Cloud) RAGE 2 (Console, PC, Cloud) Wolfenstein: The New Order (Console, PC, Cloud) Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (Console, PC, Cloud) Wolfenstein: Youngblood (Console, PC, Cloud) Moreover, the recently announced FPS Boost technology will also be used on some of the classic titles to greatly increase their frame rates on Xbox Series X|S consoles, but more information will be coming later. News regarding future projects of these studios are planned for later this year, so you shouldn't expect any Starfield announcements anytime soon.
Doom Eternal arrives to Xbox Game Pass for PC subscription on December 3
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Soon after Microsoft announced its intentions to acquire ZeniMax Media and its subsidiaries, Doom Eternal landed on the Xbox Game Pass subscription for Xbox console owners, but the PC variant of the service missed out on the release. This week that changes, as Bethesda and Microsoft today announced that the id Software-developed shooter is coming to the Xbox Game Pass for PC subscription on December 3.
Sequel to 2016's Doom, the award-winning title takes the Doom Slayer back to earth to fight against its demon infestation. The complete campaign and the BattleMode multiplayer segment are included in this release. The title recently received its first campaign expansion as well, The Ancient Gods - Part One, though the DLC is not part of the Xbox Game Pass subscriptions.
The developer is also adding a new Master Level today to Doom Eternal through a free update, with the Super Gore Nest level being revamped to offer more varied combat encounters. This Master Level also offers a brand new mode in the form of Classic Mode, where the Doom Slayer begins the map with a Combat Shotgun and slowly regains back his entire arsenal as the level progresses.
Doom Eternal is also finally launching on the Nintendo Switch on December 8, though a physical edition release will not be happening just yet.
Weekend PC Game Deals: Quake your way through these specials
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Weekend PC Game Deals is where the hottest gaming deals from all over the internet are gathered into one place, every week, for your consumption. So kick back, relax, and hold on to your wallets.
The Humble Choice games for the month of August have been announced, refreshing the selection with 12 new titles. Check out the games being offered this time, below:
Vampyr Wargroove Little Big Workshop Genesis Alpha One Deluxe Edition American Fugitive A Case of Distrust Hello Neighbor + Hide and Seek Call of Cthulhu AutomaChef Through The Darkest of Times The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters We Were Here Together While the Basic $14.99 package will still only let you choose three games from these, the $19.99 Premium and $12 Classic subscription holders are getting a special deal this time. Holders of the latter two tiers will receive all 12 games instead of having to choose only some. The current selection of games will bid farewell on September 4.
A regular old Humble gaming bundle materialized this week too, with a large amount of Bohemia Interactive wares being offered in a four-tier collection.
The $1 tier offers you Arma X: Anniversary Edition, Take On Mars, Carrier Command: Gaea Mission, Take On Helicopters, and Fairy Tale About Father Frost, Ivan and Nastya. The next price jump is a rather drastic one, however. Paying more than the average - the amount currently sits at around $17 - will net you Arma 3, Original War, UFO: Afterlight, and the Ylands Exploration Pack expansion.
If you pay $20, that base Arma 3 will be joined by the three expansions Apex, Jets, Marksmen, and the Tac Ops Mission Pack. The final tier comes in at $30, and adds on DayZ plus the Arma 3 alien-focused single-player expansion Contact.
Moreover, the Double Fine and Raw Fury bundles from last week have received some late additions, with the former gaining Iron Brigade, Stacking, Hack 'n' Slash, and Spacebase DF-9, while the latter now also including Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition and Uurnog Uurnlimited. You have less than a week left to make a decision on either of these publisher bundles.
The Epic Games Store's giveaway plans expanded this week with the delivery of two more freebies for account holders. Replacing the trio from last week, this week you can grab Wilmot's Warehouse and 3 Out of 10 episode one.
Wilmot's Warehouse is a casual puzzle game about sorting and delivering products, where your own managing style affects your performance. Meanwhile, 3 Out of 10 is a newly released comedy title that explores the "world's worst video game studio". There are five episodes in total, with each one releasing weekly, for free.
As for next week, Epic Games Store is planning to host Remnant: From the Ashes and The Alto Collection as standard weekly freebies, plus a special 24-hour giveaway for Creative Assembly's new strategy game Total War Saga: TROY.
If you're into Formula One racing, Humble has also kicked off a giveaway for Codemaster's F1 2018. The giveaway will end on August 10, but you should probably hurry to grab a key early incase Humble's stock runs out.
Quite a few games from various genres have kicked off free events this week, some are available just for the weekend while several are being kept online for much longer.
Starting off with the Steam offers, you can try out Borderlands 3 until August 12, letting you and three more friends join up for a loot-filled adventure. The MMORPG The Elder Scrolls Online is also having a free-to-play promotion, giving you complete access through August 19. Fighting fans can try out Street Fighter V for free this weekend as well.
Meanwhile over on the Microsoft Store, the ongoing Big Gaming Weekend promotion is offering free access to Gears 5, Subnautica, and ARK: Survival Evolved until August 10.
Thanks to QuakeCon, you will find Bethesda games and bundles scattered throughout our two highlight lists today, alongside plenty of other games that have gone on sale for the weekend. You can also grab a free copy of Quake - and later, Quake II - if you log into the Bethesda Launcher during this weekend. Also, if you complete one match of the free to play Quake Champions this weekend during QuakeCon, you will get all Champions unlocked for free. It is available via Steam or the Bethesda launcher.
Arkane 20th Anniversary Bundle – $35.09 on Steam Wolfenstein Alt History Collection – $31.28 on Steam Borderlands 3 – $29.99 on Steam DOOM Eternal – $29.99 on Steam Borderlands 2 VR – $24.99 on Steam VTOL VR – $23.99 on Steam Gears 5 – $23.99 on Microsoft Store Elder Scrolls Summer Bundle – $21.3 on Steam Fallout 76 – $19.99 on Steam Darksiders Genesis – $19.79 on Steam Darksiders III – $19.79 on Steam Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – $14.99 on Fanatical Grand Theft Auto V – $14.99 on Steam Command & Conquer Remastered Collection – $13.99 on Fanatical Noita - Early Access – $13.49 on Steam Sanctum 2 - 4-Pack – $12.49 on Steam Lobotomy Corporation – $12.49 on Steam RAGE 2 – $11.99 on Steam Void Bastards – $11.99 on Steam Axiom Verge – $11.99 on Steam Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! - Early Access – $11.24 on Steam DiRT Rally 2.0 – $9.99 on Steam Quantum Break – $9.99 on Fanatical Borderlands Game of the Year – $9.89 on Steam Graveyard Keeper – $8.99 on Steam Leisure Suit Larry - Wet Dreams Don't Dry – $8.99 on Steam Motorsport Manager – $8.74 on Steam Fallout 4 – $8.09 on Fanatical Street Fighter V – $7.99 on Steam Shotgun Farmers – $6.99 on Steam DOOM – $5.39 on Fanatical Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition – $5.39 on Fanatical Titanfall 2 – $4.99 on Origin SPORE – $4.99 on Steam Invisible, Inc. – $4.99 on Steam Clustertruck – $4.94 on Steam Terraria – $3.99 on Humble Store X-Morph: Defense – $2.99 on Steam Punch Club – $2.99 on Steam City Of Brass – $2.99 on Steam Goat Simulator – $2.49 on Steam Party Hard – $2.49 on Steam To The Moon – $2.49 on Steam Zombie Driver HD – $1.49 on Steam Wilmot's Warehouse – $0 on Epic Store 3 Out of 10 – $0 on Epic Store F1 2018 – $0 on Humble Store DRM-free Goodness
As expected, the QuakeCon sales have reached the DRM-free side too. Here are some highlights from that and more:
Dishonored: Complete Collection - $23.99 on GOG CrossCode - $15.99 on GOG Children of Morta - $13.19 on GOG The Messenger - $9.99 on GOG Prey: Digital Deluxe Edition - $9.99 on GOG Stardew Valley - $8.99 on GOG Wolfenstein: The Two Pack - $8.99 on GOG Into the Breach - $7.49 on GOG Moonlighter - $6.79 on GOG Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition - $5.99 on GOG Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition - $5.99 on GOG The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - GOTY - $5.99 on GOG Mount & Blade: Warband - $4.99 on GOG SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition - $4.99 on GOG The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind GOTY Edition - $4.49 on GOG FTL: Advanced Edition - $2.49 on GOG Carmageddon Max Pack - $2.49 on GOG IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 - $2.49 on GOG Medal of Honor: Allied Assault War Chest - $2.49 on GOG The Ultimate DOOM - $1.79 on GOG Alien Nations - $1.49 on GOG Alone in the Dark: The Trilogy 1+2+3 - $1.49 on GOG Keep in mind that availability and pricing for some deals may vary depending on the region you're in.
And that is it for our pick of this weekend's PC game deals folks, and hopefully, some of you have enough self-restraint to not add even more games to your growing backlogs this season. Of course, there is an enormous amount of more deals ready and waiting all over the internet if you comb through it hard enough, so keep your eyes open for those, and have a wonderful weekend.
Doom Eternal campaign expansion The Ancient Gods announced
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
During the QuakeCon at Home opening event, Bethesda and id Software announced the first campaign expansion coming to Doom Eternal. Check out the teaser trailer for The Ancient Gods: Part One above, which gives a small glimpse at some of the new environments and fights the Doom Slayer will be facing.
The Ancient Gods storyline will take place after the events of Doom Eternal, where hell and heaven have been thrown into chaos thanks to the Doom Slayer ripping and tearing through both of them. Here's how the new campaign is described by id:
The Year One season pass of Doom Eternal mentions it provides access to the first couple of expansions, meaning even more adventures of the Doom Slayer might get explored following The Ancient Gods: Part Two.
A full reveal of the expansion's first part, plus hopefully a release date, is slated to happen during the Geoff Keighley-hosted gamescom: Opening Night Live digital event on August 27. It was also confirmed recently that Doom Eternal would be getting Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 releases, with current-gen owners receiving free upgrades.
Doom Eternal and The Elder Scrolls Online are going next-gen, free to current owners
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Bethesda plans on bringing at least two of its games over to the next-generation consoles, with the company today announcing that id software's popular shooter Doom Eternal and ZeniMax Online Studios's MMORPG The Elder Scrolls Online are getting the upgrade treatment.
Those who've already purchased either of the games on Xbox One or PlayStation 4 will receive free copies of the next-generation versions if they jump over to the new consoles at any point. The company added that the development teams are also "working hard to ensure both titles will support backwards compatibility when the new consoles launch."
Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 versions of the duo will be available at launch on the consoles. The company says it will share details on the release window and enhancements these versions will carry in the coming months.
The free upgrades won't just be limited to Doom Eternal and The Elder Scrolls Online either:
Bethesda will be kicking off its all-digital QuakeCon at Home event on August 7, which will run through August 9. The company will have more to share regarding its upcoming projects and existing products during that.