BE3 2018 Recap

  02:24:00 am, by Alarra   , 1842 words  
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Categories: Games, Elder Scrolls, News, Fallout, Analysis


It's safe to say that nobody was quite sure what we'd see in this year's Bethesda E3 presentation. 

There was plenty of talk about it, of course. Some had a pessimistic outlook, feeling that the last two years of E3 were a disappoinment.  Some were optimistic, certain that there were big things coming, possibly even TES6.   The announcement of Fallout 76 in particular was a twist that caused even more debate - did it mean that Bethesda had something even bigger to reveal, or was most of the presentation going to be focused on it?  What did it mean for Elder Scrolls and any other potential Bethesda projects?

Tonight, we got our answers.

I live-tweeted on the UESP Twitter while watching, and here's the full video of the presentation, but here's a full recap: the presentation covered games from the various studios Bethesda publishes, Fallout 76 of course, a new TES side game, and teasers of two very major projects that have been the subject of debate for the last few years.........

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Pete Hines and CVH answer fan questions about changing developers for The Elder Scrolls: Legends

  08:59:00 pm, by   , 1284 words  
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Categories: Games, Elder Scrolls, News

On May 31, Bethesda made an announcement that came as a shock to the Legends player base: development of the game is being handed off from the current studio, Dire Wolf Digital, to a new and relatively unheard-of team called Sparkypants Studios. Knowing that this would raise a lot of questions, Pete Hines and Community Manager Christian Van Hoose (CVH) spent Friday’s weekly Legends Twitch stream answering questions about the change. Here are the highlights:

Mock-up of the new UI

About the studios

Why Sparkypants?

They’re a team with a lot of experience in strategy games, as well as a lot of experience in Unity (the game engine that Legends is built on). They are also an incredibly adaptive and fast-moving team, who have reportedly been delivering new builds on a daily basis, and having daily play sessions to check their progress and get feedback. It also helps that they are located in Maryland. CVH also emphasized that Legends will be Sparkypants’ main focus.

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UESP Site Statistics -- April 2018

  12:59:00 pm, by Daveh   , 285 words  
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Categories: Statistics, UESP

A couple of people at PAX East last weekend were asking about various UESP statistics so I thought it would be useful to make a post with some. 


Wiki Visitor Stats

  • Monthly Page Views: 15 million (500,000 / day)
  • Monthly Unique Visitors: 1.5 million
  • Average Session Duration: 5 minutes
  • New Visitors: 30%
  • Mobile Visitors: 60% (includes 6% from tablets)


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PAX East 2018 - Saturday (Bethesda Gameplay Day)

  05:23:00 am, by Alarra   , 1715 words  
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Categories: Games, Elder Scrolls, UESP

Bethesda Gameplay Day

This is the second and final part of my write-up of PAX East 2018. 
In part 1 - Thursday and Friday - I mentioned how I got a chance to have a casual chat with the creative director of the Elder Scrolls: Legends and try the demo of The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset, and talk about the other non-ES-related things I saw there. 

The third day of PAX East was mostly Bethesda-focused for those of us from the UESP.  It was the last day that most of us had badges for, though most of our day would be spent at the Bethesda Gameplay Day event, which was being held next door to the convention center.   Be sure to check out our interview with Matt Firor and Rich Lambert that we conducted at this event; you can read it here.

So here's how my last, mostly ES-focused day of PAX went...

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PAX East 2018 - Thu/Fri

  03:34:00 am, by Alarra   , 1923 words  
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Categories: Games, Elder Scrolls, Misc, UESP

Two days into PAX East 2018!  Several of us from the UESP are here for the weekend, and more are showing up for the Bethesda event on Saturday!   I figured I’d summarize my experience in case anyone was interested and wants to know what it’s like to attend an event like that (I personally always bugged wiki admin Jeancey for info in the past.)

Before I get into that: FYI to those attending, Bethesda/ZOS don’t have a booth, but you can try out Summerset in the PS4 area: download the Experience Playstation app and reserve a time (sign-ups start at 9am each day).

So here’s a summary of everything I did in my first two days of PAX: I got to talk to a Legends dev, try out Summerset, and see plenty of non-ES stuff….


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