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Bethesda Softworks and Dark Horse Comics Create Three New Art Books | The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order Coming in May – Evil Within and Dishonored Books to Follow

Bethesda Softworks has teamed up with Dark Horse Comics to create three incredible art books – “The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order”, “The Art of The Evil Within” and “Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives”. Each hardcover book, packed with art and game design details, will retail for $39.99.

The first in the collection, “The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order”, features full-color artwork from MachineGames’ upcoming first-person action-adventure shooter as well as developer commentary from the team. The book spans more than 200 pages and covers all facets of the game’s design, including concept art, character designs, settings and technology – all of which was inspired by Wolfenstein’s alternate 1960’s setting. Check out the sample pages from the book on Bethesda Blog

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“The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order” will available in North America at your local comic retailer on May 14th and your favorite bookseller on May 27th.

“The Art of The Evil Within” and “Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives” follow, with release dates in August and November respectively.

Wolfenstein: The New Order has not yet been rated by the ESRB. For more information on the game visit: www.wolfenstein.com.

SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF THIEF ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

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Original Score to Next-Gen Reboot of Stealth Video Game Series Available on CD and for Digital Download on February 25 

Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier record label dedicated to licensing and distributing video game soundtracks, proudly presents THIEF™ Director’s Cut Original Soundtrack featuring the original music score from the highly anticipated next generation action-stealth videogame published by SQUARE ENIX and developed by Eidos-Montréal, the award winning studio behind the critically acclaimed DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION®. The THIEF Original Soundtrack is scheduled for a worldwide physical release on February 25, 2014 to retail outlets through Sumthing Else Music Works, and simultaneously for digital download at iTunes, Amazon.com, Sumthing.com, and other digital music sites.

Composer Luc St. Pierre’s dark, ominous and atmospheric original score for THIEF draws on a variety of dramatic musical influences including classical orchestra recorded with the FILMharmonic Orchestra Prague, as well as electroacoustic compositions and electronic soundscapes. Music samples are available at www.Sumthing.com.

Garrett, the Master Thief, steps out of the shadows into The City. With the Baron’s Watch spreading a rising tide of fear and oppression, a mysterious sickness grips the streets. Led by Orion, the voice of the people, the citizens rise in bloody revolution.

Garrett’s thieving skills are all he can trust as he walks the fine line between politics and the people, entangled in layers of conflict. With time running out, the Master Thief unravels a terrible secret from his dark past that ultimately threatens to tear his world apart.

THIEF is released for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on February 25, 2014 in North America and on February 28, 2014 in all other regions. For more information on THIEF visit www.thiefgame.com.

For more information on Sumthing Else Music Works and its complete catalog of soundtracks, visit www.sumthing.com

PETER MCCONNELL SCORES DOUBLE FINE’S BROKEN AGE

Original Game Soundtrack Available on Bandcamp January 28

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Award-winning composer Peter McConnell has crafted an original orchestral score for the highly anticipated graphic adventure game Broken Age, created by visionary designer/writer Tim Schafer and Double Fine Productions. McConnell previously composed the acclaimed musical scores for Double Fine’s Brutal Legend and Psychonauts as well as several classic adventure game soundtracks for LucasArts including Grim Fandango and Monkey Island.

“I’ve worked with Peter for twenty years now, and have loved every soundtrack he’s created, but I have to say that this could possibly be my favorite,” said Tim Schafer. “There are several points in this score that make the hair stand up on my neck. Also the hair on my back. And those weird little patches of hair on my upper arms that look like sheriff badges. Anyway, it’s an amazing soundtrack.”

Fluent in classic film scoring styles ranging from the whimsical to the epic, Peter McConnell’s sublime and often playful, narrative-driven score for Broken Age features a variety of colorful acoustic textures including live recordings with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and small ensemble performances recorded with wind and string instruments. The official soundtrack will be available on BandCamp.com to coincide with the game’s release on January 28. Music samples are now available to preview on SoundCloud.

Broken Age tells the story of Vella Tartine and Shay Volta, two teenagers in strangely similar situations but radically different worlds. The player can freely switch between their stories, helping them take control of their own lives and facing the unexpected adventures that follow.

The development of Broken Age began two years ago in a historic, record-breaking Kickstarter campaign-and Act 1 of the game is nearly here, in all its beautiful, 2D, hand-painted glory, with an original orchestral soundtrack by Peter McConnell and an all-star vocal cast starring Elijah Wood, Jack Black, Wil Wheaton, Jennifer Hale, Pendleton Ward, Masasa Moyo, and many more. For more information on Broken Age visit www.brokenagegame.com.

Peter McConnell has composed award-winning scores in the interactive entertainment industry for nearly two decades. His credits include Broken Age, Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Plants Vs. Zombies 2, Sly Cooper series, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Psychonauts, Brutal Legend, The Sims, Grim Fandango, Full Throttle, Monkey Island series, and many more. McConnell studied music with Ivan Tcherepnin at Harvard University, graduating with High Honors. In addition to being a composer, he has been involved in the technology of music and digital media, and is co-inventor of LucasArts’ patented iMUSE interactive music system. For more information on Peter McConnell visit www.petermc.com.