Bethesda’s Busy Monday

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Three big announcements from Bethesda Softworks to tell you about today, and none of them have anything to do with Fallout.

First up, award-winning actor Mickey Rourke has signed on to voice Richard “Demo Dick” Marcinko’s character in the upcoming military shooter Rogue Warrior, due out late this year for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. Marcinko is helping with the project and stars as the main character, so it’s odd that he’s not doing the VO work himself. But as a Navy SEAL I don’t think Marcinko had much time to hone his voice acting skills.

“Mickey Rourke was our first choice to play Marcinko in Rogue Warrior,” said Todd Vaughn, Executive Producer of Rogue Warrior. “He absolutely, one-hundred percent captures Marcinko’s raw and gritty personality.”

In other news, BethSoft has announced the acquisition of former Sierra property WET, the stylized third-person shooter A2M has been working on for PS3 and Xbox 360 for a couple years now. Written by 24 writer Duppy Demitrius, WET stars Rubi Malone, a sexy mercenary equipped with dual pistols, a samurai sword, and mad acrobatic skills. WET is slated to ship this fall for PS3 and Xbox 360.

“We’re very excited about the opportunity to bring WET to all gamers,” said Vlatko Andonov, president of Bethesda Softworks. “Our proven success as a publisher which focuses on select, innovative titles matches up perfectly with WET’s new class of gameplay.”

“We were looking for a publisher who shares and supports our creative vision of bringing a stylized, daring approach to the shooting genre”, said Patrick Fortier, Creative Director at A2M. “With its impressive track record, Bethesda Softworks is the ideal publisher for WET and we are thrilled to be working together.”

And finally, BethSoft has inked a deal with Del Rey Books to publish two novels based on the Elder Scrolls universe. Greg Keyes, bestselling author of the New Jedi Order series of Star Wars novels and the Age of Unreason tetrology, is writing both Elder Scrolls novels, with the first — The Infernal City — due for publishing this fall. The Infernal City‘s story takes place after the events of Oblivion as a young girl and prince party up to save the kingdom of Tamriel from a floating city turning citizens into undead.

“We’ve been big fans of Greg’s work for a long time, and we’re thrilled he agreed to bring his talents to The Elder Scrolls,” said Pete Hines, vice president of public relations and marketing for Bethesda Softworks. “We see these books as a natural extension of the franchise and think fans will love the stories and characters Greg has created.”

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