BethSoft Has Four ‘AAA’ Blockbusters Ready for 2011

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You’ve heard the saying “go big or go home” before, right? Well, it would seem Bethesda Softworks has, because the Maryland-based publisher has scheduled out a four-game 2011 lineup that is the very definition of “going big.” Of course, gamers will want to go home to play as soon as each of these games comes out, but that’s beside the point.

This week, BethSoft put launch dates on its four ‘AAA’ gaming blockbusters all slated for release on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 this year, and it is an incredibly promising lineup, beginning with Brink on May 17th, followed by Hunted: The Demon’s Forge on June 1st and then RAGE on September 13th, and capped off by The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on November 11th. Yes, that’s 11.11.11, which will likely be a popular launch date for many high profile games this year, for obvious reasons.

Brink, an immersive first-person shooter under development at Splash Damage, will be available in North America on May 17th and in Europe on May 20th. Brink was named as the ‘Game of Show’ at Eurogamer Expo 2010, while G4TV.com declared “Brink takes shooters to a whole new level.” Blending single-player, co-op, and multiplayer action into one seamless experience, Brink features dynamic battlefields, extensive customization options, and an innovative control system.

Hunted, a fantasy action game, will be available in retail stores across North America on June 1st and on store shelves in Europe on June 3rd. Hunted is a fresh take on the classic dungeon crawl experience that delivers the intensity and action of a modern-day shooter. Hunted, under development at inXile Entertainment, has been called “A Dungeon Crawl for the Gears Age” by Kotaku.com and has been described by Eurogamer as “violent, deceptively thoughtful and witty.”

RAGE, the highly anticipated first-person shooter from legendary developer id Software, will hit retail shelves across North America on September 13th and throughout Europe on September 16th. The game has already won numerous awards at E3 2010, including ‘Best Overall Game of Show’ from IGN and three ‘Best of E3’ Game Critics Awards including ‘Best Console Game’. RAGE features intense first-person shooter action, breakneck vehicle combat, an expansive world to explore and jaw-dropping graphics powered by id’s revolutionary id Tech 5 technology.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the most recently announced title from world-renowned developer Bethesda Game Studios. The studio is widely known for developing the 2008 Game of the Year, Fallout® 3 and the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®. Skyrim, the latest chapter in The Elder Scrolls saga, re-imagines and revolutionizes the open-world fantasy epic and will launch worldwide on November 11th (11.11.11).

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