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Arkane Studios Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Free 'Arx Fatalis' Download And More

by Rainier on May 28, 2020 @ 9:52 a.m. PDT

Over the next three weeks, Bethesda will celebrate Arkane’s 20th anniversary with giveaways, videos, AMAs, looks behind the scenes, and more.

Since opening its doors in Lyon, France 20 years ago and eventually expanding with another office in Austin, Texas, Arkane Studios has been responsible for some of gaming’s most innovative and celebrated adventures. In that time, players have trekked the dank and treacherous dungeons of Arx Fatalis, the cold, foggy streets of Dishonored’s Dunwall, the sun-soaked vistas of Karnaca in Dishonored 2, and the unnerving space station halls of Prey’s Talos I.

Arkane’s games have been some of the most critically acclaimed titles of the last decade. Dishonored won 2012’s Game of the Year at The Game Awards, Dishonored 2 earned more than 100 ‘Best Of 2016’ awards and nominations, and Prey collected more than a hundred year end awards and nominations.

Join us over the next few weeks for a look behind the scenes at the people behind the games you love. We’ll have exclusive developer interviews and dig into the history of the studio as well as the creation and evolution of their unique development philosophies. We’ll have giveaways, videos, secrets, AMAs, sales and so much more to share with you in the coming days.

Want to hear about Arkane news before anyone else? Join the exclusive Arkane Outsiders community and sign up for email communications. Not only will you receive special info and potential access to future betas, but for a limited time starting today you’ll also get a free copy of Arkane Studio’s first game, Arx Fatalis, through the Bethesda.net launcher. Join the Arkane Outsiders and sign up for email communications by May 31 at 10am EST for your copy of Arx Fatalis. You’ll also receive a digital copy of The Art of Arkane artbook when you join the Arkane Outsiders at any time.

Here’s how you can join the Arkane Outsiders and access your free content:

  • Visit Arkane20.com
  • Click “Join Arkane Outsiders” at the top of the page (this will take you to the sign-up module)
  • Create/log into your Bethesda.net account (a Bethesda.net account is required to access Arx Fatalis and the Art of Arkane artbook)
  • To receive Arx Fatalis: Click the check box to sign up for emails, hit join and you’re all set! All you have to do is log in to the Bethesda.net launcher with your Bethesda.net account and Arx Fatalis will be in your library, ready to download.
  • To receive The Art of Arkane digital artbook: Visit your transaction history here and you’ll find the artbook in your “Product Codes” list.

You can also join the Arkane Outsiders Discord group, where we’ll be hosting a Discord AMA (June 11 at 11:00am ET) and an exciting collaborative initiative that will allow members of the group to take part in designing exclusive Arkane Outsiders gear and goodies. There are also some surprises planned for the group, including some sneak peeks and even more fun after the Arkane 20 celebration has ended.

In addition to the Discord AMA, we will also be doing a Reddit AMA on June 2 at 11:00am ET. The AMA will feature:

  • Harvey Smith, Studio/Creative Director at Arkane Austin
  • Dinga Bakaba, Game Director at Arkane Lyon
  • Sebastien Mitton, Art Director at Arkane Lyon
  • Ricardo Bare, Creative Director at Arkane Austin
  • Susan Kath, Business Director at Arkane Austin

(Note: Dinga and Sebastien will answer AMA questions in French.)

Throughout the Arkane 20 celebration, we’ll be hosting a series of developer streams featuring a variety of voices from both Arkane Lyon and Arkane Austin. Tune into Twitch.tv/Bethesda to catch streams of games like Arx Fatalis, Dishonored 1 and 2, and Prey, featuring special guests.

Get the full stream schedule and details here:

Arx Fatalis – May 29 @ 11:00am ET

Guest: Manny Masciarelli, Lead Technical Engineer at Arkane Austin

Dishonored – June 5 @ 11:00am ET

Guests: Dinga Bakaba, Game Director at Arkane Lyon, and Dan Todd, Campaign Designer at Arkane Lyon

Prey – June 12 @ 3:30 pm ET

Guest: Ricardo Bare, Creative Director at Arkane Austin, and actress Janina Gavankar

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