The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Catch-All

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11/11/11 Release Date

I know we have a thread, but given how old it is and it's mostly discussion, I think we'll be better off with a new one.

The fifth game in the series was announced at the Video Game Awards tonight.

A crappy video until we get something better on YouTube.

There hasn't been much other information. Skyrim has been a rumored setting for years now. You can get a breakdown of the trailer here on the official Elder Scrolls forum.

Oblivion broke my heart, so I will wait for now to be really excited.

... I say that, but I want to believe.

Visit the Skyrim page at the UESP wiki for a good overview of what we currently know about the province of Skyrim. Of course, Bethesda is not afraid to retcon their world, but we have to start somewhere.

EDIT:

This Joystiq post from August[/url]]Additionally, he pointed out that the upcoming project will run on existing consoles and is built on the same engine that powered Oblivion and Fallout 3. "That's our starting point -- the Fallout 3 tech. It started with Morrowind, we went to Oblivion, we did a lot between Oblivion and Fallout 3 because now we had final hardware -- with Oblivion we had six months on final hardware, so Fallout 3 technically does a lot more than Oblivion. The new stuff is an even bigger jump from that,"

I'm a Bethesda Fanboy, so I'll jump on this, but really? Still using that engine?

Oh god...oh god no.....gamebryo engine.....*cry*

Zhaosen wrote:

Oh god...oh god no.....gamebryo engine.....*cry*

This makes me sad!

I didn't think the engine was all that bad. Consider the Source engine. Of course, Bethesda is no Valve, but with some UI improvements, and general engine improvements overall, it could still work.

Look at the bright side, it will be easy to mod. I just hope the fix some of bugs that have existed since morrowind.

They better polish that engine to within an inch of it's life!

Nevertheless, I'm very excited, and I can't wait!

The Gamebryo part doesn't bother me because I had already read that interview with Todd Howard. I'm hoping it's the next project where they'll move onto Id Tech. *fingers crossed*

I guess this means I need to finish Oblivion. Dozens and dozens of hours in, and barely touched the main quest.

I do not care that it's probably still running on the Gamebryo engine, Fallout was much better that Oblivion so this can only get better than that.

All my xmas's came at once today. Mass Effect 3, Arkham City and then this.

OH EM GEE!

*hyperventilates*

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet!

2011 looks to be an excellent gaming year. Can't wait.

Also, memo to self: Make more money in 2011.

I thought that this was in the offing when you (Crispy) mentioned that the forums had gotten an overhaul.

Not much to go on at the moment but please make it better than Oblivion's scaled enemies rubbish - even the mods didn't fix that and instead it just happened at higher levels. :/

Also, i want combat and sneaking to work like in Dark Messiah and Thief respectively!

Kthxbai!

ebarstad wrote:

2011 looks to be an excellent gaming year. Can't wait.

Also, memo to self: Make more money in 2011.

That's only because they delayed half of 2010 to the first half of 2011

I think it's safe to assume by now that Bethesda is not going to drop gamebryo anytime soon, can't say I blame them, having used the TES Construction Set I'm pretty sure they're not willing to drop the main tool they've trained their team (and customers) to use/work/develop at/ the last 8 years. ID-tech seems cool and all, but can it do what TES:CS does? can it be set to act as a modding tool as open, easy to pick up and aproachable for the playing community as the set has been all these years?

And now, after that technical digression, may I add my voice in the squealing choir?
Dissapointed it's not "Akavir", that setting is quite out of the left field, hopefully they'll at least have the freezing tigers and the flaming monkey-snakes invading cyrodiil
Dragons, Hell YEAH.

I'm gonna safely assume you'll be playing as a reluctant prophetized hero known as "dragonborn" and Max Von Sidow will be your dad & king of the world (or Skyrim)

if i remember my lore correctly, skyrim is about a third the size of cyrodil (where oblivion took place), hopefully the map isn't limited to just that one tiny country. Wishful thinking, but skyrim borders both cyrodil and morrowind...

ruhk wrote:

if i remember my lore correctly, skyrim is about a third the size of cyrodil (where oblivion took place), hopefully the map isn't limited to just that one tiny country. Wishful thinking, but skyrim borders both cyrodil and morrowind...

There's also the underground, right? I think they have mines, IIRC.... Plus there's the opportunity for sea combat - i think they have a few islands as well like the one seen in Morrowind's Blood Moon.

Skyrim!

I don't know what it is about fantasy settings in the snow, but freeze one and I'm exponentially more excited. Maybe it's that ice-flecked heart of mine that still longs for my ancestral home (Edmonton). But I really liked the look of Bruma in Oblivion and Nordic architecture with its carved beams and stone construction. A return to Solstheim would be a nice surprise too.

Where my Nords at!

Duoae wrote:
ruhk wrote:

if i remember my lore correctly, skyrim is about a third the size of cyrodil (where oblivion took place), hopefully the map isn't limited to just that one tiny country. Wishful thinking, but skyrim borders both cyrodil and morrowind...

There's also the underground, right? I think they have mines, IIRC.... Plus there's the opportunity for sea combat - i think they have a few islands as well like the one seen in Morrowind's Blood Moon.

a change of scale? after all, both Tes 1 and 2 were crazy big. They'll probably keep it in the falllout 3 /fallout: NV range.

Gravey wrote:

I don't know what it is about fantasy settings in the snow, but freeze one and I'm exponentially more excited.

I feel the same. I assume it's because I want to be skiing, but can't always be skiing.

I just hope they make the faces better. I couldn't get too far into Oblivion because they angered me so.

Feeank wrote:

I'm gonna safely assume you'll be playing as a reluctant prophetized hero known as "dragonborn"

du-h, you'll be the "Dragon born", from Tiber Septim's line, you'll get to play Imperial royalty this time, and fight dragons, Martin Septim style.

Whew boy. I still haven't finished Oblivion yet. I loved the game, but it makes the completion-ist in me whimper.

TES Files[/url]]Skyrim is the most rugged region in the continent, not only containing five of the highest peaks in Tamriel. Skyrim also is very snowy and cold, home to all manner of lycanthropes

Oh boy. Here we go.

Edit: The fact that I immediately started quoting the source material should send the clue that I'm irrationally excited for another Elder Scrolls game.

I'm hopeful

Alright Bethesda, keep your Gamebryo. It's understandable you don't want to have to rewrite the better part of a decade's worth of accumulated tools. But please, oh please, get rid of FaceGen. It's just awful. I don't want to spend another 200 hours talking to these hideous approximations of people.

0kelvin wrote:

Alright Bethesda, keep your Gamebryo. It's understandable you don't want to have to rewrite the better part of a decade's worth of accumulated tools. But please, oh please, get rid of FaceGen. It's just awful. I don't want to spend another 200 hours talking to these hideous approximations of people.

Yes. Please, why won't someone think of the children?

I want it really badly, but:

a) I have to disable my Epic Epic High Fantasy BS sensor before ever looking at it again
DUN DUN DUN DUUUUN
ahem, let me do my videogame voice... okay, let's roll, YOU SHOULD'VE ACTED JIBBA JABBA

b)
IMAGE(http://images.devshed.com/dh/stories/Oblivion_Review/oblivion_interact.jpg)
helloooo there

I'm disappointed they aren't putting together a new engine, but I'm guessing the primary reason is that they're waiting for the next generation of consoles. They wouldn't get a huge graphical improvement with a new engine at this point, so they are probably saving on that huge expense for now until there's new hardware to play with.

Oblivion (modded) is one of my all-time favourite games, so am really looking forward to seeing it with a less buggy, crash-prone version of Gamebryo.

As long as they fix the animations and learn from Dark Messiah of Might and Magic and/or Mount & Blade for combat I'm tentatively interested.

Just one point, and I hate myself for having to say it. Everyone *always* says

It can be modded, so it can be fixed by the community
Oh it's buggy, but I can put up with it because the content is worth it

and

It'll be better this time

How about not giving them license to release a buggy game, on an engine that they've broken (Gamebyro is fine in other titles) you have to do all sorts of tweaks to get it running half way decently. Personally I'm done with release day for Bethesda games until they prove the can understand quality.

One detail I'll be interested in is whether there's feature parity between platforms, the consoles with 512MB memory and my PC with 5120MB. The Elder Scrolls are exactly the sort of games where a PC can really show it's strengths and for all the great work that mod makers have made, for example Nehrim, I feel they're doing it in spite of the base game content, systems and engine.

I so need a new computer!! Then again, no set due date...got time to save up.
But I will play this game for sure. Some titles you just don't skip for anything

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