(dragon dick-butt courtesy of Aerkhan)
Release date: 11.11.11
New Engine: "Creation Engine"
Creation Set (SDK / Construction Set)
DirectX 11 Support
GRAPHICS ON THE PC WILL BE BETTER, DON'T WHINE ABOUT THAT
Consoles may see some Bethesda endorsed PC mods.
Trailer and Gameplay demo:
Gameplay demo WITHOUT background blabbering
- Draxton Hale
RRARRGH NEW IMAGES OF RACES!!
Skyrim is set two-hundred years after the events of Oblivion in the eponymous land of Skyrim. The country has erupted into civil war after the assassination of its King. Concurrently, the god Alduin, which takes the form of a massive dragon, arises to destroy the world. The player character is perhaps the last living Dovahkiin (Dragonborn), and must fend off Alduin and save Skyrim from certain destruction.
:siren:Information Compendium on bethsoft forums (contains everything you'd ever want to know about this game):siren: : http://forums.bethsoft.com/index.php...l__compend ium
Or, if you just want a quick readthrough of the most important aspects, keep reading.
The Art of Skyrim:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/4785768... - Concept art
http://www.flickr.com/photos/4785768...946/ - Screens
-There is difficulty scaling.
-Bethesda have enlisted many more voice actors.
-Characters will behave more naturally by doing things while they talk to you
-The Camera will not zoom in during conversations.
-There is a sprint mechanic that will use up stamina
-Running backwards is slower than running forwards
-The game will customise unique encounters based on the things you do
-There are more activities offered in towns (forge work, alchemy, enchantment, farming, mining, woodcutting, -cooking, etc)
-There are 6-7 world environments
-The northern coast of Skyrim is covered in ice, snow and glaciers. To the west it's rocky and craggy and in the -middle of Skyrim there is a large tundra (A tundra is a biome where the tree growth is hindered by low --temperatures and short growing seasons.)
-There are 5 main cities
-Underground areas will be more varied (Icy caves, forgotten crypts)
-Environments are deliberately beautiful
Levelling, Skills & Spells:
-The class system has been removed
-Your overall level will increase faster if you focus on specific skills, the more skills you practice the slower you will -level up.
-There are 18 skills
-There are 85 spells
-Leveling will automatically improve health, the player then has the choice of further boosting health, stamina or magicka
-There are now perks similar to Fallout
-Once the player has reached level 50, further leveling is dramatically slower.
-Mysticism has been removed due to redundancy
-Bow and arrow attacks do a lot more damage
-Designed to feel more tactile
-Weapons and spells can be applied separately for each hand.
-There are unique finishing moves
-Dragon Shouts are a new mechanic within the game
-You will fight dragons throughout the game
-Characters will show more emotion in their facial expressions
-Large draw distances
-Dynamic shadows for all game objects
-Improved third-person perspective
-Realistic falling snow
-Independent moving tree branches
-Dragons will have a stone like appearance
-Interfaces & Menu
-HUD free option
-The main menu comprises of skills, inventory, map and magic
-The menu superficially interacts with the world around you
-The menu has been designed around organising data efficiently
-All objects have a 3D image for you to examine
-The map is an interactive real time screen shot of the world you're in.
20 Reasons to be excited about Skyrim, by RPS:
There exists a carriage system that will take you to major locations.
Skyrim (PC) will support DX11
Some places you will be very challenged, and may not even be able to defeat an enemy, and will have to return when more powerful. Other places you will be much more powerful than the enemy. Auto-leveling works much like it did in Fallout 3.
Some Dragons are scripted, while some appears randomly.
The amount of dragons is actually infinite, as they are placed in the world like any other creature, and thus, they will respawn like any other creature.
Power attacks (Hold down attack button) uses stamina and staggers enemies.
Each archetype have one crafting-skill. Mage has Enchant, Thief has Alchemy and Warrior has Blacksmithing/armourer. (Since there are no classes, everyone can use all these skills, this is just their categorization)
Perks will allow you to, among other things, disarm enemies, increase chance of critical hit and perform special "special moves".
There are more weapon types and armor types in Skyrim compared to Oblivion.
Interview with Todd Howard:
[h2]List of cities and towns with probably matching images, made by Hypnotoad[/h2]
Cities (large, walled, or of great significance):
-Riften(image is either Riften or Sunguard)
Towns (small, unwalled):
-North keep(this image is completely speculative, another possibility is stonehill)
GameInformer Scans (open in new tab for bigger image):
[h2]Even newer screens[/h2]
coolio gif by hypnotoad:
Coolio map by hypnotoad:
It displays what locations the demo took place in.
Funny comic explaining dragon shouts: