Our own Davo posted on the forums with this little bit of news: it seems Bethesda has, at long last, revealed the next Elder Scrolls game. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim involves… well, I’m betting it involves old scrolls and the province of Skyrim, at least. And judging from the Max von Sydow-narrated trailer, it might involve dragons too. See below!
Yon is the agegated trailer:
So there you have it. In true modern developer form, they’re not showing any actual gameplay, just lots of orchestral music and a big statue.
The question on everyone’s my lips is this: what engine? That trailer had a distinctly Gamebryo-ish look to it, but given Emergent’s recent troubles and the fact that Bethesda’s parent company ZeniMax Media Group now owns id Software, it seems pretty likely that Bethesda will face some real pressure to swap over to the new id Tech 5, which still hasn’t been seen outside of demos, and won’t be seen until Rage’s September 2011 release. But with Skyrim claiming to release on November 11, and Rage claiming to release just a couple months before, that means Tech 5 has to be pretty close to done… especially if Bethesda’s converting its existing Skyrim assets over from Gamebryo. The long and short of it is that Skyrim might still arrive on the Gamebryo engine – a codebase that’s extraordinarily powerful and versatile, but which hasn’t been used to its greatest effect in Bethesda’s games.
All in all what I really hope is that Skyrim takes more lessons from Morrowind than it does from Oblivion, that latter being a major disappointment in my mind. Certainly it would benefit from heavy tweaks to the artificial intelligence system, and character models will need a major DirectX 11 upgrade. Also, for the love of god, Bethesda, hire more actors to voice your characters this time. If you blew your whole sound budget on Max von Sydow and Inon Zur, I’ll never forgive you.
Not that Max von Sydow is bad. Dude’s a living legend. It’s just that living legends are expensive and in games with upwards of 10,000 speaking roles, having three actors voice them all is kind of a mistake.
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