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Skyrim's World: Mountainous And Huge

Hardcore role-playing fans are hoping for a gigantic, epic adventure in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

And it appears they'll get exactly that. In fact, the game might actually be too big for Bethesda's liking...wait, executive producer and game director Todd Howard is probably being sarcastic.

In speaking to Norwegian publication Gamer.no (and cited by OXM UK), Howard spoke about the game's gigantic size, saying it boasts "120 real caves, and more than 100 common points of interest outside." Add to that the "hand-crafted" nature of the development, and the meticulous design process has got to be plenty taxing. In comparison to Oblivion, the new Elder Scrolls is actually the same size "as the crow flies," but the new quest features a lot of mountainous terrain, so the realm will "seem bigger" to players. Howard added:

"We also have grassy tundra, volcanic tundra, a forest with an autumnal theme and a glacier. There are about six or seven distinct types of environments."

The bottom line is that if you want to become immersed in a gigantic fantasy world, there will be no better option than The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The only problem is the release date: November 11. ...there are a whole lot of unbelievable titles scheduled for that time of year.

Related Game(s): The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Tags: the elder scrolls v, skyrim, bethesda, skyrim details

5/18/2011 8:51:01 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (40 posts)

Riku994
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 9:25:26 PM
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There's no way this fits on a DVD.

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FxTales
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 9:45:56 PM

Haha I wonder.

Last edited by FxTales on 5/18/2011 9:50:34 PM

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 10:09:02 PM

lets hope not.

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AshT
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 11:35:30 PM

or 4 DVD's :)

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BTNwarrior
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 11:43:34 PM

maybe this is why microsoft was scrambling for a larger storage format that could be read with the 360's DVD laser

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Quincho
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 12:16:20 AM

99 dvd's and some dlc. or... 1 blu ray ;) hehehe

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 2:08:50 AM

Of course it'll fit on one DVD... They'll just have to use a single pixel for the textures.

Semi-related: Apparently M$'s new disc format is incompatible with some 360s. They're offering replacement models for anyone with this issue, but frickin' LOL! You'd think they'd stop bleeding money, forget about trying to keep up with the Joneses and move further XBox development over to the next console, rather than trying to prolong the life of the current weak hardware.
Peace.

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Claire C
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 1:41:38 PM

It's supposedly being developed first on 360.

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Douchebaguette
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 2:51:43 PM

@ Claire - Not PC?

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Claire C
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 2:58:12 PM

I remember Todd Howard saying somewhere that he considered the 360 as the lead platform. Was during an interview on a podcast I think.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 10:11:16 PM
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The problem is they can make it as big as they want, but if it isn't a lively content rich world then that's a strike against it. I fully expect to enjoy the game, but Oblivion for as large as it was, still kind of took place in a big dead world without the great staples one likes to see in fantasy games.

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Qubex
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 12:20:22 AM

Indeed, that is a very good point!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Jdogtoocool
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 6:18:18 AM

What staples? A turn based battle system? Enlighten me

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 6:49:48 AM

I think he means setpieces, as opposed to the relatively bland look and feel of the Tamriel section of Oblivion. ES needs more Mordor, damnit.

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Jdogtoocool
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 8:30:57 AM

Ok ok I see but still looking back at it of course by today's standards the game is going to seem a little weak in that area but when it came out a lot of people praised it and made it out to seem perfect. It's pretty much like every other game that can't stand tge test of time

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 9:59:09 AM

Yes, setpieces is what I meant for the most part, things you might find in your average Fantasy novel like lively solstice carnivals, towns under siege, CHILDREN in the world. Oblivion is a great game but it's kind of like the whole world is on too much Xanax.

The game needs something to bring it alive ya know? Maybe the dragons can do it.

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Underdog15
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 11:47:45 AM

Yeah, I agree with World. Big and Large is great, but you also gotta be in charge!

But a world, especially a fantasy one, shouldn't seem full of people yet vacant all at the same time. People are interesting in general. You should make them the same way in games. Especially role playing ones where interactions are key.

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BTNwarrior
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 11:45:57 PM
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As long as they keep the same formula from oblivion this will be golden, but if they have actually been paying attention to the modding community and have been getting ideas like they have been saying they have then this will be even better than golden.

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Dreno
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 1:58:19 AM
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Eff being golden, thiks games gonna be platinum.

This game sounds ubber fantastic. I can't wait for it to release. The only other game I'm looking forward to more than this is wkc2. Ill prolly still be playing wkc2 when skrim comes out, so ill have to force myself to stop.

This is gonna be a LONG rpg year for mr.dreno. STO-OKED!

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Sancho
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 6:19:19 AM

Did you forget Uncharted 3 will be coming out around the same time as well?

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 2:14:34 AM
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I remember the time I walked from one end of Tamriel to the other. I can't tell you the number of ugly critters I came across, but it was one hell of an adventure. Seeing the cities and searching for fat loots among the caves... Oh wait, this isn't a reminiscence session?

In all seriousness, this is sounding pretty damn awesome. I thoroughly enjoyed Oblivion and more than that with Fallout 3, though I felt at times that the worlds were too big and bare. I'd rather see the map compressed somewhat and having more memorable landmarks, so that there seems to be more to the experience than randomly traversing a wasteland. Am I the only one that feels this way?

Also, I hope the main campaign is compelling, because I found it all too wasy to become more interested in the side missions of both of the previous Bethesda games that I've played and wind up not finishing the campaign (I swear that I'll get back to FO3 when I run out of new games to play. Eh, that's not gonna happen).
Peace.

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___________
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 3:08:56 AM
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meh.
i hated oblivion, best letter to describe it was.
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
boring as f*ck!
still looks interesting though, so maybe ill pick it up next year.
once the inevitable GOTY edition releases, and once bethesda has learned how to debug there game, all the DLC is out, and at a fraction of the initial retail price!

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 5:25:58 AM

Bethesda debug? HA! But I hear ya on the complete edition, and the same goes for New Vegas for me, and any other releases until they prove they can make a game that won't kill my PS3 on the hour every hour.

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Jdogtoocool
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 6:12:59 AM

Lol you prolly walked the whole game, should have figured out how the town teleportation worked.

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 6:53:26 AM

Jdog,
If you just quick travelled everywhere, you'd miss out on most of the game. It rewards exploration, and not doing that takes away from the atmosphere.

PS3OG,
Ben's thought about banning him aplenty. Just never gotten around to it. In case you hadn't noticed though, Anon's played just about every game out there (or claims to have anyway). He just doesn't seem to enjoy most of them. And you should probably think about changing your nickname. It doesn't really make sense to use that if you have a 360. Just sayin'
Peace.

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Jdogtoocool
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 8:09:40 AM

No no no I definitely did my part in the walking around/exploring department but come on even you must have used that quick travel quite a bit to get around as opposed to not using it at all

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 8:25:30 AM

I'd be lying if I said that I never used it. But I would almost always set off with a destination in mind, then get sidetracked by some icon on the HUD and spend three hours just walking around the countryside finding new caves and fortresses and whatnot. I really only used the quick travel if I wanted desperately to get back to a certain area quickly. Probably explains why I logged over 300 hours on the game over the course of two playthroughs... I need to go back to Tamriel.
Peace.

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Jdogtoocool
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 8:34:01 AM

Yeah that was part of the reason I didn't like to walk around too much. I work a lot so I only had a couple hours to spend on gaming so sidetracking was definitely not an option

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 8:38:04 AM

I was just out of high school and only working night shift at a local take away shop during the brunt of my time with that game, ergo some EPIC play sessions. But I don't think that I'd be able to embark on anything like that nowadays, even if I had the time and inclination.

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Jdogtoocool
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 9:14:16 AM

Yeah me neither but I'm still gonna try to play it as much as I can

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Jdogtoocool
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 6:09:58 AM
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Can't wait to get my hands on this game, Jdogtoocool's dropping off tge map for a couple months when this comes out

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Sancho
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 6:27:23 AM
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I remember my friend telling me how awesome Oblivion was, but I was always hesitant to try it based on the first person setting. I was unaware of the 3rd person option although that was terrible in Oblivion but I preferred it that way in Fallout as it was over the shoulder not just directly behind them.

Anywho I loved the game and I was looking at my save file and I put in around 249 hours..... Pretty sure I beat EVERY mission. Or at least very close to it. As somebody else above mentioned the side missions seemed more interesting than the main story not to mention the main story really wasn't very long.

I'm really pumped for Skyrim I just hope like others have mentioned its not a buggy mess. I may also have to somehow be able to hold out for the complete edition a year or so later :P. I still need to get Fallout 3's game of the year for all its dlc and then I'll have to get NV's when they finish that up and drop its goty. Soooo many good games and thats just from one publisher XD

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Jdogtoocool
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 8:11:37 AM

Yeah same here, too bad Oblivion didn't have trophies or I would've Platinumed that sucker

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moss12
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 9:03:06 AM
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I would have to say Oblivion has always been my goto game. I have beaten it several times and when I get the chance or i am between new games I start a new quest. Skyrim looks to be awesome and ill be gettin it on day one.

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kraygen
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 9:55:13 AM
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In my experience I'd say that large mountains tend to make a game feel smaller, you feel enclosed and there's all those tall peaks you can't climb.

I'm expecting a lot out of this game and I think it looks great so far, but with expectations this high, they have to make sure it's down right amazing.

And please don't release a glitch fest like usual.

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Dreno
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 10:04:59 AM
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@ sancho

I did fofget about uncharted 3, bbut that's only cause its not high up on my rader just yet. Not to say that it isn't though. See I have a problem, I'm a real big stickler about playing games in sequencial order. So right now, uncharted 1 is higher up on my list than 3.

So as soon as I find uncharted 1 ill be picking that up, and then 2, then 3.

The only games I didn't play in order were the final fantasies, because they don't Tie into each other, given then exception of ff10 and 10-2. And 13 and 13-2.

But I will definately get around to the uncharted series. From what I've read about them on this site, they are great games. And I'm not one to miss out on great games.

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Claire C
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 1:50:37 PM
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Now this is a true open world RPG.

Think after I'm done slaying dragons and saving the world I'm gonna go to the 'grassy tundra' and start a family.

Then later I'll go accept some quests to put food on the table for my hubby. Think I'll also be an assassin chick who specializes in sneak and blades. I wanna cut my enemie's throats while they sleep.

I liked Oblivion.

=^.^=

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Fane1024
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 3:05:42 AM

Sounds like my character.

I pretty much Sneaked all the time.

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FM23
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 5:49:05 PM
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Well this is a mustbuy along with Uncharted 3, AC Revelations...and that's probably about it for November.

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Lairfan
Monday, May 23, 2011 @ 2:48:43 PM
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So basically what I got from this is that the world is the same size as Oblivion's, but it "looks" bigger to us players.

Well, tbh, Oblivion's world was plenty large enough, so I'm okay with that. If they can have it feel more alive though, and not stagnant like the last one kinda felt, I'll be just fine.

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