The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Trailer
There will be five massive cities that span Skyrim’s environment, which ranges from frozen tundra to rocky mountain tops. There is also new wildlife, such as Sabre-toothed Cats and Wooly Mammoths.
The combat is getting a bit of an overhaul, too. Players will be able to equip any weapon or spell to either hand at any time and even duel wield two of the same weapon. A new customizable menu is being added to help swap load-outs easily in battle.
Bethesda has also done away with the character class system and reworked the game’s leveling mechanic. Players’ skills will level up the more they are used, contributing to your overall level growth. “Raising one skill from 34 to 35 is going to level you faster than raising one from 11 to 12,” Bethesda designer Todd Howard told the magazine. Players can also level pass 50, but it becomes much slower after that point.
The team has also added Fallout 3’s perk system, where each new level gained allows players to add special abilities to their character, including increase in damage to dagger stealth attacks or allowing your mace to ignore enemy armor.
Skyrim’s NPC conversations are a lot more realistic. Aside from including even more voice actors, the AI-controlled characters will actually move about and continue on with the activities they were doing before being interrupted. Towns also include more activities to do, such farming, mining, woodcutting and cooking.
Bethesda also revamped the game’s menu system. Howard said the team used Apple’s iTunes as inspiration and direction. Players will be greeted with a compass-style overlay with four options: Skill, Inventory, Map, and Magic. Weapons and spells can be tagged as a ‘favorite’ for quick selection. Every item is a 3D object than can be viewed and examined.