April 18, 2011 at 7:54 PM ET
Start preparing your eyeballs. It looks like "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" might just make them pop right out of their sockets.
Bethesda Game Studios has slowly been unveiling more details about the next installment in the much-lauded Elder Scrolls series and the latest batch of screenshots to be released are both beautiful and kind of terrifying at the same time.
As the below images suggest, we've got a real looker of a game to look forward to. This follow-up to "Oblivion" certainly promises some gorgeous, detailed landscapes while the new screenshots also show off some of the creatures we'll encounter when "Skyrim" launches November 11.
Over at The Escapist, they got a preview of "Skyrim" and they say the game does, indeed, appear to be a stunner in the works.
"The icy land of Skyrim, the northernmost province in Tamriel, is perhaps the most realistic and impressive game world I've seen," reports Steve Butts. "From the massive mountains looming in the distance to the ferns alongside the road, everything in this game is incredibly detailed."
It turns out, "Skyrim" will be using a new engine to give the game's graphics that extra ka-pow.
"Skyrim" will take place some two hundred years after the end of "Oblivion." And as Destructoid describes it, the opening scenario is this:
The player is a prisoner being led to his (or her, if you please) execution. The crime for which he's been convicted isn't particularly relevant — were you guilty? were you framed? — since there will soon be an escape. Good thing: the player is the last of the Dovahkiin, the "Dragonborn," and the world's only hope in surviving an attack from a malevolent god who has taken the form of a dragon.
But it's not just pretty looks "Skyrim" will have on offer. Bethesda's Todd Howard has been talking up improvements to the game's story, its artificial intelligence system and its combat.
"Combat plays a big role in the game," Howard told G4. "It’s a lot more visceral in the way you bash and knock guys around. We did a lot of [pre-visualization] for what a fight should look like when you have a sword and shield, and when guys are really trying to kill one another."
Speaking of really trying to kill things ... check out the giant spider!
And while you're contemplating what you have to look forward to when the Elder Scrolls series finally gets a long-awaited new installment, feast your eyes on the first "Skyrim" trailer below.
Makes you wish November 11 wasn't quite so far away, doesn't it?
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