New Skyrim Details Touch On Map Size, Graphical Updates, More

A Dutch magazine, Dutch Power Unlimited, went live with some new details concerning Bethesda's upcoming title, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

The article, translated by neoGAF, is a interview with Bethesda's Todd Howard, who touches on the game's graphical updates, the game's map size, and other things.


Howard stated that Bethesda has specific goals in mind when it comes to upgrading the graphics for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
We primarily look at how we can improve facial expressions and animations, graphics-wise, he said.

We are working at pop-up issues, and we want to make sure that the graphics of the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 are alike. All three will look just as good, aside from the higher resolution and the anti-aliasing of the PC of course.
The inventory menu has undergone a facelift as well with you having the ability to see each item in a flash-based preview setting. You'll be able to rotate and inspect each item you come across in the game.

Map Size

According to Howard, Skyrim's "low fantasy" map is "approximately" the size of Oblivion's. The map will have fast travel locations scattered about and you will be able to fast travel to locations that you have visited previously. Skyrim will contain five major cities and over 130 dungeons.

While Skyrim will not have a set level cap, once you enter a particular dungeon your level will be locked until you complete it. This was done to stop easy leveling or "grinding". Different perks will be restricted to different characters, so one play through is not going to be enough to experience all the perks the game has to offer.

Howard stated that the game's main story line will run along 20 hours of gameplay, while side-quests can potentially add "hundreds" to the game. He also stated that the main story line will not be as important as Oblivion's was to eliminate the "guilt" behind feeling obligated or "trapped" into doing side-quests.

Dragons will not be rare in Skyrim, however, each Dragon that you defeat a piece of its soul will be added to yours allowing your Dragonborn abilities to strengthen.

Howard stated that the game will not support the Xbox 360's Kinect and that the Dark Brotherhood will be making a return in Skyrim.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is out this fall for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.