At this point, you should be all caught up with the ins and outs of what The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has to offer; what we know about, anyway. But one feature Bethesda has thankfully left out, and probably for good reason, is something that’s been requested for years: online multiplayer. How come?
Speaking with IGN recently, Bethesda’s game director Todd Howard commented on the lack of Skyrim multiplayer or co-op, saying the studio’s expertise is with large-scale single-player adventures…but they have considered it.
“The two most requested features we get are dragons and multiplayer. We got one of them this time! We always look into multiplayer, put lots of ideas on the whiteboard, and it always loses. It’s not that we don’t like it. I can think of ways it would be a lot of fun, but at the end of the day, that dev time is going to take away from doing the best single-player game we can, and that’s where our hearts are,” Howard said.
It probably also helps that sister studio ZeniMax Online is more than likely developing that Elder Scrolls MMO right now, too. No need for a similar experience at the expense of quality, which Skyrim hopefully will deliver in droves. The brief glimpse of in-game footage released so far has certainly captivated fans of the series, and they appear quite thrilled with the solo adventure coming their way.
In case you’ve been in the dark on Skyrim‘s array of overhauls and new additions, or have deliberately avoided them for whatever reason, now’s a great time to read up on the slew of juicy details gleaned over the past few months.
More information on Skyrim is expected at E3 in June, an event where we’ll get to go hands-on if we’re lucky.