The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim may have had it’s release date leaked via Amazon. The release date listed by the giant that is Amazon. Is November 28th of this year, which makes sense, after the big Super Mario Odyssey, and right before Xenoblade Chronicles 2. What do you think? Does this release date sound likely to you?
As we all know by now, at E3 Bethesda announced their new system Creation Club. Which provides new paid content for Fallout 4 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition. Or how Bethesda put’s it from their own Creation Club page “Creation Club is a collection of all-new content for both Fallout 4 and Skyrim. It features new items, abilities, and gameplay created by Bethesda Games Studios and outside development partners including the best community creators. Creation Club content is fully curated and compatible with the main game and official add-ons.”
The way I see this is more of a lie. They are claiming these are more like DLC or Expansions, but they are having modders release this content. They are selling people mods. Now I don’t see the biggest issue with it, aside from them lying about it. As long as the mods are up to par with “DLC quality content.” From the launch lineup I would not say it is quality or worth your hard earned cash. As it is mainly weapons and apparel you can just download for free elsewhere. The content the Creation Club can provide is “Weapons, Apparel, World, Characters, Creatures, and Gameplay.”
Weapons, Apparel, Creatures, and Characters speak for themselves. But World is more akin to locations, like new maps, some added foliage, so maybe some texture updates, and even simple decorations. Gameplay is explained as “New types of gameplay like survival mode, etc.” So maybe some actual new additions, Fallout Kart Racing?
Now the content that should be produced, should be something like expansions, think the Dragonborn Expansion, which adds a new location, new storyline, new weapons, outfits, gameplay features, etc. That is what Bethesda should offer, instead of a new gun or sword by themselves for $1.99. As of now we can’t say how it will turn out, but if they are going to do this, and the content creators are going to get paid to produce high quality content, then we as consumers need to hold them to an example of producing good “DLC” (Mods).
I am all for this if it is genuine content that continues the life of games people love like Fallout 4 and Skyrim. But this could set a awful precedent in the industry if mishandled like Bethesda’s previous attempt at paid mods. One of the biggest things was they were not curated mods, this time they are, or least should be, since the modders/content creators will be paid and employees after they apply for the Creation Club, and are accepted. Let’s just hope they can manage this, and their store won’t be filled with paid horse armor that’s purely cosmetic.
Homepage for the Creation Club: https://creationclub.bethesda.net/en
With older fears of massive fees stacked upon fees for upcoming next-generation massively multiplayer role playing game The Elder Scrolls Online, Bethesda decided to clarify some details regarding pricing on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox ONE versions of the game. PS+ is not required for Elder Scrolls Online on PlayStation 4, but XBL Gold is required to play ESO on Xbox ONE. This probably comes as a small consequence to many players who were planning on having PS+ / XBL Gold anyways for their own various benefits, but definitely adds a benefit to the PS4 for being open to this pro-consumer practice. Of course most people on PS4 will want PS+, but this gives a window of time where if it came down to your ESO subscription or PS+, players could re-new their PS+ subscription at a later time and continue playing The Elder Scrolls Online without interruption. To continue playing ESO on Xbox ONE players will be expected to pay both the ESO monthly fee and the Xbox Live GOLD fees as well.
I think Elder Scrolls Online will pretty much prove or disprove this business model on consoles (to most high level investors), would you say that’s fair? Skyrim and Oblivion should have paved the way for enough interest to get console gamers to pony up the fee. FFXI could be one of those fluke situations because FF is such a megaton RPG series, but if Elder Scrolls can do it – a fairly younger series coming from the West, that might just prove the business model. Outside of ESO and FFXIV I don’t really see a chance for any other MMO to hope to collect money upfront and still be successful. DCUO seems like the obvious example investors would look towards to reject the idea and opt for a Free To Play model with DLC and Micro DLC instead.
The Elder Scrolls Online is developed by Zenimax Online and published by Bethesda and will utilize the a custom engine. The MMO title is expected to debut for Windows PC, Mac OS X in April 2014 and will release on next-gen consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox ONE some time in June 2014. The monthly fee for the PC and Mac version is $14.99 with cross-play enabled for those players. On Xbox ONE players can only play with other Xbox ONE owners and must pay the monthly fee of $14.99 plus Xbox Live GOLD in order to log in. PlayStation 4 players can play the game just by paying the monthly fee of $14.99 and will not require PS+.
At RGN we hope it all works out with the best possible results. Bethesda have stated previously that they are negotiating with Microsoft to drop the GOLD requirement on Xbox ONE and some PC gamers feel the title would be better appreciated on computers exclusively, but in any event we do hope the game is a success as we’d like to see more games like this developed.
Update: The listing it seems, was an error brought on due to a bug within the site’s CMS.
Peter Hines, VP of Development for Bethesda clarified on twitter.
Pete Hines @DCDeacon
“We have been working on the CMS that runs our sites. A bug caused platforms that don’t exist to show up for some games Sorry for confusion.”
He also went ahead and debunked the post from reddit.
So as of right now, Skyrim is not coming to PS4 and Xbox One. Sorry for those who got their hopes up, but hey he didn’t flat out say Skyrim isn’t coming, so there’s that.
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According to a new posting on the Bethesda Softworks website, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim which was fairly well received on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 despite glitches (and also made a fairly well appearance, modding community and all, on the PC platform) will eventually make an arrival on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox ONE next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony. This was first discovered by OnlySP and proof can be found on Bethesda’s own website HERE.
In RealGamerNewz RGN Daily News #11 the team gets in on the latest news including Metal Gear Solid and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim compilation titles heading to the market soon as well as what really happened to Team Bondi (developers behind L.A. Noire) as news was announced today about their company dissolving.
Skyrim has seen three DLC packs come to them all first on Xbox Live. Bethesda states that they are moving on to bigger things beyond Skyrim which for most people was accepted with open arms. Now the question is what is next? Are they gonna help focus on the new Elder Scrolls MMO? Or do they mean games such as Dishonored 2, Fallout 4, Elder Scrolls 6, Rage 2, new IP, maybe even a Fallout New Vegas 2. Only time will tell but whatever is next we can not wait to see it.
The following is all properties of the Elder Scrolls Online MMORPG being developed by Zenimax Online and Bethesda Softworks who have brought the Elder Scrolls franchise to fortune and good grace amongst the gaming population thanks to the Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim titles achieving mainstream and underground success while developing a cult following. The following gameplay screenshots were released today, below them you will find video gameplay footage of Elder Scrolls Online Alpha Version. The expected Release Date for Elder Scrolls Online is currently Autumn 2013.
Bioware has confirmed the Skyrim ideas going into Dragon Age 3 Inquisition. They say its definitely not the same game but they took some ideas so they can refresh the Dragon Age games. Here is the exact comment. Bioware stated that “Although just to be clear, the “looking at Skyrim” is more about recognizing that there’s groups of players that just like exploring and immersing themselves in the game world, and as such more open game levels can help appeal to that. It can also help with having the levels themselves be somewhat less linear.” We should expect a more open world in this sense if we are to take Bioware’s statements at face value.
Check out this video of a Skyrim mod currently in progress (Play now on Steam) that would take Zelda to a whole new level (if Nintendo doesn’t shut it down first of course). In the following mod it’s seen what Zelda could possibly look like on the Nintendo Wii U after a serious High Definition facelift has been given to it.
PlayStation 3 gamers can now pick up the Skyrim Dawnguard Downloadable Content from the PlayStation Network Store. If gamers have felt left out waiting for Bethesda’s expansion to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim they can hopefully take solace in the fact that the DLC will only run the half of the cost it was previously priced at. This downloadable pack marks the third to make its way from the Xbox / PC exclusivity realm and onto Sony’s PlayStation 3.
For a limited time Gamestop is offering a special deal when you pick up Skyrim, you get Oblivion G.O.T.Y. Edition and Morrowind G.O.T.Y. edition thanks to their digital distribution center (built from the acquired Impulse distribution platform).
“In celebration of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind’s 10th Anniversary, for a limited time buy The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and get Oblivion GOTY and Morrowind GOTY FREE!”
If you’re a long-running Bethesda fan or you just want to see what all the hype is about, this will give you access to all currently released content in the series from TES III: Morrowind on.
The Spike VGA 2011 Award for Game of the Year has been awarded to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Skyrim, the Western RPG from Bethesda that follows Oblivion in the series as one of the most popular role playing games released in recent years. Some of its more notable features include first-person combat, action and stealth elements, character customization, spell/weapon crafting, dungeon crawling, and more. The candidates for VGA’s award were Portal 2, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.