Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tamriel in Skyrim?

Reading around the intarwebz this morning, I came across this link, detailing how a player discovered Vvardenfell and Tamriel past the set borders of the Skyrim world.

I'm not sure I agree with his idea that the extra lands are there for modders. Bethsoft has really half-assed their mod support lately; despite, as he correctly notes, their heavy reliance on the mod community to sell their crappily coded games. Landmasses that large, we're talking dozens; maybe hundreds of hours of heightmap editing and such -- I just can't see them doing it 'cause they love us so much.

I would say it was a holdover from Oblivion -- that like FNV, they had simply modified an older iteration of the engine and been too lazy to clean the previous game's content out -- but I don't recall Oblivion having Morrowind content, so that theory doesn't hold up.

I think my vote has to go to building blocks for future planned DLC. Though I must confess, adding Tamriel and Vvardenfell seems a bit... expansive for DLC.

It's a shame the CS isn't out; I'm beginning to get a serious wonder about just what-all's hiding in that esm file...

5 comments:

  1. Well, that's peculiar O.o This does raise many questions, including "do I jump on the Skyrim bandwagon?", but all answers right now are just speculation.

    Something to keep my eye on for further down the road.

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  2. Huh. Later today I just might have to console-command my way out there...

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  3. Hope some modders find this and add everything from all elder scrolls games and then everyone will be buying 1tb hard drives just for skyrim :P
    but seriously if someone did that i would definatly download it.

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  4. it's called baking heightmaps and applying them to a different 'landmass'. There's not a single thing that canged between the heightmaps they used in morrowind, oblivion or skyrim, so why shouldn't they just have taken an hour or so to get it done?

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