‘Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim’ Vampire ‘Mode’ Details

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Skyrim Vampire Details Mechanics

In case you’ve been avoiding any updates or gameplay details surrounding the upcoming Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for fear of spoiling the experience yourself, this is one announcement you’re going to want to hear. Fans have long been wondering if vampires or werewolves would be returning, and how they might differ from games in the past. Now Bethesda has officially confirmed that Skyrim will allow the player to become tainted with a vampire infection, thus opening up even more chapters in the game’s already dense plot.

It’s not like fans were in need of even more additions to Skyrim‘s cast of playable races, but the differences that will be brought to a vampiric protagonist will be anything but skin deep. It had previously been confirmed that vampires would be returning in some way, but exactly how wasn’t clear.

Now Director Todd Howard has cleared up the mystery, explaining how the option to become a vampire will be introduced, and what new gameplay mechanics and leveling will be introduced as a result. At PAX Prime 2011, Howard gave the exclusive to G4TV, giving just a brief taste of what kinds of new strategies and customization await those with a taste for blood:

“We are revealing that you can play a vampire in the game. So there are vampires, and some people have seen them and run into them. But you can contract that disease, and if you wait long enough you’ll become a vampire, and that’s a whole other mode of playing the game.

“There are various levels of being a vampire, the sun will affect you more the more powerful you get, and you can sort of control your vampirism by feeding on people when they’re sleeping. You can sort of, you know, live the life as a vampire in Skyrim, and kill dragons as a vampire.”

Fans will likely already be dreaming of the brand new ways that their carefully-crafted and unique character will physically change as a result of the vampire infection, and whether flight abilities now seem more plausible. So while we wait to see more details about how large and expansive the new mechanics surrounding a turn to the dark side will turn out to be, once again we can’t help but wonder how much more Bethesda has to reveal before Skyrim‘s release. Lest we forget, whether or not players will have the ability to fly dragons of some type is still unknown.

It’s nice to know that vampires will still be present in the game for those who loved the addition in Oblivion, but a relief to hear Howard imply that the transition will be a choice made available to each player, not a plot twist. Leaving the choice up to players isn’t something that should really surprise us from Bethesda, especially since the confirmation of intra-species marriage. We don’t know how many levels or skills will be possible to those who grow out their fangs, but the possibility of vampire dragon-slayers and vampire brides is too good to pass up.

What do you think of the new customization made possible with the addition of playable vampires? Are you happy to see it return, or are you already more intrigued with some of the other revealed races?

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim leaves the choice up to the player when it’s released on November 11, for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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Source: G4TV

TAGS: Bethesda, PC, PS3, Skyrim, The Elder Scrolls

  • HeavyWeaponsGamer

    I hated Vampirism in Oblivion. It killed me SO many times. But I think that was because i was trying to be “A good person” in my playthrough.
    (I never bit anyone) I could never find out how to become a werewolf. And i dont know if I WANT to become a werewolf. But i digress, Skyrim will still be awesome. Even If it has stupid vampires. Every game has one downside.

    • iDancethroughshadoWs

      there were no werewolves in oblivion dude.

      • JDemaria

        mods; one of the reason PC is better than console gaming.

        • http://gamerant.com Rob Keyes

          FREE mods, double the reason PC gaming for The Elder Scrolls is better.

    • preston

      Actually, I really hope that they have Wearwolves… In most rpg (Fantasy) there has always been a Vampirism Vs. Wearwolves conflict… I would really like to see this happen because it gives the player even more choice.

    • Chris C

      Thata because you are not suppose to fast travel as a vampire. Unless you have just feed. Even then I myself wouldnt do it

      • Chance

        Before the console update you can fast travel as a vampire during the night time and take no damage until you arrive even if it is day. Doesn’t work for waiting though.

  • JDemaria

    id like to see some werewolves too, but lets hope these vampires are a step up from the ones in cyrodiil

  • Eric

    I hope they expand on the animations and actual vampire attacks. It was a lazy attempt in Oblivion and it sounds like it will be the same. I am saying this based on the phrase “and you can sort of control your vampirism by feeding on people when they’re sleeping.” This means I can only attack people as a vampire during the night and it will be some crappy lean over and bite animation like Oblivion.
    Being a vampire should be awesome, I should be able to feed on whoever, whenever I want and however I want. I shouldn’t have to wait until they are sleeping. I wanted to run up to someone, grab them by the throat and suck the life out of them. Maybe even after killing someone I should be able to eat parts of the corpse or something. That is how vampire game play should be. Not boring, waiting until everyone goes to sleep and nicely just lean over and suck their neck.
    If you are going to do something and put it into a game, do it right!

    • JDemaria

      it’d be cool to infect towns people with vampirism and have them be able to infect people too. theirs several mods like that for oblivion and its really badass

    • Chris C

      I agree whole heartily. The feeding was boring in Oblivion. Maybe someone will make a mod for that. Lets just hope they have some good vampire quests besides a cure.

    • Jayden

      I totally agree with you thats exactly what I say all the time.

  • Sean “BlackJoker”

    Lycans please. If your gonna bring in Vampires might as well travel back to when you could become a lycan. But I don’t think being a vampire will ruin the game at all. It didn’t ruin the last one. You wanted to be a vampire then do the brother hood quest line and become one. If you don’t then reject the offer…..its that simple. My only concern is if later on your character you want to be or stop being a vampire can you? Will they have that opstion like in Obliv!?

  • Chris C

    I figured this would be. What I would like to find out is since you can have a spouse could you convert them into vampirism as well. Or better yet since you can have followers could you make your own clan. It would also be nice if they are doing something new. For instance since they are introducing dragons as creatures in the world maybe make something were you are able to change into a half dragon half human similiar to the change in morrowind to a werewolf. They could call it a Dragonian. That would be sweet. :)

  • Strain

    Vampirism in Oblivion was the worst thing ever. After a few days, even WAITING would cause me to up a level and give me sun damage. On account of this, I think that bottling blood to act as a portable thirst quencher could completely resolve that problem, but Im not gonna hold my breath. Another thing is the resistance of normal weapons. When Im a lvl 3 vampire I should be damn near IMMUNE to every weapon except magic, silver, and daedric.

    … Bat transformation would be awesome too 😀

    • Chris C

      I stole some bottled blood from the vampire in the dark brotherhood but when I consumed it nothing happened. I still had to feed. Hopefully this will be fixed in Skyrim.

      • Jayden

        I did the same thing and I got so mad just because oblivion vamps are crap and they should have at least tried to make vampirism fun.

  • TROUBLE20121

    I Liked oblivion and i was a vamp till the end i love to see werewolves so i can kill them and rip them apart.

  • Alex R

    It would be very cool if you could “memorize” the body of a NPC you meet and then could transform into them as a vampire.

  • Garrett K

    So, then, Vampirism is exactly like the last two games. C’mon, at least give us a vampire faction like Morrowind! I really liked those quests D:

  • chicken chaser

    guys calm the f*%k down vampires are just a small addition cus they suck ad why does the dark brotherhood sound like a black militant group?

  • Shadowmaker756

    This sounds as annoying as the first time. Making you feed every single day. LAME! Nothing new about them either. Skyrim is supposed to about making every thing new and starting from scratch. I was not impressed with vampirism in Oblivion and I sure am not impressed now.

  • michael

    Sheesh the vampires arn’t the same as in Oblivions i read in a book in pblivion that they’re those frost ones that drag people under lakes and all, unless Todd Rips us off and gives us tbe same crappy vamps as before. I mean, they were good for cyrodil and oblivion but skyrim has its own. In lore it said that the vampires were secret so no suprise you couldnt join a clan BUT MAKE THEM THOSE FROST VAMPIRE THINGS! And in DLC give us Werewolves 😉

  • Mr.IchiYamamoto

    I hope they make vampirism more enjoyable and pleasing to the eyes. I hate that sudden age shift. Characters don’t age like that in one night. Another thing is that it turns female characters into transvestites. Please, if anything, make as Underworld or something.

  • nevada

    I have became a vampire can’t go any where with out being attacked is there a cure

  • Gary

    not everyone wants to become a vampire or werewolf, in fact some of us want to kill and remove them from our lands.