The internet is still recovering from the dragon-filled and visually impressive gameplay trailer for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, but it would appear that things have gotten even more promising for the game's arrival on consoles. In a move that is likely to get Xbox fans very excited, Bethesda's community manager Nick Breckon has preemptively confirmed that the visuals seen in the trailer are not only the real deal, but powered completely by the Xbox 360.
Whenever 'gameplay' is revealed in advance of a video game, some fans are understandably skeptical about just how honest the game's developers are being with early looks. With some of the biggest and most cinematic trailers having nothing to do with the actual gameplay - just think Dead Island or Batman: Arkham City - the lines between a realistic representation of the game and an absolute best-case scenario become blurred.
It's one thing to promise stunning visuals for those gamers with a top-of-the-line gaming computer, but with the console market growing larger and larger by the day it's arguably more important to address their expectations and concerns. Thankfully, Bethesda's community manager beat the thousands of PC and console gamers to the punch, tweeting the details on the trailer's visuals.
Stating that the trailer was "captured entirely on Xbox 360" and that the stunning draw distance of the expansive vistas and plains were 100% genuine is going to go a long way in proving that Skyrim's brand new game engine can deliver the goods.
Even though the current generation of consoles is already being seen as elderly by some, it seems that we still haven't seen the best of what they have to offer. Crytek has bragged that their game engine tops Epic's Unreal, one of the biggest hitters in the console market, and DICE is promising to bring a next-gen experience with Battlefield 3.
Could it be that the potential of consoles is still untapped? If the stunning look and feel of Skyrim's dragon gameplay is a sign of the high standard the developers will be bringing - at least to the Xbox 360 version - then the future is looking even brighter for the next installment in The Elder Scrolls.
We'll find out if the Xbox 360 version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the definitive one when the game launches for the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 on November 11, 2011.