There’s no denying that the past few decades have seen 3D technology come a long way. We’ve lost the blue and red glasses and replaced them with much more sophisticated ones for stereoscopic 3D, with Nintendo eventually giving us a glasses-free 3D with the 3DS. Many console manufacturers and publishers are also making a stronger push for 3D technology, but it seems we know one which isn’t totally convinced that the third dimension is where the future lies. Those of you hoping for a chance to experience the world of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are in for a disappointment.
Skyrim certainly won’t be taking the easy road with its development, as Bethesda’s expansive plans for DLC and high hope for console mods makes clear. But while many development studios are lining up to make those 3D television sets worth the significant investment, Skyrim‘s Director Todd Howard isn’t interested in the technology, at least in it’s current state.
So while Hollywood elite may claim that gaming is where the future of 3D lies, given Howard’s take on the 3D gaming phenomenon it seems that there is still plenty of convincing left for the manufacturers to do:
“Honestly, I couldn’t care less – having to wear those glasses! I’m not a 3D fan. It ruins the image for me… I want the clarity.”
While this isn’t a direct confirmation, it’s safe to assume that Skyrim will most definitely not be playable in 3D. Considering the amount of dragons players will ultimately be meeting in battle, not having to worry about your eyes being able to keep up may be a bonus. But Howard’s words don’t just offer an opinion from one studio executive, but a major sentiment in the gaming industry and fan communities today.
3D technology still has many barriers to pass before it becomes as highly widespread as its HDTV counterpart, with issues such as pricing (for both the television set as well as the glasses), health concerns, and the narrow viewing windows available. As Howard points out, there is also the issue with the clarity of the image. Many of these problems could be addressed as the technology improves and/or becomes cheaper.
Many games have began to incorporate 3D, such as heavy hitters like Killzone 3, Uncharted 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops. Skyrim is going to be one of the biggest titles to launch later this year, and it’s unfortunate the game will not include 3D as doing so could help to convince those sitting on the fence to take the plunge, and give players who enjoy 3D the option to play the game in their preferred dimension.
As 3D begins to infiltrate our lives through video games, movies, and television, can you comfortably enjoy the technology, or do you find it to be too great of a hassle to use?
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim launches November 11, 2011.