Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim engine

After the much anticipated Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim trailer premiered during the Spike Video Game Awards last night, question have been pouring into Bethesda Studios regarding how the game will perform.

Specifically, a lot of fans have been wondering if our return journey to the aftermath of Oblivion will still run on the same game engine – which was also modified for use in Fallout 3.

Bethesda finally answered in the form of the following tweet:

Seeing lots of speculation about [The Elder Scrolls V] game engine. It’s brand new… and it’s spectacular!

Given the graphical prowess the trailer showed (which you can see here), there’s no doubt that Bethesda put in a good amount of time updating the graphics. Known for their detail to landscapes, the thought of a brand new game engine rendering the world is a pretty enticing one – though no screenshots have been released yet, we can salivate in wonder. The game engine update wasn’t entirely unexpected, as even the newest form of it display in Fallout: New Vegas was beginning to show its age.

This announcement also brings into question how the chat system will work – one of the biggest complaints about Oblivion was the deadpan, emotionless stares speaking characters would often communicate with. It’s likely that a more dynamic, fluid approach has been implemented, and in unison with a sparkly-fresh rendering engine, many players are likely to gallivant off into the world and explore – and Bethesda is known for putting tasty treasures around the world for those willing to find them.

The new engine hasn’t been named yet,  but any engine capable of rendering such vast worlds is likely to attract attention from several game developers. We’ll probably be seeing its name spread across the news in the coming year – and the best tech demo any engine could possibly have would be something like Skyrim. No complaints here – sorry, Gamebryo Engine!

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is due for release November 11th, 2011, so put a spot on your calendar and follow us on twitter (@gamerant) to keep in touch with the land of Tamriel.

Source: Bethesda

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