The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is setting itself up to be one of the contenders for 2011 RPG of the year, and fans have wasted no time in voicing their opinions on how it should compare to previous titles Morrowind and Oblivion. In this modern age of multiplayer supremacy, one question that really needed to be answered was the potential for a multiplayer component. with developer Bethesdahard at work trying to make Skyrim the best game in The Elder Scrolls series. Those who favor a solitary experience can rest easy, as the game's director has confirmed that Skyrim will not be a multiplayer title.
Some of you might feel that a multiplayer component to Skyrim would be cheating the singleplayer roots of the franchise's rich story, and change the game into something no longer resembling a true RPG. Still, with the new freedoms granted by Skyrim in respect to player leveling and development, entering an online community to show off your work could be somewhat appealing.
Unfortunately for fans hoping to take their version of Skyrim's Dovahkiin - Dragonborn in dragon tongue - and pit him against other players' incarnations, this just isn't in the cards for the mega-RPG.
Todd Howard, Skyrim's Game Director recently revealed in an interview with IGN that while multiplayer would have been nice, it just didn't work out with the game they were planning.
"The two most requested features we get are dragons and multiplayer. We got one of them this time! We always look into multiplayer, put lots of ideas on the whiteboard, and it always loses. It's not that we don't like it. I can think of ways it would be a lot of fun, but at the end of the day, that dev time is going to take away from doing the best single player game we can, and that's where our hearts are."
We certainly can't be unhappy about Skyrim's dragons, but the fact that only a single player campaign will be available for Skyrim means that there will be no co-op planned either. This means that the habit of players shutting themselves off from all outside contact until every nook and cranny in the game has been memorized will continue.
But if you're one of the Skyrim fans who simply can't stand to experience the game alone, then starting a family may be a real solution to your problem.
Why? Let's not forget that Skyrim babies - babies born on Skyrim's release date and named Dovahkiin - will be gifted with every single Bethesda game ever made. By the time your child gets old enough to start playing The Elder Scrolls, perhaps your dreams of multiplayer will be fulfilled and you two can play in unison.
If that sounds like the plan for you, then act sooner rather than later, since the time to release is getting smaller by the day.
Are you disappointed that Skyrim will leave out multiplayer combat, or are you glad that Bethesda has kept its sights on making the single player campaign their main focus for this blockbuster sequel?
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim releases on November 11, for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
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