First in-game Skyrim footage released by Bethesda

Thursday, 24th February 2011 15:11 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Bethesda’s released the first in-game footage of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, composed entirely of Xbox 360 material.

It’s the first video of the game since its announcement back at the Spike Video Game Awards back in December.

Bethesda’s community manager, Nick Breckon, confirmed the trailer is Xbox 360 footage.

“Just to clarify, all of this trailer was captured on Xbox 360. Also, the draw distance is not faked in any way,” he wrote, reportedly in a NeoGaf post.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim releases on November 11 for PS3, 360 and PC.



  1. Blerk

    Wow! Yes fucking please!

    #1 4 years ago
  2. UuBuU

    Looks super.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Johnny Cullen

    No word of a lie, that looks amazing.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Stephany Nunneley

    I am seriously taking off work come 11/11/11 for this. You can bet the farm on that. I will do nothing but play this game the entire weekend. And, if it is anything like Morrowind, I will spend 500+ hours in it.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Blerk

    Need to download this at 720p and watch it on the telly.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    Looks decent.

    Oh my… Now citizens in the city live, do something then just WALK… Wow, it took them to do it till 2011 year.

    Where Gothic 1 did it in 2001. I hope it will be more like Morrowind.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. yacaman



    #7 4 years ago
  8. M2Kx

    First it looked lame (snowy environment didn’t look very(!) good.) But then… Fucking gorgeous! Man, this autumn will blow my wallet and I’m already looking forward to it! \:D/

    #8 4 years ago
  9. yacaman

    ITS SO FLUFFY!!!!!!!!!

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Phoenixblight

    This isn’t no Fallout, thats for damn sure. Looks fantastic.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. SlayerGT


    #11 4 years ago
  12. RickyWicky

    @6 what, more like Morrowind wherein the citizens to practically fuckall?

    #12 4 years ago
  13. DonnerKebab


    #13 4 years ago
  14. Maximum Payne

    @ Well if it was Console version then is great.
    BUT EPIC TRAILER NON LESS.Also music remind me of :)

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Erthazus

    @12, Morrowind was pretty much fucked in animations and citizens were stupid also, but story, dialogs and everything else was better.
    It’s 2011, not 2003 so at the Morrowind time it was acceptable.

    By the way, new engine is a dssapointment IMHO.
    While animations are fixed. Graphics is at the level of Witcher 1 which for 2011 is a bit… OK. Yeah, graphics for RPG genre is not important at all.

    but we are talking about Bethesda who said it looks amazing. Who likes to promise a lot and never deliver. (Remember a video with the dog and woman who tried to shoot with the bow? So fake.)

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Zurtech


    I think I just found my game of the year.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. ceros

    Looks great !
    And there’s a nirnroot at 1:44?

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Zurtech

    Oops forgot to mention, the characters don’t look like they’re on a day trip from the “special” school either. ^_^

    #18 4 years ago
  19. typeface

    @6 I’ve got to agree with you.

    @12 I don’t think he was talking about the citizens in particular w.r.t. Morrowind but rather how the game played and the game world and story felt in that game. Oblivion felt a bit more of a step backwards when compared to Morrowind.A lot more streamlined and missing certain factors.

    OT to the earlier topics:
    Thing is I do believe people need to throw structured narrative out of the window when it comes to open world games (not sandbox games that’s a different thing technically). While yes some stories can be enjoyed that way, a closed narrative structure works better for films than for games. I’m hoping this game feels as engaging as TES3 felt. Oblivion felt a little more restricting despite the expanse. A game in the TES series needs to make you feel like you’re in an empire rather than be more streamlined.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. thesamy


    #20 4 years ago
  21. UuBuU

    @Erth – …At the level of Witcher 1? Really? Is this a joke?

    If you seriously think that Skyrim’s graphics aren’t superior to that, you need an eye test.

    While Skyrim’s graphics are nothing groundbreaking, they’re on par with other RPGs released fairly recently.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Erthazus

    @UuBuU, it’s a crappy screenshot. Screenshots won’t do the justice.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. UuBuU

    @Erth – Oh please. You’re just being ridiculous now. I know you’re trying desperately to run this game down, but even comparing it to a mediocre game like The Witcher is futile.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Maximum Payne

    @21 Agree It look phenomenal ar 01:31 just very cool.Also TES games are huge and because it is from First person it needed textures to look even better.Yea some level look average but if this was console footage game would be massive hit. Erth @15Just look at Dragon Age 2.Even it is monster hardware hungry with 4 gb ram,quad core and DX11 it look so shitty compare to DX9 Skyrim

    #24 4 years ago
  25. guapo

    @20 Comment of the day :D

    #25 4 years ago
  26. M2Kx

    @22: LOL! Master of proving shit, with shitty screenshots :D (scnr)

    #26 4 years ago
  27. aleph31

    Morrowind was way better than Oblivion. And we all know that Skyrim will follow the same path than Oblivion -typical blockbuster formula to target a larger audience:

    * Common mythological background with a huge lack of originality (dragons, whoa)

    * Main quest grabbing all the attention, so that non-hardcore users do not get lost

    * Stupid level-scaling system (yes, a litte different from Oblivion, but still bs).

    * Smaller world map / shorter main quest duration.

    So basically, a product that appeals to many types of gamers, but for all of us who loved Morrowind it will obviously be dissapointing.

    Some studio / producer please follow the Morrowind formula! You have a small but loyal set of fans willing to buy a sequel that is up to the standard.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. M2Kx

    @27: Cool story bro! You write a lot of trash for someone who doesn’t know anything about this game :)

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Jorge


    #29 4 years ago
  30. XDamage

    @aleph31: I totally agree. Nowadays it’s important to hold the hand of players at all times, to make sure nothing goes wrong and give them a reason to not buy the next game. :)

    #30 4 years ago
  31. aleph31

    @28: About the level-scalling system, it has been published. About the originality, yes, dragons and viking costumes open a new trend in RPGs! True that the other two points are just my guessings -I just hope to be wrong, but I have the feeling that it will not be the case.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Michael O’Connor

    Nothing worse than a graphics snob who pays more attention to the number of polygons displayed per inch and how many excessive graphic cards features are running at any one time over the quality of the art direction, the architecture and the ability to create atmosphere.

    Okami came out half a decade ago, and its still the most beautiful looking game I’ve ever played, and it runs at 480p on 10 year old hardware.

    This looks amazing.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Phoenixblight


    “Some studio / producer please follow the Morrowind formula! You have a SMALL but loyal set of fans willing to buy a sequel that is up to the standard.”

    You are missing the entire point of Bathesda being a commericial entity. They want the game to bought by everyone from their fans to the guy that has never played a game before. You want to play games that support people like you, make a mod or wait for someone to make a mod that fits to your preference.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. OlderGamer

    They aren’t going to understand or even fathom how thisn’t the pinnicle of graphies, Erth. To a console gamer this looks stunning. To a gamer used to playing both and PC high end, this looks nice. But it isn’t mind numbing.

    Look if all you ever played on is 16bit MegaDrive, then when you first get your Playstation one your blown away. Its like that. But to me this game looks fine. Really good even.

    What troubles me about the game is what kept me from enjoying that last release of it. It is a bad game.

    It really is an action game with RPG elements like story, large open world, and a fantasy setting. But,

    Where are the stats? Where is the crafting? The in depth tactical gameplay? Where is the distintive char development?

    But OG its all in there?!

    No it isn’t.

    The world, the monsters, the quests, all scale to you. If your level 5 or level 15, the game scales to your level. That ruins it for me.

    Some will call that balanced. I call it crap. I see it as much of a RPG as Zelda. More of an action game.

    All of that being said, it still looks good. It will still be fun to play around in. Enjoyable. Nothing wrong with it.

    For most.

    Just not my cup of tea is all.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Dr.Ghettoblaster


    #35 4 years ago
  36. OlderGamer

    And yea what Aplha said.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Zurtech


    Completely agree, Personally I think JSRF and Wind Waker are astounding for their time too.

    #37 4 years ago
  38. aleph31

    @33 yup, I’m aware that small audiences are not the target for big companies like Bethesda, that’s why I call for a sequel from another, smaller studio willing to have a not-so-big-but-secure return to their investments.

    In any case, some stupid idealistic person could expect that money do not drive everything in the world, and that Bethesda could open a new franchise for their blockbuster middle-age titles, while maintaining TES faithful to their principles. They owe a lot to TES and their fans, so it would be great if they keep the franchise more or less pure in exchange. But ok, back to the real world, I know.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. Michael O’Connor

    @37 I think their astounding now, never mind “for their time”.

    Try playing Okami upscaled on a BC PS3. Good lord, it’s pretty.

    #39 4 years ago
  40. Zurtech


    I can’t, I got my PS3 just after they took out the BC. ;_;

    JSRF tho looks amazing upscaled on 360 tho. ^_^

    #40 4 years ago
  41. YoungZer0

    @34: What are you, a console gamer? Ever played Oblivion with mods? Why point your golden finger at console gamers if you’re not even going to use the advantages that were given to you? Which is why i don’t care what the core game of Skyrim will be like. That can be modded and changed. As long as characters and story are good, i don’t care much about the core gameplay.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. YoungZer0

    Also: If you’re not satisfied with the graphics: Mods. I agree with Michael here. All this graphic-whore masturbating really annoys the shit out of me. Show me an Openworld RPG, that’s PC only and looks better than this.

    #42 4 years ago
  43. Moonwalker1982

    It looks ridiculously good, the music is goosebumping good,lol. I love the mist at the beginning of the trailer, the snowy mountains, DRAGONS…that’s simply always a win!!!! Third person looks very good this time around.

    And check out the beginning of the trailer when you see the player running/sprinting down that forresty environment, is that how it looks ingame? Cause i love how wobbly the camera is and all that. Bad Company 2,Mirror’s Edge and KZ2 and 3 have that too. I hope we’ll have that too.

    I wonder if this is PC or console footage.

    #43 4 years ago
  44. Maximum Payne

    @43 agree with all you said.

    #44 4 years ago
  45. Moonwalker1982

    I also noticed the much more realistich animations. The short part with the wolf trying to circle around you, i loved that. Man i am gonna be checking this trailer out numerous times to notice things. There should be a pop block trailer by of this or any kind of analysis, i know there will be :)

    #45 4 years ago
  46. RockTwist

    So many bowel movements, so few pants.

    #46 4 years ago
  47. 2plus2equals5


    i hate dragons, they are so overrated, they are considered invincible but they are always the first to die.
    It was so good to play an rpg(oblivion) without them…

    #47 4 years ago
  48. Michael O’Connor

    @38 You’re mistaking “pure” for “my personal, out-dated preferences”.

    People complain all the time about the gaming’s lack of new idea (which is bull anyway) and the frequency of rehashing and sequelitis, yet when a developer tries to change *anything*, every idiot on the planet suddenly come out of the woodwork to scream foul and demand the sequel subscribe to every single design idea of the previous title.

    Two of your points completely contradict each other.

    * Main quest grabbing all the attention
    * Smaller world map / shorter main quest duration

    Not only is the main quest presumably all the focus (which has never been the case in any Bethesda open-world game, *ever*), but it’s shorter too? How does that work exactly?

    The game is obviously going to have its fair share of optional side quests, and you have absolutely no idea how much of the game’s content that’s going to be. Based on all the previous games, quite a damn lot.

    The only thing they’re changing is how you access some of them. Which is great. It’s an evolution of already existing mechanics, so that not every quest is simply about walking up to a pre-determined NPCs and talking to them. And yet

    And if you want to be elitist…

    [elitistrant]All you little punks think because you played Morrowind that you’re somehow the forebearer of the entire Elder Scrolls franchise. You are *not* the custodian of the Elder Scrolls franchise. Heck, I was playing the original, Arena, before most of you were even born, ya little whippersnappers![/elitistrant]

    Games designs evolves and changes incredibly quickly. We are not living in 2002 anymore. Morrowind is my favourite title in the series to date, but if you take off your rose tinted glasses for five seconds you’d realise the game has dated fairly poorly and some of its design would fall completely flat on its face if it was implemented in a modern game.

    #48 4 years ago
  49. Erthazus

    ” but even comparing it to a mediocre game like The Witcher ”

    Mediocre game?

    Alright. End of discussion.

    #49 4 years ago
  50. UuBuU

    Well said on both points, YoungZero. The modding community plays a HUGE part in making the Elder Scrolls series what it is for me. Even to date, both Morrrowind and Oblivion are being extensively modded and improved. This is why I would never even contemplate purchasing an Elder Scrolls game on anything but a PC – on consoles it’s a vastly inferior product.

    #50 4 years ago
  51. Moonwalker1982

    Also the combat looks so bad-ass now, that up close kill of that human enemy, shiiiiiit!!!

    #51 4 years ago
  52. aleph31

    @48 wow, I apologize if something I mentioned disturbed you in any form… regarding your comments, given your strong tone, I think there is no point in replying…

    #52 4 years ago
  53. Michael O’Connor

    @51 Metal Gear Skyrim!

    #53 4 years ago
  54. Michael O’Connor

    @52 My strong tune? Well, to paraphrase you… “I apologise”if you dislike facts over opinion.

    Your self entitled attitude is what annoys me. These companies spend millions of dollars creating these games for *our* entertainment, and *our* enjoyment, and all you people like you can do is whine because they choose to approach a few things differently.

    You’re so focused on all the things they don’t do the way you want them to, that you can’t stop for five second and think of all the hard work by hundreds of people that went into designing these games. All the care and attention put into each character, location, and texture.

    If you want Morrowind, go play Morrowind.

    #54 4 years ago
  55. absolutezero

    All the care and attention put into each character, location, and texture.

    That certainly was the case with Oblivion. No wait.

    #55 4 years ago
  56. aleph31

    @54 C’mon man, stop trolling, I will not enter the game, keep it simple…

    #56 4 years ago
  57. Michael O’Connor

    @55 I think we can all safely agree on the mistakes made with Oblivion. Mistakes that Bethesda has clearly taken on board for Skyrim.

    #57 4 years ago
  58. OrbitMonkey

    @55 Yeah Oblivion was dire wasn’t it? Bet Bethesda was expecting it to sell millions & win loadsa GOTY awards… Oh wait.

    #58 4 years ago
  59. Dralen

    Errrm Wow!

    #59 4 years ago
  60. Moonwalker1982

    All Xbox 360 footage, i am so happy now, cause during the trailer i was like ‘Sigh…this is probably all PC footage’ .

    #60 4 years ago
  61. OlderGamer

    Sorry YoungZ, for the life of me I don’t understand what your trying to ask me?

    I play both PC and Console(xb360/PS3/Wii/about everything ever made before).

    These days I tend to play more PC games. I am about to kick off the Rift headstart within the hour, when it goes live. Btw, on ultra high that game IS mind blowing pretty. Stunning. And as an MMO it defines openworld rpg.

    But never do I let graphics define a game. The games I play most are Titan Quest, Pinball FX2, Phantasy Star Online, and various others. The systems range from PC to Sega Saturn. I will even toss in a few NES/SNES/TG16 game now and then. Trust me a great game is a great game regaurdless of graphies.

    But, and I say BUT. In most cases a high end PC will wipe the floor with even a new release console game, graphicly.

    I would be very interested to know where that game video came from PC/PS3/or xb360. My money is on PC. But regaurdless it doesn’t matter. Other then Erth is fundimentaly correct. And that is what I was saying.

    Also saying that if your climitized to one system or level of game graphics, and have little or no expossure to anything better, your going to think that what you have is top of the line. That is also fundimentaly correct. If all you ever had was Sega Genises, your going to be happy with that, not knowing something better is out there.

    In the end it is the fun you can have playing the actual game is what is most important. Of course people want it to look nice.

    But you or anyone else can yell be quiet when you oggle about a games graphics and someone else points out that there are better looking games out there. To do so would indicate blinders or rose tinted glasses.

    If it isn’t about graphics, fine. I agree, btw. But if someone makes it about graphics, then that is what the subject becomes and PC vs console, the PC wins nearly every time.

    Some of you folks went bonkers over the video of the game. I saw it and thought “Nice”, but nothing to wet myself over.

    #61 4 years ago
  62. OrbitMonkey

    Looking forward to what the special edition will come with. Forget bonus dlc weapon shite, I want a lifesize replica of that horned helmet :D

    #62 4 years ago
  63. OlderGamer

    @60 Truely impressive for the xb360 if that is the case.

    #63 4 years ago
  64. Michael O’Connor

    @58 …what?

    @61 Apparently it’s 360 footage. If so, that’s pretty damn impressive.

    #64 4 years ago
  65. Dralen

    This just looks too awesome to be true! I keep watching this trailer and…oh fuck it, I just want it now!

    #65 4 years ago
  66. OrbitMonkey

    @64 I was attempting a sarcastic rebuttal to someones criticism of Oblivion… Worked well obviously *cough*

    #66 4 years ago
  67. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    2011 is some year for gamers!

    #67 4 years ago
  68. Michael O’Connor

    This seems appropriate right now:

    Warning: Not for little kiddies.

    #68 4 years ago
  69. Joe Anderson

    Can’t wait for this game. Looks awesome.

    #69 4 years ago
  70. badboy_122

    WoW !!!!
    I’m gonna cry now :D
    this is awesome ..can’t wait

    #70 4 years ago
  71. spiderLAW

    Looks cool

    #71 4 years ago
  72. Hunam

    Looks amazing, can’t wait.

    #72 4 years ago
  73. Shonak

    I didn’t like Oblivion so much, but this trailer kicks ass.

    #73 4 years ago
  74. DarkElfa

    They should change the name to Skyrim: Tears of the PC.

    You know, the sequel to Morrowing: Fuck Your Computer.

    #74 4 years ago
  75. IL DUCE

    Looks AMAZING….really can’t wait for this game, and looks beautiful on the 360 which is my main system anyway so I’m ready…

    #75 4 years ago
  76. tontsa91

    I haven’t liked the previous TES games at all but I am SO hyped for this & getting it day one.

    #76 4 years ago
  77. UuBuU

    If you didn’t like the previous TES games at all, then why are you hyped about this one? It’s going to be more of the same.

    #77 4 years ago

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