Bethesda: No Skyrim demo before release

Thursday, 14th July 2011 12:07 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Bethesda’s confirmed that it won’t release a demo of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim before the game’s November release.

“No, we won’t be doing a demo,” said producer Craig Lafferty, speaking to Gameplanet.

“For a game of this size and complexity it’s really hard to do a demo the represents the game truly. And it would have to be a gigantic demo. So we won’t be doing a demo.”

So there. Keep counting the days until November 11. Read our impressions of the RPG from E3 and Bethesda’s pre-show event in Utah here and here.

Thanks, EG.



  1. Moonwalker1982

    I really wasn’t expecting a demo neither. I mean…a demo of a TES game? Nah, i just don’t see that working.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. StolenGlory


    Also, there is no precedent for this at all. Not a single one of Bethesda’s recent open world games had a demo, so I can’t say I know why the question was asked in the first place.

    Perhaps when the guy was drafting out his questions beforehand he simply ran out of things to put down :)

    #2 3 years ago
  3. nobruc

    a demo of skyrim would be just like a normal game with 9 hours

    #3 3 years ago
  4. freedoms_stain

    Normally I’m very pro-demo, but yeah, I don’t think this game strictly needs one.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. silentbob

    Demos serve a purpose for PC gamers, purely from a ‘can my rig run this shit’ PoV.

    Mind you, given the godawful state of the Dragon Age 2 demo on PC ..

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    Dragon Age 2 demo was shit only if you wanted to run it in direct X11. In the end it was not worth it.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. silentbob

    Yes, but they left the ‘enable’ button in. The silly nonces.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Moonwalker1982

    I gotta wonder what kind of nitwit interviewer even asks this kind of shit. Since when has there ever been a demo of a Bethesda RPG? sigh.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. IL DUCE

    @8 yeah or any Bethesda game whatsoever…the only one they have had in the past 5 years or more was WET…

    #9 3 years ago
  10. silentbob

    Pretty sure I remember playing a Morrowind demo back in the day Moonwalker.

    It’s not beyond the realms of possibilities to give people a taste of a world, even one as vast as Skyrim’s.

    Still having issues with the name. Surely it’s not possible that no-one responsible for would have understood the connotations. Or perhaps market research led them to believe it’d appeal to western RPGers.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. OrbitMonkey

    @10 eh? Connotations? You mean the “rim” part of Skyrim? That’s gotta be the most left-field bit of pre-release nit picking i’ve read so far o_O

    #11 3 years ago
  12. DSB

    Daaamn! That would be some seriously repressed homosexuality right there. Have you met Erthazus?

    #12 3 years ago
  13. DaMan

    Morrowind definetely had a demo as far as I recall.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Joe_Gamer

    Oh there will be a “demo”, it just won’t be released by Bethesda.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Moonwalker1982

    Were there demos in the Xbox era? Or do you mean PC only?


    Also Rogue Warrior

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Maximum Payne

    @14 I see what you did there :)

    #16 3 years ago
  17. tythemetalguy

    Couldn’t they just release a dungeon as a demo. I mean, I don’t have much of a problem waiting – it’ll make the release of the game even better, but releasing a single dungeon would be nice.

    #17 3 years ago

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