Hines: Skyrim “is not How to Train Your Dragon”

Wednesday, 19th October 2011 03:00 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The dragons you’ll meet in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are not going to be your weally twooly best fwiends.

“In general, dragons are evil. Their return is a very bad thing,” Bethesda boss Pete Hines told Gamespot.

“Might there be exceptions and nuances to that? Possibly. I wouldn’t want to say anything beyond that. But this is not a game where, like, ‘no, dragons are our friends and we just have to learn to get along!’

“This is not How to Train Your Dragon. This is how to kill a whole bunch of very mean things that have come to kill and hurt people.”

In the course of the interview Hines was asked about Skyrim’s radiant storytelling, and gave the example of a random encounter with bandits which ends in the player’s death, but upon reload, a different encounter is waiting in the same spot – meeting a conjurer practising skills, or a hunter after a deer.

“It’s subtle, we don’t ever want you to know or notice when you’re experiencing something that’s got radiant story.

“But when you’re around the watercooler the next day and everybody’s talking about what they did, even if you did the same quest you’ll be like ‘hey wait a minute, I went to a different dungeon, which one did you go to? Mine had waterfalls.’”

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is due on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 11. See the full interview below; other topics covered include cooking, the game’s factions, and the epic scenery.



  1. TheWulf

    I couldn’t help but read that as: “Our game will have zero charm and no clever writing to speak of. Oh, and a romantic sense of adventure? Forget that! This is just wish fulfilment for really boring people. Machismo, manswords, sticking manswords in things, and nothing beyond that. Oh, and don’t count on moral dilemmas or ethical choice and consequence either. This is as simplistic as it gets. You, gud guy, gud. He, dragon, bad guy, bad. You know, all run of the mill Bethesda tripe. ”

    Thanks for the warning, Bethesda!

    Really, trying to compare Skyrim to How to Train Your Dragon in a derogatory way? In your dreams, Bethesda. HtTYD was a widely loved hit, unique, interesting, charming, beautiful, and cleverly written. All of the things a Bethesda game will never be.

    Good to know though, since I wasn’t interested in Skyrim in the first place. But them putting their foot in their mouth like that? Nail in the coffin. Really is.

    (And a dungeon having waterfalls being the most exciting thing ever? Really? Sheesh.)

    — EDIT —

    Great. Now I can’t get the image of Lars saying money GUD, dragonfire BAD out of my head.

    This really is appealing to the lowest common denominator, isn’t it? More than any Bethesda game ever has. It’s not just me?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Ireland Michael

    @1 No, it’s just you.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. YoungZer0

    @1: It’s just you.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. OrbitMonkey

    @1. It’s defo just you

    #4 3 years ago
  5. endgame

    “Hines: Skyrim “is not How to Train Your Dragon”” well that’s too bad because I loved that movie.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Gheritt White

    @ #1: Definitely *not* just you. I cannot stand any of this Elder Scrolls tripe. Not a fan of their reworking of FallOut, either.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. OrbitMonkey

    ^ & a game for THAT movie was made, you & #1 should maybe check it out instead of getting all defensive ;)

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Ireland Michael

    I think some people are taking Hine’s comment waaaaaay too fucking seriously. It was obviously meant with a bit of tongue in cheek.

    #8 3 years ago

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