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

Wednesday, 19 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.

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