Posts Tagged ‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’

Skyrim PS3 Patch to Address Lag

According to Bethesda, the long-standing lag issue for PS3 versions of Skyrim will be fixed in the 1.4 patch. The patch is expected to go live later this month, though it’s not yet known what else will be addressed.

Source: 1UP

What Happened This Week – Shame, What You Have is Gone Tomorrow


Happy New Year, everybody!  Welcome back, time to round up the news as per usual.  Today’s selection should serve as a healthy reminder that not all publicity is good publicity, as the good David Bowie can attest to. I had to take a short break from posting here for you guys because I had to look after my folks. They’re getting a bit old and need more help than they used to. They also tend to forget to take their meds, which is particularly worrying. I was taking care of this myself until I found a service called Home Care Assistance North County, and now they have a professional assigned to them that helps them with this sort of stuff. Thanks to that we’re back in business!

Now that I’ve explained things and without further ado, here’s what went down over break:

  • The PS Vita launched in Japan, moving fewer than expected numbers and with several software glitches.  Even straight-up hardware reviews were mixed, like this one from Joystiq.  Sony is probably relieved that’s all they had to worry about.
  • BioWare’s co-founder hints that they’re taking cues from open-world games, including Skyrim, for Dragon Age 3.  Oil, meet water.
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 also sold less than anticipated, which was a total surprise to people that have no idea how sequels work.
  • A Firefox add-on subverts DNS blockades like the ones proposed by the Stop Online Piracy Act… before the Act is even released.  No prize for second place, Congress!
  • Leaked email chains provoke the internet to converge on one Ocean Marketting (typo intentional) and its hilariously awful one-man operation.  The Mayor of Boston is now a meme.
  • Nintendo finally unveils the official Legend of Zelda timeline.  All three of them.  That high-pitched collective cry of anguish you’re hearing is the fandom trying to sort this out.
  • Star Wars: the Old Republic finally launches, the Big Three “kind of” withdraw their support of SOPA, and more!

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Skyrim Approaching Total Sales of Oblivion

NPD Group has just revealed the numbers for November game sales, among which is the news that Skyrim was the second-best selling game of that month. More to the point, Skyrim is just half a million shy of exceeding the lifetime sales of its predecessor, Oblivion. As a point of reference, Oblivion first hit shelves in March of 2006. It has been speculated the reason has to do with Bethesda improving it’s customer segment penetration.

Source: Industry Gamers

Skyrim Incremental Updates Continue, Bethesda to Release Creation Kit

With the game still less than a month old, Skyrim continues to see ongoing patching efforts.  The next update, scheduled to hit the PC first followed by the consoles, aims to address issues like improper magic resistance calculation and the (somewhat more spectacular) backwards-flying dragons.  Along with this, Bethesda announced plans to release the game’s creation kit: world-building tools similar to those for Fallout 3 and New Vegas.  The Steam Workshop will be integrated with the kit, allowing Skyrim mods to be uploaded and distributed through Valve’s software.

The Creation Kit will be available starting in January.  So sayeth the mighty official blog.

Skyrim Sells 3.5 Million Copies in Two Days

In an already crowded holiday season, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim sold in excess of 3.5 million copies in its first 48 hours, roughly half of its seven million unit launch. Apart from setting a record for both the series and RPGs in general, Skyrim also hit a record high for simultaneous players on Steam: roughly 280,000 in the first 24 hours.

As points of comparison, Oblivion shipped about 1.7 million during its launch run, with Fallout 3 shipping 4.7 million and Fallout New Vegas totalling an even five.

Source: 1UP

What Happened This Week – Coercion: Our New Business Strategy

Hello all! Thanks for sticking with us, got some news fresh out of the oven for you fine folks. As an aside, going to be out of town for the week of Thanksgiving so the next episode will be uploaded on the 27th. Enjoy the week, have a happy preemptive Turkey Day, and in the meantime let’s get to tonight’s topics:

  • Zynga is caught forcing employees to either surrender stock or be fired, so they can turn around and use that stock to hire other people. Pretty sure breach-of-contract lawsuits start more or less like this.
  • Steam servers get hacked, and while the damage appears limited Valve kindly reminded people to change passwords and watch credit card activity. See? Was that hard?
  • Meanwhile, CD Projekt reveals digital sales numbers for The Witcher 2, offering a glimpse of the effect the Steam Collective has on the market.
  • A slight error and some carelessness resulted in Japanese MMO M2 being completely deleted, which ironically is the first I’ve ever heard of the game.
  • Sony reveals its complicated UMD conversion process to play PSP games on the Vita. Considering this is currently only in Japan, where the PSP is still an active platform, I can only guess at the the intended audience.
  • Ubisoft says “buy Rayman Origins if you want more Beyond Good and Evil,” armed Frenchmen steal copies of Modern Warfare 3, and more!

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What Happened This Week – Groupon to Buy Britannia Manor

November is upon us, as is daylight savings time for those of us that practice it for some reason. I, for one, look forward to driving to and from work in perpetual darkness, only occasionally seeing sunlight through the office windows.

Let us proceed with the news, which includes the following:

  • Groupon goes public, setting records not seen since Google’s IPO. Of course, it’s only been one day and doubts persist about the company’s long-term growth prospects, but I’m sure it will all work out just fine. (Note: I’m not a financial expert and my opinions should not be construed as advice.)
  • Silicon Knights sees substantial layoffs, reaffirming what happens when you fail to make Technoviking: The Game look interesting.
  • Richard Garriott warns that Blizzard “needs to watch out for the Zyngas of the world.” Yeah, I’m sure they’re quivering behind the giant forts they’ve constructed purely out of money.
  • Grand Theft Auto V finally launches its official trailer, with not a single carjacking or crazy stunt in sight. I’ll bet Pepperidge Farm remembers when GTA games were fun.
  • In truly unexpected news, GameStop plans to sell tablet PCs in stores. Preorder yours today for bonus exclusive DLC for Microsoft Office!
  • Ultima takes a long, strange trip into BioWare, Spike TV’s VGA includes games that aren’t out yet, we learn the terrible secret of Bro Con, and more!

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What Happened This Week – Summon Your Accountant

Finally got to upload this, would’ve had it earlier if not for an inopportune (though easily fixed) network hiccup.  Anyway, hope you’re all enjoying the beautiful Labor Day weekend!  It’s time for the news:

  • Famitsu unveiled a cornucopia of Persona news: a Vita port of 4, a fighting game, and a lot of dancing around Persona 5.  So much speculation, so little time.
  • Bethesda does the timed exclusivity song-and-dance with Skyrim DLC, setting a new record by doing so before the game launches.  The power of the money hat is strong.
  • Zeboyd Games gets a crack at Penny Arcade Adventures: Really Long Subtitle: Episode 3.  Don’t underestimate them; Breath of Death VII is deceptively good.
  • Sony plans another head-mounted TV screen monstrosity.  No, Sony, the “3D” part of it doesn’t make it any more likely to succeed than your last attempt.
  • Square Enix plans to boost the staff at Eidos Montreal, Doom‘s 17-year ban in Germany is removed, and more!
  • Plus, a spotlight on the recent financial workings of Zynga, Groupon, and LinkedIn: fuzzy accounting practices, pending market headaches, and the SEC asking pointed questions like “Why do all these numbers have asterisks by them?” and “Why did your accountant introduce himself with air quotes?”

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Skyrim DLC to Land on 360 Early

Bethesda has arranged a timed exclusivity release over downloadable content for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The Xbox 360 will see “the first two add-on content drops” 30 days in advance of the PC and PS3 versions. No information was given about the DLC covered by the agreement.

Source: 1UP

Skyrim’s Changes: In-Game Quest Adjustments, Varied Environments, and More

Bethesda’s Todd Howard, Game Director for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, recently ran down a few more changes in Skyrim over Oblivion and grouped them into five topics: travel, dragons, the country, quest adjustments, and character statistics. Continue reading ‘Skyrim’s Changes: In-Game Quest Adjustments, Varied Environments, and More’ »

What Happened This Week – Atlus Breaks Internet Curfew in Stolen DeLorean

There’s a mouthful for you. Hello, me good smilin’ friends! In today’s thrilling episode:

  • Xenogears arrives on PSN, nostalgia ensues.
  • Name your kid Dovahkiin, get free Bethesda games: madness, or radness? Probably madness.  Although…
  • Atlus tops Japanese sales charts, is probably fun to hang out with on the weekends.
  • Vietnam begins banning online gaming between 10pm and 8am.  Now who’s lost in fantasy?
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution personal media blackout begins now, and will last until I have to index more about the game.
  • PSP price drop, Unreal Engine 3 on the NGP, and Ubisoft’s Beyond Good & Evil proposition.

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What Happened This Week – The Debut

Hiya, folks! Welcome to the debut of our new podcast series, What Happened This Week. Join us every Saturday as we take on, well, I’m sure you can guess from the title. If it’s gaming, if it’s tech, or if it’s big, we’ll break it down for you. Today’s topics:

  • What’s that behind your back, PSP2?
  • Skyrim: I hope they were paying attention to Fallout 3/New Vegas.
  • Tales of Graces F: Namco-Bandai is very, very bad at marketing.
  • Twitter and Facebook are not sparking revolution in Egypt.
  • Canadian ISPs pave the road to much darker things.

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Skyrim’s Menu System: Out With the Old, In With the Stargazing

The steady drip of Skyrim information continues with a breakdown of the game’s menu system, which has effectively discarded the existing Oblivion and Fallout 3/New Vegas models.  Director Todd Howard stated that they looked to Apple’s UIs for inspiration, and the result is a radial interface with different directions bringing the player to subsections. Continue reading ‘Skyrim’s Menu System: Out With the Old, In With the Stargazing’ »

Skyrim’s Combat Mixes Up the Formula

More information about The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been making the rounds, with the latest detailing the changes made to combat since OblivionContinue reading ‘Skyrim’s Combat Mixes Up the Formula’ »

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Details – Dragon Shouts

You’ll be doing a lot of shouting in the next Elder Scrolls game, according to director Todd Howard.  Skyrim centers around abilities known as Dragon Shouts, which are separate from magic but also deliver a range of powerful effects.  Historically, this is a power reserved for individuals known as dragonborn; the first emperor, Tiber Septim, was one such person.  A major part of your adventure in Skyrim involves gaining access to these powers, which typically requires either defeating a dragon or uncovering words of power from other sources.  Players will collect over twenty shouts, each with multiple words to them, and shouts can be used at varying strengths depending on the number of words.

Shout, shout, let it all out starting November 11 of this year.

Source: Game Informer

Bethesda Announces The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Bethesda announced The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim last night via a shiny but light-on-the-details trailer at the Spike TV Video Game Awards. The trailer, which can be seen at the official site, references the ending of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, which makes it a sequel, and reveals that the game will be released on the easy-to-recall date of 11-11-11, or November 11, 2011. It concludes with an invitation to “join the elder council” — meaning, of course, to “like” the game on Facebook. Bethesda also stated via its Twitter feed that the game will use a new engine.

There has been no word regarding whether Patrick Stewart’s voice will be featured in the game.