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Dutch Power Unlimited has a 4-page cover story of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim with new info (Thanks Goalie8 from the Bethesda forums for posting this):

  • "There is no level cap. You will nevertheless not be able to choose all perks with one character."
  • "Technically speaking, Skyrim is an evolution within The Elder Scrolls, and not a revolution (but everything looks fabulous). The magic of the world that Bethesda has created is nevertheless unequivocally present."
  • "All weapons have different properties, which you can take advantage of by choosing the right perks. Maces ignore a percentage of armor, and axes have bleed damage over time.
  • "You can use fast travel to revisit places you have visited earlier."
  • "Skyrim is approximately as big as Oblivion."
  • "Five big cities and more than 130 dungeons."
  • "Low-Fantasy" (Meaning the game does not look as vibrant, vivid and weird as Morrowind did, more like Oblivion) -> "Oblivion was for sure not over-the-top in terms of its style, but Skyrim should be considered low fantasy even more than its predecessor. Much of the locations look realistic, and could easily exist in our own world."
  • "The overarching narrative of the Dragons is less prominent than the Oblivion Gates were in Oblivion, which does not give you the feeling that you are doing 'useless' quests when you lay aside the Main Quest."
  • "Dragons are not rare."
  • "Dungeons will be locked at their level once you have been there."


  • "Even in third person, animations look really good. There has been a lot of progress since Oblivion."
  • "You can read in-game books in 3-D."
  • "Every item has a 3D-preview in the Flash based inventory, which you can twist, turn, rotate, etc. Sometimes you will solve puzzles by analyzing these 3D-previews. Not only armor and weapons can be explored in great detail, also small rings and herbs can be investigated from all possible angles. Every single item in the game can be previewed in the inventory screen." "
  • "The Dark Brotherhood is back."
  • "Active blocking makes melee more fun to play."
  • "More traps and puzzles."
  • "Main Story is approximately 20 hours. Hundreds of hours for other quests."
  • "Every dragon you kill will make you stronger. A piece of his soul will be transferred to yours."
  • There's also an interview with Todd Howard in the article. These are the highlights of that interview:
    • "There are special animations for sneak kills with daggers."
    • "We primarily look at how we can improve facial expressions and animations, graphics-wise."
    • "The game won't support Kinect. It takes too much memory."
    • "It is not yet possible to combine forms of magic. It is difficult. Frost magic makes an enemy move slower, and fire does damage over time, and the fire remains on the ground for additional damage. If we would allow the player to use fire magic in one hand, and frost magic in the other, it becomes much more complex. Maybe we will implement this though, but for the time being, 'No'.
    • "Someone modded Oblivion by changing the physics of shooting an arrow. It made you shoot slower and you almost had to remain stationary to shoot, which increased the arrow's impact. We liked this mod so much, that we implemented it in Skyrim by default."