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Report: Elder Scrolls MMO announcement coming in May

Report: Elder Scrolls MMO announcement coming in May

Over the years, there has been lots of speculation about a massively multiplayer online game set in the Elder Scrolls universe. A new report has surfaced claiming the project will be announced in May.

Read more: Takes place in the Second Era, report claims »

"I scrolled down, intending to post "As long as it's 1st person this'll be awesome". I then saw ..."
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Best of 2011 Runner-Up: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Best of 2011 Runner-Up: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

All things considered, it's not really too much of a surprise that the fifth chapter in developer Bethesda's long-running series of sword-and-sorcery has garnered a comfortable position as Shacknews' fourth best game of the 2011. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim once again transports players back to the sprawling land of Tamriel, thrusting them into one of the series' most compelling main storylines to date, set in the beautiful snow-capped landscapes of the world's titular northern region. Few games sucked up as many of our precious gaming hours this year, thanks largely to sandbox design sensibilities and a vast amount of compelling content.

Read more: Why Skyrim was placed in our 'Top Five' »

"I quite like the way you're doing it too. And nope, not saying that to curry favor. Though I ..."
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Skyrim 'Update 1.3' hits Steam, submitted for consoles

Skyrim 'Update 1.3' hits Steam, submitted for consoles

Bethesda has used its favorite Dragon Shout today, crying "PATCH-THIS-NOW" into the heavens of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim this morning. Update 1.3 has been deployed for PC users via Steam making "general stability improvements," fixes to magic resistance issues that surfaced from update 1.2, and more. The update has also been submitted to Sony and Microsoft for consoles, but no date for its release has been established.

Also, for those asking about the developer enabling 'Large Address Aware,' Bethesda has confirmed that they plan to roll out support for "4-Gigabyte Tuning (Large Address Aware)" next week on PC. Patch notes are available after the break.

Read more: PC, console patch notes »

"So what's the benefit here? In order for the game to even use a decent amount of memory where ..."
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Bethesda addresses Skyrim issues plaguing some PS3 users

Bethesda addresses Skyrim issues plaguing some PS3 users

In an update to its original blog post dated December 1, developer Bethesda has said it is aware some Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim players on PlayStation 3 are still experiencing "long-term play issues" despite the release of update 1.2, which was meant to alleviate those problems.

According to the update, Bethesda is "reaching out" to a number of users that use multiple save files in order to detect the exact problem. "Right now we know it's not one thing, but a combination of smaller ones that some folks are seeing, but others are not."

Read more: Bethesda outlines potential issues at work »

"I had to turn all the auto save optioins off or else the game would lock up. Now its an ..."
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Skyrim Stories: 'A Home to Rest My Bones'

Skyrim Stories: 'A Home to Rest My Bones'

Shortly after having felled his first dragon in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, my Khajiit thief--known only as McMane--found himself in quite the conundrum. Thankful for assistance in defending his city's westernmost watchtower from scaly, fire-breathing doom, the Nordic Jarl of Whiterun had bestowed the title of Thane upon my unsuspecting feline, along with permission to purchase property within the city walls.

Read more: Citizen McMane »

"As others have pointed out, Whiterun is the least expensive at 5000 gold while Solitude is the ..."
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Skyrim Stories: 'The Great Mammoth Rebellion'

Skyrim Stories: 'The Great Mammoth Rebellion'

Lacertus, my Argonian mage, has been known as many things: Dovahkiin, master assassin, arch-mage, and even lizard wizard, which is more of a personal anthem that I sing to myself while toasting hapless bandits. The point is, my quest to save the world of Tamriel in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has left me with a pretty sizable list of accomplishments, but my latest title came as a surprise. I’ve become the leader and, thus far, sole member of the Mammoth Liberation Front.

Read more: Dragonborn, giant killer »

"Thats a great story. I had the mammoths help me with a dragon the other day. It was fun. "
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Modding The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Modding The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The swiftness of the modding community cannot be denied, as evidenced by the plethora of quality mods already available for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. In less than two weeks, sources like the fine folks at the Skyrim Nexus have churned out content to enhance, customize, and even change some of the experience offered by developer Bethesda Softworks.

Last night, I examined a handful of these mods and have a laundry list of suggestions for you to enhance your PC experience in Skyrim.

Read more: Favorite mods in all of Skyrim »

"I just left it all at default and it looks immense. Most are on by default, I think only ..."
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Skyrim Stories: 'Toying with Frost Trolls'

Skyrim Stories: 'Toying with Frost Trolls'

Something special happens when you completely learn a game's systems, and its limitations. Your imagination goes wild, and you can exploit the mechanics. Last night in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, I attempted to achieve a goal that should be out of my current character's reach. Last night, I went troll hunting.

Heeding the call of the Greybeards, my character Dekkard ventured out toward the logging town of Ivarstead. Beyond the Seven Thousand Steps to the Throat of the World, Ivarstead is the doorway to High Hrothgar, where the ancient order of Greybeards call home.

Read more: A battle of wits between a couple of nitwits »

"Lydia had an ice shard sticking out of her face for a while last night. Every time I looked at ..."
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Skyrim home to hilarious glitches

Skyrim home to hilarious glitches

As vast and intricate as today's video games are, a few bugs are bound to sneak past testers. As long as they offer entertainment and don't harm our playing experience, we're okay with them happening.

A few choice bugs and glitches have already been seen in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Thankfully, in the age where everyone seems to have their own YouTube-based production company, these problems have been well documented. Our favorite? The case of the sleeping and spinning man.

Watch: Those are some magical dreams and falling naked people! »

"My toon in Skyrim has just been inspired to be a 'master' thief :P"
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Skyrim PC tweak allows for in-game map 'street view'

Skyrim PC tweak allows for in-game map 'street view'

There are a number of outstanding (and even creepy) mods available for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, making it hard for me to recommend any version other than the PC release. One of the most impressive game tweaks is 'Map in Full 3D,' which helps adjust the game's ini file to allow players to zoom all the way down to street level from the in-game world map.

Read more: It's like 'Google Street View' for Tamriel »

"How about a minimap. It's not like we're still in the stone ages of gaming here."
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Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim video goes 'behind the scenes'

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim video goes 'behind the scenes'

With Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim launching in ten days, developer Bethesda Softworks is hard at work teasing the industry with new promotional footage. Today, the company has released a short clip of "Behind the Wall: The Making of Skyrim," a documentary included on a bonus DVD featured in the game's Collector's Edition.

Watch: Glancing behind the curtain at Skyrim's development »

"For an open world game they work in some pretty tiny cubicles. I wonder though if this would ..."
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Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 'Collector's Edition' unboxed

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 'Collector's Edition' unboxed

With an asking price of $150 during such turbulent economic times, you really need to get a good look at the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 'Collector's Edition' before deciding to pick it up.

The over-sized edition of the game features a large plastic statue of one of the game's (all the) dragons, bonus DVD, and 200-page art book. Get a closer look at everything included in our gallery unboxing after the jump.

Soon after our review, we'll introduce a new series we're calling "Skyrim Stories," where editors from Shacknews will share their tales from the wild world of Skyrim.

Look: Dragons and Art unboxed »

"A bonus DVD look behind the scenes...Come on Bathesda trow in a damn BLU RAY for that price ..."
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim preview

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim preview

Last week, I spent three hours slaying vampires, traversing the blistering cold wilderness of a mountain-side trail, and putting my morals aside to join a guild of thieves. Yes, I played The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and I cannot stop thinking about it.

Weekend Confirmed co-host Jeff Cannata and I were handed controllers, and we made a pact to go off in completely different directions in our respective games. After the event, we discussed our progress and only had original stories to tell each other.

Read more: An Argonian about town »

"Think you're thinking of Morrowind, Xav. In Oblivion the Thieve's Guild was discovered by ..."
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Skyrim video: twenty minutes of gameplay

Skyrim video: twenty minutes of gameplay

Bethesda showed off a lengthy gameplay The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim demo behind closed doors at E3 and PAX, but now the unwashed masses can finally see it for themselves with a long set of video demonstrations. The video set is narrated by game director Todd Howard, and takes you through some of the environments.

Watch: Twenty minutes of pure Skyrim »

"What? When would that happen? THAT SOUNDS COMPLETELY PREPOSTEROUS!"
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim preview

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim preview

Sitting down in a behind-closed-doors area for press, I grabbed an Xbox 360 controller to begin my hands-on demo with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the next game from developer Bethesda Softworks.

My demo was scheduled for an hour. After going through some create-a-character options, I ventured off into the world of Skyrim. What seemed like no more than twenty minutes later, I looked down at my watch--nearly two and a half hours had passed. Skyrim had captured me.

Read more: Skyrim preview from PAX 2011 »

"I really hope they have a reasonable PC Interface this time. I'm sure dARN will work on a Skyrim ..."
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