When Elder Scrolls III was released, it was lauded for having one of the largest and most complex gameworlds ever created — an entire continent for players to roam around and explore. For Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, developers scaled back this game world to focus more on story, gameplay, and other elements. As a result, the game took place in only one country of the continent of Elder Scrolls III. Now, with the imminent launch of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim upon us, Bethesda has announced in a press release that Skyrim will take place in the smallest gameworld yet, where players will only be able to roam around two or three towns during the entire adventure.
“I mean, at first there will only be two towns—well one is more like a hamlet—that you’ll be able to play in,” said Todd Howard, Game Director Elder Scrolls Skyrim, “although, in the coming months we will release a third town for players to explore! And only for the low, low price of $30.”
Players can also expect limited gameplay. “We didn’t want to clutter the world with a lot of NPC’s that didn’t advance the story, so there are only like five or six characters throughout the whole game. We think you’ll get to know everyone really well,” continued Howard.
In addition, don’t anticipate fighting using anything but your bare hands. “These towns are right next to each other and are generally very liberal on the political side of things. They’re like those hippy communes Al Gore promotes; they don’t allow citizens or guests to pollute, let alone bear arms. Abortions are definitely going down though.”
Well that’s good to know at least.