Sunday, August 14, 2011

Skyrim - next WoW?

Skyrim is an RPG game in The Elder Scrolls series. It was developed by Bethesda Game Studios and will be available sometime around November 2011 for the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The game uses Bethesda's Creation Engine to render the environment This is a revolutionary way to use polygons and gives incredible detail. Each frame looks like a postcard.

The big things for us were to draw a lot of stuff in the distance so we have a really sophisticated level of detail, more so than what we've had in the past for how things stream in and how detail gets added to them as they get closer to the camera,” explains Bethesda Studios creative director Todd Howard. - Game Informer

Take a look at the demo from Quakecon.

 Skip to just before 5:00 to see the actual demonstration.

Although Skyrim is a straight RPG this has got to be where MMO's are headed. I mean the graphics in World of Warcraft have held up over the years, mainly because it uses a cartoonish style. But the jagged, pixelated tree branches and the blockish terrain is getting very dated. I don't see how I could go backs to such simple and blurry graphics after playing Skyrim. Blizzard has got to make some fundamental changes.

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