The Elder Scrolls 5 – Skyrim: What is next for Skyrim According to Howard?
Bethesda honcho Todd Howard scooped up the Game of the Year award for The Elder Scrolls 5 – Skyrim at the Game Developers Choice Awards the previous week. Their large designer entourage walked on the stage to collect the award. As the group walks off, Bethesda’s chief, Todd Howard, had some words with the media regarding the future of Skyrim.
Overall, the thrust of the questions focused on the all important query-what will happen next? In particular, will there be a DLC, how will it impact the game’s distinctive experience, and other issues. Howard, well-versed in dealing with the game industry media, quickly dealt with those questions like Neo from The Matrix. The questions got shot down. Yay, Neo…err. Todd Howard. He did go on to share some interesting thoughts regarding questions about development hurdles. He said the biggest issue they encountered was how to work around processing power issues when the game is rendering image. The issue is not just the images being rendered but the calculation the computer is doing dealing with NPCs that are nearby and variables like approaching dragons, inter-city travel, and other issue. The Bethesda team wanted to push the game forward while doing a lot unseen processing in the background. This was quite a balancing act.
Howard went on to say that the fan mods made through the Creation Kit were very good although he didn’t want to single any mod out. As for what comes next, considering that Bethesda now has two solid franchises under its wings, Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, he said that the games were huge undertakings, so they take things as they come. However, he did specify that the team is focused on The Elder Scrolls 5 – Skyrim support and working on its DLC.