I love The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. For all its little flaws and bugs and nuisances, it’s a meal I intend to keep nibbling on over time, stretching my Skyrim experience out as long as possible. Maybe 100 hours, maybe more. We’ll see.
But after seeing this video, my love for Skyrim feels slightly tainted.
During the opening keynote at the D.I.C.E. 2012 Summit going on in Las Vegas this week, Bethesda’s Todd Howard revealed an interesting and fun experiment the studio did after completing work on Skyrim. Howard told the game’s developers they could spend a week working on anything they wanted, as long as it could be incorporated into the game.
With the freedom to come up with any pie-in-the-sky feature without having to worry about balancing or bug-testing, the devs went crazy. Massive mudcrabs, water-filled dungeons, adoptable children (who will ask for their allowance), custom-built houses with skeleton butlers, kill-cams for arrows and magic spells, mounted combat, vampire feeding, Kinect support for shouts of power … and oh yeah, DRAGONS YOU CAN RIDE.
Thing is, I now really, really want some of this stuff in the game. I want to build my own house! I want better control over my followers! I want to ride a dragon and rain hot fiery death on my enemies below! Hell, I’d even hook up my Kinect again just to be able to shout “FUS RO DAH!” at my TV and bowl my enemies over with the power of my dragonborn voice.
It’s very likely some of these features will make it into the PC version of Skyrim, as inspired fans cook up homebrew mods. (Heck, some of them might already be available among the many amazing user-made mods for the game.) But if you’re playing Skyrim on the Xbox 360 (as I am) or PS3, don’t expect to ride dragons, build houses or tell Lydia to STAY THERE AND QUIT CHARGING OVER THE TRAP TRIGGER AFTER I SPECIFICALLY TOLD YOU NOT TO MOVE, unless Bethesda decides to add some of these tweaks through future updates. But I wouldn’t hold my breath.
I almost wish I’d never seen this. I was happy with Skyrim as it was. Now I can’t help but want just a little more.