After lying dormant for almost five years, one of the medium’s most beloved franchises is set to continue. Which one? Well, before you get too excited, I should probably tell you that it isn’t Chromehounds. Sorry to get your hopes up. I’m actually referring to The Elder Scrolls. The latest addition to Bethesda’s fantasy RPG saga will be known as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
The notoriously buggy engine that powered the previous game in the series, and more recently Fallout: New Vegas, has apparently been shown the door. Bethesda’s Nick Breckon told Rock, Paper, Shotgun that Skyrim will use a “new graphics/gameplay” engine built internally.”
The brief announcement trailer is sadly bereft of gameplay. Perhaps by way of compensation, it features the gravelly tones of Hollywood legend Max Von Sydow, well known for his role in Rush Hour 3 and (to a lesser extent) The Exorcist.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is scheduled for release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in November 2011.