Recently, Pete Hines (VP of PR and Marketing at Bethesda) has been answering a number of questions through his Twitter account. In doing so, he provided a fresh slew of new details about the game.
– You can save anywhere. We don’t do checkpoints. We now have a 3 autosave system though.
– Yes, there are children. No, you can’t hurt or kill them.
– [autosaves] alternates between 3 slots. You set time interval (5, 10, 15, etc) as well as if it saves on sleep, wait, etc.
– No, there is no hardcore mode.
– Finishing moves happen randomly. They aren’t under the player’s control whether you see them, or which ones you see.
– On Music: Yes, there is a lot of everything. There is hours (plural) of music [by Jeremy Soule] here.
– We don’t do deformable terrain. Creating a beautiful, seamless outdoor world w/ no loads is hard enough as it
– On crafting enchanted armor and weapons: You can buy them or create them yourself. DIY is certainly cheaper. May or may not be better than what you’ve found.
– You can put weapons or magic in either hand. You can only equip shields and torches in your left hand. Bows as well.
– Yes, settings determine how hard enemies are. [Difficulty] adjusts some based on your level and it’s more of a range.
– Subtitles for everything in the game. As with our previous games.
– Yes, there is button mapping
Most exciting could be the music by Jeremy Soule, known for his work on the previous Bethesda behemoth, Oblivion and the free-to-play MMO, Guild Wars.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is due for release on XBox 360, PS3 and PC on 11/11/11
Follow Pete Hines on Twitter @DCDeacon