VIDEO: The Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim revealed, new engine confirmed

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Bethesda Softworks have revealed the long-awaited sequel to The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, in the shape of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. You can view the first teaser trailer above, screened this weekend at the Spike VGAs ceremony.

The trailer, narrated by Hollywood star Max Von Sydow, shows the game to be a direct sequel to Oblivion, vaguely describing the return of the demons from the previous entry in the series.

Incredibly light on gameplay details right now, but you’re almost certainly gauranteed a huge open world, swords, sorcery and enough pointy-eared folk to make Spock’s family photo albums look crushingly lonely.

Nick Brenon of Bethesda took to Twitter to confirm that the game will have a brand new graphics engine too, ditching the ageing Gamebryo engine of Oblivion, Fallout 3 and Fallout: New vegas.

“We can now confirm that the TES V: Skyrim engine is all-new. And it looks fantastic […] It’s a new graphics/gameplay engine built internally. We’ll have more details down the road,” he revealed

There is a confirmed release date, so PS3, PC and Xbox 360 fans can start ticking off the days until the 11/11/11.

Gerald Lynch