Everything We Know About Skyrim

Story and More

Though they’ve been very forthcoming on practically every other topic, Bethesda remains very cagey on Skyrim’s story. Rumor has it that it begins with the player character being led to his/her own execution, but that’s about all that can be said at this point. Maybe that’s for the best — You wouldn’t want to know everything beforehand, would you?

Technical Details

Console gamers, you can skip this section. PC Gamers, you’re most likely interested in Skyrim’s system requirements and modding options. The requirements are posted below. According to Bethesda’s Todd Howard, the Creation Kit, Skyrim’s extensive modding utility, will be available on launch day — we’ll believe it when we see it. Also noteworthy, from a technical perspective, is the game’s tiny install — only 6GB!

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Win XP/7/Vista (32 or 64 bit)
  • Dual core Intel/AMD CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • DX9c video card w/ 512MB RAM
  • Internet Access for Steam activation

Recommended System Requirements:

  • Win XP/7
  • Quad-core Intel/AMD CPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 6GB HD
  • DX compat snd card
  • DX9 vid card w/ 1 GB. GTX 260/Radeon 4890 or higher

That’s it! That’s everything we know about Skyrim! If you know something we don’t, please don’t hesitate to comment!

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9 Comments on Everything We Know About Skyrim


On November 9, 2011 at 8:09 am

Excellent article. It has temporarily sated my pre-Skyrim jitters.

Kind of mentioned but not detailed, I seem to recall that Skyrim has varying degrees of stealth detection, letting players know when an NPC thinks something strange is afoot, but don’t yet know what it is. This lets players hide deeper in the shadows until their prey returns once again to their oblivious state of vulnerability.

Mark Burnham

On November 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I’m particularly looking forward to Dragon shouts, and fighting dragons in general.

zomg dragons!

Ben Richardson

On November 9, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I’m excited for getting stuck in blizzards. Lots of games have dynamic rain, but something about trudging forward through impenetrable snow as frost crusts on my beard and on my battle-axe…so epic.


On November 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Soooooo you can summon a dragon to fight a dragon. Just how does this dragon feel about that? Maybe he’s fighting his mom..won’t that cause zombies? Zombie dragons in Skyrim! You heard it here first folks. Bring your silver swords and crossbows.


On November 9, 2011 at 3:42 pm

I’d like to point out that while this article may indeed have momentarily staved off my crazed jittering for Skyrim, I am a complete junky and this fix can only delay the inevitable: a complete and utter meltdown if I don’t have this game within 3 days.

Captain Nemo

On November 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Skyrim players will be able to engage in drinking contests, get married (including same-sex marriage!),


If you are caught by the municipal authorities, you’ll have to spend some time in jail.

In our never ending search for realism and political correctness, do you have to worry about your cellmate?

Gordon Freeman

On November 9, 2011 at 6:54 pm

I’m going to need my silver crow bar…

Angry Gamer

On November 10, 2011 at 5:08 am

*compares TES3, TES4 and TES5 and then COD:MW2, COD:BO ans COD:MW3* right… Glen, here’s a prime example how to make a NEW game, if that doesn’t work, then you’re allowed to whine at how poorly your game is received by the target public.
Bethesda is probably the only company I have any respect left for given the recent id’s Rage flop (shame on you, Carmack! now get your together and give us a proper hit with Doom 4), and the only company I would trust to deliver quality over quantity (yup, you guessed it – another Activision/EA reference).

Great article, guys! The the modding tools, they’ve done it before with raving success – Morrowind PC was being shipped with TES Construction Set, the tool Bethesda themselves used to craft the game. Can’t remember if the did the same for Oblivion though (going to have to find that box now. Damn you, curiosity).

@Nemo: I would, knowing how crazy those Bethesda guys are