Todd Howard: You Can Play Skyrim Forever


I’ve been playing Skyrim a lot over the past couple weeks. I can’t really talk about it until tomorrow, but I think I can say that I don’t know how many quests it has. It would probably take a lot more time with the game to find that out.

Todd Howard, though, thinks he knows how many quests are in the game. His number: “infinite.” Whoa. That’s a lot of quests, and I’m pretty sure that’s not actually possible, but he thinks it is.

“The vibe of the game is that it’s something that you can play forever,” he told Wired.

He’s saying this because of the game’s Radiant AI, which will randomly generate new quests regularly. Still, at some point it has to run out of quests or repeat old quests. It just can’t go on forever.

Or maybe it can. I’m not going to try to find out, though.

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5 Comments on Todd Howard: You Can Play Skyrim Forever

MrFlibble

On November 9, 2011 at 11:48 am

I wouldn’t say forever, but with the engine able to alter quest locations, enemy types and specific mission objectives based on a player’s previous actions, all within the scope of a single quest, the sheer number of possible variations probably makes it easier to just say “forever” than actually sitting down, figuring out the number of possible encounter variations, (let’s not forget that engaging with a different weapon /spell loadout would constitute a different experience) figuring out the average length of time these experiences are, then trying to calculate exactly how much time a player could spend having a unique experience.

That just kind of made my brain hurt, but on the other hand my OCD-esque side is now curious…

Derka

On November 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm

ITS ONLY 5GB

HOW THE HELL DO YOU FIT THIS MUCH CONTENT IN A GAME WITHOUT USING RECYCLED STUFF

Aids

On November 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm

6gb’s actually.

No one is gonna really care in the long run honestly. Morrowind is still played after all these years and I doubt everyones played every mission in game. But it doesn’t stop it from being a good game.

Not Oblivion, that game was .

Winterman17

On November 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm

YOU I STILL PLAY OBLIVION!!!

Dave the legend

On November 25, 2011 at 1:45 am

If the makers of fallout didn’t get in on this…NOBODY WOULD VE HAVE BOUGHT IT…HAIL BETHESDA