OXM UK teases Skyrim cover story

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Today on OXM UK’s Facebook page, they’ve teased the Skyrim cover story that hits newsstands this Thursday. If you’re in the UK, be sure to check it out.

If you’re somewhere else in Europe/Australia, keep an eye out for these features on the game

United Kingdom

Official Xbox Magazine — on shelves February 10th

Official PlayStation Magazine — on shelves February 16th

France

PlayStation Le Magazine Officiel — available now

Germany

Computer Bild Spiele — available now

Benelux

Power Unlimited — available now

Spain

Micromania — available now

Italy

Giochi per Il Mio Computer — available now

Nordic

Gamereactor — available now

Australia

Game Informer — available now

Spread the joy with these community contests

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Wanted to share word on a few community contests that were brought to my attention.

The Nexus community sites (as in New Vegas Nexus and TESNexus) are closing in on reaching 2.5 million registered members. To celebrate the occasion, they’ve kicked off a modding competition on both site. The site’s administrator, DarkOne, details the competition’s rules here. Here’s an excerpt…

“Ergo the theme of this modding competition will be “The community we are in”. I’m hoping to see some great mods that cover users in the community that might have influenced you during your time here, the various sites of the community that you are a part of (it doesn’t just have to be the Nexus!) and what you like about the community.

The type of mod you make, be it a quest, a new landmass, a house or castle, NPCs, weapons, armour, etc. is totally up to you but I will look more favourably upon entries that have a quest in them because I’m a sucker for a good quest! That doesn’t mean a mod with a quest in is going to win, however, and if you come up with something really unique then I’ll probably love it! A Nexus defence mod, for example, where you defend fort Nexus from a horde of trolls with your fellow moderators wielding ban hammers by your side is something I’ve dreamt about… “

Elsewhere, TES Alliance has already kicked off their Salute to Skyrim contest. As the title indicates, it’s a competition where users are encouraged to pay tribute to Skyrim — whether it be a mod for Morrowind or Oblivion, artwork, poetry, etc.. For more details, check out the contest page on TES Alliance.

Let out a Dragon Shout

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In February’s issue of Game Informer, one of the new gameplay elements revealed for Skyrim was dragon shouts. Learn more about how they work, and how the language was created from scratch in Matt Miller’s new feature up at GameInformer.com. Below is an small excerpt from the article…

“It’s in the lore,” declares game director Todd Howard. “It was like the classic barbarian battle cry. I’m not sure if it showed up in a book in Daggerfall, but it’s definitely mentioned in this pocket guide to the empire that we did for Redguard. It was the idea that the Nords had these battle cries, and they would shout at their enemies.” As the team at Bethesda began to design The Elder Scrolls V, they latched onto this little piece of mythology, and the way it could tie back to the dragons – powerful creatures that had been absent from the world for thousands of years.

Read more — including how Emil Pagliarulo worked on creating the language – here. Oh, and did we mention there’s a new screenshot and concept art!?!

New Creation Kit to bring modding tools to Skyrim

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Bethesda has a long history of supporting the modding community, and for good reason. It’s a science fact that mod tools make the world a better place: they make modders happy because they can mod, they make developers happy to see modders gaining experience, and they make fans happy to see an endless stream of content they can mess around with. So today we were pretty happy to finally confirm our plans to continue that support with Skyrim.

As Game Informer confirmed on Monday, Skyrim’s new engine has been dubbed the “Creation Engine.” Accompanying that engine will be the Creation Kit, our suite of level-building tools that we’ll be releasing to the community, much like the Elder Scrolls Construction Set for Morrowind and Oblivion.

The Kit was recently mentioned in the Game Informer article on the tech behind Skyrim. While we have nothing further to announce regarding the Kit at this time, give that article a read for more details on just how powerful these tools will be.

Dragons preparing to deliver Skyrim details worldwide

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There’s been plenty of excitement over Game Informer’s cover story for Skyrim, but we’ve also heard many of you asking, “When will the game get covered in Europe?”

That question gets answered today. European reveals for Skyrim will appear in the following territories…

United Kingdom

Official Xbox Magazine — on shelves February 10th

Official PlayStation Magazine — on shelves February 16th

France

PlayStation Le Magazine Officiel — on shelves January 28th

Germany

Computer Bild Spiele — on shelves February 2nd

Benelux

Power Unlimited — on shelves January 27th

Spain

Micromania — on shelves January 27th

Italy

Giochi per Il Mio Computer — on shelves January 30th

Nordic

Gamereactor — on shelves February 1st

Australia

Game Informer — on shelves January 19th

While you wait for these reveals to hit, keep an eye on GameInformer.com’s Skyrim hub for continued coverage on the game.

Skyrim Sound Feature — Turn it up!

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Grab your headphones and head to GameInformer.com to learn more about “The Sound of Skyrim.” Across four videos, Bethesda Game Studios’ audio director Mark Lampert discusses in-game sounds, voice acting (including the contributions of one Max von Sydow), dragon sounds and shouts, and to cap it all off, he previews new parts of Jeremy Soule’s main theme for the game.

Wanting to hear more on the game? Fear not, Game Informer has plenty more to share in the upcoming weeks.