Skyrim featured in the next issue of Game Informer

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In a press release this morning, we announced the platforms Skyrim will be releasing on (no surprise: PC, Xbox 360, and PS3), as well as news that the game will be revealed in an exclusive cover story in the February issue of Game Informer.

To tide you over, check out the current issue (January 2010), which features four pages of looking back at the previous games and their lore.

Read the full release below…

Bethesda Softworks Announces The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Highly Anticipated Sequel to Launch 11.11.11

December 13, 2010 (Rockville, MD) — Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today confirmed the upcoming release of The Elder Scrolls® V: Skyrim™, the next installment in the award-winning Elder Scrolls series and follow up to the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®.

Developed by Bethesda Game Studios® under the direction of Todd Howard, Skyrim will be released on Xbox 360®video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Games for Windows® worldwide on November 11, 2011. Details on the game will be revealed in our exclusive cover story in Game Informer®’s February issue, which ships to subscribers in early January 2011.

“It’s exciting finally to announce the game,” said Todd Howard, Game Director on Skyrim. “We’ve been working for many years on Skyrim and the technology behind it. A new Elder Scrolls game has been a long time coming, and we can’t wait to show it off.”

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim announced at the VGAs

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“You should have acted. They’re already here. The Elder Scrolls told of their return.”

And returned it has! The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was announced to the world by game director Todd Howard at tonight’s VGAs. Along with Todd’s appearance, viewers were able to to get the first look at the game’s announcement trailer. If you missed it, it’s now up on our teaser site. And while you’re there, if you click on the background of the page, you can pan around and explore the backdrop.

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Skyrim releases on Friday, November 11, 2011… that’s less than a year away!! In the coming weeks and months, stay tuned for more details on Bethesda Game Studios’ latest game.

Planet Elder Scrolls Hall of Fame — July

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The NFL added some greats to their Hall of Fame this weekend. Today we honor the Planet Elder Scrolls’ Hall of Fame mods for July.

Oblivion Mods

Morrowind mods

Congrats to these modders (and Jerry Rice, too!).

So you didn’t win that Bethesda jacket…

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With GamesRadar only giving away a couple Bethesda track jackets, as a consolation, I thought I’d share another way you can show your support. Elder Scrolls fan Eugene Nesci sent in pictures he took with his brothers showing off their Elder Scrolls costumes. He writes:

“My brothers and I have been massive fans of the Elder Scroll’s series for a long time…

What do you get when you combine that with too much spare time and an infinite supply of cardboard?

Behold!”

See… who needs track jackets? Awesome work by Eugene and his brothers. Now I just need to know how to make cardboard look like chainmail for my Commando party.

A couple more pics after the break…

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Morrowind diorama is to die for

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For one of our forum members, Eirik, Morrowind is a big deal for both himself and his family. As he explained in an email to Bethesda Blog, “It is not uncommon to find us discussing ‘What we did today in Vvardenfel’ at the dinner table every Sunday when we get together.” A fan of creating dioramas (check out his website), he’s actually created Morrowind characters by re-purposing 2-3 inch action figures.

After the break, you’ll find more Morrowind pieces  — including mod-inspired characters.

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PC Gamer’s Ten Essential Oblivion Mods

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Out of the hundreds (thousands?) of Oblivion mods that have been released since 2006, which could you not live without? PC Gamer’s Tom Senior answered that question today, narrowing down his favorites in “Ten Essential Oblivion Mods.”

We’ve made use of many mods on the list — which includes such stalwarts as Oscuro’s Overhaul and Midas’ wacky magic spells — but we’re less familiar with a couple. Head over to PC Gamer to check out the full feature.

Of course, there are plenty of other Oblivion mods worth a download, and everyone’s got an opinion on which are the best. What are your ten must-haves? Let us know in the comments.