Now: The First Skyrim Trailer

No, you can't take him from there, mate

Edit: Below: it’s below! And it looks amayayayayayazing. Get a move on and watch it, Dragon-Born.

Bethesda has a clock, a magic clock of ultra-teasing. They’ve put it over here. When it runs out – in about ten minutes from now which is now – you’ll be able to see the first-ever in-game footage from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Hopefully embeddable versions will be along soon afterwards, but in the meantime, head over there and stare, stare like you’ve never stared before, then stop staring and hopefully start dribbling a little bit when the trailer itself arrives.

It’s below!

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Yessir, that is a videogame. And that music, hey? That there’s music for adventure.


  1. pakoito says:


  2. Falfa says:

    Less than 2 minutes. I’m excited

    • Casimir's Blake says:

      I’m not.

      Looks exceptionally well produced… generic fantasy bollocks. It DOES seem to avoid that horrendous Oblivion Shine ™ that look like it came from the Uncanny Valley.

      But this needs more fucking dungeons. Overworlds are over-done.

    • Jesse L says:

      Yup. It looks pretty similar to Oblivion. If you watched this trailer without knowing what the game was, I think you’d be able to guess you’re watching some relation of Oblivion. Can’t say much more than that based on this trailer. I’m still very curious about how the fighting of the dragons is actually going to work. Little or none of the fight we see here seems to be gameplay footage. We have some split-second glimpses of other fights. They looked…similar to fights in Oblivion.
      Didn’t learn a lot from this one. It’s what I’d expect. I’m surprised at all the comments I’ve seen where people seem to be drooling and rolling around on the floor at the sight of the trailer – not here so much as elsewhere. Much mention of erections and ejaculate. Shouldn’t be surprised; it is the Internet, duh.
      Honestly though, no trailer could show me what I most want to know about an Elder Scrolls game. I’m not the primary audience for this. Got to wait for the hands-on impressions.

    • Bret says:

      Needs more… dungeons… as overworlds are… overdone.

      Really. This is an opinion people have.


  3. SprintJack says:

    Haha, just when your twitter message showed up WMP started playing The Final Countdown :D

  4. pakoito says:

    F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5

  5. duncanthrax says:

    Black screen now

  6. bill says:

    I see a black page. Yay!

  7. pakoito says:

    It was like that 5 minutes ago, now the page is gone. F5 still.

  8. Tizoc says:

    It’s still black.

  9. duncanthrax says:

    Now it’s timing out. Way to go, wingnuts!

  10. Tizoc says:

    It works now!
    Edit : Hmmmm no.

  11. Mitza says:

    Maybe it’s just a really, really, really dark game :)

  12. Mike Williams says:

    I can’t even get on the page, so much traffic!

  13. beefchief says:

    So is Skyrim just blackness?

  14. Shatners Bassoon says:

    My F5 key is borked! Noooooo!

  15. Carnius says:

    Well i’m not surprised.

  16. AndrewC says:

    Elder Scrolls 5: Oblivion 2: Morrowind 0

  17. Samonite says:

    AAAAAnd we ruined the website….

  18. Tizoc says:

    No not at all : i’s white now, except for that strange message written in black.
    Edit : It’s all white now, but it’s okay we all now there’s lots of snow in this one.

  19. frags says:

    It’s just a white page…

  20. Centy says:

    Oh it’s like waiting on a Steam release.

  21. Dan Twomey says:

    Crowded round a monitor at work, refreshing constantly. I’m experiencing child like glee!

    • Curvespace says:

      Hah. Alright Dan. Feel a bit sad I’m not in today to see your gleeful little boy face.

      (That was sounded camper than it was intended to).

  22. zind says:

    RPS broke the interwebs!

  23. TillEulenspiegel says:

    Well I got as far as a language selector. Then it’s timing out again.

    • Samonite says:

      I tried to open the source of the website to get the direct link to the video.. but I only got the code to the language selector/verification site :(

      Anyone got that btw?

  24. gingerpembers says:

    WTB : F5 key

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    mickiscoole says:

    Finally getting something different!

    Oh wait, its a 500 error :(

  26. doctorfawkes says:

    Betheeeesdaaaaaa. Why u no make website work???

  27. thegreatcaligula says:

    Website still won’t load.

    I lied! Its loading very very slowly.

  28. The Sombrero Kid says:

    I don’t understand why their goal was to bring down their own website and frustrate their fans, they could at least’ve mirrored it some places. :(

  29. SprintJack says:


  30. Jockie says:

    It asked me for my language which was exciting, but now it will probably time out again.

    Edit: Yup.

  31. Mr Wonderstuff says:

    Thats the trailer not the gameplay video.

  32. MuscleHorse says:

    I’ve got a white screen, does that mean I get a special ingame item?

  33. frags says:


  34. stahlwerk says:

    Mark one up for the ‘Shotgun. *smugface*

  35. Samonite says:

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! link to !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. Unaco says:

    People should have more patience, it is a virtue after all. Possibly even a virtue of Kings. Although, saying that, punctuality is the politeness of Kings. So… I’m thinking that we aren’t Kings (as we lack patience) and Bethesda aren’t Kings (because they fail at punctuality). Maybe we should get together and try and overthrow a monarchy or two, fuelled by our jealousy of not being Kings.

    OK, maybe Bethesda just shouldn’t set dates and times at which they are going to reveal or release things. They should just surprise us in future.

  37. Flint says:

    Sure is pretty.

  38. TheApologist says:

    Most predictably broken website in history?

  39. AndrewC says:

    Weeeeell, i’m really not feeling them male voices trying to sing the theme tune. It sounds like an extremely classy fan-song, which is to say it feels like voices and tune don’t *quite* fit.

    It looks nice enough, but I worry that those vistas we saw were designed as vistas and not play areas. Like, they’re really nice to look at from a distance or soar over but a bit linear and dull to walk around at ground level.

    Unless, of course, they been *designed* to be soared over…

    • Nick says:

      Yeah, the theme is much better without those chaps ruining it.

    • Swiss says:

      Without the guys singing over it, this would essentially be the Oblivion theme. I don’t mind it too much, as long as we have some good serene music in the quieter moments, y’know when we’re not murdering dragons and shouting swear words in draco-lingui.

    • MrThingy says:

      Agreed… sounds like a Soviet ship-building anthem with those voices.

    • Nick says:

      “Without the guys singing over it, this would essentially be the Oblivion theme”

      Which was the Morrowind theme..

      I think its the Elder Scrolls theme now.

    • Qazi says:

      Time for this again

  40. Bhazor says:

    A counter that crashes the server when it reaches zero.

  41. mjig says:

    link to

    Trailer download for those having problems viewing it from the site. The download is sort or slow but better than not being able to see it.

    • Sarlix says:

      I’ll see your 500, and raise you an Internal Server Error.

  42. TDM says:

    The trailer worked fine for me – I wish the water looked a little less Minecraft-y in the flow, but I don’t have too many complaints. Also, it looks like there’ll be a backstabbing mechanism.

    GW2 and Skyrim? My college education is going down in a fiery blaze of medieval fantasy video games.

  43. ElelloN says:

    link to

    Working link :)

  44. Blackberries says:

    Yeah, looks alright.

    Though the animation on that dragon taking off at the end looked peculiar to me. Awkward and weightless.

    Addendum: The backstabby looking thing particularly excites me. Fingers crossed for some well-implemented roguery!

    • LimEJET says:

      I thought the same about it crashing down. It was like it finished animating, and then clicked into place.

  45. Vague-rant says:

    Turns out the blank screen was the trailer. A sign of bugs to come.

    Edit; Looks alright. Don’t feel like there’s a lot to be excited about. But I would’ve liked to see the guy drop the sword and punch the dragon in the face.

  46. outoffeelinsobad says:


  47. El_MUERkO says:

    First person sword and shield positioning just looks wrong. It looks like you’re showing them to someone, arms outstretched, “This is my sword, this is my shield, teacher gave me a gold star!”.

    Finishing moves look cool but fighting doesn’t seem to have moved on from oblivion, it looks stunted and odd. I was hoping they had learned some lessons in first person movement and immersion from Dark Messiah and Mirrors Edge but it doesn’t look like it.

    Also at 1:33 in the video there seems to be a 3rd person view where you do some kind of spinning attack that doesn’t hit the enemy but causes blood splatter. WTF is that about!?! Can we not do hit detection in 2011?!

    • BigJonno says:

      Weapon positioning in first person games is tricky. Assuming that you’re right-handed, an offensive stance would have your shield held quite close to your body (so it can’t be pulled away easily) and it would only be on the very periphery of your vision. Your sword would be held right across your field of vision, which is fine in reality when you can look past it, but a complete pain in the arse on a 2D screen.

  48. Teronfel says:

    It’s EPIC!!!!

  49. Tizoc says:

    It looked nice but we have yet to see actual gameplay, and I agree with AndrewC : that song is really not better with those voices.

    • empfeix says:

      There was actual first person gameplay. It’s only a couple of seconds but it is there.