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The Elder Scrolls 6 has some seriously huge shoes to match. Not only that, but no first-person RPG has achieved the same important victory as Skyrim since its launch, leaving the preceding game one of several reference points for developing the next game.
However, as is so frequently the case with this Elder Scrolls collection, the modding community comes to the rescue. Skyblivion is an ongoing volunteer project to reconstruct the entirety of The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion in the Skyrim engine, along with the excitement around it could be indicative of the characteristics to maintain and improve upon in The Elder Scrolls 6.
Skyblivion’s allure is not just that it updates the graphics of Oblivion to match Skyrim’s. Even though Skyrim’s graphic leap forwards is significant, it’s possible to make Oblivion look very good already using graphic enhancing mods, and the gap would not be sufficient to inspire an entire remake.
Skyrim’s melee battle might have been criticized, but it was a massive step up from Oblivion for many fans of this show. Skyrim’s main strengths was that it made the game extremely accessible.
The existence of Skyblivion at all additionally makes something very clear — one of the greatest assets the Elder Scrolls games will be their modding communities. The simple fact that a massive volunteer job like Skyblivion could get off the floor and attract enough growing talent to get to the stage it’s is staggering.
One of the critical reasons this is possible is because it’s relatively easy to mod Skyrim using the Creation Kit compared with other games. Though the Skyblivion team is recreating Oblivion’s world from scratch, as a result of the Creation Kit it has ever been the scale of this project, as opposed to the technicalities of programming quests and NPCs, which has become the main obstacle.
The Elder Scrolls 6 will need to be even more accessible to the modding community, particularly if Bethesda wants the game to have the same longevity as Skyrim. Skyrim worked to create its combat and class program more accessible for the huge majority of players.
The Elder Scrolls 6 is currently in development.
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