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No Demo For Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Bethesda Softworks will not be releasing a demo for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Why not? The game's too damn big, according to producer Craig Lafferty.
"No, we won't be doing a demo," said Laffety in an interview with Gameplanet "For a game of this size and complexity it's really hard to do a demo the represents the game truly. And it would have to be a gigantic demo. So we won't be doing a demo."
It's a valid point. The Elder Scrolls series' selling point has always been exploration. Each game offers a vast, open world for players. A confined demo wouldn't do justice to that premise.
That being said, Skyrim's open world isn't the game's only strong point. Even if they created a roughly linear demo, it would still serve as a showcase to the improved graphics, updated combat system, and so on. It might not give players the full gameplay experience but what demo really does?
The biggest obstacle to demos is probably time. Bethesda's currently working their ass off to polish up the full version, which must be a monumental task for an open-world game. They probably think it's counter-productive to peel off people from the development team to create a demo.
If you're new to the Elder Scrolls series and want to know what Skyrim is like, your best bet would be to pick up one of the previous games in the series. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is being re-released this month in North America. Oblivion might not have all the new features of Skyrim but there's plenty of core similarities.
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will arrive on November 11th on the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
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