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Somehow we got through the last three years without anyone remaking Game of Thrones' introduction for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Someone has finally made the seemingly obvious mash-up, though.
"This started off as an exercise to kill time one afternoon about two years ago, never intending it to be a finished product," said creator Brady Wold on Vimeo. "I continued to work on it here and there throughout various freelance projects, internships, and other personal projects until it became a burden."
Skyrim and Game of Thrones fit together really well. They're both medieval fantasy adventures set in a wintry climate. Plus, they've both been around since 2011. Why has it taken so long, then, for a crossover like this? The answer is that this sort of video takes a crap-ton of time.
"After thousands of hours working and rendering, it's time to move on to bigger, and better things. I present 'Thrones.' Thanks to everyone who has inspired me, and given me support!"
The video recreates Game of Thrones' title sequence perfectly (the original video's below for comparison). The camera pans across a map of Skyrim, lingering on towns like Solitude and Markath. Each settlement rises out of ground, piece by piece, like clockwork toys. The towns are replicated to an impressive level of detail. You can see where all those hours of work went.
If you're in the mood to make your own Game of Thrones intro parody of this level, you'll need plenty of professional grade software. Wold says he used After Effects, Cinema 4D, Maya, Photoshop, Premiere, and ZBrush on the project.
The release of this video is well-timed. Game of Thrones' fourth season is about to return. The first episode will air on HBO on Sunday, April 6th.
If this video gives you hunger for more Skyrim, you're out of luck. Bethesda stopped producing DLC for the game a year ago. They're now focused on their next, unannounced game.
On the other hand, Elder Scrolls Online is launching this week. The game lets you travel across several provinces in Tamriel, including Skyrim. It's an MMORPG rather than a single-player RPG but might be an acceptable substitute while you wait for Elder Scrolls VI.