Why You Can See Morrowind From Skyrim, And How Bethesda May "Use It One Day"

Last year, intrepid tinkerers on the PC version of Elder Scrolls V found the game didn't just include the landmass of Skyrim. You could also, with a little work, visit other parts of Tamriel, like Morrowind and Cyrodiil, the settings of Elder Scrolls III & IV respectively.

It was...a little odd. So we asked the developers what was up.

Bethesda's Todd Howard tells us "the story is they are there".

Speaking with Kotaku at DICE last week, Howard says "The reason they are there - and I will not say if we are or are not using them in the future - is when we first built the landmass for Skyrim we knew we were going to have these tall mountains.

And what can you see see? We have views early in the project where you can see into the [neighbouring] province from the other game. We needed to have something [there].

It's not high detail. If you walk there, from a distance it's...yeah, the stuff is there. And the thinking is, maybe we'll use it one day, but our larger worry was, I'm going to climb up on top of a mountain and look that way. What will I be able to see there? We try to cover all those angles as much as we can."

Mostly makes sense, as that's what was expected at the time. But the bit about "maybe we'll use it one day" is a little exciting, no?


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    Now that we have the creation kit I would love to see some of the awesome mod teams that did huge projects for Oblivion make use of the surrounding scenery.

    Pretty sure I read about this already. On Kotaku. Slow news day, apparently. I guess at least it's relevant and doesn't have any swear words in it, so it's a vast improvement on Plunkett's usual efforts.

      This has been on Kotaku before, when it was first found. Now a dev has explained why it's there. It's called an update.

      But hey - any opportunity, right?

        Right!

          Exactly. I'm grateful for this revisit.

          This is awesome. I hope some mods in the future will utilise it!

    I hope the city of mordor, city of lights, city of magic, might also appear later.

      ack, *mournhold

        But let's not kid ourselves. Mordor would be awesome too. :)

          I'm sorry, but I have to.

          'One does not simply walk into Mordor.'

            But one could simply mod it into the game! Screw it, lets add the Capital wasteland on the ash crater where Morrowind once stood!

            One does not simply walk into Mordor. Correct me if I am wrong but 2 Hobbits did.

              Ah but it wasn't simple was it?

        Well if they were going in include ALL of Morrowind they would have to add in Mournhold on the main land... it is the capital after all. Although if the fiction is anything to go by there may not be much of Morrowind left.

    Hope this is somehow encorperated into the game id love to visit morrowind again =D

    Vvardenfell was destroyed when the Ministry crashed and the volcano erupted. Population was evacuated. Dunno how they'd use it considering there's noone living there now :/

      True, But Cyrodiil is still there, and we even have a reason to go visit: The inevitable Elven invasion! Because the Thalmor are dicks.

      Well, you could still visit the outskirts of Morrowind, remembering that Vvardenfell was an island in the middle of Morrowind, maybe even take a boat ride to the ruins.

      Also, after the eruption/evacuation/etc., it was invaded. By Argonians.
      So, I'd be very interested in seeing Morrowind hundreds of years later, reshaped, a home to what is effectively a polar opposite to the elves that were once there - and maybe with a few of the old underground ruins and such still there.

    It should be like Pokemon Gold & Silver... Once you beat the shit out of the Dragons in Skyrim.. Back you go to Kanto.. I MEAN TAMRIEL! :P

    considering the scale doesn't match up with skyrim (making morrowind and cyrodils landmasses smaller than in their respective games) I wonder how they'd do it.

    Also, what about Tamriel rebuilt? It is an absolutely huge mod for Oblivion that was supposed to bring add the entire continent to Oblivion.
    Then Skyrim came out, and I have to wonder what they'll do now.

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