Bethesda Guides You Through the Sounds of 'Skyrim'

Excited about the impending release of the latest entry in the Elder Scrolls series? So hyped for the game that you'd just be happy to hear how it sounds? Well, do the fine folks have a six-minute surprise for you!

In this recently-released ViDoc, Bethesda walks you through some of the decisions behind crafting the music and sounds of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in an illuminating analysis of what kind of thinking goes into getting your big budget, dark fantasy epic to sound good. Game director Todd Howard and some of his colleagues from the Maryland studio elaborate on the connection to previous Elder Scrolls titles while still attempting to maintain the identity of the current game, including the fantastic story about how the game's senior designer created the dragon language lyrics for the main theme over the course of one mead-filled weekend.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Sounds of Skyrim

Go to about the 2:50 point and listen to the male chorus at the soundstage at the Sony studio recording that theme, and tell me that doesn't make you want to get down and start doing some dark fantasy RPG'ing?

The most exciting part of the video, though, comes when the team discusses creating NPC dialog with 70-plus actors for the current game versus the 12 in Oblivion. Meaning, if you cheese off a guard in one town, maybe he won't sound like a guard in another. Exciting!

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be available for the PS3, 360, and PC November 11th.

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