Elder Scrolls: Skyrim is one of the most eagerly anticipated games on the holiday release calendar, but which version are you getting? Although Bethesda has admitted that PC owners will again be getting the superior version, they are also gaining more experience as console developers, and the blockbuster RPG should bear the fruit of that labor.
The team ported Oblivion around the time of the console’s launch, so it was understandable the title looked much more at home on PC, but by the time they did Fallout 3 they were able to take the time and their gained expertise to make the three versions of the game much more comparable. Some negative comments still surrounded the console versions however, particularly the PS3 version which was quite a bit rougher round the edges than versions on the 360. For this third try, the team is hoping again to close the gap. Beware, this statement by Todd Howard contains technical stuff.
“We are very comfortable on 360,” he said in the latest issue of Edge magazine. “Yes, it will look better on PC. The PC has moved on a lot. With the kinds of things we do where we are streaming a lot, even your average hard drive on your average PC these days is crazy fast at ripping data. The negative on PC is that there are still a lot of layers of API before you can look at the hardware. So we might be able to get the data faster on PC, but what we do with that data is still easier on 360 and PS3 where we can look directly at the memory registers and do what we want.”
OK so it’s slightly worrying that they still aren’t saying too much about the PS3 which makes us think it may be slightly affected by not being the lead platform, but that remains to be seen.
We may also see a version of the game on a Nintendo console at some point. Official Nintendo Magazine has been told that a version of Skyrim on the future Nintendo machine is ‘possible’. Using the controller to tame dragons and fling fireballs could be kind of fun but for now its all about the PC and console formats for gamers in 2011.