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Lord of Souls Notes Up

That's right, the lore notes for the latest novel, Lord of Souls, are avaliable. A lot of new information on Solstheim and the Hist, as well as plenty of juicy details on Cyrodiil and other parts of the empire, so make sure to give them a read. 


Also of interest are the two new community articles posted by Bethesda, one on sound and music and the other on the world design


Skyrim Art Direction

Bethesda has posted the first dev diary for Skyrim, focusing on concept art and the development of the visual direction of the game. This massive update includes 40 pieces of concept art, a podcast, and a art-to-game video. Check it out here, it is not to be missed!

Besides a whole lot of beautiful artwork, the team had a couple of interesting things to say about the general feel of the world and the importance of lore in Skyrim:

"The simple answer, it seems, is to look elsewhere. Joseph Campbell. Moby Dick. Ancient Japanese tradition. The disparate list of influences goes on."

"Finding the perfect tone for the rugged-yet-fantastical province of Skyrim was a challenge initially. Though Skyrim’s Nords share some similarities to real-world Vikings, the likeness is superficial – the Nords have their own distinct cultural history that needed to be detailed from the ground up."

“My mantra at the time was, let’s make it a little less Ren-fest and a little bit more like a biker bar.”

“Alduin was more like it was constructed out of meteorites. I wanted this kind of, 'It's from the endless gulfs of time,' almost a sort of Lovecraft spin on the pitting.”

Check out the rest of the art here!

Lord of Souls Sample

Random House and Bethesda have just put up the first 50 pages of the new Elder Scrolls novel, Lord of Souls. Head over to Bethblog to read it.

Lord of Souls

Lord of Souls

The second Elder Scrolls novel, Lord of Souls, written by Greg Keyes, will be available in North America starting on September 27th.  It wil be available in the UK on September 23rd. 

Skyrim Collector's Edition



Bethesda has announced details for the Collector's Edition of Skyrim.

Skyrim Fan Interview

It's the Skyrim Fan Interview!  Rush on over and take a look.

Happy Birthday to You

Game Critics Awards

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has won the Game Critics Awards for Best Console Game and Best Role Playing Game.  Congratulations!

Skyrim E3 News

Congratulations to Skyrim for being named Eurogamer's E3 Game of Show, winning Xplay Best RPG for E3 2011, and for being named Gametrailers Best Role-Playing Game.  In addition, Skyrim has been nominated for three Game Critics Awards - The Best of E3 2011, including Best Role Playing Game, Best Console Game, and the overall Best of Show award.  Winners will be announced on June 28, 2011.

Oblivion 5th Anniversary Edition

BethBlog announces: Oblivion 5th Anniversary Edition coming to North America on July 12th!