In recent Skyrim News, Todd Howard (Bethesda Director) came out of the woodwork to address a point many fans may have been quite curious about, and one that has really been teeter tottering around the video game world as everyone waits to see what new technologies will mark the future of console and PC gaming.
Will there be 3D in Skyrim?
According to a new interview by PSM3 magazine, Howard strongly and quickly shot down the idea of 3D being a possibility for the new Elder Scrolls title.
“Honestly, I couldn’t care less – having to wear those glasses! I’m not a 3D fan. It ruins the image for me,” Todd said.
Immediately after that statement, he went on to mention that he wants one thing, and one thing only from a creation like Elder Scrolls V.
Will we ever see 3D prevalent in 3D games? Only time will tell. When Todd was what his thoughts were on the future of 3D in video gaming he responded by saying “I think everyone’s going to keep trying,” he said. “But I’m not sure.”
Howard then continues to say that all he wants from a game’s graphics is “clarity.” PSM3 go on to talk about the future of 3D in games, and ask if he thinks it will stick around for the long run. “I think everyone’s going to keep trying,” he said. “But I’m not sure.”
This is a resounding debate among video games. What do you think? Should developers and gaming companies be putting forth more effort to include and standardize 3D into every day gaming? I mean, we see this technology blowing up in the movie and TV market after fans were blown away with realistic eye-popping 3D in movie titles like “Avatar” and the “Twilight” series.
We think it will only be a matter of time before 3D becomes standard, in the movies AND on the game scene the same way HD took over markets when it went mainstream. Consumers are always looking for the latest and greatest things, and video gamers more than anyone are looking for that next level of ultra fantasy immersion.
Do you agree with Todd’s decision? Or do you think Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim should have pushed harder to incorporate 3D technology.
Personally, I would have loved to see it included. After quite a few overpriced movie tickets purchased this past year to go see the latest and greatest movie releases in 3D, I’ve become quite fond of watching movies with the latest state of the art 3D filming. On the flip side, I don’t really know if I could sit and play for hours with those glasses on, especially on a 100+ hour title like Elder Scrolls V.
Following the timeline for releases of Elder Scrolls games, I’d say it’s at least a worthwhile bet that we will see an Elder Scrolls VI title released for the Xbox 720, PS4, or PC that will at least have a 3D option.
Todd Howard is just like anyone else. Resistant to change! But perhaps he or future Bethesda developers will be able to find that balance between “Clarity” and new display standards. For now, it’s a safe bet we wont be seeing Elder Scrolls V Skyrim 3D on shelves later this year.
Elder Scrolls V : Skyrim is currently scheduled for release on November 11th, 2011.