As a self confessed romanophile, it would perhaps come as no surprise that Ryse: Son of Rome took my eye of the new exclusives Microsoft unveiled during their E3 press conference. There is seemingly a worrying amount of quick time events as combat unfolds, but with the crisp graphics, you can definitely see Crytek’s involvement here as the game runs on the latest version of CryENGINE.
The première trailer for the next title in the Gears of War franchise has dropped. Judgement is a prequel set 30 days after the Locust emerged from underground, with the likes of Damon Baird and Augustus “Cole Train” Cole featuring.
After files were found linking the next DLC to possibly take place on the island of Solstheim were found, this trailer released today confirms that destination, the name, release date and price. ‘Dragonborn’ will be the next installment or add-on for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and is set to release on the 4th of December on Xbox Live (It’s unknown as of yet if this is a timed exclusive – still no news on the PS3 front as far as DLC is concerned) for a price of 1600 Microsoft points.
Lets see what we can learn from this trailer:
- The destination is the island of Solstheim. We’ve been there once before in the expansion Bloodmoon for The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. The island is home to a tribe of Nords called the Skaal. Geographically speaking Solstheim was similar to Skyrim, however 200 years have flown by since Bloodmoon and a lot has changed.
- After the Oblivion Crisis (Events of The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion), the Ministry of Truth (an asteroid of sorts) crashed into Vivec City wiping it off the map and causing Red Mountain to erupt. In the wake of that devastation (coupled with Mehrunes Dagon’s invasion), the Argonians of Black Marsh invaded Morrowind and thoroughly stuck the boot in to the Dunmer (Dark Elves).
- The island of Solstheim was given to the Dunmer who have inhabited it ever since. Watching the trailer we see that the old colony of Raven Rock is where the player is going to arrive. Architecture that can be attributed to House Redoran is seen, as well as a Redoran banner hanging on the exterior of Fort Frostmoth.
- In addition to Redoran architecture, we also see Telvanni architecture as well as terraformed landscape similar to native Morrowind and Vvardenfell. A Netch is shown in what is possibly a cave with Falmer (Snow Elf) architecture; Scribs and Kwama may also be present, as they are live stock native to Morrowind.
- The Skaal are still very much alive and well on Solstheim. It would appear their shaman is going to serve as a guide of sorts, similar to Korst Wind-eye’s role in Bloodmoon perhaps.
- Rieklings (Snow goblins in a sense) return from Bloodmoon. These boar riding cretins wield spears. Whether or not that means the player will have access to spears is as of yet unknown.
- The primary antagonist is set to be a former Dragon Priest that was also the first Dragonborn. Given the nature of this, he might represent the toughest fight to date in the game. He was also the Dragon Priest given rule over the island of Solstheim and there is what appears to be a rather large Nordic ruin that he once called home. The skeletons of Dragons whose souls he absorbed can be seen.
- The player will travel to the Daedric realm known as Apocrypha, which is Hermaeus Mora’s realm. It is said to be an endless library (we some elements of this in the trailer) containing forbidden knowledge.
- More new and returning monsters; A dragon with an appearance similar to Fell Beasts from Lord of the Rings, Lame Corprus, Fish-like humanoids that spit black goo, a mage based possible Daedra that bares a striking resemblance to the ascended sleepers from Morrowind.
- Dragon riding. It’s impossible to say at this point just what this will entail based on the trailer but the player character is seen riding presumably Odahviing at one point in the trailer, whilst mounting the Fell Beast look-a-like Dragon at another point (while in Apocrypha it seems).
- New armour and weapons. Judging by the trailer, potentially stalhrim, chitin and bonemold armours are set to make a return. Weapons might also be crafted from some of those materials. In addition, a mace is spotted which may be the Daedric artifact known as Scourge.
Let us know your impressions of the trailer, or what you’re excited to see in the Dragonborn DLC in the comments section.