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Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Will Have "Infinite Quests"

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The Radiant quest system in the upcoming open-world RPG The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will churn out an infinite number of tasks.

With the official launch of Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim just two days away, the game is slated to be the biggest edition yet... so big that it will offer an infinite number of quests. That's right: when Elder Scrolls XX is fresh and new and current/future hardware is incapable of supporting "retro" Skyrim gameplay, the fifth installment will still offer something new each and every day.

Monday in a phone interview with Wired, game director Todd Howard said that the game's Radiant quest system will keep new quests coming long after the main storyline is complete. In fact, the quests will be endless. "The vibe of the game is that it’s something that you can play forever," Howard said. "The world is probably the one thing that sets [Skyrim] apart from other games. It feels really real for what it is … It’s just fun to explore."

According to Howard, the Radiant quest system randomly generates new minor tasks based on the player's progress. It will also toss out extra work for each of the game's factions like the Dark Brotherhood and the Thieves Guild. Once the scripted quest lines for each group are completed, players can go to their respective hubs and pick up randomly generated missions like stealing gems or assassinating shopkeepers.

Of course, not everyone will want to endlessly steal jewels or collect herbs. However, Howard said that Radiant quests play into the game's overall environmental storytelling: it opens up avenues to discover the world's little secrets and bits of narrative. It may not be a massively multiplayer title, but the Radiant quest engine and the massive, virtual open world combined should make it feel like a persistent environment.

Howard said that Bethesda got its first taste of environmental storytelling with Fallout 3. After all, exploring a barren, post-nuclear wasteland isn't exactly like strolling through a field of green grass and daisies. "With Fallout, it’s not as beautiful a world to everybody," he said. "We had to find ways to make exploration of [a destroyed wasteland] interesting."

The team cranked up the environmental tricks for Skyrim even though the landscape is more palatable. According to Howard, completing quests won't be the most enjoyable aspect to the Radiant system: it will be discovering the little things along the way like a terrifying lighthouse or a bandit-infested fortress.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will land on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC on Friday, November 11. The full Wired interview with Todd Howard will be published on Thursday.

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    Soma42 , November 10, 2011 3:36 AM
    bak0nNo co-op. don't care.


    Oh man, I signed in just to tell you what a ridiculously stupid comment you made. I sure hope you're trolling.

    Proxy711PLets finish the year with a great game Bethesda.


    Ha, the thought never crossed my mind that it wouldn't be the best game of the year. If it's not all the money I poured into my system to have it run Skyrim will sure be a waste... I have no doubts though. Bethesda is the master of RPGs and I don't think they would let themselves make a game not worthy of their reputation.
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    proxy711 , November 10, 2011 3:11 AM
    Please don't let this game fail like Rage, dead island, and dragon age 2. The only game this year that I was really looking forward to that wasn't a huge letdown was The Witcher 2 (which was the only PC only title hint hint to developers).

    When i looked over the releases for the year i thought to myself "Wow best release year since 1998" then one by one every game i was looking forward to was a PoS port or so over simplified it ruined the game.

    Lets finish the year with a great game Bethesda.
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    soccerdocks , November 10, 2011 3:09 AM
    I can't wait for it to be released! I'm so excited.
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    jimmysmitty , November 10, 2011 3:08 AM
    Already preloaded on Steam and waiting.....
  • 14 Hide
    soccerdocks , November 10, 2011 3:09 AM
    I can't wait for it to be released! I'm so excited.
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    pwnorbpwnd , November 10, 2011 3:10 AM
    YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ADDICTION IS BACK!
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    whysobluepandabear , November 10, 2011 3:11 AM
    If this game does well, it may cause me to build a updated gaming rig. It's just another reason (among many) that I should catch up on a lot of games.
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    proxy711 , November 10, 2011 3:11 AM
    Please don't let this game fail like Rage, dead island, and dragon age 2. The only game this year that I was really looking forward to that wasn't a huge letdown was The Witcher 2 (which was the only PC only title hint hint to developers).

    When i looked over the releases for the year i thought to myself "Wow best release year since 1998" then one by one every game i was looking forward to was a PoS port or so over simplified it ruined the game.

    Lets finish the year with a great game Bethesda.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , November 10, 2011 3:24 AM
    bak0nNo co-op. don't care.


    Idiot. This is TES, not some MP BS.

    No way... I HATE randomly generated quests! And infinite quests will totally take away that sense of "completing it all". F U Bethesda, but I'm still getting this game (after first making sure it's more like Morrowind and less like Oblivion)
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    buzznut , November 10, 2011 3:31 AM
    I disagree completely. Random generated quests in Diablo sucks because its just a loot fest. This sounds like it will be significantly more interesting. I can't wait either but I won't have money until January. I'm sure it will be worth the wait.
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    oxxfatelostxxo , November 10, 2011 3:31 AM
    ooh... thanks for reminding me to pre-load. anyway endless quests.... er Hey boy, go fetch me 20 logs over and over and over.... is not my idea of a infinite quest... But anyway cant wait... =)
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    _Pez_ , November 10, 2011 3:33 AM
    I'm now skeptical about the game... what if it looks ugly, has glitches, horrible acted voices, or boring gameplay. what about video settings and nice textures?, what about making it feel a real game for PC as older titles ? :)  I'll wait and see what the PPL that already pre-ordered Skyrim has to say. Because we all knew all the hype that was made for MW3 and ppl is really mad about it, so mad they are that has a user score 1.5. Amazing isn't it? O.O
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    Soma42 , November 10, 2011 3:36 AM
    bak0nNo co-op. don't care.


    Oh man, I signed in just to tell you what a ridiculously stupid comment you made. I sure hope you're trolling.

    Proxy711PLets finish the year with a great game Bethesda.


    Ha, the thought never crossed my mind that it wouldn't be the best game of the year. If it's not all the money I poured into my system to have it run Skyrim will sure be a waste... I have no doubts though. Bethesda is the master of RPGs and I don't think they would let themselves make a game not worthy of their reputation.
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    beayn , November 10, 2011 4:01 AM
    I really wish this had co-op so I could play it with the wife. We've been waiting for a nice RPG to soak up the long winter hours.
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    alidan , November 10, 2011 4:05 AM
    anyone else fearing they skimped on the side quests in favor of an infinate quest generator?
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    alidan , November 10, 2011 4:06 AM
    or worse yet, you need to do randomly generated quests to gain access to non random ones?

    hoping thats not the case and that the game wont suck, but ill hold opinion till its out.
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    mouse24 , November 10, 2011 4:22 AM
    I hope they allow some sort of level capping or a better level up mechanism, thats why i quit oblivion, i wanted to level up a bit thinking that i would be better abled to handle the monsters and fiend them off...

    well I was wrong.... they level with you.... D:
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    Anonymous , November 10, 2011 4:42 AM
    wish it was like a MMORPG like world of warcraft
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    joytech22 , November 10, 2011 4:53 AM
    I have the game case and everything.
    Release date was broken here but I can't play until midnight. :D 
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    IndignantSkeptic , November 10, 2011 5:00 AM
    the graphics in the older games were better; they had colors.
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    Anonymous , November 10, 2011 5:29 AM
    Hey Proxy STFU! It's blasphemy for you to even think for one second that bethesda will fail........
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