Skyrim demo: Create a character pre-release, Tips for Bethesda

By Alan Ng - Oct 5, 2011

We have touched upon our thoughts regarding the lack of a demo release for upcoming RPG The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in the past, but we still feel like Bethesda could give more reasons as to why they still refuse to do it, other than the fact that it’s time consuming.

Just to refresh, the game will release on November 11th, coming up to just one month away from the big day. There obviously is little chance of a demo happening now so soon before release, but we have one good idea that Bethesda should include for the next release – if there is one of course.

We’ve heard how just including one dungeon would be too much of an effort for the company, but we think that Bethesda would gain a lot more newcomers to the Elder Scrolls franchise if they gave gamers an introduction to the game before release. We recently told you how Skyrim was voted 15th place out of a possible 20 in terms of games in demand this Christmas, and we have a feeling that one of the reasons for Skyrim’s low ranking was due to the fact that a lot of gamers still don’t know about what Elder Scrolls is all about about.

If Bethesda were smart, they could have released a short demo build of the game, allowing players to create their character of choice before the game is out. This would serve as the perfect scenario to give newcomers a taste of the game, while saving this created character to a file ready for the full game should a gamer wish to purchase would be a great incentive not only to the player, but to Bethesda as well.

Players could select, name, dress and choose what skills their chosen race will have and work out what skills he or she will focus on throughout the adventure. To those of you that have played Oblivion, this is no quick process either, as it can actually take a good while to carefully think what path to choose, since it has a significant effect on the whole game after all.

We don’t expect Bethesda to implement this in time for Skyrim, but we can’t help but feel like they missed a trick here. Do you think it would have been a good idea if Bethesda let you create your character in a Skyrim demo?

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