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One of Elder Scrolls V Skyrim’s secrets once involved a chicken

Earlier on this week we dropped some of our thoughts on the possibility of a demo release for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim with regards to creating a character before release. Now we have some amusing news to share with you, about a bug that Bethesda discovered whilst testing the game.

In a recent interview with PC Gamer, Bethesda’s Todd Howard has revealed a few details about Skyrim’s Radiant Story technology, a new addition to the Elder Scrolls series which will make side-quests more realistic by altering certain gameplay elements at different points in the game depending on your career path.

However, it was this Radiant Story feature that was behind a problem that Betheda discovered, and believe it or not it was all due to a chicken which apparently was ‘reporting crimes‘. We would have loved to have seen this in action, but since it is technically a bug or glitch whatever you want to call it – we won’t be seeing it in the final build of the game unfortunately.

All is not lost though, as there is the little subject of modding, and there’s probably a slim chance that these chicken files may still exist somewhere deep in the realms of the PC code. If they don’t, then some clever individual may even just re-create this chicken fantasy and send it off to Bethesda for pure amusement.

It does make you think what other bugs were discovered in Skyrim during testing, and there’s bound to be a few of them considering some are still present in Oblivion. Read more from the interview with Howard over at PC Gamer above. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out the full list of unlockable achievements if you haven’t seen them already and don’t mind a few spoilers – it’s certainly worth a read.

Crime reporting chickens in Skyrim, what do you make of that?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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