"30 hours or so," and the world explorable from the start.
He estimates the additional content, like side questing and dungeon exploring, is worth about "two to three hundred hours" more. Skyrim has 70 voice over actors.
"We estimate the main quests take you about 30 hours or so. And the additional content – we haven’t played it all yet – but I’d guess two to three hundred hours of gameplay there," revealed Bethesda's Craig Lafferty.
"That’s one thing we haven’t scaled back on. We keep going bigger crazier. More and more content and dungeons.” The Dragon population in Skyrim is effectively infinite as their attacks won't be scripted but random encounters.
There aren't just one or two main voices you'll be hearing rinsed and repeated either as Bethesda has upped the head count. He said that "we had, I think, fourteen voice actors on Oblivion doing all the voices. In this one, we have seventy different actors doing all the different voices, over 47,000 lines, so we work to make that a variety there as well."
The towns are "hand crafted" as well to help entice players to go off and explore, completely ignoring the primary story if you so wish.
"We’re really big on ‘go where you want, play where you want,’” Lafferty said. “It’s really apparent when you come out at the very beginning of the game, you can follow the main quest, we want to guide the player along with it."
"You don’t want to do the main quest, then, totally, it’s one of the main things with the Elder Scrolls series, the freedom of this world.” The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim releases on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC November 11th. Are you looking forward to slaying dragons?
Check out a gameplay walkthrough below from E3 2011, courtesy of GameTrailers.