The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a role-playing video game being developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth installment in The Elder Scrolls action role-playing video game series, following The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

Skyrim is not a direct sequel to Oblivion; rather, it is a new chapter in the Elder Scrolls series, set two hundred years after the events of Oblivion. In the premise to Skyrim, the Empire began ceding territory to the Elven nations it once ruled, because there was no heir to the Emperor’s throne. The Blades had no one to defend, and gradually died, were murdered, or secluded themselves from the rest of the world. After the king of Skyrim was assassinated, a civil war broke out amongst the native Nord race – the majority being those who wished for Skyrim to secede from the Empire, and the rest being those who wished for Skyrim to stay in the Empire.

Skyrim was conceptualized shortly after the release of Oblivion in 2006, and began production after the release of Fallout 3 in 2008. Skyrim makes use of an updated AI system known as Radiant AI, allowing NPCs to interact with the player character through conversation, request favors or training in a particular skill, or challenge the player to a duel. These events are generated as random encounters by the new Radiant Story system, taking influence from Fallout 3.

It is scheduled to be released on November 11, 2011 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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