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Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Box Art

This game was released on November 11, 2011 and is no longer available to pre-order. Any incentives that were offered are listed below.

Skyrim is the fifth installment in the highly successful Elder Scrolls series, and possibly the most anticipated game in 2011. As the name suggests, it will take you north of Cyrodiil, to the snowy land of Skyrim which is home to the proud Nord people.

The game will take place 200 years after the events of Oblivion. Like in TES IV, players will start out in a prison, sentenced to execution for crossing the border. After escaping, they will learn that the dragons are coming back, and that the only person they fear is Dovahkiin, the Dragonborn.

TES V: Skyrim is going to use a brand new Creation Engine that will offer unprecedented graphics, improved AI, and side quests that are dynamically generated based on your character’s actions. The gameplay and combat system will also be improved. For example, you’ll be able to equip a spell or a weapon in each hand, allowing you to dual wield weapons and magic. Another new feature is Dragon Shouts – extremely powerful spells that can be obtained by defeating dragons and absorbing their souls.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim pre-order bonuses

Gamers who pre-order Skyrim will receive a premium-quality map of the game world. According to Bethesda Blog, it’s made from “a high-grade material that has a feel similar to burlap”. Customers who buy the game after the release will get a regular paper map instead.

Here are some of the stores where you can preorder Skyrim and get the cloth map bonus. Skyrim fans will be happy to learn that there won’t be retailer-specific DLCs for the game – although some stores are offering additional bonuses (see below):


  • Amazon: $10 promo credit (consoles only)
  • Gamestop
  • BestBuy


  • Amazon
  • ShopTo
  • TheHut


  • EB Games: SteelBook package, 4 art cards, 100-page notebook
  • GAME: two Elder Scrolls novels
  • JB HiFi: strategy guide bundle

Skyrim will also be available in a limited Collector’s Edition.

Collector’s Edition

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Collectors Edition

The Collector’s Edition of Skyrim carries a rather hefty price tag of $150 and includes several physical collectibles. It offers no exclusive DLCs, which is probably for the best. The contents of Skyrim CE, as announced on BethBlog, are as follows:

  • A 12″ tall statue of dragon Alduin, the World Eater, created using the actual 3D models from the game. The statue is made from high-quality PVC material, and produced in conjunction with the IP Factory. Alduin stands perched on a dragon wall, an object that will teach you the language of dragons in the upcoming game.
  • A hardbound Art of Skyrim book with over 200 pages of full-color illustrations featuring the characters, creatures, weapons, and places from the game. This massive coffee table book measures 9 3/8″ x 12 1/8″ and includes commentary from Bethesda artists.
  • Making-of DVD which contains lots of behind-the-scenes footage from making of the game, various interviews with Bethesda Game Studios team, and extra insights into the story, gameplay and legacy of the Elder Scrolls franchise.

According to Bethesda, the Collector’s Edition “will be available in extremely limited quantities”. We don’t know how many copies will be released, but it might be wise to preorder it in any case.

Gameplay demo

Most people have probably already watched the official trailer, so check out the preview of Skyrim gameplay from this year’s E3 expo instead. You get to see the highly detailed environments, 3D inventory, dual wielding, Guardian Stones, and other interesting features from the upcoming game. Todd Howard, the game director of Skyrim, also answers a number of questions about TES5.

Skyrim will be released on the beautifully symmetric date of 11/11/11. You can get the latest news on the game by following @ElderScrolls on Twitter or visiting the official website.


  • Anonymous's avatar
    August 26, 2011 at 09:52

    BethBlog says Xbox 360 will have exclusive DLC. Didn’t expect that from Bethesda. It’s like a massive “F*ck You” to PC gamers.

    • Anonymous's avatar
      August 27, 2011 at 15:24

      then pc modders will probably recreate the dlc so we can get it for free.

      • Anonymous's avatar
        September 2, 2011 at 20:41

        no xbox just gets it earlier

    • Anonymous's avatar
      September 8, 2011 at 20:13

      silly you its not an exclusive. Microsoft probably paid them mega bucks to give them the dlc first

    • x's avatar
      November 3, 2011 at 18:12

      also to ps3 users

    • Anonymous's avatar
      November 8, 2011 at 11:43

      thats just how the world operates these days. companies like microsoft will literally ‘buy’ the rights do have something first and although it doesn’t show a ton of integrity on bethesda’s side i don’t think you can blame them much. i means look at how BF3’s producers payed something like 50 million dollars to the MW4 to let them take the lead in advertisement for some predetermined amount of time. unfortunately money seems to rule the world these days, and when the world is hurting for money worse then ever nearly everyone and everything will do things they normally wouldn’t for it. f*ckin .0001%

  • Anonymous's avatar
    August 28, 2011 at 19:31

    Why do games even offer DLC. We already bought the game, but were not getting the full experience? I say that’s a load.

    • Anonymous's avatar
      September 8, 2011 at 20:15

      its later development. like an expansion. i bet we wont see there DLC for for at least a month. it tells us that the developers have made something they think would make the game more

  • Anonymous's avatar
    August 29, 2011 at 14:42

    I think it will be good for us to be able to use mods on the console that was a clever idea

  • Jack Young's avatar
    Jack Young
    August 31, 2011 at 04:41

    I feel I should post here that (and will definitely NOT be offering the cloth map as a pre-order bonus. Here is a copy of the reply I got from
    “Thank you for sending an email to hmv.

    I can confirm to you that I checked the website and there is no cloth map included in the pre-order for the item ‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’.

    For more enquiries, feel free to reply to this email.

    Once again, thank you for contacting hmv.

    Kind regards,

    Online Customer Service Team”

    I will proceed to email and (when their website goes back up) but don’t hold your breath, as there is no information about it on either of their pages.

  • Anonymous's avatar
    August 31, 2011 at 17:44

    Could it be they haven’t heard about it yet? I was under the impression all first-run copies of Skyrim will have that “premium” map included.

  • Jack Young's avatar
    Jack Young
    September 1, 2011 at 13:46

    Well I just asked Pete Hines (via Twitter) and he said:

    “If you pre-order the game, the version you get comes with the nicer map. Some stores also offer other incentives to pre-order.”

    I then said “Ahh that’s great :) I emailed and, they both said it didn’t have the map… Is this cos it’s just in the box?”

    And his reply was: ” yes. It’s already in the box.”

    So… Yeah, pretty self-explanatory, that one. I think perhaps every store will have the cloth map in the box if you pre-order. But I just noticed that this page has been edited and they now list two different retailers for the UK, only one of which actually specifically says it comes with the map, and it’s £5 more expensive. So what I’m thinking is, pre-order it from both and, then if Amazon doesn’t send one with the nice map, I’ll simply return it :) (And if it does, I’ll return the more expensive one).

    • admin avatar
      September 1, 2011 at 15:34

      Sorry, yeah, I edited the post after reading your comment. I’m not very familiar with UK stores. US ones always list the bonuses so it’s more clear.

      Since Bethesda says the “premium” map will be available with all pre-orders in North America and Europe, I just assumed every UK retailer would carry it as well. But after reading your comment, I thought I’d list only the confirmed retailers, just in case.

      365games mentions the cloth map on their product page, and I contacted and they said they’d have it. I’ll keep an eye on the others in case they figure it out.

      And thanks for the info :)

  • Jack Young's avatar
    Jack Young
    September 1, 2011 at 13:56

    (Just noticed the fatal flaw in my plan – the shrinkwrap warranty!

  • Jack Young's avatar
    Jack Young
    September 3, 2011 at 04:09

    Hi Andrew, I just read your reply here, that’s great news about ShopTo (where it’s £6 cheaper than 365games). Thanks for putting this page up, it has been very useful!

  • Jack Young's avatar
    Jack Young
    September 3, 2011 at 04:38

    (I should really stop hogging this comments section – But!) I just noticed that on the Skyrim product page there is a little message which reads:

    “Premium Skyrim Map Pre-order Bonus
    We are currently clarifying whether customers will receive the premium quality map bonus with their pre-order of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. We will update this message once we can confirm.”

    So that looks hopeful :)

  • Nofxmike06's avatar
    September 14, 2011 at 20:52

    HOrse Armor. Microsoft paid extra for horse armor?

  • caolan's avatar
    September 26, 2011 at 08:39

    i was in gamestop today in derry and i was told there will be a novel included in pre ordering the elder scrolls v skyrim along with a premuim qualiity map(made from cloth). can anyone tell me if this is true or not.

    • Anonymous's avatar
      October 7, 2011 at 01:50

      If you actually read anything about the topic, you would have seen that the novel is a concept art book, and yes, there is a map.

  • Anonymous's avatar
    October 26, 2011 at 01:48

    the concept art book is only included with the collectors edition. there are two elder scrolls novels, set between oblivion and skyrim. they probably meant that. links to them on amazon:

  • Anonymous's avatar
    November 5, 2011 at 12:36

    the map is not cloth it is high quality paper

    • Anonymous's avatar
      November 8, 2011 at 07:51

      Gamers who pre-order Skyrim will receive a premium-quality cloth map of the game world

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