Even though it was included as one of our predictions for E3 2017, I never actually thought I’d get to sit there at a press conference and watch the world reveal for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR. It’s really happening.
Even though the game originally came out back in 2011 it still holds up incredibly well as one of the absolute best and most popular roleplaying games of all-time. The prospect of being able to explore the northern mountains and battling against the awoken dragons sounded too good to be something Bethesda would actually do, but here we are.
Luckily at E3 2017 this week we were able to go hands-on with the game and step inside the boots of the Dovahkin for the very first time. As of now it’s only confirmed for the PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset, but we have a feeling that it will come to Rift and/or Vive eventually. Interestingly, Fallout 4 VR is currently only slated for the HTC Vive.
In the announcement trailer from Sony’s E3 2017 press conference (embedded above) you can clearly see what looks like smooth movement around the environment, but in my demo it was teleportation movement only using the PS Move controllers. When we checked the PlayStation Store listing for Skyrim VR, we noticed that both PS Move and the DualShock 4 were listed as controller options.
Since my demo was Move with teleportation only my guess is that when you’re using the DualShock 4 it has smooth movement only since the Move controllers don’t have an analog stick.
My demo took place at Bleak Falls Barrow, one of the very first dungeons you visit in the game. Since it was a demo there were a few changes made to streamline it all. I only had a sword, bow, and a few spells for example, but the actual game will of course have the entire plethora of items and abilities from the full game.
I played using two PS Move controllers so teleportation and snap turning was my only movement option. The representative that showed me the demo explained that with the…