The Elder Scrolls series is undoubtedly one of the greatest franchises in the history of the video game industry. Bethesda have taken a series that not very many people purchased or seemed interested in at the outset, and transformed it into a cultural phenomenon. Sales for all of the games combined has risen well over 30 million and naturally, the one title that has granted it such high sales figures is the glorious Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
That being said, this series is not without its issues, and there are a lot of gameplay features that players would love to see implemented. So let's take a look at some of the improvements upon Skyrim that Elder Scrolls 6 could really benefit from on its release date for PC, XBOX One and PS4!
The Elder Scrolls 6 & its Gameplay
When it came to Skyrim, even though I had a great deal of fun with it, I found it very difficult to feel completely immersed within this world. While the amount of gameplay features seemed limitless, I often felt lost in this enormous world. The plot-line failed to always engage me, while some of the side-quests were rather tedious at times. With previous Elder Scrolls titles I felt more included in the world, rather than aimlessly wandering around the countryside.
So naturally I would love to see The Elder Scrolls 6 include that sense of immersion once more on its release date. But there are also a few little tweaks and additions that I think could make it even greater than Skyrim outside of the main campaign.
Armour in Elder Scrolls VI
We've talked about this for quite a while, and I'm a big fan of seeing real damage being done to armour. Imagine that a creature with nails attacks you, its claws would leave marks on your armour, and scrape along the material, creating a different sound depending on what you're wearing.
We could see dents on chestplates, cuts and pieces falling off after a long time from swords and axes. I'd love to see more weapon and armour degradation in the next Elder Scrolls on its release date. It adds more tension to battles and skirmishes, and besides, you develop better relationships with blacksmiths!
Horses in Elder Scrolls 6
UberAubergine on Reddit recently launched into his gamepaly issues with horses in Skyrim, and up until this moment, I thought I was totally alone when it came to this problem. They need serious work. Aside from their animations being really stilted (it's hard to beat [Red Dead Redemption](movie:42294) in that part) they can be irritating in other ways. For instance, I'm super irritated by the fact that we can't use them for transportation of items.
There is nothing worse in Video Games than having your inventory fill up. I absolutely loathe this feature and it needs to die a very harsh death. But if it doesn't go in Elder Scrolls VI on its release date (it won't), then I'd love to see horses have the ability to carry saddle bags. We could carry so much extra loot and it would help get rid of that inventory grievance I feel a lot of us suffer from.
ALSO! Can the horse just stop attacking enemies?! It always, always, always dies. And I end up leaving a fight and running towards the horse in an attempt to break up a scuffle. Also, Red Dead allows us to whistle for the horse, as well as The Witcher 3. I hated having to back track and find the horse only to see that it wandered off in some unknown direction. And come on, let the followers hop on the back too for god sake!
Followers in Elder Scrolls VI
Speaking of followers, though I think Elder Scrolls does a lot of great things, its followers are generally pretty boring people. I would love to be able to talk with them more often as we wander around the world and feel a greater connection to who they are. Also a larger variety in terms of race and options for followers would be much appreciated! It would make their passing so much more upsetting, rather than just an annoying feature because I have to go and get my good gear off of their corpse.
Also the ability to have more than one follower would be much appreciated! Some party banter would make those long walks through the wilderness, especially after your horse ran off somewhere, so much more engaging and bearable. But these could be just gameplay grievances I've encountered.
What do you think Elder Scrolls fans? Would you like to see these features implemented when Bethesda releases Elder Scrolls 6 upon the world? What would you change about Skyrim in the next instalment? Be sure to let us know in the comments!