Bethesda Pushing Skyrim Xbox 360 version; Special Map for The Initial Copies and More

Posted By | On 30th, Oct. 2011 Under News | Follow This Author @KartikMdgl

We have a lot of Skyrim information for you, as the game is getting close to release. Review copies have been dispatched to the various publications, and you can check how excited some reviewers can be for this game over here. It’s Skyrim after all!

It’s a little disappointing that the PC specs are so average. We would have liked that it would require an extremely high end specs to run the games on max, but it seems like the game is made with Xbox 360 version as the lead.

Even the PS3 version hasn’t been shown a lot. Most of the reviewers have been shipped the Xbox 360 version of the game, instead of the PC or PS3 version. Just like Fallout 3, even the Skyrim DLC is timed exclusive to the Xbox 360.

If you are going to be buying the game day 1, we have some good news for you. Bethesda has said that all copies come with a special map, and it’s made of special material. But the downside is that, it is only for the initial batch. So if you’re going to be buying the game late, you will be missing out.

You can also buy the Special Edition of the game to the get the map and there is batch limit for that. If the initial batches run out of the special map, it will be replaced with the cloth map, mentioned Pete Hines, VP of PR and Marketing at Bethesda.

“The unboxings show the premium map that comes for all countries. If a store sells out, the copies they get will have paper map,” he revealed.

He further explained what the material was, as a lot of people were getting confused and all initial copies come with it.

“We didn’t say it was cloth, because it’s not. It’s a funky material. Feels kinda like canvas.”

“All initial copies of the game get the special version of the map,” he added.

Bethesda is also very stern on the people who leak things about the game, as they have closed many Youtube channels and they also warn people not to watch any leaked videos.

“Nobody is allowed to post videos before the game comes out. Period,” Hines warned.

We don’t know the reason why they are so protective of the game, as whatever they have shown so far has been really impressive. The game is looking better than ever, and the console versions show remarkable visual fidelity.

There are 70 voice actors in the game, and you can expect the game to have a lot of different sounding characters. We already know who the voice actors are as we reported that news here. Hines mentioned that there is a lot of variety in Skyrim and people won’t be disappointed.

“I think everyone sounds different in Skyrim. Across the board.”

And there won’t be any horse armour equivalent DLC in the game, as he flatly denied it by saying they have no current plans for it.

“No current plans for unicorn DLC. Or bunny armor. Will keep you posted.”

Tell us what you think in the comments section below. The game comes out on November 11th for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 and is shaping up to be a fantastic game. Stay tuned to GB for more breaking news and rumors. Please support us by liking our Facebook page below.

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  • That’s a very stupid thing for them to do. First of all favoring the Xbox 360 over PS3 will further isolate their fans. On top of that they’re adding preferential treatment for 1st day buyers so those of us waiting to see how reviews do are left in the cold…which is absolutely ridiculous. Have they lost their mind??

    What idiot moronic company would do such a thing to their customers!? Bethesda…

    Well we’ll see who’s laughing when their games are pirated out of spite and revenge. 🙂 Enjoy sticking your hands down 360’s pants Bethesda!

    • Kartik Mudgal

      The PS3 version should be fine. I think they have a deal with Microsoft, that’s why they’re favouring the Xbox 360 version.

    • Guess what? The review embargo is being lifted at 1 P.M the day before Skyrim’s release. The internet will be flooded with Skyrim reviews and details long before people even think about driving out to GameStop for midnight releases. Calm your tits buddy. OBVIOUSLY they’re going to give an extra incentive to buy it early. If you don’t want to buy it early, that’s fine, you just won’t receive the benefits. Early bird gets a tastier worm. Also, PS3 players, like myself, don’t care about DLC being released a month later for the PS3. Skyrim has AT LEAST 200 hours of game play in and of itself. I don’t feel alienated. I recognize the need for strategic marketing. I want games like Skyrim and Fallout 3 to continue to be produced by companies like Bethesda that pour resources into a game and support it for years after ship date. Be thankful, child.

  • The Future of Sega, please calm down. You’re throwing a fit.

    Entire companies don’t need to base their market strategy around your convenience or preference.

    It sounds like you are a very passionate fan of the Elder Scrolls games, so I bet your mind is already made up and you will buy the game.

    Your infantile rant to the deaf ears of the internet is pointless.

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  • I pre-ordered this game because of pre-order incentives from wal-mart, a $10 e-card and a premium edition map. When the game arrived a couple days ago, I noticed that it was not the premium edition. Reportedly, the premium edition of the game says on the cover that it includes a premium edition map included, although I can’t confirm due to not having the premium edition of the game. I did open the game up, only to find out that the map included was the not-so-premium map.

    I e-mailed customer service, and they said to call their video game department @410-586-3685, and they would send me the map no problem.

    I called the number above, and they basically said they were aware of the problem but that they run out of premium edition games and that we were SOL. Before the game was shipped, I wasn’t notified that they ran out of premium edition games, nor was I given the opportunity to cancel my order because of it. They just shipped the retail version to me. On the phone with the video games department, I wasn’t given any options: not for a refund, not for a partial refund, not for a free gift card because they couldn’t include the items which I ordered but did not receive.

    Getting a full refund for this game would be a challenge, because of the way the receipts were made for this e-card+game+map bundle. The receipt actually says it’s $49.95, with no receipt for the extra $10 that was paid for the bundle. So basically they separated the game and e-card.

    Just think.. All they had to do before shipping out the item was to e-mail people with pre-orders and tell them they run out of premium edition versions of the game and ask them if they want to cancel their orders.

    I’ve since contacted Bethesda Softworks about this situation, just to let them know that a well-known retailer was selling premium editions of their software and sending out retail versions. I’ve also sent in a complaint to wal-mart and am awaiting a response to both.

    Apparently, a lot of people pre-ordered this game and got the retail version, thinking it was the premium version just because it had a basic map included. After doing various web searches, many are claiming that they have actually gotten the textured map with the PS3 version of the game, despite an earlier report from a well-known site that claimed the ps3 premium edition map was not textured but the 360 version was.

    It seems like there is a lot of confusion regarding who got the premium edition game and who didn’t. Since my game case does NOT say it’s the premium edition and the map is not textured, I can only say that I DON’T have the premium edition despite paying for it.


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