The Elder Scrolls 6 or Skyrim 2: Improving Loading Times

Cutting down loading times will go a long way in making the next Elder Scrolls a seamless experience.

Posted By | On 07th, Feb. 2016 Under News


While there hasn’t yet been confirmation about a Skyrim 2 or The Elder Scrolls 6, we have been working hard trying to figure out what the game would need to include in order to be as high quality as possible. There are a multitude of features that could be included as well as tweaks to existing features that have recently shown up in other Bethesda games. While features and perks are all well and good, one thing the company has to do in order to make sure it has a quality game is make sure it runs as well as possible.

This means that above all else, Bethesda needs to make sure and find a way to cut down on loading times between one part of the world or another. One of the games that Bethesda might be able to take notes from is a game like The Division. Despite being a title that is supposed to basically be entirely online, the developers have said load times are going to be kept to a minimum. This will allow players to feel like they are deeply immersed in the world created.

The longer people have to wait for the next screen to load, the more people can feel as though they aren’t really inside the game. It would behoove Bethesda to work hard on this, either using a new engine, or adapting the old one to run smoother in order to get rid of long load times. If the company can do this, they could have a winner on their hands, whenever Skyrim 2 or Elder Scrolls 6 eventually launches.

This article is part of our weekly series on Bethesda’s next big entry into the world of The Elder Scrolls. Through this series we take a look at the possible new features that Bethesda can add into the next The Elder Scrolls game, based on what they implemented in the previous entries and player feedback.

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  • Rod Buchanan

    How about using a good PC? I have almost near zero load times, mere ms, but the consoles suck! I have seen friends play Skyrim and wait like a minute between loads. Ridiculous! Plus just looks WAY better on high end PC.

    • zanmaru

      I’m PC master race too, but way to make us all look like douchebags.

    • Derick

      It doesn’t even need to be a high end PC. PS3 has to deal with decrypting the content from the hard drive, which causes most of the delay.

    • A guy

      I’m a part of the PC community, but don’t make us all look spoiled please.

  • BrianDavion

    they’d be better off looking at games like witcher 3 etc for ideas. you know the actual competition

  • zanmaru

    #1 thing they can include: A complete and thorough QA process. A competent UI designer would be second.

    • Ainar

      They actually do quite an extensive QA for every game. It’s just that their engines have to do so much and are so complex that they behave wildly different on different specs and Beth would have to hold open betas for their games to catch all the bugs before release. They instead opt for paid betas post release 🙂

    • zanmaru

      I’d argue that the vast majority of the bugs in your typical Betheseda game are reproducible regardless of specs. Remember the Shivering Isles item ID bug? That wasn’t a spec problem, that was just shoddy programming.

  • joshua43214

    Why do the words “Skyrim 2” even exist?
    We do not want a Skyrim 2, we want TES6!
    I love Skyrim, it is a great game and I still play it. Compared to Morrowind though, it is fluff. Bring us a game that is worthy of being a successor to Morrowind. Oblivion failed at this, and we love Skyrim because it is better than Oblivion.

    • Bo Lee

      I don’t know why everyone keeps throwing around Skyrim 2. Every Elder Scrolls game take place in a different part of the continent and there is no reason to believe the next one won’t also. At this point, anything we get from Bethesda is going to be a red herring, much in the way that early indications from them was that while Fallout 4 wasn’t official, they were making statements about how much fun it would be to be back out west. Instead they went to the east coast.

    • Ainar

      I think he meant it as a whole title “Skyrim 2: Improving Loading Times” 🙂 I consider that at this point (after Bethesda’s PR officially ridiculing it) using the term is purely a click-bait/trollism.

    • Jeff, CO

      TES6OS2: ILT is gonna be so awesome!

  • thebigmememan

    Its not Skyrim 2 nor will it ever be. Consider killing yourself author.

  • Glen

    Don’t just mod an engine heavily and pretend it’s a new engine.

  • Glen

    Cutscenes, make the narrative feel like it’s an integral part of the game, more sophisticated combat, different styles of items instead of having everything identical.

  • Plaidballoon

    Lol “Skyrim 2″… That’s the best way to tell your readers “I have no idea what I’m talking about”

  • Bradford Hart

    I have an older sandy bridge i7 but I have a Samsung 850 Pro SSD. My load times in skyrim were so fast I can barely read the load screens. Fallout 4 on the other hand is surprisingly slow, I expected a newer game to stream in the textures as the player explores, but it seems to be a limitation of the game engine.

    • Ainar

      It’s the PBR, it doesn’t behave like your typical texturing. Doesn’t seem to need as much vram but is a b**ch for CPUs and GPUs. Just be glad you don’t have an i5 as the game probably utilizes all available cores and then some.

  • A guy

    For the love of christ. STOP. SAYING. SKYRIM. 2.


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