First Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim gameplay footage debuted in tremendous new trailer

Bethesda has released the first gameplay trailer for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and it's no flash-in-flash-out teaser like yesterday's Battlefield 3 video - it's almost three minutes of stunning vistas, fire-breathing dragons, and stabby swords, all overtop a chanting choir and Max Von Sydow voice-over (so you know it's a fantasy game). Check it out below:

They said it would use a new, better-looking engine, and it certainly appears that way. And, according to Bethesda community manager Nick Breckon, it's Xbox 360 footage.

"Just to clarify, all of this trailer was captured on Xbox 360. Also, the draw distance is not faked in any way," wrote Breckon on his Twitter account. We look forward to seeing it on PC.

Did you glean anything interesting from the trailer? Let us know in the comments.

Feb 24, 2011


  • smiley187 - April 18, 2011 6:18 p.m.

    Epic is a term I only use for the most stunning, awe inspiring sights. This is one of the most epic looking games I have ever seen.
  • matt92 - April 14, 2011 10:57 a.m.

    I CANT WAIT!!!!! i've preordered the game so i got a poster :D (with one of the gamer info books i bought) :D :)
  • TheFuryOfNick - March 5, 2011 3:15 a.m.

    It's an Elder Scrolls game AND it looks nice. If I even began to comprehend how exciting this is, my head might explode.
  • Xifihas - March 1, 2011 1:37 p.m.

    Most of the footage looks pre-rendered. Rapidly losing interest in this game.
  • jackthemenace - February 27, 2011 10:37 a.m.

    YES! Oh God YES! I came... Anyway, i really couldn't spot anything, except that there appear to be sheep at about 1:15, followed not long after by an altair/ezio looking bloke at 1:29. There also appears to be some kind of stealth-takedown at 1:33...? Also, It looks like someone really WAS stupid enough to name their kid Donahkiin
  • CaptainHead - February 27, 2011 7:01 a.m.

    Damn that trailer has me psyched.
  • kiba640 - February 26, 2011 1:36 a.m.

    Maybe I'm a masochist but I WANT CLIFF RACERS IN SKYRIM
  • Cleanser247 - February 25, 2011 11:35 p.m.

    Damn, this looks EPIC!
  • SOUND_DIVE_ALARM - February 25, 2011 7:24 p.m.

    I blow a load every time i watch this trailer, it looks amazing and th emusic alone gives me chills
  • MrGachapon - February 25, 2011 4:15 p.m.

    Saw trees with green leaves and trees with yellow leaves. Seasons?
  • Outlander - February 25, 2011 3 p.m.

    I'm so ready to play Skyrim. I was sitting around on Bethesda's official forum waiting for this to drop yesterday... It was pretty funny because since there were so many of us we crashed their website and had to see it on their youtube channel. Thanks for giving me a excuse to watch it again...!!!!! Also, re-captcha: concerning begish. That was the rejected version of the chapter "concerning hobbits" in lord of the rings :P
  • JenosIdanian - February 25, 2011 12:45 p.m.

    When is Gamesradar getting HD for your video player?
  • KingOfFighters - February 25, 2011 9:49 a.m.

    I wanted to cry because this was so beautiful!! Definitely reserving this when the put out the reserve date.
  • Peguin - February 25, 2011 8:52 a.m.

    goodbye social life....and i cant wait :) Loved oblivion so mucuh
  • RedhawkAce - February 25, 2011 6:54 a.m.

    ....................OH MOTHER OF GOD!!!! thats all I can say.
  • Cwf2008 - February 25, 2011 6:38 a.m.

    @Oracool: How do magnets work reCAPTCHA: for mettesti. Ya for him
  • EDfromRED - February 25, 2011 6:36 a.m.

    Holy Crap!! This can't come fast enough, looks/sounds even better then I could have hoped.
  • NightCrawler_358 - February 25, 2011 5:02 a.m.

    Love the new landscapes, the snow looks beautiful! Also, that shot of the windmill and coastline was fantastic. Can't wait for this!
  • KaiokenKid - February 25, 2011 2:27 a.m.

    Im shocked that it was console footage. Honestly, im going 360 on this one since i dont have a gaming PC. Todd Howard already said 360 is lead paltform and bethesda tends to favor the 360 with development and timed exclusive DLC.
  • MrGeppetto - February 25, 2011 1:56 a.m.

    I just came.

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