Skyrim: The amazing bits you DIDN'T see... but that still might come as DLC

After Skyrim was finished, Bethesda had an extra internal week of development with one rule only: 'anything goes'. For seven days, the development team were allowed to create anything at all and put it in the game. The results of this 'Game Jam Week' have finally been shown off and we're amazed. Firstly at how good some of this stuff would be, but also that it wasn't put in the final build. Look at this lot:

Dragon Mounts

This is the big one - the ability to ride on a dragon. A certain plotline in the game seems to lead up to this point, before chickening out in the most spectacular fashion imaginable. We weren't impressed. But it's not just us who want to see it in the game - someone at Bethesda does too. Looks awesome - and we hope you can fly really high. 

Above: That's already pretty high there on the left. Plus - fire attacks!

Waygates for fast travel

Step in, step out somewhere completely different. We're guessing that environment data could be loaded for known possible fast-travel destinations like this, meaning load times could potentially be minimal. 

Above: Step in, watch the pretty flash of magic, then step out miles from where you were

Magical and ranged kill cams

This is just an extension of the melee finishing move cutaways that are already present in the game, but they look spectacular. Seeing that arrow flying through the air before sinking into the chest of a guard is awesome. Reminds us of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Imagine the new meme: I used to have melee-only cutaways... until I took a kill cam to the knee.

Above: With slow-motion added to the cutaway, it looks like Skyrim: The Matrix Edition

Seasonal foliage

With a little extra time and attention, snow on the ground can melt away as spring takes over from winter and leaves spring from the boughs of the silver birch trees. This really should have been in the game anyway. 

Above: We just assumed it was too difficult to implement. But no, there it is in one week

Werewolf skill tree

Why not? Skill trees should be easy to implement (but perhaps take a while to balance). Lycanthropic skills ftw.

Above: Savagery? Toughened Hide? Feral Mastery? Yes to all of the above, please

A giant mudcrab!

This one is amazing and we're a bit sad, in all honesty, that we didn't get to see its emergence while playing the game. With those huge, ground-thumping legs and formerly laughable reputation, this could have been one of the greatest gaming moments of all time (I saw a mudcrab the other day - it was as big as the college of freakin' Winterhold!) but now we'll know it might be coming. If it ever gets patched in, that is...

Above: Quite literally a giant enemy crab. Quick! Attack its weak point for massive damage!

The ability to build your own house

The new purchasable houses in Skyrim are a good start and we spent far longer than was probably good for us arranging our books on the bookshelves, displaying our best enchanted weapons on the walls and trying to place a butterfly in a jar on the sideboard without it falling off. Being able to build a house yourself anywhere you like would be awesome.

Above: There is now a house where there wasn't before. What witchcraft is this?!


A simple enough weapon to implement, but this does sound mighty attractive. Use it to prod things from afar, throw as a projectile or just club people with it, melee-style.

Above: Doesn't look like much, but there's massive potential here. Imagine the skill tree!

Guards relighting darkened areas

Little touches like this are what makes the world more believable. No guard would willingly wait around in darkness when it's possible to relight an extinguished torch.

Above: That torch was totally out a few seconds ago

And finally... Kinect-enabled shouts

Fus... Ro DAH!

*TV smashes*

Guess we really are Dragonborn...

Above: Brilliant expression there, that man. Clearly the 'DAH' bit

Those are our favourites, but there are loads more small additions. Here's a YouTube video recorded from a live stream of the original keynote at D.I.C.E., which originally aired on Gamespot:

The best news? All of the above stuff is potentially free or paid-for DLC in the future. We reckon the Kinect shouts, seasonal foliage and dragon mounts are certs. What do you think?


  • winner2 - February 11, 2012 7:20 a.m.

    What if you could throw weapons? Combine that with the spears, and that would be my new favorite weapon. Also, they could just add a shitload of new weapon types: naginatas, halberds, pikes, flails, singlehanded warhammers, battle claws, kataras, juttes, whips, bo staffs, you name it. And I know some of those don't fit with skyrim's setting, but I just google'd "every weapon ever made" and got some of those, so whatever.
  • jackthemenace - February 10, 2012 1:53 p.m.

    Well, if they DO add Dragon Mounts as DLC, they'd better follow it up with paid Dragon Armour. I couldn't STAND to have bethesda not trying to take my money :P ANYWAY, yeah, apart from the Kinect stuff, all that would be pretty awesome. Although, I probably wouldn't pay extra money JUST to see a giant mudcrab and have trees change every few days. But if, say, they were all released as one package, I'd definitely buy it, ESPECIALLY for spears.
  • codzprc - February 10, 2012 3:15 a.m.

    It's amazing that Bethesda's devs can do all this in one week, yet EA Sports can't make a decent sports game in one year.
  • Ninja-Monkey-91 - February 11, 2012 4:27 a.m.

    It's amazing they can do all this in one week but can't fix the lag on PS3 for 3 months...
  • bitchassafriBLAMamericANTISTA - February 9, 2012 5:34 p.m.

    brilliant! but mr. ghost, is this the projection of what may be or what will be?
  • pr0tostar - February 9, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    Spears!! I hope if they add them in with a skill tree, they add an FF-homage ability called Leap or something lol. Also about the last one, a kinect hacker made a fully functional voice/movement mod. I dunno if you guys have a linking possibility or w/e, but it's all over youtube. I think at the very least, voice stuff is possible.
  • Crabhand - February 9, 2012 2:13 p.m.

    I would love it if they implemented spears. And the ranged/magic kill cams as well. I rarely got to experience kill cams with my ranged thief character, except for backstabs.
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - February 9, 2012 9:14 a.m.

    I'm sure that Dragon Mounts are a technical nightmare, but I'd still love to see them. I also like the vampire lord and lycanthropy tree bits. Being a werewolf or vampire felt pretty pointless in the game.
  • Salazans - February 9, 2012 9:11 a.m.

    They need to fix the broken quests first before patching even more broken things in
  • garnsr - February 9, 2012 8:21 a.m.

    I'm not sure why anyone would believe that waypoints would load quickly, when every other thing in the game takes minutes to load. And if you were able to fly dragons they'd really need to put in lots of dragons or other large creatures to fight, just fighting bandits wouldn't be that thrilling for long.
  • garnsr - February 9, 2012 8:22 a.m.

    I meant waygates.
  • Julian94 - February 10, 2012 3:44 a.m.

    They would probably load the zone that the gates transports you to when you go near the waygates (100m or something). Besides it only takes a few seconds to load a nes zone.
  • ObliqueZombie - February 9, 2012 7:54 a.m.

  • jag0023 - February 9, 2012 7:24 a.m.

    They have mods on the pc version that to most of these things
  • UnrisingMuffin - February 9, 2012 7:12 a.m.

    Shouldn't they put some effort on... oh I don't know... fixing the game perhaps? Skyrim on my PS3 became unplayable after 30 hrs of gameplay. Why would I buy DLC or expansions if I can't play them?
  • ThatsWhatSheSaid - February 9, 2012 6:46 a.m.

    Thanks HeneryG ,,, now i cant play Skyrim without knowing i could be fighting a giant crab with a spear and killing it with a thunderbolt killcam shot! Also i wanna build a house!
  • ThatsWhatSheSaid - February 9, 2012 7:18 a.m.

    meant Justin ... (dont know why i said HeneryG) :@(
  • GR_JustinTowell - February 9, 2012 7:29 a.m.

    I did wonder... thought maybe Henry had been tweeting about the story! No worries, I'm happy to put said image of a giant crab, spear and thunderbolt killcam into your mind. And I'm sure Henry would be too :)
  • ThatsWhatSheSaid - February 9, 2012 9:24 a.m.

    i had read a Henry article Just b4 yours ... hence ^^ great read though... oh the possibilities :)
  • kc2 - February 9, 2012 5:41 a.m.

    The way gate, spears, and lycanthropy really have the only potential for paid DLC.

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