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July 27th, 2013, 02:25
GameInformer has a new article showcasing and interviewing the makers of a mod called Beyond Skyrim.
Beyond Skyrim is a fan-made, unofficial expansion pack for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which aims to allow players to visit every corner of Tamriel. A goal as ambitious as this is no easy undertaking, so we talked to community modder Will Hillson about how the team came together and how they’re constructing environments that have never been featured in a game before.

How did the project get started? How many people are involved?

I suppose that the idea of recreating the whole of Tamriel has existed ever since Bethesda released its first modding tool with The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind back in 2003. But Beyond Skyrim itself was started in a discussion thread on the Bethesda Forums back in 2011, during the run-up to the release of Skyrim. We originally envisioned it as a talking shop for separate projects working on building different areas of Tamriel, so that we could co-operate and avoid duplicating work. But it’s grown to become much more than that. Today, Beyond Skyrim is a full-blown collaborative effort between six autonomous teams working on different areas, all of which are housed together in a dedicated section on the Skyrim modding website Dark Creations.

When do you expect this project to be completed?

We’ll progressively release in several stages. To keep the file sizes under control, each nation is going to be released as a separate package. We are currently working on the regions, which directly border Skyrim, and once that is completed, we plan to slowly spread out from there to the rest of Tamriel. All being well, we are aiming at releasing these first slices of Tamriel in the first half of 2014.
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July 27th, 2013, 02:25
That's … probably too huge. You would need an army of modders to make something that big even if it's just empty land with nothing but mudcrabs to fight! If they can really get this done it will be awesome but I'm not counting on it.
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July 27th, 2013, 02:36
Would it be awesome though? Daggerfall was abolutely HUGE, but it was just more of the same after a while (a pretty long whike, but anyway…).

I got bored of Skyrim about 20-30 hrs in, when I realized the level scaling was while not as obvious as in Oblivion, still a huge annoyance. But since I wanted to finish the game I logged maybe 30-40hrs more, but I can't see myself going back, not even with mods. And especially not with mods that make it bigger in landmass, it's big enough as is. Bigger in content, then well…maybe.
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July 27th, 2013, 04:09
I think getting this done is possible but it will take a very long time to do. Creating the provinces will pretty much be equivalent to the Tamriel Rebuilt project recreating Morrowind. Each province is roughly the size of one area in the Tamriel Rebuilt project. It should take less time though since the tools available for Skyrim make it much easier to make the mod then in Morrowind.
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July 29th, 2013, 15:13
OMG modders are adding more areas to grind respawns?
I'm so excited.
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