Bethesda has confirmed that their hugely anticipated upcoming RPG The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will not have a demo released. This news is in no way shocking or unexpected. We all recognize demos as the bite-sized and usually free chunks of games which are released with the sole purpose of giving potential buyers a chance to try the game out. This idea clearly clashes with the game design of the Elder Scrolls games, where freedom of exploration and great, vast worlds are staples. Producer Craig Lafferty said this:
“For a game of this size and complexity it’s really hard to do a demo the represents the game truly. And it would have to be a gigantic demo. So we won’t be doing a demo.”
In all honesty though, I can’t think of game that actually needs a demo less. Anyone who’s a series fan will be buying Skyrim with no hesitation and no need for any kind of trial. As for everyone else…well…I don’t care. TESV: Skyrim will be available on HD consoles and the PC on November 11th.