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Twenty minutes of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Next installment of the Elder Scrolls series looks just as epic as Oblivion.

Darkness awaits. Bethesda Softworks

Developer Bethesda Softworks is fueling gamers' anticipation with a new 20-minute video showing footage from the highly anticipated game, Skyrim, which arrives for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 platforms on November 11. Gamers have eagerly awaited the fifth installment of the Elder Scrolls series for nearly half a decade.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim takes place 200 years after Oblivion, and is a new chapter in the series following the murder of a King. Gamers explore the land of Skyrim, which is a massive free-roaming area full of never-ending lore. Multiple cities within the mountainous region offer a variety of jobs for gamers, while the promise of random dragon appearances and a rumored ancient evil should keep things interesting.

Bethesda Softworks Game Director Todd Howard reveals more about the game during a three-part video demo of Skyrim (rendered on a Xbox 360) shown during E3, QuakeCon, and PAX Prime earlier this year. Make sure you crank it up to 720p quality.

"We've rewritten the render, the gameplay, the scripting language, the faces, the foliage, and all of this comes together in the Creation engine," Howard says. "We're interested in all the details." If you've played Oblivion, which was already a massively detailed game for its time (2006), those words should amaze you.

Check out Part 2 and Part 3 of the Skyrim preview video on YouTube.