Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: Werewolves debate – should feature be added?

It’s fair to say that the Elder Scrolls V Skyrim is going to be one of the highlights of 2011 to look out for, along with MW3, BF3 and Uncharted 3 to name a few. Despite the new features that will be contained in the sequel to Oblivion, there seems to be a huge amount of disappointment over the fact that there will be no ‘werewolves’.

Perhaps we’re missing something, but since when did werewolves make up a key element of the gameplay? Elder Scrolls fans will know that players will be able to play the role of a vampire in Skyrim just like in Oblivion, but are we going over the top slightly in wanting werewolves in the game as well? Players of Morrowind will probably disagree though, as they may have had a taste of playing as a werewolf thanks to the Bloodmoon expansion.

Some recent comments from one of Bethesda’s Art Directors for the game have basically put these rumors to bed though, as he revealed that the team has no plans to include werewolves in the game at the moment. Here is his translated statement, when asked if werewolves would be in the game from day one, or as DLC, as taken from EverygamingNews:

“Maybe so, yes. We currently have no werewolves in the game, but it’s definitely something to think about. What we do in the game, are vampires. How progressive you will play the vampire, the more people will begin to attack you in cities. Also, the vampire also much weaker during the daylight.”

Playing as a werewolf would obviously be a nice addition for fans. Just like the vampire, you’ll get different abilities and skill powers as you become more and more infected by the disease. One skill would probably include added strength, and maybe other stat increases as well once you fully become a werewolf.

Here’s one example that we can think of playing as a werewolf: You’re suddenly getting outnumbered by bandits and you’re almost out of health. Suddenly the transformation takes shape and you turn into a part-werewolf, with your new strength and abilities taking out the bandits in a bloody mess. If werewolf abilities are confirmed in the game by Bethesda, perhaps it will be a one-day only ability, similar to the beserk skill that Orcs had in Oblivion.

It seems to us that Bethesda may add this feature in at a later date, but they want it to remain a secret for now. If you are getting Skyrim, let us know your thoughts on having werewolf abilities in the game. Do you support this feature or do you think vampirism enough in your opinion?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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