Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim preorders yield cloth map

Bethesda offering world guide printed on burlap-like material at no extra charge for those who buy in advance in NA, Europe.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will likely be one of the best-selling titles of 2011 on franchise reputation alone, but that's not preventing publisher Bethesda Softworks from rolling out the marketing push. Today, the publisher confirmed through its official blog that those who preorder Skyrim will receive a custom map packed in with their copy of the game at no extra charge.

According to Bethesda, the premium-quality map will be made out of a "high-grade material" similar to burlap, and it is limited to North American and European gamers only. Those who do not preorder the game will receive the same map, but it will be printed on paper.

Synthetic burlap is all the rage in Tamriel.

Skyrim will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on November 11. As with its top-rated predecessor, Skyrim presents open-world action role-playing set in the world of Tamriel. Skyrim itself is the name of the northern territory in which the game is set and sees players assuming control of a dragon born.

For more on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

284 comments
Aryck1095
Aryck1095

Anybody know how big the map is? I want to put in a frame and hang it on my wall.

ger14
ger14

@siarhei This game doesnt need any dlc on launch. Everything you need is in it. Its massive. The cloth map is sick!!!!

TreeFruit
TreeFruit

this is awesome ! :D hey does anyone know if it matters where you pre order from ? I was planning on getting it from Gamestation as I have a points card there. 88 days ta go :)

DamacosG
DamacosG

guys try Dark soul too:), my opinion, equal to or in some aspects better than skyrim

siarhei
siarhei

Ooooh, wow, cloth map... Wait a second, who cares? How about exclusive game content, free DLCs or anything else to save us money later? Way to reward gamers for giving you money in advance.

reeree746
reeree746

I have a real liking for cool stuff in pre-orders. A nice map is pretty sweet. I don't mean to change the subject, but have any of you heard about the stuff in the Assassins Creed: Rev box? It comes with a soundtrack for the game, a bonus mission, and a new character. That's pretty hefty.

BionicBrando
BionicBrando

This is good because it also means that they aren't going to be stripping out items and using them as "pre-order bonuses".(NEW VEGAS)-made by obsidian, published by Bethesda.

BATTOSAI76
BATTOSAI76

Contemplating putting mine in a frame and hanging it on the wall... That would be epic.8)

Lajinn5
Lajinn5

@eseptim that wouldnt be a good idea on their part, havent you seen all of the rage over games like battlefield where people refuse top buy simply because people get in game perks for pre ordering?

FPSRTSMMOplayer
FPSRTSMMOplayer

I also hate paper maps, they never fold the way that they came out of the box, and to be honest they are always too elastic to read, they are like reading a REALLY big book with nothing to hold back the page in the first few pages of the book.

FPSRTSMMOplayer
FPSRTSMMOplayer

@Humorguy_basic Uhhhh, did you see the part were the dragon picks up the freaking giant and throws him? Id say that the hype is real, but of course you are entitled to you're opinion.

flames121
flames121

hahahaha Rabid fans thumbed down my previous comment !!!

casual48
casual48

they don't haveto butter me up with cloth maps or anything like that this is gonna be one hell of a game .. the first time you emerge from the tutorial dungeon into daylight in oblivion is still etched in my memory and i'm sure skyrim will have similar moments

AloeVera4
AloeVera4

Yeah....why didn't they just make is out of solid hammered gold?! Some of you guys are just plain ridiculous!

NosforatU_360
NosforatU_360

Will look nice on my wall thank you very much ^_^

eseptim
eseptim

it shouldn't be cloth!!! it should be one of the armor in the game and a weapon or staff, so we can use it while we play the game, to make it more real. 0_0

GarGx1
GarGx1

pah! waste of money it should be authentic stretched leather ;) /jk looking forward to this one, played the other 4, no reason to miss this one

flames121
flames121

wow this is so cool ! i REALLY REAAAAAAALLY hope i'll be able to use this cloth as a cloak for my super geek costume....

zombiechopper
zombiechopper

Skyrim is my most anticipated game this year, cloth map or paper. Hell they could print it on toilet roll for all I care I'm still getting it. Roll on 11.11.11.

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

270 Comments on an article about a cloth map. Well this makes 271 but wow this must be one anticipated title.

Overlord93
Overlord93

I hate paper maps, they tear and are horrible to fold so I hardly use them. Its almost quite comical to say this, but this is actually worthwhile :P

theprototype0
theprototype0

i hope it's not as buggy as fallout3 and oblivion.

Tharkun89
Tharkun89

When it's JUST Bethesda making a game...it's pure gold. This is a no-brainer...BUY THIS GAME CLOTH OR NOT!

zzodr
zzodr

I haz still got my cloth map from UltimaV on C64.

Ovakil_Kang
Ovakil_Kang

@Fowsed haha, do you even realise what you just said? Elder Scrolls is NOTHING like WoW... I really fail to see how skyrim will steal all the woW players away from their "Precious"

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

I dispute that Skyrim will be one of the best selling titles of 2011. This is hype in it's purest form, that only big publishers get from sites like Gamespot! Until a game is out and played and gamers start talking about the actual game nobody knows what sales this will garner! How brilliant was Dragon Age 2 going to be, for example? Or Alpha Protocol? I really hope it's a fantastic game, but with The Witcher 2 changing the playing field, combined with the game not being out for for 4 months, can we just get the facts?!

Fowsed
Fowsed

damn I think this RPG is gonna atrackt all WOW players cause it looks realy great!!

tonet666
tonet666

the exploration begins... I'm still playing TES IV. I love it.

Gaston77
Gaston77

random dragons? Risky bet, Bethesda... Hope your algorithyms are up to snuff.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

What about a collector's edition ? I want to know if there is going to be one and if so release the info. soon and make it available for me to pre-order at GameStop.

Cataclysmm
Cataclysmm

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colonialpikachu
colonialpikachu

@Frame_Dragger Get the game you like, not the game everyone else likes. A few of my favorite games have a metacritic score under 50%. If you're in the market for a deep open-world RPG, you'll almost certainly love this game. If you're looking for an on-rails game, this game could get a 100% and you would still hate it.

Raeldor
Raeldor

Skyrim, Mass Effect 3 and the PS Vita... this is going to be one awesome Christmas! :)

falcOWNS
falcOWNS

Awesome! :D I wonder what bethesda well give us when we pre-order hopefully-soon-to-come Fallout 4!

firstshot29
firstshot29

This is sick I was gonna get this anyway. (fingers still crossed for a Collectors)

dstv
dstv

Yay ...i can use the cloth to cover myself while i play this game in my cold, isolated basement....oh wait its only that small then nevermind

Foofightersbmcp
Foofightersbmcp

@Frame_Dragger do you really need "a number of reviews and trusted players' opinions"? its obviously going to be an absolutely amazing game no matter what..

Alex_09
Alex_09

No matter what you will get ripped off if you buy at launch. A cloth map, or all the future DLC and the original game for 60 bucks. Look at how many DLC packs they have planned for New Vegas.

Johny_47
Johny_47

That's very cool, I like it when there's thought gone into this kind of thing, very nice and I'll pre order this soon.

blackwing55
blackwing55

shooters125 said: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- @blackwing55 How is the Halo Remake 40$ a rip off? It's a full game with updated graphics and 7 maps for Reach multiplayer. It's also 10$ cheaper than the original Halo. I find slightly a rip off just like modern warfare 2s remake maps no doubt i think the first was a great game but this is sorta like what they did with odst gave a campaign and a few new maps for multyplayer if you already did not own them i have nothing against it im just probaly going to wait for it to go down to 20 or 30 dollars --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Bubble_Man
Bubble_Man

This will make good company for my cloth map that came with Lunar: SSS back on the ps1.

pharaohpierre
pharaohpierre

This is great because the map will be nice and flat while i play instead of a wrinkly page like the rest

drokmore
drokmore

This game is going to own. Rpgers have been waiting....