What’s Morrowind and Cyrodiil doing in my copy of Skyrim?

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There’s no denying that the Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is a big game. Hundreds of locations, secrets, quests and battles are just waiting to be picked up by players, and chances are good that you’ll discover something new each time you start playing.

Head towards the border of the map of the Nordic-inspired landmass, and you’ll even see some distant landmarks that were present in previous Elder Scrolls games, but much like my favourite hangouts, you can look, but no touching.

Well not anymore.

One eager owner of the PC version of Skyrim activated the noclip mode on his title, an option that allows you to ghost your way through the game world, and soon found himself exploring low resolution landmarks of the previous games, taking snapshots along the way.

It seems that the entire landmass of Tamriel is loaded up whenever a game of Skyrim is started, albeit at a greatly reduced and under-textured level, and no one knows why Bethesda included it in the first place.

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Could it be that we’ll soon be receiving some DLC to complete the mythic landscape, or are they there merely for some cosmetic sightseeing? Who knows, but you can bet that the PC modding community is going to have a lot of fun with this little discovery.

Last Updated: November 23, 2011

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