Skywind Mod Jams Morrowind Into Skyrim

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Skywind Mod Jams Morrowind Into Skyrim

The Skywind team wants Vvardenfell, and eventually all of Tamriel, to appear in the latest Elder Scrolls game.

If you're familiar with the backstory behind The Elder Scrolls, you likely already know each setting is contained within the massive continent of Tamriel. The landscapes from many Elder Scrolls games, Morrorwind, Oblivion, and Skyrim in particular, actually share the same borders, which is why visuals of the regions were tucked away in Skyrim for possible future use. It may be impractical for Bethseda to fully implement classic territories within Skyrim, but it's not so impractical for third-party modders, who are already hard at work porting the entirety of Morrowind, quests and all, into Skyrim's engine. And once that is finished, Oblivion is next.

The mod, which goes by the name Skywind, is a conversion of the already completed Morroblivion project. Morroblivion made all of Morrowind's quests and content playable within Oblivion's engine, interface, and combat system, as long as the player had a copy of each game. The Skywind team is currently seeking volunteers to help re-code the quests and content to function in Skyrim, and while the process will take some time, the screenshots and videos of their progress is very promising.

The completed mod will feature all of Morrowind's quests, rebalanced crafting and armor systems, and perhaps most importantly, fast travel. It's unlikely shouts would be implemented, but given the sheer number of mods available to players, if the Skywind team doesn't add it someone will eventually. Work on Oblivion content will start sometime after Skywind releases, but there is already an initial video of the Imperial City to whet appetites for the time being.

This is traditionally the point I would start getting worried about ceast-and-desist notices to deter copyright infringement, but since Skywind actually requires a copy of Morrowind to play anyway, it may neatly circumvent the issue. In fact, this could be a great example of a modification prompting fans to purchase the original content. While I've only played Skyrim, I know Elder Scrolls fans who swear up and down that Morrowind is the best of the series, and a project like this might give me that final nudge I need to finally try it out.

The alpha version of Skywind is scheduled for release in early 2013.

Source: PC Gamer

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Hmm. I tried it for about 10 minutes when I was younger, then put it away, but I think I've got a copy of Morrowind at my parent's place somewhere. May have to go find it. And hope it installs.

Fanghawk:

This is traditionally the point I would start getting worried about ceast-and-desist notices to deter copyright infringement, but since Skywind actually requires a copy of Morrowind to play anyway, it may neatly circumvent the issue. In fact, this could be a great example of a modification prompting fans to purchase the original content. While I've only played Skyrim, I know Elder Scrolls fans who swear up and down that Morrowind is the best of the series, and a project like this might give me that final nudge I need to finally try it out.

The alpha version of Skywind is scheduled for release in early 2013.

Source: PC Gamer

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Didn't Bethesda throw out a Cease-and-Desist on Morroblivion though? You needed Morrowind for that too.

Either way, Skyrim is definitely lacking in interesting content. I wouldn't mind having some good quests to do.

I hate to be That guy...

But the continent is Tamriel. Cyrodil is the central province.

OT: I'm interested in this, but I doubt I'll play it. I never played Morroblivion, so...

Wonder how they're gonna enforce the need to have Morrowind to install and play the mod.

Hm, it'd be nice to play Morrowind with combat that isn't total ass.

Hopefully Bethesda doesn't shut this down. They let the Requiem For a Capital Wasteland (it combined the worlds of New Vegas and Fallout 3) stay up, so here's hoping. At least, I'm pretty sure it's still up. Haven't checked in a while.

Fanghawk:

If you're familiar with the backstory behind The Elder Scrolls, you likely already know each setting is contained within the massive continent of Cyrodil.

Small correction, the Elder Scrolls games take place on the continent of Tamriel. Cyrodiil is the province where Oblivion took place.

Very ambitious, I am surprised modders have found time to do all this and not Bethesda themselves, instead, they make stupid shit like making a house to adopt children in.

Wake up Bethesda, this is what your fans would throw money at you for.

Also, the ground textures look a little lousy.

I really hope Bethesda lets this slide. Their works looks extremely promising/accurate so far. How the hell don't these people have jobs in the industry?

So eventually the single player is going to have more content than the MMO? I REALLY need to get a gaming PC :(

Krantos:
I hate to be That guy...

But the continent is Tamriel. Cyrodil is the central province.

OT: I'm interested in this, but I doubt I'll play it. I never played Morroblivion, so...

Got to be honest, I really don't see the point.

I mean, from that video, Morrowind looks like ass when ported to the Skyrim build of the Gamebryo engine. The textures are still flat and basic, the ploy count still low, and the lack of fog or mist robs everything of the Morrowidn atmosphere.

There are already countless mods which update the game to have better textures, higher poly models, better lighting and such. In fact, the latest Morrowind Visual Overhaul video on youtube looks pretty damn stunning. I don't really see what porting the game to Skyrim offers that countless visual mods haven't already done.

j-e-f-f-e-r-s:
Got to be honest, I really don't see the point.

I mean, from that video, Morrowind looks like ass when ported to the Skyrim build of the Gamebryo engine. The textures are still flat and basic, the ploy count still low, and the lack of fog or mist robs everything of the Morrowidn atmosphere.

There are already countless mods which update the game to have better textures, higher poly models, better lighting and such. In fact, the latest Morrowind Visual Overhaul video on youtube looks pretty damn stunning. I don't really see what porting the game to Skyrim offers that countless visual mods haven't already done.

"better" combat than Morrowind, for one.

OT: Cautiously optimistic about this. I have played morrowind relatively recently with the graphical overhaul mod and it looks great, but the barrier for entry is still very high and I lost interest in it pretty quuickly. We'll see how this works.

Unless it involves time travel this mod makes no sense lorewise
Vvardenfell should be ash wasteland, instead they made it to look like in TES3

A little Nirn history here
In between TES4 and TES5 (around E4Y40 to be more specific) there was one particular event that took place in a book "The Infernal City"
I won't spoil it but it resulted in Ministry of Truth (the big floating rock above city of Vivec) crashing into the Vvardenfell with full force (because it wasn't stopped, but rather suspended in a form of stasis, so all original kinetic force was still there)
That started massive eruption of the Red Mountain (the volcano in the middle of Vvardenfell)
So at the point of E4Y200 (when TES5 takes place), Vvardenfell is heavily changed (maybe even still mostly uninhabited)
Maybe Dunmer are starting to retake their land back (it is 160y after the catastrophe), but it is unlikely, since most of Morrowind mainland is taken over by Argonians after weakened Dunmer were defeated in a war with a Black Marsh (another event that took place in between TES4 and TES5 and after destruction of Vvardefell)

So yeah, Morrowind is complicated province to make right.

NightHawk21:
Wonder how they're gonna enforce the need to have Morrowind to install and play the mod.

my interpretation of what they're doing is using the older games as resource folders for assets they don't want to, or are not legally allowed to copy or re-create

it's an interesting line to draw, but i'm pretty sure a multi-game mod is still a game mod, and modding is allowed in Bethesda games.. so.. should be ok? mebby.. 'shrug'

blackrave:
Unless it involves time travel this mod makes no sense lorewise
Vvardenfell should be ash wasteland, instead they made it to look like in TES3

A little Nirn history here
In between TES4 and TES5 there was one particular event that took place in a book "The Infernal City"
I won't spoil it but it resulted in Ministry of Truth (the big floating rock above city of Vivec) crashing into the Vvardenfell with full force (because it wasn't stopped, but rather suspended in a form of stasis, so all original kinetic force was still there)
That started massive eruption of the Red Mountain (the volcano in the middle of Vvardenfell)
So at the point of 200y of 4th era (when TES5 takes place), Vvardenfell is heavily changed (maybe even still mostly uninhabited)

I rather like the idea of adding the mainland of of the Morrowind.

That depends, is this a mod that allows your character to travel to Morrowin from Skyrim?

Or is it just Morrowind with Skyrims engine?

The fact that shouts wont be available sounds like its going to be a standalone game.

Fappy:
I really hope Bethesda lets this slide. Their works looks extremely promising/accurate so far. How the hell don't these people have jobs in the industry?

I agree! Let this beauty continue!

OT: I just has a massive nerdgasm. Do want.

blackrave:
Unless it involves time travel this mod makes no sense lorewise
Vvardenfell should be ash wasteland, instead they made it to look like in TES3

I'm pretty sure it's just a case of "Play the old game you love through the new game you love" for graphical and gameplay reasons.

undeadsuitor:

blackrave:
Unless it involves time travel this mod makes no sense lorewise
Vvardenfell should be ash wasteland, instead they made it to look like in TES3

A little Nirn history here
In between TES4 and TES5 (around E4Y40 to be more specific) there was one particular event that took place in a book "The Infernal City"
I won't spoil it but it resulted in Ministry of Truth (the big floating rock above city of Vivec) crashing into the Vvardenfell with full force (because it wasn't stopped, but rather suspended in a form of stasis, so all original kinetic force was still there)
That started massive eruption of the Red Mountain (the volcano in the middle of Vvardenfell)
So at the point of E4Y200 (when TES5 takes place), Vvardenfell is heavily changed (maybe even still mostly uninhabited)
Maybe Dunmer are starting to retake their land back (it is 160y after the catastrophe), but it is unlikely, since most of Morrowind mainland is taken over by Argonians after weakened Dunmer were defeated in a war with a Black Marsh (another event that took place in between TES4 and TES5 and after destruction of Vvardefell)

So yeah, Morrowind is complicated province to make right.

That depends, is this a mod that allows your character to travel to Morrowin from Skyrim?

Or is it just Morrowind with Skyrims engine?

The fact that shouts wont be available sounds like its going to be a standalone game.

It might be simply re-made TES3 (that have no connection with TES5)
If it's so, then shouts shouldn't be available (due to the fact that besides Dragonborns only Nords had limited ability to use Thu'um back then, and the masters of Thu'um were limited to Skyrim)
Anyway it could be ability limited only to Nords (and at some extent to other Men)

did they actually finish the oblivion vvardenfell mod? last i had played all the staff had quit

I'd rather someone jam Skyrim into Morrowind. Or even better, Daggerfall. It seems the gameplay gets worse with each TES game.

I love Morrowind to bits, but it is an extremely flawed and dated game. It needs massive improvements to gameplay, that cannot be currently fixed by mods to it. However, I cannot support this, or Morroblivion, for three reasons:

1. Transferring Morrowind to Skyrim or Oblvion will eliminate some of the awesome things in Morrowind that help make it unique. Things like many of the spell effects that were eliminated in later entries of the series (most importantly levitation) or the depth of the character creation.

2. Doing this eliminates the possibility of using the many, many excellent Morrowind mods. For example, I couldn't use Tamriel Rebuilt (for those that don't know, it aims to rebuild the rest of the Morrowind province into the game, and the parts that are released so far are better than the base game) in Skywind. The mods are half of the reason to play Morrowind, and it would be tragic that people would miss out on that.

3. There is the much more ambitious, awesome, and worthy of attention project out there called OpenMW, which is a completely new engine for Morrowind. It's not finished yet, but when it is, it will allow people to experience Morrowind in all it's glory with the possibility of fixing the glaring gameplay issues with it. Seriously, check it out.

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I just jizzed.

OK, more serious this time. I just jizzed everywhere.

Nice idea, but Morrowind just doesn't seem like Morrowind without sand storms cutting down your viewing distance. Maybe they'll put that in later- it certainly seemed like Skyrim had weather effects that could be adapted.

Shinsei-J:

blackrave:
Unless it involves time travel this mod makes no sense lorewise
Vvardenfell should be ash wasteland, instead they made it to look like in TES3

I'm pretty sure it's just a case of "Play the old game you love through the new game you love" for graphical and gameplay reasons.

Good enough for me, Morrowind's combat sucked.

Highly doubt this thing will be left alone, they didn't let it go through before and they aren't getting any softer now.

And imported models are a long way from the full playable experience.

blackrave:
Unless it involves time travel this mod makes no sense lorewise
Vvardenfell should be ash wasteland, instead they made it to look like in TES3

A little Nirn history here
In between TES4 and TES5 (around E4Y40 to be more specific) there was one particular event that took place in a book "The Infernal City"
I won't spoil it but it resulted in Ministry of Truth (the big floating rock above city of Vivec) crashing into the Vvardenfell with full force (because it wasn't stopped, but rather suspended in a form of stasis, so all original kinetic force was still there)
That started massive eruption of the Red Mountain (the volcano in the middle of Vvardenfell)
So at the point of E4Y200 (when TES5 takes place), Vvardenfell is heavily changed (maybe even still mostly uninhabited)
Maybe Dunmer are starting to retake their land back (it is 160y after the catastrophe), but it is unlikely, since most of Morrowind mainland is taken over by Argonians after weakened Dunmer were defeated in a war with a Black Marsh (another event that took place in between TES4 and TES5 and after destruction of Vvardefell)

So yeah, Morrowind is complicated province to make right.

I've got to be honest, this kind of storytelling annoys the fuck out of me.

The whole point of Morrowind's story is that you're this reincarnated Chosen One who ends up taking back the province for the natives. It's painted as this big epic event. It's a legend in the making.

And then a few centuries later, all of that is undone by a big old volcano eruption. What was the point of the player going through all that shit in Morrowind if the island is just going to get nuked not long after?

So the Nerevarine, the Hero of Kvatch and the Dovahkiin walk into a bar...

j-e-f-f-e-r-s:
Got to be honest, I really don't see the point.

I mean, from that video, Morrowind looks like ass when ported to the Skyrim build of the Gamebryo engine. The textures are still flat and basic, the ploy count still low, and the lack of fog or mist robs everything of the Morrowidn atmosphere.

There are already countless mods which update the game to have better textures, higher poly models, better lighting and such. In fact, the latest Morrowind Visual Overhaul video on youtube looks pretty damn stunning. I don't really see what porting the game to Skyrim offers that countless visual mods haven't already done.

Yeah, when I first saw these screens, I was very disappointed. Morrowind is supposed to be dark, gloomy, and swampy with some deserty areas. Bloom and lens flare should not exist in Morrowind. If Morrowind had its original atmosphere with better graphics, good combat, and a good quest log, I would play it. It'd be better than Skyrim...

This mission good and honorable and must be backed by as much money as possible.

Putting Morrowind in a game makes it 10x better in my book. They might as well include it in non-Bethesda games, too.

Mcoffey:

Fanghawk:

This is traditionally the point I would start getting worried about ceast-and-desist notices to deter copyright infringement, but since Skywind actually requires a copy of Morrowind to play anyway, it may neatly circumvent the issue. In fact, this could be a great example of a modification prompting fans to purchase the original content. While I've only played Skyrim, I know Elder Scrolls fans who swear up and down that Morrowind is the best of the series, and a project like this might give me that final nudge I need to finally try it out.

The alpha version of Skywind is scheduled for release in early 2013.

Source: PC Gamer

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Didn't Bethesda throw out a Cease-and-Desist on Morroblivion though? You needed Morrowind for that too.

Either way, Skyrim is definitely lacking in interesting content. I wouldn't mind having some good quests to do.

Yeah, if I recall correctly, Morroblivion got a C&D too, even though it require both, because you couldn't use assets from one game in modifying another, even if requires both. Shame... get it while you can people.

And this(among other things) is why PC > Consoles.

Irridium:
Hm, it'd be nice to play Morrowind with combat that isn't total ass.

Perhaps you and I played very different versions of Morrowind.
Combat in Morrowind = HACK HACK HACK HACK HACK HACK HACK HACK *enemy dies*
Combat in Skyrim = *try to do some cool move and fail* HACK HACK HACK HACK HACK HACK HACK *enemy dies*

Anyway, this mod seems too good to be true. So I will pretend it doesn't exist until it is actually released.

Li Mu:

Irridium:
Hm, it'd be nice to play Morrowind with combat that isn't total ass.

Perhaps you and I played very different versions of Morrowind.
Combat in Morrowind = HACK HACK HACK HACK HACK HACK HACK HACK *enemy dies*
Combat in Skyrim = *try to do some cool move and fail* HACK HACK HACK HACK HACK HACK HACK *enemy dies*

Anyway, this mod seems too good to be true. So I will pretend it doesn't exist until it is actually released.

Alright, combat that is less ass. I like being able to block when I want based on timing instead of having blocking be automatic and based on how high a stat is.

Morrowind is my most favourite game of all time.

In that spirit: YES, YES PLEASE, I LOVE YOU.

Edit: Next, please add Solstheim and Mournhold.
And, you know, if you ever need a kidney or anything after an accident, just call me up. I owe you one.

NightHawk21:
Wonder how they're gonna enforce the need to have Morrowind to install and play the mod.

Yes they will; it's the only thing that keeps Beth's lawyers off their ass.

See, they're not allowed to distribute Morrowind's content to people who don't own it because that's exactly what piracy is. So by having that requirement, they're able to say that, for legal purposes, all they are providing you is a way to merge two games you already own.

blackrave:
Unless it involves time travel this mod makes no sense lorewise
Vvardenfell should be ash wasteland, instead they made it to look like in TES3

A little Nirn history here
In between TES4 and TES5 (around E4Y40 to be more specific) there was one particular event that took place in a book "The Infernal City"
I won't spoil it but it resulted in Ministry of Truth (the big floating rock above city of Vivec) crashing into the Vvardenfell with full force (because it wasn't stopped, but rather suspended in a form of stasis, so all original kinetic force was still there)
That started massive eruption of the Red Mountain (the volcano in the middle of Vvardenfell)
So at the point of E4Y200 (when TES5 takes place), Vvardenfell is heavily changed (maybe even still mostly uninhabited)
Maybe Dunmer are starting to retake their land back (it is 160y after the catastrophe), but it is unlikely, since most of Morrowind mainland is taken over by Argonians after weakened Dunmer were defeated in a war with a Black Marsh (another event that took place in between TES4 and TES5 and after destruction of Vvardefell)

So yeah, Morrowind is complicated province to make right.

The point is not to make Vvardenfell appear in Skyrim so the Dragonborn can visit it; the point is to play Morrowind (Nerevarine, story, setting, time-period and all) in the Skyrim engine.

Question. Why not wait until the last game, and THEN put all this work in. Or maybe Bethesda will make the last game have all the locations...that would be amazing...and huge. Like...idek how many blu-rays...NOW I WANT IT!

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