Fans who purchase Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Steam will be able to pre-load the game before it’s November 11th launch date. In order to try to slow downloading on the actual release date and avoid possible server crashes, Bethesda will make the game available for download a few days before release. Unfortunately, this does not grant players early access to the game. The download will only put the game on the computer, not allowing players to access it until the second the launch date begins.
Bethesda’s Director of Marketing and PR Pete Hines confirmed the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim pre-load via Twitter, answering multiple fan questions. “Yes, you will be able to preload on Steam,” said Hines when asekd by fans. He didn’t actually reveal the date fans can begin pre-loading, however, only that it will be a few days before the official launch date.
Set two hundred years after Oblivion, the game takes place in the land of Skyrim in the midst of a civil war after the assassination of the king. In the preamble to Elder Scrolls Skyrim, the Empire began ceding territory to the Elven nations it once ruled, because there was not a clear heir to the emperor’s now vacant throne. The Blades, with no one left to defend, have all either been killed, slowly withered away or gone into seclusion. After the king of Skyrim was assassinated, a civil war broke out amongst the native Nord race. The majority of the Nords wished for Skyrim to secede from the Empire, and the rest wished for Skyrim to stay in the Empire.
As with the previous Elderscrolls games, players will start as a prisoner, on their way to execution for their involvement with the Stormcloaks. The Stormcloaks are the group founded by the king’s assassin.