Sometimes it's funny to say things like, "say goodbye to your friends and family when The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim hits on 11.11.11" but the game's director Todd Howard has given credence to that joke by stating that Skyrim actually will have infinite quests. "The vibe of the game is that it’s something that you can play forever,” Howard said. In other words, you can never finish Skyrim.
In an interview with Wired, Howard said the massive role playing game will "feature a never-ending stream of procedurally generated content, giving players an infinite number of things to do."
How Skyrim pulls off the infinite quest chains is through its Radiant quest system. Radiant can randomly generate a new task for your Dragonborn based on where you are in the game. Things like hunting bandits in places you haven't been to yet or picking flowers for villages are just some of the quest options that will never end. The Radiant quest system is there to help you discover all of the amazing world that Bethesda has created.
“The world is probably the one thing that sets [Skyrim] apart from other games,” he said. “It feels really real for what it is … It’s just fun to explore.”
Skyrim also features factions like the Thieves Guild and the Dark Brotherhood that will act as quest hubs once you complete their story missions. According to the interview, Skyrim's also "sprinkled with secrets and minor bits of narrative that you’ll have to piece together as you explore, an aspect of game design Howard says the team picked up while working on their last game, Fallout 3."
The more I hear about this game two things happen: first, I get excited to kill dragons because killing dragons is badass. Second, I get nervous that I will spend way too much time playing it. Are you one of the people who took off work on 11.11.11 to get a head start on this massive game? Is it worth it to take such a hardcore approach to the game if it never ends?