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Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim pre-orders get real map

by Steve Watts

Back in the 1990s, when the Elder Scrolls series first appeared on the market, serious PC games were known to come with maps, art, a bauble or two, and an instruction booklet that could (in case of emergency) double as a bludgeoning weapon. Bethesda is keeping part of the tradition alive, with the announcement of a map free with pre-orders of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

This isn’t a “map” in the modern sense of an extra in-game area that will be sold to suckers later at a premium price. Rather, it’s a physical map of the world, printed for your reference and geeky enjoyment. Probably more the latter than the former, since in-game maps are just more handy.

The company calls it a “premium quality” map, and invokes the words of studio head Todd Howard from an old blog post: “There’s something about having a physical object in your hands that feels like it’s part of this other world, that you are that person in the game, finding your way among the hills.”

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