Bethesda has confirmed that Skyrim will not contain armor or weapon degradation, which means no hard-earned coin need be spent on repairs.

According to Pete Hines, speaking on Twitter: “We replaced that w/ creating/improve weap/armor, instead of spending lots of time getting them back to where they were.”

In Skyrim, players will craft weapons and armor and improve them in the game, so there is no longer the need to have them repaired.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is out on November 11. Check out the developer diary for Xbox 360 posted earlier today, here.

Below this article, a slideshow is playing with some eye raping pictures of a custom Skyrim 360, two of which are being given away at PAX right now. But don't worry, because this rape is statutory. Currently, as this article is typed, Todd Howard of Bethesda is giving PAX goers a walkthrough of Skyrim. After this event, two lucky attendees of the presentation will walk away with one of these 360s'. Luckily, Bethesda has given word that more of these 360s' will be given away between now and the release date of November 11th. No details yet, but the lucky receivers will be chosen through contests. Now, feast your envious, jealousy filled pupils upon this rad machine that myself and most likely yourself would kill for. Literally. 
If you're on the fence about which platform to play Bethesda's upcoming game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Microsoft has announced something that it's hoping will tip your scales toward the Xbox 360. The two companies have revealed that the first two DLC add-ons for the game will be coming to the 360 first.

The exclusivity deal expires after 30 days, so PS3 and PC players won't be left out entirely. There's no word yet on when these add-ons will be coming, what they'll contain, or how much they'll cost. It's interesting to note that the announcement specifies that the first two packs are exclusive. If past Bethesda games are any indication, there's likely to be much more where that came from.

Before you start gloating, Xbox fiends, it's probably wise to make sure these add-ons are worth getting in the first place.


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Notch, the creator of Minecraft and owner of indie game company Mojang, is currently being sued by Bethesda. The lawsuit is directed at Mojang's new game, Scrolls, which Bethesda claims will confuse fans of their ever so popular series, The Elder Scrolls. Many feel that Bethesda has probably struck up these ridiculous lawsuits against other companies in the past, but those other companies were most likely big developers who had the money to just pay off Bethesda and drop the whole thing without it going public. Mojang is an indie developer, and even with their huge hit of a game Minecraft, which recently sold its three millionth copy, they are still not at the point where they can just throw money around. Because of this, Notch took the case public before Bethesda did, giving him the benefit of the doubt and, in turn, giving Bethesda quite a few more "fans". Today, Notch wrote up a new post to his Tumblr, which calls out Bethesda and tells them that this needs to end with a battle to the death.

"Remember that scene in Game of Thrones where Tyrion chose a trial by battle in the Eyrie? Well, let’s do that instead! I challenge Bethesda to a game of Quake 3. Three of our best warriors against three of your best warriors. We select one level, you select the other, we randomize the order. 20 minute matches, highest total frag count per team across both levels wins."

In a move that's certain to expand their fan base, Bethesda has reportedly told Mojang Specifications, the indie studio behind the blockbuster game Minecraft, that its upcoming RPG called Scrolls infringes on the company's trademark.

Markus Perrson, better known by his online handle Notch, tweeted the news this morning. "Just got a letter from Bethesta's lawyers. They claim "Scrolls" infringes on their trademark and everyone will confuse it with Skyrim," he wrote.

UPDATED STORY: Minecraft creator Notch has responded to Bethesda's lawsuit over Mojang's game Scrolls. In his blog, he lays out the entire history leading up to this legal threat.

In his blog post, Notch reiterates his appreciation of Bethesda, which can be seen firsthand in our exclusive interview between Notch and Elder Scrolls mastermind Todd Howard. The Minecraft creator believes the lawsuit is mostly a automated legal response and "lawyers being lawyers." Apparently, when Notch registered the trademark for Minecraft a year ago, he also filed one for Scrolls. Shortly after the trademark was filed, Bethesda wanted to know more about the title, which ultimately lead to the lawsuit.

Notch doesn't believe the accusation carries much water, but I guess we'll have to wait and see how this unravels.

{Source: GameInformer}