In a G4 interview with Todd Howard, the Executive Producer of Bethesda Game Studios revealed that not only will vampires feature in the next Elder Scrolls game, Skyrim, you will also once again be able to play as one.
As in Oblivion, Skyrim’s predecessor, a meeting with another vampire in the game could leave you with a disease that will render you a vampire if left untreated. In Oblivion, vampirism gave your character stat changes depending on the amount of time since last feeding.
Howard describes becoming a vampire as “a whole other mode of playing the game, and there are various levels of being a vampire – the sun will affect you more the more powerful you get and you can sort of control your vampirism by feeding on people when they’re sleeping.”
So far, the mechanics explained bear striking similarities with those of vampirism in Oblivion, and it remains to be seen what differences might emerge for vampires in Skyrim.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will hit shelves on November 11 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.