Reportedly obtained via Russian (where else) collector's edition copies of the game, here's what's likely your first look at the game world of the upcoming RPG blockbuster Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Scanned by members of a Russian fan forum, it shows a world that is surprisingly large; if you remember Oblivion's map, it used a hooked shape and large river to make it look bigger than it actually was (of course, even with this trick, it was still massive). Unless the interior mountains in this are utterly impassable, Skyrim's map is just, wham, here's a giant chunk of land, now have at it.

This translated version of the map may not be 100% what you get in the English version, as it's simply a translation of the Russian map (which may have been localised, and not just translated), but it's a good start. Note the nine major cities, each with their own distinctive coat of arms, and what look like smaller settlements scattered between them.

Because this map wasn't officially released by Bethesda, we've contacted the developer asking for confirmation of its authenticity. We'll update if we hear back.

UPDATE - Russian readers are letting us know the map was in fact handed out at the Igromir gaming show in Moscow, meaning it's not leaked at all!


Skyrim will be out on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 11.

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