The fascinating community project to recreate beloved Elder Scrolls game Morrowind in Skyrim's engine has progress to share.
This time it's videos of voiced character performances, which are something the team has had to come up with itself, owing to Morrowind using a limited amount of voiceovers. And considering the amount of dialogue in the game, that was no small task.
"For those of you who might be thinking, 'They'll be cutting out massive amount of content!' or, 'It'll be way less immersive because of the missing lines!' rest assured that such fears are unfounded," a post on the Skywind website said. "Any lines cut were mostly mere repetitions, and reactions and responses to situations outside player interaction have been increased."
More than 40,000 lines of dialogue have been revamped, apparently, and there are now more than 100 assigned voice actors. It's a few of those performances you see in the videos below.
The team also shared a video of the Skywind combat music, which it is now getting around to. The main soundtrack was composed a while ago.
Skywind is a non-commercial venture, and to play it you'll need both Morrowind (plus Bloodmoon and Tribunal expansions) and Skyrim (plus Dragonborn expansion). As the game itself is powered by Skyrim's engine, it's that game's system requirements you'll need to meet. Pirated versions of the game are not compatible with Skywind.
As it stands, Skywind, which is in alpha, is not available publicly. "We will open Skywind to beta testing in the future when we have reached a point where feedback will be constructive to polishing up Skywind," the team states in a Skywind FAQ. "Currently, many aspects of the game are still a work in progress and it would be hard for anyone not directly involved in the project to know what is or what is not a bug or simply unfinished at this stage."
There's currently no release date as community contributions are hard to predict. On that note, if you feel you can and would like to contribute, the team asks that you please do. Head to the TES Renewal Volunteer Hub to find out more.
Incidentally there's a conversion of Oblivion in Skyrim's engine - called Skyblivion - also under way, and also coordinated by the TES Renewal Project people. Wonderful stuff.