- The Elder Scrolls 6 can improve over Skyrim by adding more diverse and immersive followers, including non-humanoid options.
- Followers in Skyrim are essential for adventuring and offer assistance in fights and carrying loot, making them more advantageous than going alone.
- Expanding the selection of non-humanoid followers in The Elder Scrolls 6 would enhance the game’s immersion and allow for more roleplay options, giving players more freedom in their adventures.
Followers are one area where The Elder Scrolls 6 can definitively improve over Skyrim, and they could add plenty of flavor to the adventure. Carrying the torch of Bethesda’s most iconic game Skyrim means that The Elder Scrolls 6 will need to search for ways to innovate over its famous predecessor no matter what. However, even with Skyrim giving players so much freedom, there is still plenty of unexplored territory for the next game to tread. Followers are a big part of the character of Skyrim, and The Elder Scrolls 6‘s collection of followers will likewise have a strong effect.
Apart from getting married in Skyrim, taking on a character as a follower is the closest relationship that the Dragonborn can have. In most cases, the player will need to do something to win a potential follower’s favor in order to make them available. This could range from completing a questline, to simply beating them in a brawl. In addition to tagging along with the player, followers can assist them in a fight as well as carry excess loot to keep the player from becoming encumbered. In most cases, having a follower around far outclasses going on an adventure alone.
Morrowind and Oblivion featured followers before Skyrim, but Skyrim‘s selection vastly outclassed those that came before.
The Elder Scrolls 6 Should Do for the Minotaurs What Daggerfall Did for the Orcs
The Elder Scrolls 6 has an exciting opportunity to add depth to Minotaurs much like Daggerfall expanded on the lore of Orcs.
Followers Are a Vital Part of Adventuring in Skyrim
When it comes to the many available followers in Skyrim, players have a decent amount of variety. There are followers of every humanoid race, although some, particularly Argonians and Khajit, have rather slim pickings in that regard. In addition, pretty much every fighting style is represented. Warriors, archers, and mages all have their fair share of representatives. There are even a couple of followers who engage in dual-weapon fighting if given the opportunity. Even with all of this variety, there is one area where Skyrim‘s follower selection was lacking, and it’s one where The Elder Scrolls 6 could innovate handily if the developers choose.
The Elder Scrolls Needs More Non-Humanoid Followers
While the game had some non-humanoid followers, with Skyrim‘s tragic dog Meeko being a prominent example, their numbers were few, and in most cases, they weren’t as useful as humanoid followers. Mostly taking the form of dogs, Dwemer creations, or in one instance, a troll, the non-humanoid follower selection paled in comparison to the alternative, especially since all but the dogs required DLC. While there were conjuration spells that let players summon more mystical creatures, these were typically only for a limited time, and even when they weren’t, the effect wasn’t the same as a proper follower. This is a niche that The Elder Scrolls 6 can expand upon to great effect.
Elder Scrolls 6 Could Feature Exciting Companion Options
Increasing non-humanoid followers’ availability and utility would do wonders to make The Elder Scrolls 6‘s followers more immersive. Adding more creatures such as wolves, skeletons, and Atronachs to the recruitable follower pool without requiring conjuration spells would be great for expanding roleplay options. The game could even take a hint from Fallout: New Vegas and let players run with both humanoid and non-humanoid followers. This could let any player travel with a small party through Tamriel, with whatever combination of fighting styles they desire. Giving players more freedom with their followers would help give The Elder Scrolls 6 a real selling point after the long wait.
A new angle for followers could be highly beneficial, and do plenty to help The Elder Scrolls 6 reach its ambitious goals. For every reason ranging from utility to personal taste, there’s good reason to give fans a healthy selection of non-humanoid followers alongside the expected companions. After all, The Elder Scrolls is a fantasy series, and fantasy sees all kinds of characters rise to become heroes. The Elder Scrolls 6 could be Bethesda’s biggest adventure yet, with its most interesting selection of allies.