If it’s one thing about the world of Skyrim that impressed and still manages to impress me, it’s how much beauty there is to be found. And not beauty that comes from pushing a bunch of polygons, which will always fade. Instead it’s beauty that comes from just how well-designed and authentic the game feels as a place.
In his new video Olivier Leclair explores the art that went into making Skyrim look so gorgeous, matching locales with the concept art that inspired and guided them. It’s interesting to see how much some of these early versions evolved and how different they could look, but also how much of the general feeling actually came through in the designs of others.