Skyrim uses a camera trick to make being a werewolf feel like “a power fantasy”

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Being a werewolf in Skyrim is an overwhelmingly empowering experience, and part of it is because of a simple camera trick that makes you feel like you’re charging faster than you really are.

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one in developer interview Celebrating 10 years of Skyrim’s launch, character artist Dennis Mejilones explained how the game essentially fools you into thinking you’re a more ferocious werewolf than you actually are.

“I love the whole power fantasy thing, so I was like, ‘I want to make this werewolf a big-time power fantasy,'” Mejillone said. “The fear was that it would break a lot of shit, and it broke some stuff. But we wanted this thing to just run like a beast. And I remember even running like, ‘No, you don’t Run you will overtake the loader!’


We basically had to do a trick – [animator Jeremy Bryant] Came up with this – this trick where he did something with the zoom, he took out the camera, and you’ll see it to this day, the camera pops out a certain way to make it look like you’re running faster than you really are.”

Despite the tricks, the werewolf in Skyrim is a real badass. Mejillone further explains that the designers “pushed the limit, I think, closer to the speed of the horse, as far as [how fast] The werewolf can run to make you feel like this galloping beast.” And don’t forget, werewolfs can also backhand giants into the air and take down dragons with their claws. Seriously, if you’ve seen that in Skyrim. Haven’t tried being a werewolf so you’re lost.

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