More than 20 hours of voice-acted, soundtracked gameplay.
By Jess Colwill on July 18, 2013 at 11:32 am
You’ve just finished high school and you’re gunning for a game design job. What are your options? Well, you can find a nice comfy degree to settle into for the next four or five years. Or, you can try what young Alexander J. Velicky has done, and spend an entire year and over 2000 hours developing a glossy, professional-level mod to prove your skills.
Mr Velicky is hoping to land a job at Bethesda and as such, has spent the last year building Falskaar, an enormous mod for Skyrim. This might be a bit of a gamble on his part, but either way, he has given us a sweet mod. Falskaar consists of dozens of quests amounting to more than 25 hours of play and a landmass a full third of the size of the original game. Along with it comes new characters, new voice acting and even an original soundtrack.
“I organized everyone involved, but the voice actors themselves recorded all the dialogue and submitted it to me,” Velicky told PCGamer. “I had some people help me out with a few models and textures, someone wrote a book or two for me… But otherwise all content was implemented, written and developed by me.”
“I’m still kind of shocked at some of the talent I got on the project… and every single one of them surpassed my expectations by leaps and bounds.”
There’s no word yet on what Bethesda thinks about all this, but according to Velicky Bethesda knows he’s out there. Meanwhile, he’s happy to show them what he can do with the tools available.
“The best way to show Bethesda Game Studios that I want a job there and should be hired is to create content that meets the standards of their incredible development team.”
Young Mr Velicky’s Falskaar is available now on Skyrim Nexus, so do give it a try. Personally, I uninstalled Skyrim only last week, which bugs me to hell, and we’re on the road to Melbourne. So try it and let me know how it is in the comments! For now, check out the trailer below.