The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Officially Announced, Platforms Confirmed

Not only did Bethesda send us over a press release officially announcing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and its platforms (PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3) this morning, but they've also provided us with some preliminary box artwork and an HD version of the game's announcement trailer. This one shouldn't be country-restricted:

And here's the text, which mentions some impending magazine coverage:
Bethesda Softworks Announces The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Highly Anticipated Sequel to Launch 11.11.11

December 13, 2010 (Rockville, MD) Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today confirmed the upcoming release of The Elder Scrolls® V: Skyrimâ„¢, the next installment in the award-winning Elder Scrolls series and follow up to the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®.

Developed by Bethesda Game Studios® under the direction of Todd Howard, Skyrim will be released on Xbox 360®video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Games for Windows® worldwide on November 11, 2011. Details on the game will be revealed in our exclusive cover story in Game Informer®'s February issue, which ships to subscribers in early January 2011.

(It's exciting finally to announce the game,) said Todd Howard, Game Director on Skyrim. (We've been working for many years on Skyrim and the technology behind it. A new Elder Scrolls game has been a long time coming, and we can't wait to show it off.)

To view The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim's announcement trailer, please visit the official site: Skyrim will also be featured in magazine cover stories around the world throughout the month of February. Check the official site for updated details.

About Bethesda Softworks
Bethesda Softworks, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, is a worldwide publisher of premier interactive entertainment software. Titles featured under the Bethesda Softworks label include such blockbuster franchises as DOOM®, QUAKE®, The Elder Scrolls®, Fallout®, Wolfenstein®  and RAGEâ„¢.  Among the world's top development studios creating titles for ZeniMax are Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, Arkane Studios, MachineGames Studios, Tango Gameworks and ZeniMax Online Studios. For more information on Bethesda Softworks' products, visit