Ethas will bring the player to a huge new world to explore, and lets the player choose at any time whether to play Skyrim or Ethas. Whether it be the the sweeping valleys, lush forests, or harsh, volcanic wasteland, Ethas will immerse the player in an experience rare to the modding community. Ethas will of course be free for all to download, and is planned for release on both Steam and various other modding communities.
Elijah Houck and Justin Hardin, the creators of Ethas, are certainly an experienced duo. In 2009, Elijah started development on Alton, IL for Fallout 3, which took players to his hometown in a world over twice the size of Point Lookout. Elijah would continue work on Alton for almost three years, finally releasing the mod on October 27th, 2011. Alton was (and currently still is) the largest mod for Fallout 3, and won File of the Month on Fallout3Nexus for the month of October. It wasn't only Elijah that brought Alton to the masses, however. Justin Hardin was essential to the project, creating amazing trailer and in-game music and sounds, brilliant voiceovers, meshes, textures, and even finally getting the GECK to generate LOD meshes for Alton (which is usually unheard of for such a large world).
With this experience under their belt and Alton completed, Justin and Elijah looked forward to Bethesda's next title, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Having started work on Ethas's story in July of 2011, they were well prepared for the release of Skyrim's editing tools. After the Creation Kit released in February, the pair soon looked towards the future, wanting to expand the team.
They found no shortage of talented individuals, with Andreas Stavaas joining the team as a level designer and world artist. Andreas previously had worked on well-known titles such as Black Mesa: Source and Nehrim, and soon would be using his well-developed skills to work alongside Elijah in creating the beautiful countries of Viradan and Arelia. Not long afterwards, Kevin Saade Eriksen, a former developer of Tales of Middle Earth: Siege of Skyrim, joined the team. Kevin has since been crafting intricate weapons for the characters of Ethas to wield, shedding the rough, Viking-esque design language of Skyrim.
With a team of such incredibly talented individuals working towards a common, ambitious goal, the team looks excitedly towards the future, dedicated to creating a world, a story, and a cast that the community will come to love.
"The darker mysteries of Ethas is something not one man should ever tamper with. Those who have, have brought nothing but chaos and destruction onto the world, and themselves."
In Ethas: Embrace of Destiny, we strive to create a compelling story that excites the players and keeps them hooked until the end. The premise of Embrace of Destiny follows that of your role within the war between Arelia and Virardan. While initially serving as a Captain in the Arelian Army, the player will come to a point where you'll have to choose between loyalty or power. Each has its own consequence, and how you choose to create your destiny will leave a lasting impression on the world of Ethas.
However, there is more to the world than first percieved. As you adventure with your companions, you'll learn more about the mysteries of Ethas, and the dark fate that besets it. Whether it be powerful artifacts, or long lost forgotten knowledge, you'll learn that there is more at play than the mere wars of men. Your journey will take you to some of these places, and as you discover the secrets of crypts and forgotten towers, your actions will have a larger effect on Ethas than any who have come before you.
The pictures below depict some of the darker and more mystical locations you'll visit, that travel beyond the war between the two countries the mod is placed in. As for the knowledge that lies within them, that's for you to find out.
Below we also have a track reflecting the darker side of Ethas, which you'll hear while exploring some of these locations.
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Stay tuned for more news in the coming months, as we're currently working on something very special to show all of you. Have a great rest of 2013, and a fantastic holiday season!