The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall first released in 1996. It’s a classic but as you’d expect, it aged badly.
Now, thanks to the power of Unity and some dedicated modders, you can play through the whole main quest.
Daggerfall Unity is a community project that’s aiming to make Daggerfall much more accessible. The project began in August 2014 and is now finally playable, with the main quest available from start to finish.
This is a huge milestone in the project’s lifecycle. With the quest system complete, the team is confident the rest will be less of a challenge.
Next on the list is adding the magic system and water. At that point, development will officially hit the halfway mark and the devs reckon the game will be roughly 75% complete. After that, it’s mainly bugfixes and UI changes.
The Daggerfall Unity community is also rallying around a renewed modding scene, with refreshed textures and meshes appearing.
All of this is combining to bring Daggerfall back from the dead. With recent Elder Scrolls titles having a renowned modding scene, it’s not a shock to see a 20 year old game getting this much love. It just need dragging into modern gaming.
Daggerfall released to critical acclaim. Widely viewed as a ‘flawed masterpiece’, it won plenty of awards but suffered from bugs.
With 15,000 settlements and 750,000 NPCs, it’s massive. Although most of this is procedurally generated, there’s plenty to see and do.
As a predecessor to Morrowind, it has the same hardcore DNA. You’ll find no quest markers or fast travel here. It also brings back the popular spell-creation and enchantment system, which can allow for some truly overpowered moments.
It also has many more sandbox elements. While you can do the usual exploring, killing and stealing, there’s much more. Take out a loan. Buy a house. Default on the loan and run from the debt collectors. You can even buy a boat.
What’s even more exciting is the potential for modding. By using the Unity engine, Daggerfall Unity will act as an excellent foundation to build on. Daggerfall had a decent mod scene that will surely expand as this launches.
If you want to get involved or see the Daggerfall Unity roadmap, check here. You’ll find links for downloads and testing applications there as well.