news\ Oct 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Skyrim Original Soundtrack Spans Over 4 CDs


We've just recieved word from Game-OST that the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim soundtrack will span over 4 CDs.  Given the massive nature of everything related to Skyrim, except the Xbox 360 install size, this isn't really much of a shock.

From the size of the world, to the size of the strategy guide, to the apparent leaked size of the soundtrack, Skyrim is doing everything bigger, and better as evidenced from a recent graphical comparison to Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

The leak apparantly came from the digital music store, which has since been removed, but fromw hat we've found out the soundtrack will consist of four CDs and cost $30.  That's quite a hefty pricetag, and probably reason why the soundtrack wasn't included in the collector's edition.  But take into account you're probably getting around 300 minutes of soundtrack music (about 80 minutes each CD times 4 cds)

Now many may be questioning how Skyrim, which is a mere 6GB install on PC and an even more impressive 3.8GB on Xbox 360, can contain such a sountrack spanning over 4 CDs and still have a small install size.  Compression and better optimization, my friends.  At least that's what VP of PR and Marketing Pete Hines attributes the small size to. According to Pete, the better optimization is a result of a "new engine & we're much better at compression (art/voice/data)."

Will you be purchasing this massive soundtrack?


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