Skyrim lasts forever. Radiant quests create endless missions
In an interview with Wired, Skyrim director Todd Howard has said that Skyrim’s Radiant quest system will continue to make procedurally generated missions for as long as you play it. The examples he uses are things like an innkeeper asking you to hunt bandits in areas you haven’t visited yet or an alchemist asking you to find ten flowers. Todd Howard spoke about the Skyrim system before in an interview with Official PlayStation Magazine UK but this is the first time he’s mentioned infinite potential.
Even guilds will have work for you after you’ve finished all their story missons with jobs like assassinating NPCs or stealing gems. The Radiant quest system works by looking at things like where you been and what you’ve done to create objective parameters based on your actions. It also affects story missions, picking enemies and locations depending on what you’ve done. So instead of only lasting a few hundred piffling hours the game now last forever. Oh. Oh God.