Why is it that Bethesda didn't bother to put spears and spear combat into the vanilla game?
I've always wondered about this.
Despite the fact that TES is a fantasy game it, like nearly all games of the genre, is mostly inspired by the medieval era in terms of its weapons, armor, etc. Spears were an integral part of both ancient and medieval combat and in many cases it was the warriors' main weapon.
Is it really that hard to implement them? Even for a developer like Bethesda?
I know there are quite a few mods out there that add spears and pikes but all the ones I've come across just use them as two-handed weapons which use the same animation(s) as greatswords, warhammers, and great axes. Doing so completely defeats the purpose and I don't know if this is done b/c custom animations for them are just out of modders' reach or someone just hasn't bothered to do it yet.
I for one think it would be awesome to roll around Skyrim with a spear and shield, keeping the enemy at length with thrusts and jabs, switching between underhanded and overhanded styles, and delivering a killing thrust to some poor ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥'s belly or throat.