After all those years Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, or just Skyrim, is one of the most popular games in Bethesda’s story. The Open-World RPG redefined the genre in 2011 and started a new trend for open-world games. The game received multiple updates over the past years and still has a huge amount of players that enjoy the classic while Bethesda reportedly works on Elder Scrolls VI. Besides the support, Skyrim has been kept alive thanks to the commitment of fans and modders who are always adding fun and interesting mods to blow some fresh air into the game. Today, however, it was Bethesda’s turn to bring some updates and mods to the game but it didn’t hit fans as intended. (Source: PCGamer).
Bethesda is rolling out a new update for Skyrim Special Edition and is getting backlash from fans
Bethesda rolled out today a big new update for Skyrim Special Edition. It achieved the impressive milestone of making players upset for two particular reasons. Some fans are frustrated by what they see as a renewed focus on paid mods for Skyrim. Other fans are furious with the fact that the update is breaking a large number of existing mods.
Understanding Bethesda’s policy with Paid Mods
To Recall, Bethesda launched the original paid mods program for Skyrim in 2015. However, it didn’t go well. The company’s idea was received with a huge backlash from a community that grew with the use of free fan-made mods. The idea was scrapped within a week. It was in certain aspect revived in 2017 with the Creation Club. Bethesda, however, made it clear it was not a paid mods system although the mods in the program were accessible only with “credits” that had to be bought with “real money”.
What does the new Update bring to the Table? A new Creations Section
The latest update for Skyrim that rolls out today is a refinement of the program that pulls together existing mods and Creation Club items. There are also new Creations and a new Creations menu in Skyrim Special Edition. Bethesda also introduced the new Verified Creator Program. The “evolution of Creation Club”, enables approved members to sell their content.
Not all “Creations” are paid, and the Creation FAQ states: “While everyone can upload free Creations, only admitted members of the Verified Creator Program may get content approved for sale and earn royalties on each Creation of their sold”.
Fans Argue that “Paid Mods” are back
Some fans, however, are pretty upset about the new program and update. Some of them see this as a shift toward the system that Bethesda tried to implement in 2015. There are some discussions ongoing on Reddit. In the r/pcgaming thread, some Skyrim fans argue that “paid mods are back” while others state that these have been around since 2017.
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“Creation Club content went through a Bethesda dev pipeline and was often developed by Bethesda themselves (and was also criticized on release and has been criticized every time a CC update broke the game),” Redditor wertwert55 wrote. “This is opening the door for mod authors to just outright charge for mods after getting verified by Bethesda. Saying ‘paid mods are back’ in the sense that mass monetization of mods is again possible is completely accurate.”
In 2017, Bethesda managed to deliver something much better than the 2o15’s paid plan. The overall reaction during the Creation Club announcement was less negative. After all, it was an improved program and the amount of paid content was very limited. Only 74 Creation Club items became available, while the plan got a lot of free mods. Bethesda will presumably keep things on this pace, but that remains to be seen.
Broken Mods – That’s Why Skyrim Fans are upset with the new update
While the new move on paid mods generates some sort of discussion, something is making Skyrim players upset. It seems that the update broke some mods dependent on the Skyrim Script Extender. To those unfamiliar, the SKSE is a mod that expands Skyrim’s scripting capabilities to enable other mods to do things far beyond standard Skyrim functionality. The Script Extender is flexible and powerful, hence, there is a huge amount of mods produced under its “wing”. The problem is that when it goes down all mods relying on it go along.
The update made fans upset, but the SKSE team reacted quickly
The impact of this update can be seen across multiple Steam discussion threads. There are various titles like “Is there a way to roll back the update” or “Bethesda, who asked”?. There are also some tips on how to avoid installing the update, and recommendations to re-buy the game on GOG which does not include the Creation Club Option. Finally, those bold enough can download the Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Downgrade Patcher on Nexus Mods.
It is worth noting that the SKSE development team reacted quickly and updated the Script Extender to work with the new patch. So, players only need to install the update to the patcher and their mods will work once again. This won’t protect some players from the surprise of running the game and seeing their mods messed up.
All this confusion lifts the following question, why does Bethesda keep messing with Skyrim players? The game launched almost 12 years ago, it is complete, and the company should be working on its next project.
Although the modding community has been put in evidence once again with the update, some notable features make this update quite interesting. For example, it adds support for Steam Deck and Ultrawide monitors. So, if you play Skyrim with mods that use Script Extender, make sure to download the latest version.