Skyrim Creation Kit & High-Res Textures Released
February 7th, 2012
By Andrew Burnes
Since its release on 11.11.11, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has sold millions of copies, won innumerable awards, risen to the top of Steam’s ‘Most Played’ list, and has been modded extensively. Today, that modding got a whole lot easier with the release of the Creation Kit™, the official Skyrim mod development kit, and Steam Workshop, a mod resource built directly into Steam.
Using the Creation Kit™ modders develop their new or edited content, click a button, and watch as their creation is uploaded directly to the Steam Workshop where Skyrim players can view its contents, rate it, comment on it, and see how popular it is with the community. Beyond these key features, the most important aspect of the Steam Workshop is the ‘Subscribe’ button. By clicking it, the mod is downloaded and installed automatically the next time Skyrim is started, and from that point forth automatically checked for updates, removing the need to manually delete, overwrite and add files. And if you want the mod gone, simply click the Subscribe button once more and the Workshop will take care of the rest. Alternatively, launch Skyrim, and in ‘Data Files’ menu uncheck the mod you want to delete.
To celebrate the launch of this game changing, innovative process, Valve and Bethesda Softworks have jointly developed ‘Fall of the Space Core, Vol. 1,’ an amusing free mod that puts a piece of Portal 2 in Skyrim.
If you’re eager to develop your own mods you’ll first need to download ‘Creation Kit’ from the Tools section of Steam (View > Tools). Once acquired, it’s worth watching Bethesda’s introductory tutorial videos and reading their in-depth Wiki, filled with useful advice about gameplay systems and their new, powerful scripting system, Papyrus. With this information you can develop almost anything, radically changing the entire game, or simply adding a secret stash to store your loot.
With a completed mod in hand you should also consider uploading it to Skyrim Nexus, the Internet’s best mod resource, which to date has featured over 6000 Skyrim mods. If you do, you have a chance to win Special Edition PNY Skyrim-themed GeForce GTX 560 Tis, and a custom-built, one of a kind Skyrim PC from iBuyPower, worth $2,000.
In other Skyrim news, Bethesda has released an official high resolution texture pack, for free, enhancing the visuals of the entire game. Weighing in at 3.1GB, half the size of the entire game at launch, these textures are well worth a download, though your system must have at least 4GB of system RAM and 1GB of Video RAM.
And finally, want to share tales of epic Skyrim questing without friends looking at you like you’ve got two heads? Point them in the direction of the Skyrim product page as it’s on sale on Steam this week only, along with previous titles, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind – Game Of The Year Edition, and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion – Game Of The Year Edition, each of which have their own mods and enhancements created by thousands of players of the course of the past ten years.