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Bethesda promises Skyrim Creation Kit due Tuesday

Bethesda promises Skyrim Creation Kit due Tuesday

The Skyrim Creation Kit, built in partnership with Valve, promises to make distributing and installing mods a whole lot easier.

Bethesda has confirmed that the Skyrim Creation Kit is on track to launch tomorrow, and that it'll be bringing with it a special surprise.

Designed to provide the same tools that Bethesda itself used to create the vast world of Skyrim, the release of the Creation Kit follows a trend for providing PC gamers with the ability to shape the Elder Scrolls series of role-playing games to their individual requirements.

Previous titles in the series, such as Morrowind, have had the tools available at launch. Skyrim, however, has had something of a delay. This hasn't stopped modders, though: even without the official Creation Kit, there's an amazing amount of content available for the game.

The official Creation Kit promises to boost the modding scene into overdrive, however. Based around the same toolkits used by Bethesda itself, the Creation Kit has been developed with Valve to feature heavy Steam integration to make it possible to share mods directly within the company's digital distribution platform.

Rather than having to download mods from a - potentially sketchy - third party site, the Creation Kit integration with Steam will allow users to browse and search for Skyrim mods, subscribe to projects and automatically keep installed mods up to date.

For those who have already been working on modding the game, the Creation Kit offers an easier way to share their wares. It also adds new functionality, such as the ability to build archives and the option to pack custom INI files into the mod directly.

In the original announcement of the Kit, Bethesda producer Ashley Cheng claimed that the company is going a step further this time around: it's looking to expand the world of game modification outside the PC. "We’re going to keep looking for ways to get mods to more people," Cheng claimed, "and hopefully one day to our console audience."

Delays to the release of the Creation Kit have been frustrating gamers, but it looks like that is coming to an end. Pete Hines, Bethesda's vice president of marketing, told fans on microblogging service Twitter: "For our Skyrim PC fans, the Creation Kit is on track for release on Tuesday. And, we also have a special surprise with it. #whatcoulditbe!?"

Fan speculation as to the nature of the surprise is rife, but one thing seems clear: it's unlikely to be as surprising as seeing the dragons transformed into My Little Ponies.

Looking forward to the Skyrim Creation Kit?Got an idea as to what the surprise might be? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Fizzban 6th February 2012, 13:18 Quote
Excellent! This means lots of high quality mods in the near future.
Shirty 6th February 2012, 13:27 Quote
If the surprise is a high-res texture pack (strongly hinted at by suenstar in the Skyrim thread), then it might finally be time to retire the old 280 and upgrade to something with a bit more grunt.

If only I had any money :'(
Warrior_Rocker 6th February 2012, 17:36 Quote
I wish this meant they were fixing the issues plaguing the PC version of the game including mouse input lag, quiet game volume, and menus that frustrate users to say the least. The game itself may be fun but does not justify releasing a half-baked port.
improprietary 6th February 2012, 18:27 Quote
BetterBodies BetterFaces!!! =D
west 6th February 2012, 18:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Warrior_Rocker
I wish this meant they were fixing the issues plaguing the PC version of the game including mouse input lag, quiet game volume, and menus that frustrate users to say the least. The game itself may be fun but does not justify releasing a half-baked port.

1) your asking Bethesda to abandon a huge (console) market or spend a lot of time re-vamping the game for the PC. I think you forget that they run a business, not a make PC gamers happy group.

2) With the construction set released every issue you listed can and will be fixed (and it wont take long ether) so stop complaining! they are basically doing exactly what your accusing them of not doing! (although not directly).
Draksis 6th February 2012, 19:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Warrior_Rocker
I wish this meant they were fixing the issues plaguing the PC version of the game including mouse input lag, quiet game volume, and menus that frustrate users to say the least.

Though this does not by any means justify Bethesda's lack error/bug fixing work flow, but with the creation kit modders can address quiet game volume and menu system. In fact SkyUI is already out, and brings skyrim's inventory system back in-line with Oblivion's. ;)
Whindog 6th February 2012, 22:17 Quote
You got an issue with the menues......go download SKYui and live a happy life. Untill you help yourself.......dont cry about petty sh** like menues when there are easily fixable solutions.....

SkyrimNexus is your freind.

SOme great mods will be comming and less messy in your "data" folder witht he .ini now inside mods etc. Will make everything alot cleaner.......

Hopefully i can expand upon the current......52mods im running :p
Bede 7th February 2012, 12:37 Quote
Warrior_Rocker has a point. Though the CK is a great gift from Bethesda and will lead to great things for Skyrim, it should not be released as a DIY bug-fixing tool.
kosch 7th February 2012, 12:49 Quote
Good times
scrumble 7th February 2012, 16:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by west
I think you forget that they run a business, not a make PC gamers happy group.

Errr, i think you'll find that any business needs to keep its customers happy.

I'm pretty sure that in this instance, that as they're selling a game to PC owners, they really do need to keep PC gamers happy.
west 7th February 2012, 17:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bede
Warrior_Rocker has a point. Though the CK is a great gift from Bethesda and will lead to great things for Skyrim, it should not be released as a DIY bug-fixing tool.
That's not why its being released. Bethesda may release their own game patches to fix bugs (like with Oblivion).
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Originally Posted by scrumble
Errr, i think you'll find that any business needs to keep its customers happy.
I'm pretty sure that in this instance, that as they're selling a game to PC owners, they really do need to keep PC gamers happy.
Yes but they are not selling this game to just PC players. They have to consider the console market and they odiously can't afford to waste time and money on making each version of the game separately for each platform. And I would assume that most PC gamers are happy with Skyrim (judging by the reviews I've seen).
Elton 7th February 2012, 17:43 Quote
Glad this is it. I'll wait until the unofficial patches are all done. Then I'll consider it.
awlllwa 7th February 2012, 18:12 Quote
Creation Kit is up with Hi-Rez texture pack in tow
Waynio 7th February 2012, 22:07 Quote
Sounds awesome & I'm still nowhere near done with the stock game yet. :D
mclean007 8th February 2012, 07:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by west
...Yes but they are not selling this game to just PC players. They have to consider the console market and they odiously can't afford to waste time and money on making each version of the game separately for each platform. And I would assume that most PC gamers are happy with Skyrim (judging by the reviews I've seen).
Odiously?!?
bdigital 8th February 2012, 08:52 Quote
I love the way the new mods are being displayed in steam. Much more accessible
Anfield 8th February 2012, 09:14 Quote
I fear the number of hours I'll spend playing Skyrim will now skyrocket...

Seriously though, making the use of mods so damn easy directly in steam is one of the most genius moves any game developer ever came up with.

<- hopes for other games to copy the mod support of Skyrim
west 9th February 2012, 04:48 Quote
@ mclean007, I meant to type "obviously", but "odiously" kinda works too :P
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