The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim hasn't even been out for one month yet and still users have created dozens of amazing and useful modifications for the game. And all of this was done without the proper tools at their disposal, using just a bit of elbow grease and innate modding knowledge.
That's all about to change, however, as Bethesda Softworks has announed the Creation Kit for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, coming in January of 2012. The Creation Kit will support both Steam Workshop and existing mod databases, like our very own SkyrimForge.
From the Bethblog:
Beginning in January, PC players will be able to download the same development tools we used at Bethesda Game Studios to create Skyrim. In tandem with the Creation Kit’s release, we will roll out a new Wiki and videos to help you get started. It also features something we think you’re going to love…
Steam Workshop – We’re excited to share news that we’ve been working closely with Valve to integrate Steam Workshop into the Creation Kit. Using the Workshop, you’ll have free user content with the push of a button. The Creation Kit will bundle your mod and upload it to the Workshop, where everyone can browse, rate, and flag mods for download. You’ll be able to do this from any web device, including your smartphone. Like a live Netflix queue, when you fire up Skyrim, mods you flagged will be automatically downloaded and installed. Everyone here is really excited about the opportunities and possibilities this opens up for our entire community.
Prefer to use existing modding sites? Not a problem. You’ll still be able to upload/share/access Skyrim mods on fan-created mod sites.
Bethesda has also reaffirmed that they will be continuing to work on title updates for Skyrim to ensure that any bugs or glitches in the game are patched up as soon as possible. Players on PC will find that these updates are available much more often and frequently versus console players, simply because Steam allows Bethesda the freedom to control when their patches go out whereas the updates must go through certification on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, which ultimately increases the wait time between updates.