Bethesda Launches Skyrim Creation Kit; New High Resolution Textures

Bethesda Launches Skyrim Creation Kit; New High Resolution Textures

Bethesda Softworks released a one-two punch today; simultaneously debuting the Skyrim Creation Kit and a surprise -- new, high-resolution textures for its smash hit. The Creation Kit gives modders access to the same tools the game developers use for updating and creating Skyrim. The Creation Kit is integrated into the Steam Workshop--for those of you who missed the announcement a few weeks back, the Workshop is a community/distribution hub for user-created content. Modders working with the Creation Kit will be able to upload their projects to Steam for sharing with other users.



As you can see, there's a learning curve attached to using the CK, which is where Bethesda's Creation Kit Wiki will come in handy. The encyclopedia offers a number of tutorials and how-to's as well as links to the company's YouTube page and dedicated CK forum. We played around with the Kit and came away impressed with the level of control it offers; serious modders might be well-advised to drop the data files on an SSD. As always, make backups of important game files before you dive in and go spelunking.


The other update today is a surprise set of high-resolution textures. Opinion on the quality of the new textures is divided; the degree of difference really depends on where you look. In some cases, there's an immediate improvement, as is the case with the following NPC:

 

Then there's areas where the difference is subtle and not necessarily something you'd pick up on while playing the game. In the screenshot below, the left-hand side uses the hi-rez textures while the right-hand side is standard.



Then there's a few instances where there's virtually no difference at all. In the next set of images, the original textures are on top.





The textures aren't small -- the entire pack is a 3.1GB download -- but having checked visual quality for ourselves with and without the update, we definitely prefer the new versions. Those of you with weaker GPUs may prefer to avoid the download; the eye candy comes with a commensurately higher need for GPU horsepower. Kudos to Bethesda for the way it takes care of the PC gaming community--better eye candy is a nice feature to have compared to console versions, but modding tools are what give a game legs over the long term.
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That is what i call texture improvement. Keep in mind the better it looks more laggy it gets.People looking for quality and performance should get the high end graphics cards to play smooth and have a good game experience :)

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High-resolution textures seems to be the big thing in gaming nowadays; glad the gaming community has finally listened to our pleas and allowed us to download official sanctioned high-resolution packs, great way to support the games you're putting out.

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YES. YES. YES.

This is the sort of thing that creates loyal fans because if someone invests their time not only into the game through their game play but by creating new game play they can receive credit for and be a part of for others game play as well you can sure bet their gonna stick around.

I personally modded my Skyrim and messed up my game for a while because I had to uninstall the mods due to errors and then my game save had modded content still in it but with the integration with the Steam Workshop hopefully mod's will be verified to not cause problems etc. or at least be more flushed out.

On a side not the public integration

This is excellent work in encouraging innovation on Bethesda and Steam's part, by making mods more mainstream and polished its going to create a new appeal for PC gaming and draw people away from consoles.

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Great idea, and a good way to encourage aspiring devs to work on their skills.

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