Bethesda Launches Skyrim Creation Kit; New High Resolution Textures
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.