Well, guess it's time to start listening to remixes all week — because the dragonborn is back on store shelves.
It's Skyrim time.
When we showed off The Forgotten City last year, it looked almost good enough to be a release from Bethesda themselves. It's basically one big giant murder mystery set underground, complete with lateral thinking puzzles, an original soundtrack, multiple endings and interrogations.
It's an exceptional piece of work. And it's now a culturally recognised piece of work, after its Australian creator won a national screenwriting award.
Last month, Bethesda seemed to give up on the prospect of bringing mod support to the PS4 versions of Fallout 4 and Skyrim, saying that Sony just wasn't having it. Now, though, both companies have made some compromises.
Video: One of the most ambitious mods in Skyrim history, Enderal, is now out in English. It's really good! But it makes reference to A Certain Inescapable Meme, A Dragon From Our Collective Past, and there's only one thing that can be done about that.
Enderal is a Skyrim mod that's been in development for years. I've been playing for hours, and I feel like I've barely scratched the surface.
Way back in 2013, I wrote about a mod called Enderal, a very ambitious attempt at creating an all-new game out of Skyrim's bones, with a new map, new buildings, new characters, the works. Shockingly, considering the way most of these things usually go, it's actually finished!
The video that led me to Nick, known on YouTube as the ASMRnerd, was "Soft-Spoken ASMR: Elder Scrolls Maps." I have no idea how I found it — probably late at night in a semi-conscious YouTube trance. "Join me for a relaxing cartographic journey across Tamriel and its provinces," the description reads. "Triggers include paper sounds, pointing and tracing, and soft-spoken rambling."
Time flies. Skyrim has been out for nearly five years, giving its mod scene time to grow and change and then change again. It's a culture unto itself, one that's weathered identity crises and that whole money fiasco. So, all these years later, where does it stand?
iriarsham posted these screenshots over the weekend, to remind us all that despite its advancing years and creaking engine, Skyrim — with help from fans — continues to look absolutely stunning.
Dayshot: Skywind, part of the Elder Scrolls Renewal project, aims to recreate Morrowind in Skyrim's engine. It has been in development since 2012 and probably won't be ready for a while. To help cope with that fact, I look at the team's progress videos as mere instances of 3D Morrowind fan art. So let's look at some fan art!