The last time we spoke to Nick Pearce, he was flying on a high: The Forgotten City, a mod that he'd spent more than 1700 hours building, had just won an Australian Writers' Guild award. It was the first Australian screenwriting award given to a video game mod, a staggering accomplishment given it was a mod borne entirely out of love.

Since then, Pearce has been thinking about what the next stage of development looks like. He quit his full-time job, and after fielding a bunch of offers to work with other studios, Pearce decided to walk a long and difficult path of his own: turning his Skyrim mod into a game of its own.