Skyrim Update 1.9 Hits Steam; Arriving on Consoles “Later” this Month

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Skyrim Update 1.9 Hits Steam; Arriving on Consoles “Later” this Month

Fus Ro Dah! The world of Skyrim is about to receive a fresh update, and this one’s worth paying attention to, folks. According to the official Bethesda Blog, found at the aptly-named address of bethblog.com, patch beta 1.9 for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is now live on Steam. The developers say they’re hoping to get the patch out on consoles sometime this month, and will provide specific dates as they become available. (To which PS3 fans the world over have given a collective sigh…)

Feature-wise, the update provides a new “Legendary” difficulty setting as well as allowing players to reset skills currently capped at level 100. Doing this resets the abilities back down to 15, effectively removing the current level cap in place by allowing players to retrain these skills.

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For Steam users, here’s what you need to know to get set up, courtesy of the blog post:

If you opt into the Beta, be sure to back up your saved games or simply be careful not to overwrite your existing saves. If you decide to opt out of the beta program, your old saves will still work with the current release of Skyrim on Steam (v 1.8).

Additionally, the update provides a number of bug fixes and stability updates, which can be found below:

That just about does it. Adding a new difficulty setting and completely doing away with the level cap in place is certainly a great way to renew waning interest for those ready to shelve the massive RPG timesink that is Skyrim. It’s also a way to reinvigorate interest for those, like myself, who find it hard to return to a completed game once the level cap is reached, even after DLC is released. For me personally, I now have every reason to jump back in and get started on Dawnguard and Dragonborn, which will hopefully be accompanied by the rumored fourth DLC titled “Redguard” sometime in the coming months.

Are you lads and lasses still playing Skyrim? And are these new features and fixes enough to make you pick up and play the game after a brief hiatus? For the PS3 folks, did you endure the cartoonishly-exaggerated development period to play the DLC, or have you long since given up on Skyrim? Let us know in the comments.

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