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Skyrim Hi-Rez Pack & Creation Kit

The Bethesda Blog announces the release of the promised Creation Kit for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, providing modification support for their RPG sequel. They also announce Steam now features a Skyrim High Resolution Texture Pack as free DLC, confirming indications that such a graphics upgrade was the "surprise" recently hinted at by Bethesda. Here's a tutorial video introducing the creation kit, and here's word:

Modders rejoice! We’re pleased to announce that the Skyrim Creation Kit is now available!

With the Creation Kit’s release, fans can now upload, download, and install custom content through the Skyrim Workshop on Steam. Get a crash course by reading level designer Joel Burgess’ blog post, and be sure to read up on our list of best practices for modding. Need more help? Don’t forget to to check out the official Wiki at In the coming days and weeks, we’ll be sharing tutorial videos for beginners and experts alike. Check out the first tutorial above, and visit the Bethesda Game Studios YouTube Channel for more.

In addition to releasing the Creation Kit and Skyrim Workshop, today we’re allowing players to experience Skyrim as you’ve never seen it before with the Skyrim High-Resolution Texture Pack. Before downloading it from Steam, make sure your system requirements exceed Skyrim’s recommended specs before attempting to install, including Windows Vista/7, a minimum of 4GB of system RAM, and a DirectX 9.0c compatible NVIDIA or AMD ATI video card with at least 1 GB of RAM and the latest drivers.

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20. Re: Skyrim Hi-Rez Pack & Creation Kit Feb 7, 2012, 15:23 WaltC
Downloading now...looks to take about an hour for the ~3-gig texture patch to download@6Mb/s down.

I am extraordinarily impressed with this game! Had I not been told that the original textures were not "hires" I would not have suspected it--Skyrim sure included the best looking lot of low-res textures I've ever seen...;)

What I am ga-ga-goo-goo about, frankly, is that I've temporarily had to move to a much less powerful rig than I'm used to--a 3GHz Athlon 2 (separate 1-gig L2s) and an ATi 5770--and I'm damned if this game doesn't run *el perfecto* with all controls save FSAA maxed out to Ultra @ 1920x1080! The game runs great even at 2x FSAA--but looks as good and runs great at 0xFSAA and FXAA turned on--all settings maxed.

I've got a 1-gig 5770, so I'm betting the hi-res textures will run just fine! Amazing game--amazing. Been a long time since I've had the pleasure of something like Skyrim.

What I like most about the game, though, is that its stellar mega sales for the PC shut the mouths of the untalented, cowardly naysayer developers who claim you can't write for the PC because of piracy. May those guys rot and writhe in the acidic shadow that Skyrim PC casts!
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