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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 www.CreationKit.com. 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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80. Re: Skyrim Hi-Rez Pack & Creation Kit Feb 8, 2012, 00:03 ForgedReality
 
Creston wrote on Feb 7, 2012, 23:40:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Feb 7, 2012, 23:19:
Creston wrote on Feb 7, 2012, 22:45:
Is that what's happening, or is it just a case of the bsa overriding everything in the "data" folder?

Though now that I think about it, that's exactly the opposite of the way that Bethesda's games normally work... Hmmm, weird. Don't know why Beth would deliberately break a ton of texture mods that way...

Creston
That's happening as far as I understand from texture and nif modders. There's a two way flagging system that allows you to flag your textures high or low res. High res will always get priority in loading as long as the associated ESP is loaded, and it can find the BSA. Otherwise it will default to loose files, or to the specified bsa.

I work more so in the scripting area, but in the closed modder forums that I frequent there's no shortage of grumbling over it.

But those flags are happening on a per-texture basis, right? Or is it more general than that?

Btw, for those interested about the High-Res pack:

1) I've lost literally 0% performance in using it. (In fact, I hadn't even played with 1.4 yet, so the whole game runs even smoother than it already used to.)

2) Certain things have definitely gotten a lot nicer. Clothes, armors and weapons certainly. Immediately noticeable were all the food textures, which have been massively upgraded (tomatoes are REALLY pretty now). Some rock textures were upgraded, and they improved the fauna quite a bit (though to be fair, it looks like they just took Vurt's work and copied it...)

Whiterun looks pretty nice now, they did a lot of work on the roof and beam textures, it looks very crisp now. They altered probably 60-70%, if I had to guess, of the wooden textures.

Other things, however, are still the same low rez stuff. I didn't expect them to improve every texture, but the "snowy rock" still looks horrendously shitty, the snow itself is still shit, and most tables are still pretty poor as well. All in all I'd say use this texture pack and keep using all the 3rd party ones as well, but of course I don't know how that flag Mashiki was talking about affects them. I'll fire some of them up tonight and see what happens.

As for Steam workshop being "the future of modding" ... it's basically a direct copy of the Nexus sites. The only thing it does better than Nexus is auto-updating. (which I will admit is a seriously cool feature.)

Edit : I could have saved myself the trouble of typing all this out. Hehe.

Oh well.

Creston


I notice absolutely zero difference. I uninstalled Sky-UI thinking that was causing it not to work. No. They either apparently did just about nothing to improve the textures, or the fucking thing doesn't fucking work. >:\
 
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