The latest PC update for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim appears to have the unfortunate side effect of breaking a number of the most popular mods and tweaks for Bethesda’s monster hit RPG.
Small things can have big consequences: Bethesda have released an 18mb patch for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim via Steam – and it appears it breaks the Large Address Aware tweak a lot of players have been using to get round the game’s (bizarre) 2GB RAM limit, and upon which a lot of mods rely.
The update appears primarily designed to combat piracy as it modifies Skyrim’s .exe file to prevent it from being launched without Steam running, but has taken the tweak out of action as a side effect – and thus other mods and tweaks such as uGrids (which pretties up the icy landscapes) that depend on the greater memory the Large Aware Address tweak made available. Of course, all this wouldn’t be happening if Bethesda has not somehow managed to ship a game that could only access 2GB of RAM in the first place, for Pete’s sake. Thanks to RPS for the heads up on this.
A lot of these issues will all be solved when the official Creation Kit arrives and mods are officially and easily supported by Skyrim. A more substantial patch to fix some of the game’s bigger issues is incoming next week.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
UK Release Date: 11/11/2011
Formats: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
The Elder Scrolls V review [PC, PS3, Xbox 360] – coming soon!