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As they've done with previous role-playing games, Bethesda will give gamers a toolset for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. They plan to release the Skyrim Creation Kit early next year for the PC. Their plans for the coming months also include several updates.

"Beginning in January, PC players will be able to download for free the same development tools we used at Bethesda Game Studios to create Skyrim. In tandem with the Creation Kit’s release, we will roll out a new Wiki and videos to help you get started," said Bethesda. The Creation Kit will utilize Steam Workshop, which will allow users to easily share their mods. At the Workshop, players will be able to browse, rate and flag mods. You can select mods via your smartphone or other devices, and then automatically download and install them the next time you play the game.

Next week Bethesda will be releasing an incremental update for the game. It's designed to fix some of the issues that cropped up in Patch 1.2, such as backwards flying dragons and magic resistance not functioning. The update will hit the PC initially and make it to the PS3 and Xbox 360 by the end of the week. Bethesda hopes to continue releasing small patches like this.

"After the holidays, we’ll continue to release regular updates for the game — through full title updates, as well as incremental “gameplay updates” to fix whatever issues come up along with rebalancing portions of the game for difficulty or exploits. We plan on having a lot of these, not just a few. Overall, you should expect updates to be hitting the PC and Steam earlier and more often, as that’s a process we control. Console updates will follow, as they must be certified and processed by those manufacturers."

Skyrim was released worldwide on November 11th. To whether it's worth picking up, read our review.