Soon Bethesda Softworks will release the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Creation Kit and launch the Skyrim Workshop. Together these two tools will allow players to create and share new content for the open-world RPG. Today they released a trailer and revealed some other crucial details.
The Creation Kit will be free to download through Steam. Like the toolsets released for previous Bethesda games, the Skyrim Creation Kit will let you create your own mods. This particular toolset comes loaded with new features, like archive building.
Bethesda partnered with Valve to create a Skyrim Workshop for the building community. The Workshop makes the process of finding and sharing mods easier.
"With Skyrim Workshop, you can browse and search for the latest or highest rated mods, subscribe to any that interest you, rate your favorites and post feedback," explains production director Ashley Cheng on the Bethesda Blog. "Once you’ve subscribed to some mods, start the Skyrim launcher and you’ll see your subscribed mods automatically download. The launcher will even check if a mod has been updated and grab the latest version."
Unfortunately the Workshop and Creation Kit are only available to PC gamers at the moment. However, Cheng said that these features may be expanded to the Xbox 360 or PS3 in the future.
"Mods are a big part of what makes our games special, so we urge everyone to try it out. We’re going to keep looking for ways to get mods to more people, and hopefully one day to our console audience."
Update: Bethesda also launched Patch 1.4 today. This update fixes several bugs and adds launcher support for the Workshop.
Update 2: The Creation Kit will be released on Tuesday.