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Better grab a jacket, because Skyrim is getting a survival mode

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Almost six years later, and people are still playing Bethesda’s fifth Elder Scrolls game, Skyrim. It’s not hard to see why, because I love making a bold claim that Skyrim is the best Elder Scrolls game because I never ever tire of watching the rest of the staff spray blood when this information filters towards the part of their brain that’s dedicated to viewing anything related Morrowind with nostalgia-goggles.

Anyway, almost six years later and Skyrim is still the gift that keeps on giving as fans find way to mod new content into the versatile package of dragon-shouting your foes into oblivion. Not that one. If you thought that dragons and the entire armed guard Windhelm bearing down on your murderous ass was bad enough, then an extra challenge is coming your way soon: The elements.

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The Skyrim Special Edition on PS4, PC and Xbox One will soon receive a Survival Mode update, which focuses on making the popular winter wonderland a frigid hell where the only harder than the steel in your hands are the nipples on your chest. You’ll also have to contend with hunger, consuming enough meat to keep yourself well-fed for the battles ahead and for when you need to sacrifice Lydia to a Daedric god.

Yes, I sacrificed her for power and I would do it again in a heartbeat for more power. I am a horrible person, get over it. Other stuff included in the update that will soon hit platforms next month, are:

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  • A massive reduction in the amount of gear you can carry
  • No fast travel
  • No health regeneration
  • Fatigue also affects your magicka
  • Shrines require you to pay to use them
  • Vampires and werewolves can restore their hunger by feeding on their victims
  • Creatures can now also afflict you with exotic diseases
  • Weakened, addled and frostbitten afflictions that impact everything from combat to lockpicking

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Here’s the catch: Survival Mode is part of Bethesda’s new Creation Club and is being listed as being available as a free add-on for one week. If you grab it, you keep it. If you miss it, you’re going to have to shell out some bucks for a chance to experience Skyrim the way it was meant to be played: With a Dragonborn who is shivering to death and has an icicle lodged up his urethra from the naked elements around him.

Last Updated: September 28, 2017


  1. But Skyrim has already had the Frostfall mod for like, ever?
    Is this just a version of the existing mod? I cant see them doing this inhouse after so much time.


    • Jacques Van Zyl

      September 28, 2017 at 12:15

      By the looks of it, it is a reworked Frostfall with some Realistic Needs & Diseases thrown in. I can’t justify having to pay for things that have been available for free since before SE.


      • Matthew Holliday

        September 28, 2017 at 12:16

        forget befor SE, both mods have been available since 2012.


  2. Original Heretic

    September 28, 2017 at 12:23

    The meh is strong with this one.


  3. Admiral Chief

    September 28, 2017 at 13:10



  4. HairyEwok

    September 28, 2017 at 14:01

    Welcome Bethesda, while you were copying actual modders ideas we were playing the actual mods….. for years…. FOR FREE!


  5. Galbedir

    September 28, 2017 at 17:39

    Wonder if this is going to be included in the Switch version…as we don’t really have a chance in that 1 week due to not being released…


  6. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    September 29, 2017 at 15:20

    Nope. Make a new one. Move on.


  7. Deceased

    September 30, 2017 at 10:32

    That moment when mods have already given me ALL of these mechanics – because vanilla Skyrim ( Skyrim: SE included ), as it was released, just suffers from that whole “Please the casual market” mentality… Don’t misunderstand, I DO get that not everyone wants to spend 4 hours walking 5 meters without dying… But the way I see it, this game could ONLY benefit from ramping up the difficulty from “Let’s pick some flowers, the world is a lovely place” to “WHY THE FUCK AM I PLAYING THIS?! This is torture”…


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