Skyrim mods downloaded 13.6 million times

Bethesda offers perspective on popularity of PC Steam Workshop offerings for The Elder Scrolls V.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim still hasn't seen its first official downloadable content yet, but the game's PC players have taken matters into their own hands to keep Skyrim fresh in the meantime. Bethesda Game Studios today posted on its official Twitter account that the number of Skyrim Steam Workshop downloads has topped 13.6 million.

Just in case this wasn't scary enough, there's a mod to make this dragon bigger.

Those user-made mods were facilitated by the February release of the Skyrim Creation Kit. The freely downloadable program gives gamers access to Bethesda's own development tools to make new Skyrim content and distribute it for free through Valve's Steam service. Some mods simply add weapons and armor to the game, but others allow players to use working fishing nets, kill the ordinarily invincible children in the game, or remove the game's meme-spawning "arrow to the knee" line of dialogue.

For more on Skyrim mods, check out GameSpot's weekly video feature that spotlights the top new game-changers released for Bethesda's open-world role-playing game. Last week's episode (embedded below) featured a flight ring mod, as well as its interaction with another popular user-made tweak to the game.

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Moathdd
Moathdd

Steam work shop not bad, but for my self  i prefer the nexus easier to use and it served me for years.

Elveon29
Elveon29

The guy that did the exploding chickens mod should be contracted by Bethesda!He is a Genius xD 

james_paterson
james_paterson

13 million of those are just for exploding chickens....

TrueGB
TrueGB

Are there any mods that add actual content? Or is it just the odd house or goofy weapons?

hadlee73
hadlee73

Ahhh PC game modding. The only realm in which the Skyrim dragons get turned into "Macho Man" Randy Savage.

VelvetKevorkian
VelvetKevorkian

Just goes to show PC gamers don't need paid DLC to get more out of a game. We're fully capable of putting out and sustaining a wealth of user made content that gives the game an unlimited amount of awesome content.

Neo_Sarevok
Neo_Sarevok

@ Zloth2 Nexus no doubt has a lot more. The only difference is Bethesda now have hard numbers to support their claims, as opposed to in the past. I believe Bethesda is also announcing this as a marketing tool because they want Steam Workshop to succeed, since it can be seen as an anti-piracy deterrent. With Nexus, modders can download without a registered game copy. With Steam Workshop, however, you need to purchase the game. No doubt a ton of developers are keeping an eye on Steam Workshop's developments. It's success may change the culture of modding forever.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

"heavy on the sarcasm" I can't believe the Xbox gets the DLC 30 days before us PC gamers. Totally unfair! Doesn't Bethseda know the PC gamers are the only reason this series exists today? /sarcasm Do you PC fanboys finally see why you shouldn't complain about the 30 day early release for the Xbox DLC?

Zloth2
Zloth2

13.6 million on Steam alone. Nexus likely has just as many.