Mod tools bundled with Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Latest RPG series entry to include Creation Kit for PC community; new game engine dubbed Creation Engine.

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The latest entry in the Elder Scrolls series--Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim--is due out 11/11/11 with not only a new narrative, but also a new game engine. However, gamers not content with what Bethesda has created will be able to mix things up in the new role-playing game.

Bethesda has confirmed via the Bethesda Blog that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will follow the precedent set by its predecessor and come with a set of mod tools for gamers to unleash their creativity with.

The sky's the limit for modders in Skyrim.
The sky's the limit for modders in Skyrim.

Skyrim's all-new game engine--outed last month--will be called the Creation Engine and will include the Creation Kit level-building tools for the PC community only. This toolset will let gamers create levels and tweak game nuances to their liking. The modification tools will not be available for the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 iterations of the game.

Speaking via the official Skyrim forums, a Bethesda employee said that including the toolset with Skyrim was a decision the studio made based on what the community had created in the past.

"We've always been impressed with what the community has done with our tools," said a Bethesda representative. "Like the Elder Scrolls Construction Set for Morrowind and Oblivion, we plan to release Creation Kit so you guys can mod Skyrim."

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was announced at the 2010 Video Game Awards show following reports that the title was in development and would be a direct sequel to The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. A teaser website for the title is now live, and its first trailer is embedded below.

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