Skyrim: Special Edition update brings back paid mods and adds Steam Deck support

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Credit: Bethesda

skyrim special edition update paid mods steam deck
Credit: Bethesda

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition has received a brand new update from Bethesda, bringing in a decent mix of bad and good news. While this update does make the legendary RPG more playable on Steam Deck, it also brings back the controversial paid mods that angered fans years back.

Dubbed Bethesda Game Studios Creations (via Gaming on Linux), players will be able to download mods much quicker thanks to this new tool. Bethesda’s patch notes also point out how modders can get “verified,” which can lead to them getting paid for mods in the future.

Naturally, players don’t like having to pay more money to make Skyrim a better game than it already is. Granted, there are still a good number of free mods that players can download, but the option to charge for them is already too much for some players.

Unfortunately, this update has also broken various mods in the open-world RPG, though modders are likely working on the issues now. Still, that’s a double whammy of bad news and has fans thinking that Bethesda can also do this with Starfield when that game becomes more popular.

For better news, Skyrim having improved Steam Deck support is quite nice, though details on that support weren’t detailed. Plus, the RPG was already deemed “playable” by Valve, though we’re sure Bethesda is hoping this leads to it getting “Verified” shortly. While most fans don’t care about the “Verified” status of games, it’s still a boon that devs can brag about.

Seeing fans be passionate about this update shows just how influential Skyrim continues to be, years after its release over a decade ago. Knowing Bethesda, the company will probably backtrack from paid mods (again) if this gets enough attention online. Then again, Bethesda had the gall to make an annual subscription fee for Fallout 76 when it was still bad, so the company is capable of anything.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is now available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

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