If you’ve been waiting to hear news about the Skyrim Creation Kit and Steam Workshop, Bethesda has a few words of comfort for you. Apparently both are “nearly ready” and will most likely be released to the hungry modding hordes towards the end of January.
    The developers have also been working on the latest patch (1.4) for the game, which it’s hoped will be finalised “next week” and submitted for console approval as well as released on PC. From this point onwards, the PC patches will be “opt in” (or out) on release, meaning the playerbase will essentially be beta testing them. There’ll be “more info soon” on how that will work.
    So, what can you expect from Patch 1.4? A big list of things, as it happens:
    Current 1.4 Changelog (all platforms unless noted)

    Skyrim launcher support for Steam Workshop (PC)


    General optimizations for memory and performance
    Fixed occasional issue with armor and clothing not displaying properly when placed on mannequin’s in player’s house. (PS3)
    Improved compiler optimization settings (PC)
    Long term play optimizations for memory and performance (PS3)
    Memory optimizations related to scripting
    Fixed crashes related to pathing and AI
    Fixed crash in Haemar’s Shame if player had already completed “A Daedra’s Best Friend”
    Fixed rare crash with loading saved games
    Fixed issue with accented characters not displaying properly at the end of a line
    Master Criminal achievement/trophy unlocks properly in French, German, Spanish and Italian
    Fixed issue where dragon priest masks would not render correctly
    Fixed issue where quests would incorrectly progress after reloading a save
    Fixed issues with placing and removing books from bookshelves in the player’s home
    Fixed issue where weapon racks and plaques would not work correctly in player’s house if player immediately visits their house before purchasing any furnishing.
    Fixed issue where the player house in Windhelm would not clean up properly
    Fixed crash related to giant attacks and absorb spells
    Fixed issue with ash piles not cleaning up properly
    Fixed occasional issue where overwriting an existing save would fail
    Fixed memory crash with container menu
    Fixed infinite loop with bookshelves
    Fixed issue where traps in Shalidor’s Maze would not work properly in French, German, Spanish and Italian versions
    Fixed issue where transforming back to human from werewolf would occasionally not fail
    Bows and daggers will display properly when placed on weapon racks


    The Unusual Gem inside the Thalmor Embassy is now accessible after finishing “Diplomatic Immunity”
    In “Breaching Security”, the quest token is no longer required to receive a fortune reading from Olava the Feeble
    Fixed issue where Galmar would not complete Joining the Stormcloaks properly if “Season Unending” was an active quest
    Fixed issue where starting “Season Unending” after finishing “Joining the Stormcloaks” would prevent “The Jagged Crown” from starting properly.
    Fixed issue progressing through “Message to Whiterun” while “Season Unending” was still open would block progression for both quests.
    In “Arniel’s Endeavor”, fixed issue where a quest journal would trigger multiple times
    In “Forbidden Legend”, the amulet fragment can no longer disappear after player leaves a dungeon without taking it
    Fixed rare issue in “Forbidden Legend” where killing Mikrul Gauldurson while sneaking would make his corpose unaccessible
    In “The White Phial”, the phial can no longer disappear if player leaves dungeon without taking it
    “The White Phial” will now start properly if player already has a briar heart in their inventory
    Player can no longer get stuck in Misty Grove after completing “A Night to Remember”
    Fixed issue where leaving Riften during “A Chance Arrangement” would prevent quest from progressing
    In “Darkness Returns”, a door in Twilight Sepulcher will properly open if the player leaves the dungeon for an extended period of time before completing the quest
    In “Under New Management”, if the player leaves the Oculory for an extended period of time after placing the focusing crystal and returns, the quest will proceed correctly
    “Onmund’s Request” will now start properly if player has already found Enthir’s staff before receiving this quest
    Fixed instance where Tonilia would stop buying stolen items and also would not give Guild Leader Armor
    “Repairing the Phial” will start properly if player already has unmelting snow or mammoth tusk in their inventory
    Finding Pantea’s Flute before speaking with Pantea no longer prevents her quest from updating
    In “The Coming of the Dawn”, fixed rare instance where a quest object would spawn incorrectly on the Katariah during Hail Sithis
    Fixed rare issue in “The Mind of Madness” where player is unable to equip the Wabbajack
    Fixed issue in “Pieces of the Past” where Mehrunes Dagon’s Razor will not trigger properly if player leaves the cell for extended period of time before activating it
    “Blood’s Honor” will start properly if you visited and completed Driftshade and an extended period of time passes before starting the quest.
    Fixed rare issue where “Dampened Spirits” would not start properly
    Fixed issue where player would be unable to become Thane of Riften if they purchased a home first
    Fixed issue where killing guards in Cidhna Mine woud block progression for “No One Escapes Cidhna Mine”
    Fixed numerous issues with “Blood on the Ice” not triggering properly
    In “Blood on the Ice”, Calixto can now be killed if player owns a house in Windhelm
    In “The Cure for Madness”, killing Cicero then resurrecting him no longer impedes quest progress
    Fixed rare issue in “To Kill an Empire” where an NPC would fail to die properly

    Clearing Knifepoint Ridge before starting “Boethiah’s Champion” no longer prevents quest from starting

    Who says massive RPGs are difficult to playtest?
    Source: bethblog.com

    Paul Younger
    Founder and Editor of PC Invasion. Founder of the world's first gaming cafe and Veteran PC gamer of over 22 years.

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