Skyrim is finally getting a survival mode, but only as part of Bethesda’s controversial Creation Club.
Fans of the Elder Scrolls series like their immersion, and stuffing sixty cheese wheels in your character’s mouth to heal up isn’t exactly the most realistic way to win a fight. Fan-made free mods like Frostfall, Wet and Cold, and Realistic Needs and Diseases have been long-time popular suggestions for players who want to experience some real danger from the environment while trekking through the snow, and it seems like Bethesda was paying attention.
The only difference is that Bethesda wants to charge money for the experience.
The new Survival Mode coming to Skyrim seems very similar to the mode of the same name that Bethesda added to Fallout 4. Players will become hungry over time and need to eat, and will need to to periodically sleep in a bed in order to eliminate fatigue and to level up. There’s a new cold meter, which will deplete your health and even kill you from exposure to the elements. Fast travel is disabled, carry weight is reduced, and health regeneration is turned off, along with a variety of other tweaks that make surviving in Skyrim a little more difficult and a little more realistic.
To get access to this mode, however, you’ll have to access the Skyrim Creation Club, Bethesda’s new attempt at a paid mods service. At the moment it’s only accessible by opting into the beta, and both beta testing and the first trial week of use are free. Once that first week is up, though, you’ll have to pay money into the Creation Club to access the same services mods have already been providing for free.
So far, Bethesda has declined to specify exactly what the cost will be, though a mod of this scope is bound to cost a high number of Creation Club credits. At the moment, the cheapest pack of credits will net you 750 credits for $8, while the biggest pack will get you 5500 credits for $40. (Can I mention again that Frostfall is free?)
PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players should see Survival Mode and Creation Club roll out on their chosen platform in early October. PC players can access the Creation Club beta now, with no set release date.