Skyrim — what we’re working on (Updated)

Updated 12/6: While the 1.2 update fixed the long-term play issues for most PS3 users, we are aware that is not the case for some. We’ve been reaching out to a number of those users to collect save games, so we can take a look at their specific issues. Right now we know it’s not one thing, but a combination of smaller ones that some folks are seeing, but others are not. Some seem to be the PS3 autosaving in the background (you can turn that off), some may be SPU AI updates, and some may relate to dynamic system memory allocation. These fixes are not in the current 1.3 update that is in final testing, but will be in future ones. We understand how frustrating it can be when your game is having issues, and we thank all of you for your continued feedback and patience. Rest assured we take your gameplay experience seriously and will continue working on this until it’s resolved.

Original Post: As of today, it’s been three weeks since we released Skyrim worldwide. We’re simply blown away by the response, from new and old fans, and amazed by the sheer number of people playing the game. It’s been absolutely fantastic hearing your stories, seeing early mods, and watching fan videos (more live music ones please, we love those).

We want to thank everyone reading this for playing our game and supporting all it tries to do. We wouldn’t have this success without you, and we want you to know we’re committed to making your Skyrim experience even better. And not just in the short term, but over the life of the game. Here’s a quick peek at what we’re working on right now:

Creation Kit  — Beginning in January, PC players will be able to download for free the same development tools we used at Bethesda Game Studios to create Skyrim. In tandem with the Creation Kit’s release, we will roll out a new Wiki and videos to help you get started. It also features something we think you’re going to love…




Steam Workshop — We’re excited to share news that we’ve been working closely with Valve to integrate Steam Workshop into the Creation Kit. Using the Workshop, you’ll have free user content with the push of a button. The Creation Kit will bundle your mod and upload it to the Workshop, where everyone can browse, rate, and flag mods for download. You’ll be able to do this from any web device, including your smartphone. Like a live Netflix queue, when you fire up Skyrim, mods you flagged will be automatically downloaded and installed. Everyone here is really excited about the opportunities and possibilities this opens up for our entire community.

Prefer to use existing modding sites? Not a problem. You’ll still be able to upload/share/access Skyrim mods on fan-created mod sites.

Continued Game Updates — This week we released update 1.2 across all platforms, and we’ll be releasing an incremental update next week. We anticipate it will be up on PC first, and then hit PS3 and Xbox 360 later in the week. Among other things, the update will fix issues like magic resistance not calculating properly and the rare, amazing backwards flying dragon. Once the update is released, we’ll share the full release notes.

After the holidays, we’ll continue to release regular updates for the game — through full title updates, as well as incremental “gameplay updates” to fix whatever issues come up along with rebalancing portions of the game for difficulty or exploits. We plan on having a lot of these, not just a few. Overall, you should expect updates to be hitting the PC and Steam earlier and more often, as that’s a process we control. Console updates will follow, as they must be certified and processed by those manufacturers.

We all know this is a huge game, and everyone has a different experience. We’ll continue to do everything we can to make the game better and better for as many people as possible every day. We’ve also realized that with the millions upon millions of people playing Skyrim, we need to treat our updates with greater care. If we get too aggressive trying to fix a minor issue, we run a risk of breaking something larger in a game like this. To be safe, we are prioritizing code side fixes right now over data fixes. Quest and balance issues are usually data, and those will start rolling in a large way with the January updates.

Thanks again for your continued support and patience. We truly have the best fans in the world, and we couldn’t do it without you.

Reader Comments

  1. I’m almost to level 64 on my Xbox 360 and I’ve had Hjerim purchased as a home for awhile now (around level 40). It’s basically my central headquarters and it’s holding most of what I own but I can’t enter it anymore and the only way for me to successfully do so is reverting back to the last save I had inside Hjerim. I tried exiting and entering and it worked just fine as long as I stayed in Windhelm. The problem seems to occur when I leave Windhelm altogether and try to come back. I go to enter Hjerim and I see my level bar pop up in the top right corner of the loading screen and then the music stops, the mist never comes and my Xbox becomes completely unresponsive, leaving the only option of hitting the power button and rebooting. I installed all the latest patches, had my disc cleaned, and even bought a new disc for the game but none of this helped at all. This problem also occurs when trying to enter Nightcaller Temple, Mzulft and Dawnstar Sanctuary through the secret entrance (the main entrance works just fine).

  2. Will you guys eventually get around to fixing the marriage bugs? Especially the one that prevents Lydia from being a marriage candidate. I’ve had her for a while and to me she just makes the most sense for my character to have as a wife.

  3. You MUST fix the Blood on the Ice quest. All I need to do is buy Hjerim, but can’t do that because I can’t do this quest. Another thing, I somehow obtained the key to Hjerim without even buying it and the house is FULL of glitches and bugs. I’m really not trying to be mean, and I know all you working at Bethesda are working hard to fix these. Best wishes.

    • Same here. I’ve found several places where the quest bugs out on several different characters. I’ve never seen it all the way through and can’t buy a house in Windhelm.

  4. Playstation3 : the trophy “Master Criminal” cannot be unlocked, reading around the net this is a problem for everybody having the game not in english (most countries in Europe except NE)… please fix this bug most of us miss just this trophy for the platinum in PS3!!!

    Thank you

  5. My current issue is with the Thieves Guild Armor glitch. (Xbox 360)

    Back at hour 70-something, I sold the Thieves Guild Armor to…someone, I guess. Now its hour 176 with the game and I’m currently trying to restore the Thieves Guild to its former glory, but I can’t because Tonilia won’t give up the Guildmaster’s Armor without me already having upgraded a piece of the Thieves Guild armor from before.

    PC players can already fix this issue by giving themselves the armor through commands, but on 360 and PS3, we’re stuck. We have no way of getting the armor back, and if we don’t have the original Thieves Guild armor, we can’t upgrade it, can’t get the Guildmaster’s Armor, and can’t get the achievement/trophy for returning the Thieves Guild to its former glory.

    I believe what needs to be done is Tonilia down in The Ragged Flagon needs to have her shop open at all times. She’s stuck forever asking if we can upgrade a piece of armor, but without it, we can’t. If we can unlock her store again, what ALSO needs to be done is we need to be able to purchase Thieves Guild armor pieces. If that’s available, we should be able to talk to her again, upgrade it, and then get the Guildmaster’s Armor after completing the necessary quests.

    If this doesn’t get fixed, I’m afraid I might never get 1000 gamerscore on this game. Sucks, cause its my first TES game and I don’t want to have a sour opinion of it because of one thing like this glitch being annoying.

    Hope that helps. Don’t know if its already being worked on, but if it is, thanks. If it isn’t, I hope my post informs you of the issue and it can get resolved ASAP.

  6. i play on PC.
    i have just a minor issue, but even minor issues needs to be fixed, i bought the breezhome in whiterun but when i went to check it out and i thought it sucked a bit but i noticed the jarl’s steward gave me a book with the home key, i read it and then i did what the book told me to do and that is if i want to decorate my home i need to go talk to the steward, but when i got back to the dragonsreach, the steward was gone, i tried waiting to the morning, i tried waiting to the evening and i tried going out to look for him, i used the command console, i typed in “Prid” and then typed in his Ref ID and clicked Enter, then i typed in the command of “moveto player” and he reapeared and returned to the jarl, although i fixed this problem, not all PC players can do the same, and it may be encountered on the Xbox 360 and PS3, fix this Please.

  7. Not sure if anyone has addressed this yet, but I sold all of my Thieves Guild equipment to Tonilia and now i can’t complete the Thieves Guild quest chain because she won’t open her shop anymore, can you find a way around this or something? Much appreciated if you can.

  8. The main problem that nearly makes the game unplayable for me is the buggy quests. A quest in the Thieves guild quest line, Dampened Spirits, doesn’t even start for me after completing Loud and Clear. I have tried about 10 or more times over and over again, but I never get the quest at all. Another quest, I can NEVER complete do a bug is The Book of Love. Apparently the quest never advances past the speak to ‘Klimmek or Bassianus’ part though I helped Bassianus and Fastred elope. Apparently I cannot speak to one brother, exit the conversation then continue the quest with the other without breaking the entire questline.

    The other quest that is ‘broken’ for me is the one where you have to retrieve a book for the College of Winterhold, The Waters of Oblivion. Somehow, I found the book before beginning the quest and now the marker will only lead me to a random spot on the overworld map between Falkreath and Whiterun. I read that the book is in another place far from there, a place I had never even gone before. Yet, I found the book in another location completely now the quest cannot be completed at all.

    I was fine with it, up until the Thieves guild quests being broken…sure, I could start my game over, but I am level 33 and I would rather not right now. Need a major bug patch. I can deal perfectly fine with the lag issues but not with quests bugging up.

    Oh, and I play on the Ps3.

  9. Hi there,

    Fabulous game, really nice (Playing Ultra settings on PC). But there are some nuisances that bugs me, like when you do your chores(smithing, cooking, wood chopping etc) and the camera viewpoint is moved rather violently (makes me dizzy) to some hardcoded position (why not leave it at my viewpoint?) and when the chore is over it is reset not to my old viewpoint but to some other hardcoded(?) viewpoint. This bugs me when I try to make a living(!) from wood chopping, that I have to do a lot of mouse moves to start the chore again and again. It also makes my head spin, that the viewpoint is forced away from my chosen viewpoint all the time for no good reason what so ever and it kind of spoils the illusion of me being “in there”. I imagine that it will be a very easy change to stop doing that.

  10. I Have been playing Skyrim on the PC since it came out and I have a major issue with CTD’s. I am getting sick of seeing all these updates that fix “Rare” problems; can’t you deal with the most obvious and apparent problems first? I love TES series and have played every single one but I haven’t touched Skyrim in weeks due to the annoying crashes! It was running fine when I could boot it up without steam but ever since that first patch it has been a NIGHTMARE! Still love you guys though.

  11. My Shadowmere (on PS3) just disappeared. It used to spawn everywhere I fast-traveled, then one day it suddenly wasn’t there anymore! And it hasn’t returned since. I’m quite sure it didn’t die. Anyway, I don’t know if this is supposed to happen, but I’d like my horse back. Also the lag is a huge issue, but everyone’s already told you that sooo… Thanks
    btw I’m lvl 68 with about a 14mb save file…if you care at all.
    Thanks again.

  12. Hey guys! Great game really loving it… But the blood on ice quest for Xbox 360 you have to fix it!! Driving me insane. Won’t trigger off. Plus I don’t know if this happend with anyone else but when I was taking over whiterun with the stormcloaks it froze 4 times going pass the draw bridge.. Seems very laggy with big battles. I have the new slim 250gb Xbox so I doubt it would be un dated soft ware. Well thanks for reading my post keep up the good work guys!

  13. Love the game and am playing Skyrim on the PS3. Reporting a glitch where the game gave me the Miscellaneous quest to find the Arcana Restored for the College of Winterhold. I have the Arcana Restored in my inventory and the game isn’t recognizing it. It keeps saying that the book is in a chest in the Sunderstone Gorge and won’t allow me to complete the quest or place the book in the chest because it is a quest item. I love the game and it saddens me that it is experiencing so many bugs and issues. Please tell me that you are working on fixing the issues. Looking forward to playing a non-buggy Skyrim.

  14. I can’t complete the Thieves Guild questline. I am up to and have finished “Loud and Clear” and I need to speak to Brynjolf but he stays in Riften marketplace. I may also need to speak to Maven Black Briar (I’ve completed the main quest and at my point in the game she is now Jarl of Riften) but she won’t give the new quest either.

  15. Xbox 360:

    In the abandoned house, I can’t complete the house of horrors quest. If you talk to the guy and he enters and you do not follow him right away (i waited a pretty good amount of time), it makes the quest unfinishable.

    In the dark brotherhood sanctuary, when you “sleep” in the night mothers coffin, the game will freeze multiple times.

    Bookcases in Proudspire glitched from previous patch are still unable to be accessed and weapon holders still do not work.

    There is also a lot of lag but this may just be the autosave kicking in.

  16. Please fix the CTD issue that happens when you try to leave Jorrvaskr. If you would just read the forums about this PC issue you will see it is not a corrupt save file issue. This baby is all your’s.

  17. I’m having trouble interacting with the weapon racks in Hjerim in Windhelm. It’s listed under Bugs in the UESP article, although I was already Thane when this bug occurred: “If you are not the Thane of Eastmarch before you buy the renovations, the weapon racks, display cases, and shield racks cannot be interacted with.”

  18. I havwe bin haveing a problem with houses glitching.

    1st, no matter what I do I neber get the dialouge to buy the house in windheln. npcs will tell me its for sale and to talk too the stewerd but the steward never hqas the dialogue option too buy the house.

    2nd, when i bought my home in solitude it looks grate but the weapons rack and weapon and shield racks wont allow me to plave items oion them or on them the click A roo conplace oobject oon plaque oor in the weapons raque doesnt evan show up

    3rd, My book shelves arnt woorking right, IF I place to many books oon the shelf and get the note saying the shelf is full. it will lock the bookshelf empty and than can no longer select that shelf. also if you take a boook of the shelf without going into the use shelf ooption it will let yoou tskr the book than lock the shelf so you cant add oor take anything ither in the invintory mmneu *witch you cabt accses or just by clicking another booook (witch wont evan open for yoou to read.

    please fix these

  19. First I have to say Skyrim is my favourite game of all time, but I need you to fix this for me…on the 360

    1. Helm of Winterhold – The Yarl keeps giving me the same quest to get the helmet…over and over. This does not show up in the completed quests section.

    2. Blood’s Honour – I kill the witches (get their heads) and go back to find Kodiak dead. I know from reading on wiki and doing a search that the Purities revenge quest should start, but everyone just keeps mourning and it does not start.

    Other than that this is awesome, but I like to do everything in this game. It is so fantastic, but I am a little disheartened at this point with these glitches.

    Please help.

  20. Please fix the house of horros glitch on Xbobx 360! I’m stuck in the house and can’t exit, about 20 hours of game and no recent save to load! I’m glad to pay 60$ for this bug!!!!

  21. Can you fix the blood on ice quest it appears if you complete brotherhood and kill the woman who has the key for the Windhelm house it won’t start.

  22. Ok now for real concerns such as the PS3 lag issue, this has become a really big problem for many, not “some” as you might think Bethesda stop trying to make it sound better than it is. Yes the issue has been fixed for some but no for a lot. This should be fixed As soon as possible
    its a game breaking bug making the game unplayable for people who want to spend some time with the game. I’ve had this issue since I hit 6 mb on the save file and that isn’t even that many hours of gameplay. It pathetic how you put a broken game on the market for 60$. But I still love you <3, I just want this issue fixed.

  23. Please have a patch have have my wife come back 🙁 Her name is aela and it been a problem with some people who have her. she just gone and never come back. I havnt even finish the mission with her >>

  24. Hi,

    I really love Skyrim, totally do, but can you please fix the bug that happened with the dual wielding?

    It happened when you use dual wielding with fury, and it has a chance to make your character hit moves become in slow motion afterwards, PERMANENTLY! either in one hand or probably both, thats what happened in PS3.

    Some people reported it happened on PC too, and that were a problem with the perk.

    Please look into it on PS3 consoles, because my character right hand is permanently damaged, as its needed like 15 seconds to do 1 hit with dual wielding. I believe this might happened to other players too since dual wielding is so popular.

    Happend with me on 20++ hours of gameplay, and it kills me, theres another guy on the internet with 50++ gameplay and drive him crazy, and there is probably plenty more out there, please fix it, my soul has been sucked dry and I dont want to restart all over again, I got work and uni…. and already put my faith in this game! pls.

    Beside that, AWESOME GAME!


  25. Experiencing a 360 bug where having both Joining the Stormcloaks and Season Unending active leads to an infinite loop in dialogue where neither quest can be completed thus making it impossible to continue the main quest. Unfortunately, I started the Stormcloaks quest way early in the game and can’t just go back to an earlier save to opt-out without losing hours upon hours of gameplay.

    Will you guys be addressing this bug in the next update?

  26. Hello
    If anyone can answer please do so:
    Do we have to install all released updates?I mean I didn’t install updates num 1,2,3.Question is ‘ If I wait for upcoming updates and install them,won’t it be necessary to first download and install first updates?Will all bugs be Solved by one update?or I have to install all updates? email is [email protected]
    or you can answer right here

  27. Seriously i know that yal have worked very hard on this game to get it released but come on fix the dang thing. Christmas is over and new years is here your jobs aint over jus because the game was released. Get off the dam VACATION!!! FIX the BUGS and FIX F*&k!N& hjerim house and the dang display CASES!!!!!!

    • after rage quiting and turning off my x-box last night after spending 2 hours gameplaytime in order to get the hjerim house only to find out that i could not ever use any of the display cases or wepon racks ( I would open the display cases and there was never an option to “activate”, on the wepon racks there was also never and option to “activate”)

      I reloaded a previously saved game from right before I talked to the JARLS assistaint to turn in the “butcher” I turned him in then after 10 min of waiting on him to become “un-busy” I was able to talk to him and bought the house over again.

      This time I of course bought the “clean up the mess” renovation 1st. This time unlike the 1st time buying the hom. After i bought each renovation i backed all the way out of diaolog before I bought another renovation and now all the display cases work and all of the armor racks.

      TO: bethesda,

      thanks for makeing my life hell.

  28. Quick fix – activate console for xbox, perhaps by tagging an option in the settings menu. That way, we xbox users can at least work around the bugs ourselves like the steam users do.

  29. Over 230 hours into the game at level 39. Probably way maore than that for as many times as I had to go back to an earlier save and do things over. These are the issues I am having with the PS3 version: Blood on the Ice quest, can’t get it started, bought the house in Riften and did the improvements but can’t complete the Thane quest, the jarl blows me off, books stuck on the shelves in all of my houses, game freeze after sleeping, waiting, fast travel, game freeze at the entrances of Whiterun and Solitude, the Taste of Death quest freezes upon trying to enter Reachcliff Cave, Bard’s College items are stuck in the inventory even after giving them, attunement sphere and lexicon still stuck in the inventory, can’t complete the Repairing the Phial quest because of the briar heart issue, already had it in the inventory before I got the quest, which seems to be the issue with a lot of quest items, and a lot of other numerous problems including serious game lag. I get tired of having to save every five steps for fear that if I don’t the game will freeze and I have to do something over for the 90th time. I have seriously considered returning the game and I bought the collectors edition. I think $150.00 is a lot of money to spend when the main part of the package, the game, doesn’t work. Happy you won Game of the Year but to me it looks more like Epic Fail of the Year. I understand this is a very big game but was this not tested before it was released? Whoever said that it takes 900 hours to completely finish the game is full of it. It’s impossible to finish it at all at this point. I do hope the next patch fixes a lot of these issues or I just may pack up the whole lot back in the box and ship it back. I love the game, but I am completely disappointed with it.

  30. Diplomatic Immunity quest, I retrieved documents but can’t finish quest because it won’t recognize that I have them. Quest remains active and can’t leave Thalmor embassy basement.

  31. been playing for over 200 hours on the ps3 and now i cant do any quest’s, can not do anything new cant sell anything, cant activate any levers or mine for ore. first time player. I think the game is amazing! but now im stuck!!!! Really dont want to start over since the problem will prob just happen again! plz give a fix, quick!!!! I want to Play

  32. Daedric Quest : Waking Nightmare. This is all i need to complete the achievments but I can not as Erandur has disapeared (warped ahead) i have seen a concole fix for the PC but nothing for the 360. Can you fix this in the next xbox 360 update PLEASE.

  33. Im having a huge problem when i play the game on my ps3. For some reason when i overwrite a save with a different profile it will overwrite a different save that i did not select. this has happened to me 3 times now. it has also happened to my brother who also plays on a ps3 2 times. very aggravating when my best character ive spent hours and hours on is lost. please look into this!!!

  34. It has come to my great disappointment that the next quest in the Companions’ quest line, “Purity of Revenge”, will not initiate at all. People say it is due because I have completed Driftshade Refuge beforehand not knowing that that dungeon was required for the quest I mentioned. Please tell me there will be a fix for this eventually. Or is there any in-game method of fixing this? (I have already tried said methods on the forums such as the “Helm of Winterhold” quest and they did not work). I play on the 360.

  35. I’ve run into two game-ending bugs in Skyrim – one after 270 hours of play and one after 38 hours of play in another game. Both of these could be fixed instantly if you’d enable the use of the developer console on the PS3. PLEASE DO THIS. I will NOT be starting over a third time.

  36. I am playing Skyrim on the PS3 system and there are so many bugs that I’m running into that’s keeping me from fully enjoying my game. First one is in Markarth, I have already completed the Forsworn quest but whenever I try to pay a fine or just go to jail, the dialogue loops and my only option is to fight my way out. Another major bug for me is when I need to capture Fort Dunstad, there are no soldiers to kill and non to fight beside, meaning my quest is stuck. Also, I found Rjorns Drum, Panteas Flute and Finns Lute but am unable to give the items back to their owners/searchers. Any chance these issues will be addressed soon? I love my game,have already put in well over 100 hours, have 79% of the trophies and would hate to start over.