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. Playing on the 360 trying to use the atronach forge to make daedric boot when I collect them their not in my inventory. Tried to make a random enchanted armor and that worked fine.

  2. the game sure is beautiful,
    i didnt come across so many bugs for the occasional quest item that i cant remove from my inventory. but the main irritating bug i encountered so far is the compagnion quest line, i am stuck on the eternal mourning over the fallen leader. i have tried a number of things and they all didnt work. please fix it so i can end it.

  3. So i guess PS3 users are going to be considered as collateral damage you probably couldn’t care less! You clearly were aware of the lag issue before release! I could have got it on xbox but now i dont really feel like re-playing 70 hours of game! How can i get my money back? It sickens me to see you website filled with awards when you treat your customers in this way

  4. Please make the Difficulty based on increasing the resistance of the enemies and not the attack power , is not fun to die in 1 second at higher difficulty and having to reload a game all time isn’t fun , instead is more fun to take a lot more time to defeat a foe couse is more resistant instead than just killing you in a fraction of second … that way you won’t have to reload all time and the fights will be more epic …

  5. Hi,

    Have anybody experienced NPC dialogues being totally out of sync (i.e. they somtimes speak lines completely out of context)? I also keep experiencing my NPCs having the voices of other NPCs. This all started after the Azura’s Star quest and it is quite annoying.

    A pity for such an exiting game!

  6. Please for the love of god Bethesda please fix the Blood and Ice part 2 quest glitch. The severity of that glitch has prevented me from being able to play since November 21st!!!!! Your patches have done nothing to correct this issue and the only response I got when writing to you was to go back in my saves and restart the quest. Problem with that is to go back to the beginning of the Blood and Ice quest I would have to go back so far I would lose so much stuff I did in between parts 1 & 2 that it would be like starting over completely. Please I beg of you correct this quest!!!! I play on PC.

  7. *BUGGED***

    Please Fix this.

    Upon trying to join the Thieves Guild, Brynjolf (Don’t remember his Name) won’t walk down to the ragged flagon. He stays put at his little stand in Riften no matter how many times i talk to him or leave the city. Its very frustrating because now I cant join the thieves guild. Please be aware of this issue because I know many other players have it as well.

  8. Thanks to Bethesda for another longlasting epic masterpiece!
    I play on the pc and I can’t wait to get my fingers on your new Creation Kit. I loved Morrowind’s Construction Set, its simplicity and user-friendly interface. It really gave me the possibility to create/modify any aspect of the game (from mesh/texture editing to scripting). Even more, I could create entire new worlds! This is the reason why I’m still playing Morrowind and Oblivion, and I hope Skyrim will make no exception.

  9. I’m at the end of level 48 with 13MB, playing on my ps3. As of yesterday, the game freezes my system after about 15 – 30 minutes of play. I have shit down all the auto saves, which was helping until yesterday. Then during my manual saves is when the freezes occur, so I’m not getting a chance to save quests i have completed.

    The dragon near Crabbers shanty remains unkillable and barrel rolls through the game until in the mountains smear sky-high causing the controller to vibrate for several minutes, which makes it very difficult to complete the robber cove quests, not to mention the lag the character experiences during these barrel rolling episodes with the unkillable dragons.

    There is also a character just outside of whiterun that seems to be multiplying each time i visit. He is in front of the stable and while two of him are above ground the other is waist down in the ground.

    A book shelves have eaten some of the books i placed in them so i have resorted to only placing items in chests in the houses bought.

    …all in all it was an excellent game to play until yesterday when the freezes happened more than 3 times an hour. If I can help by sending my data file or anything else please contact me, otherwise PLEASE find a fix for the freezes otherwise this game becomes unplayable.

  10. Playing on XBox 360. I am leisurely working through the main quest and side quests. It is great to just wander through the landscape, finding new locations and sidequests, and then return to main quest for more structure. Beautiful game! I am very pleased with the full, environmental feel and gameplay.

    But what’s the story about marrying Lydia? I have scoured a few wikis and blogs and am getting conflicting information. Is it a bug or glitch that makes Lydia unmarriable or is it intended in the game design?

  11. Prometheus, no. Points/Enchanted items for HP, and/or wear armor. You aren’t taking advantage of everything available to you. Don’t forget, you can change the difficulty at any time!

    This game is way too easy; they need to do 4x more damage, in my opinion, on Master difficulty. I don’t want to strike enemies all day, it’s really boring. So no, I don’t agree.

    I would like more difficulty levels. ‘4rd Degree Master’ might be sufficient, but 5x Master would be better.

    I’ll concede to the fact that I have indeed mastered the game, but I still want a challenge. Do I have to fight naked? Throw away hundreds of potions?

    The greatest video game designer of all time is speaking, so listen up:

    Smithing, Alchemy, and Enchanting is horribly overpowered. 2 ingredients to make a potion? Wow, the world is filled, I can pick those up from the flowers outside of town, with no threat or danger. Not only that but I don’t need any bottles? I’ll stop here, not enough space/time to detail it. But it IS possible, and it IS better. Get inspired.

    TLDR: No danger to gather; ingredients too plentiful; not enough ingredients required to create; infinite bottles).

    The difference between legendary smithed weapons/armor and standard is far too great. Especially since you can enchant clothing to make smithing to be about 200 skill or more. Effectively like tripling the damage/AC of a weapon or armor.

    See, as a designer, this makes it hard to plan for player strength when setting enemy stats. So you end up setting the bar low, catering to the weaker player. This makes the game too easy for people who are really into the game and understand how to do the crafting and such.

    Secondly, NPCs NEVER have smithy improved weapons/armor, and almost never have enchanted weapons/armor. This is just a sad shame. Making you far greater.

    Finally, enchanting. Well, I think you know this is just far too powerful. The enchantment themselves are too strong. You tried to restrict certain enchantments to certain pieces, but you didn’t factor named items like ‘Extreme’, and ‘Peerless’. So you blew it. Unless that was intentional.

    If you just make the enchantments much less powerful…

    There’s an alternate way. CRAFTING skills like “smithing skill + 35%?” should not be available for enchantments. Because with 4 pieces of clothing enchanted with “+25 ENCHANTING”. Then you equip them and you’ll be able to create even more powerful items! And it goes on. You are boosting yourself up. And it shouldn’t be possible.

    I’m finding the Crafting Fortification potions the most interesting part of alchemy. But they are way overpowered. Because on top of enchanted full gear for one crafting purpose, plus drink a level 5 fortification potion? You can get boost yourself up over and over.

    Your weapons/armor will be god like after smithing with 200+ skill. And this isn’t some difficult feat. I’m doing it on my first play through.

    Secondly, soul gems are far too plentiful – in the game world and from merchants.

    In my opinion, crafting items should NEVER be available from merchants.

    I can go to Whiterun wizard and clean him out of all of a dozen soul gems, then fill them with souls from petty wolves and crabs. Fast travel to the next town, do the same thing.

    Use them to enchant hundreds of gold and silver rings (smithing makes these free). . Then you can sell the enchanted items for thousands, so you can buy more soul gems.

    And there is no penalty for using the wait command, apparently, for the merchant to get more money and items.

    And a weapon enchanted with 1 second soul trap? Lasts practically forever. Why?

    It’s not easy to balance, I know.

    This is my critique.

    (also, Gold is far too plentiful).

  12. Dear bethesda, I figured id write here for a question I have. For the quest dragon rising I keep killing mirmulnir but he doesnt release his dragon soul. ive tried continuing on with the game and going back later to kill him but nothing. Can I just not do this quest?

  13. Fantastic game but please stop working on minor visual glitches and put ALL OF YOUR EFFORTS on fixing the real issues.

    Last night ( on a PS3), after killing a dragon with my level 61 characters, the dragon didn’t burned ( it happened on other dragons before ) but suddenly I cannot click lots of things in Skyrim anymore. I can initiate conversations with NPCs but never get to the point where I can choose my answers, I cannot trade with them either ( the options don’t show up ). I cannot click the button to the secret passage to the Thieves Guild in Riften either, despite the fact that I can click on some other doors. The last stable savegame is many hours in the past and I am afraid I am going to have to redo so many dungeons.

    Also, the game crashes soooooooo many times, requiring a reboot of the PS3, and a disk check + relaunch of Skyrim. It can happen as many times as 6 times in 3 hours, sometimes many times in a row, and seems to be linked to loading screen or making the character sleep or wait for X hours.

    This is terribly frustrating and way below the minimum standard one would expect from a game of that caliber.

  14. Dear Gstaff and members of the team.First of I want to thank Bethesda for yet again an awesome Elder Scrolls game with more content then i imagined in my dreams before the official release skyrim offers everything a gamer who likes freeroam games the current line of games has to offer for that i and alot of my friends are happy keep up the awesome work.

    however i wanted to share that even with this update i still experiance crashes after a minor 7 hours of gameplay. could your perhaps give me a estimated date of patch release for ps3. this will help me and the customers i serve in my game store.
    I Thank you in advanced
    [ even tho i dont know if you read all comments becouse you have a share of people that can only complain while i always say patience is virtue for every gamer ]

    I Wish the entire team the best for the upcomming holidays

    Talos be with you and your families !!.

    Dennis Verwer

  15. Hi i have been playing Skyrim on xbox 360 for endless hours and enjoying greatly,but now because of glitches i am unable to continue with several missions.i have’nt got xbox live to download any updates/patches and was wondering if it’s possible to pay or receive updates on disc somehow? would appreciate advice,many thanks.

  16. iv been having problems with the loading screen freezing on a retrieval mission for the companions where i have to go into the swindlers den to get a fragment of wuuthrad. and i already did the quest with the redguard woman that i have to kill kematu and his alik’r warriors in the swindlers den. will there be an update that fixes this?

  17. Cannot play 1 Hour withhout the game freezing. Have a PS3 60GB and never had a problem with any game at all. I cant even enjoy the game because im always wondering when it will crash again.

  18. Whilst I have the deepest sympathy for all experiencing frustration / bugs / game or system issues, I’d like to slightly offset the negatives with the following sentiments…

    Take a small moment out to reflect on your accomplishments. Skyrim is a GREAT game. Granted there are issues that urgently need some work, but you should all be very proud of your progress so far. I hope Bethesda commit to improving and supporting this title for the forseeable future, as it has the potential to be so much more…

    On a side note, I think that bugs are much more of a game breaker when playing on PS3/Xbox without the luxury of the console to fix quest glitches etc – is there no way access to this could somehow be patched in as DLC?

    I’ve spent a fair number of hours in Tamriel over the last 15 years since first installing Daggerfall on the old DX2-66. On reflection it was probably the buggiest yet still the greatest game i played for many years after its release, and a benchmark for many to follow. Have enjoyed following your development of the series with Morrowind and Oblivion through to this latest installment 🙂

    If the level of stability demanded by today’s modern gaming standards can be achieved, then with the combined efforts of Bethesda plus the work and feedback of the modding community… I have high hopes for this one 😀

    Best wishes.

  19. Im on Xbox and uthgred the unbroken dissapeared and now i cant find her ive tried everything now i cant do some missions please fix for the next update

  20. couple bug reports:

    killed a blood dragon and was able to loot it’s bones but it never burned or gave me it’s soul

    also, can’t put armor in the armor stands in breezehome

    there’s more but not many. i’ve been lucky to not have too many bad ones. also getting great performance from my laptop despite having a pretty middle of the road AMD HD 6400M series card. runs awesome at high resolution as long as i don’t crank shadows or AA too high. THX for the LAA update !!!

  21. Huury up Bethesda !!! I want to work on the “Spectral arrow” conjuration spell because us conjuration mages don’t have enough offensive spells when raised zombies are too distracted and our warrior skills suck when using bound swords. I want to summon shooting darts and stuff now.

  22. As much as I love Skyrim I am sooo frustrated at the moment I play on a PS3 and can’t play past about level 35-40. Once I get this high the game continually locks up after about only 20-30 mins of play, this also happens every time I try to wait (in game) when the waiting is over guess what? Yeap lock up. Not to mention the many mission based bugs I have found while playing. It frankly blows me away how this game can be given so many awards with the problems it has, sure eye candy is nice and all but whatever happened to the GAMING experience itself?? I really hope the MAJOR issues with this game can be sorted out soon because if not you will have lost one fan who would love this game to be as great as it could be.

  23. Game keeps freezing during load screens locking up my PS3 and I wind up losing my progress. It’s gotten to the point where I save before walking through every damn door in the game. Also still having frame rate issues even after the new update.

  24. OK playing on xbox just returned to Falkreath and I found the body of Runil. I don’t have a save where he is alive so I won’t be able to do his little quest does anyone know if this will stop me from being Thane of Falkreath?

  25. Please fix the “revealing the unseen” quest in your next patch. It prevents the completion of both the “College of Winterhold” and “dragon priest” quest-lines. I realize that there are lots of requests, but I feel as though main quest-lines should take precedence.

  26. I completed the Forsworn Conspiracy quest in Markath and did my time in Chidin Prison. However, every time I go back to the hold I am greeted by guards saying that I am under arrest for conspiracy and murder do I want to go to jail. It gives me choices whether if I want to buy off the guards, go to jail, or say that I am framed. After I choose all of those options it keeps looping. Then when I exit this line of questioning I have a bounty on my head and the guards start to attack me. I am working off a PS3 and have put 100 hours into the game and trying to platinum in the game.

  27. i love the game, but seriously. If you making the effort to make the creation kit for PC make it for ps3/xbox360 because then we are getting ripped off from the full game experience.

  28. There is an issue on the civil war quest line “Liberation of Skyrim”. It is impossible to finish “Liberate Hjaalmarch” where you fight at snowhawk fort, because the quest pointer do not pop-up on the map, and when it does, neither enemies or allies load on the location and there’s no way the fight will go on. It’s one of the main quest lines, and it’s a SERIOUS glitch, once you can’t complete it. Please patch it up, many people are having this problem.

  29. First of all great game guys’s

    second i got this glitch in the mane quest “the world eaters eyrie where on the door u need to acctivate withe the dragon claw doesnt open and at first the rings did not want to activate so now i cant continue the quest

  30. Yet another NPC dead don’t know how luckly I finished his quest long time ago.

    Please do something about this, there should be a good reason for them to die and if they do there should be some kind of message.

  31. In the quest for the imperials where you have to report to hadvar after capturing the wagons goods, i go up to hadvar and he says things any normal soldier would say, and not let me complete the quest

  32. okay tried doing the blood on the ice quest after helping the empire take over windhelm and after i questioned the witness there was no guard to talk to.

  33. please get rid of the press x to continue when loading the game when it tells you about do not power off the system etc when the yellow light is flashing. its not needed to see that after reloading my ps3 after it crashes 5 times a minute.

  34. hi all just thought i would say that i have returned my copy of skyrim and i would recommend that all ps3 owners return there copys of skyrim then maybe bethesda will then hold the ps3 in high regard as they do with xbox and pc and then fix the problems that the ps3 has instead ps3 owners have to wait until sometime next year to get these problems fixed and xbox and pc get there problems fixed not i think that it is a bit unfair that ps3 owners have to wait any i would like to say the same thing that snooker legend alex hurricane higgins said you can take your game and shove it right up your jacksay because i am not playing anymore and if bethesda actually fix the problems with the ps3 then maybe i will buy it again

  35. you should make a modding software for ps3 cause that would be beast or both platforms like when you download it you will be asked to pick a platform xbox 360, PS3, PC etc but yeah like a garden of Eden like fallout 3 and new Vegas and or a command center or cheats where you can enter them at the pause menu but yes that would be very smart. I have always been a supporter of Bethesda but also one of my careers that i wanna do is work for Bethesda. But anyhow one bug I have found is at whiterum is at the 1st gate if you kill someone and sit at the left of the gate if you are looking at it eye to gate and go left and you will see a whiteish brown piece of wood and if you walk in to it you will fall out of the map i don’t know if it will work for you but it did to me and the sad thing is that when that happens it corrupts all the saves. My platform PS3.

  36. I play on PS3. I’m level 81. I have 213 hours.

    I started having so many problems after patch 1.3 so I decided to make a list in the hope that the developers will read my post and correct all of them. Order is random.

    1.Lag problems
    Frame rate randomly drops drastically as if the game is about to freeze.

    2.Freezing problems
    Freeze every 10 minutes with auto-save on. Must force restart the PS3.

    Must have it off to lower the rate of freezing by 100%

    4.Save file size
    Currently 12 MB

    5.Map problem
    Personal marker keeps activating itself without my doing.

    6.Textures problems
    Textures on items load half of the time. They look blurry.

    7.Quest completed but still active in the journal.
    >Collect bounty from Skald (x2)
    >Speak to Degaine
    >Visit the college of Winterhold

    8.Finished quest items can’t be dropped.
    >Attunement sphere
    >Glenmoril witch head
    >Pantea’s flute
    >Runed lexicon
    >Gallus’s encoded journal
    >Nystrom’s journal

    9.Quest stuck in time. Can’t advance further.
    >Darkness returns (tunnel closed by door)
    >Repairing the phial (I get the Forsworn heart but game doesn’t acknowledge)
    >Purity of revenge (can’t start it, everyone stuck in person is busy)

    10.Quest disappeared
    >Stoking the flames (I got the fire salts, went to Riften, quest disappeared)

    11.Item don’t stack up in menu
    >Stone of Barenziah

    12.French translation
    A lot of items with French characters that have an accent on them show as a square character.

    13.NPC duplication
    Outside of Whiterun, I used to have 2 Louis Letrush, after patch 1.3 I have 5 of him and one of them has half his body in the ground.

    14.Dragons flying backwards
    Happened once or twice.

    15.Dragons not landing / attacking
    Happened many times.

    16.Auto save file corrupted
    Happened 2 times. Auto save if off now.

    Thank you so much for reading.

    • I forgot to add.

      17.My Whiterun house is glitched.
      >Can’t use any bookshelves
      >Food hanged over the fire don’t come back
      >Lydia is always in my room getting up and sitting down again on the chair.

      • Having the same issues as Rima here. Couple of different things quest wise but very much the same.

        I would like to add:

        2.Freezing problems
        >Freeze every 10 minutes with auto-save on. Must force restart the PS3.
        >Freeze at load points or after load when entering/exiting shops, fast travel, etc (with auto-save off)

        18. Shop menus popping up from character of one city when in another

    • All the issues that Rima are having mirror my own. The frame rate problems and lag seem to only occur in the world area not in dungeons

  37. I’m having an issue on my copy for Xbox360 which is patched up to the most recent version. The random dragons aren’t happening at all. They were there after Dragon Rising but since visiting the Greybeards I haven’t seen one. That was about 30hrs ago. I’ve fast traveled, walked across the entire map etc. Up to Elder Knowledge now and the only Dragons I’ve seen are Word Wall and Burial Mound ones. This only started after I patched to 1.3.5

  38. Ill met by moonlight. the white stag is stuck upp in the mountains outside the borders of skyrim so i cant reach him. so now im stuck with the cursed ring and i cant take it of, please do something about that

  39. I have an xbox, and mine keeps locking up at the exact same moment on Diplomatic Immunity, right before I am to get on the carriage and I cannot play the quest. Also, I am occasionally getting lag really badly.

    • And now I’ve found a second mission where my game locks up in the exact same spot every time. Is it my xbox? I know others who have completed these quests.

  40. Bugs I have encountered on Xbox.

    -Framrate freezing problems, have to restart xbox. Doesn’t happen very often.
    -Quests stuck on log.
    -Quest objects stuck on inventory.
    -Personal marker randomly activating.
    -I sold the thieving guild armor and i need it to complete a quest. There should be an option where you could buy the thieving armor again.

  41. A few more bugs to report (confirmed by others)

    -Cannot become the thane of Riften if you talk to the steward before the jarl (rendering quest unfinishable)

    -Brand-Shei (the Riften vendor from the first Theives guild quest) is never let out of prison for the crime he was framed for, despite the fact that he is supposed to be let out after a week…Loss of a good vendor

  42. the main thing i care about is the blood on the ice quest! i really want the house! i can handle invisible non-dying dragons

  43. I have two thing and those are every time i put items on my mannequin the are invisible to me in the house of Solitude, and the other thing is every time i ask someone to follow me they say i already have someone following me. Thank you

  44. I currently play on 360. I have recieved the quest “Blood On The Ice” in Windhelm. I am stuck with no availability to proceed further. I talked to Jorleif about Viola Giordano and he tells me to talk to her to proceed further. Viola is dead in her coffin in The Hall Of The Dead. Anyone know any way to get around this?