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. Freezes right after killing a dragon, when soul is being absorbed, happens every time I kill a dragon now. Never froze once before and never freezes any other time.

  2. I would like to see an option on the PS3 at least that makes you able to invert X-axis. I’ve been playing with inverted X-axis since i got my first ps2 console. this makes things hard for me since it’s really hard to relearn this simple thing.. I’m sure I’m not the only person with this problem. You already have inverted Y-axis so why did this get left out i wonder. this currently is the only thing that makes this game frustrating to play so please just add this simple thing.

  3. Please fix the blood on ice quest. I really want to become the thane of eastmarch. The quest has had many problems from what i hear, and for me it also doesnt start. Thanks for reading this.

  4. i have some glitchs too on Xbox, one with my follower Aela the huntress i want to dismiss her and the option for send her away does not appear, its like normal NPC chat. and i need her out to do some good sneeking :s and other bug, when i finish the quest Trouble in skyrim i return to Falkas and it never he chats normal and the quest cant be completed

    help this bugs soon, they are a lil bit annoying -_-

  5. Will the followers eventually be able to level up on the consoles (360 in particular)? For 360, followers (e.g., Lydia) do not improve with level, and their abilities are fixed upon first meeting. I believe that this is likely a bug, since it invalidates many of the followers and makes it impractical to use them. As it stands, I can only use summons or followers that I met at very high level. Please check the dogs as well. The poor dogs get pwned; can they get a little health please?

    • To track Misc quests, you need to have selected both misc quests you want to follow, as well as misc quests button in your main part of journal (sry my English). To say it simple: Imagine your misc quests are just an ordinary quest, like others, (for example Blood on ice, Liberate Skyrim, etc.), so you need to follow quest named Misc Quests, as well as every little quest you want. If you are really bugged, and this isn´t the problem, then pardon me for annoying message.

  6. I play on PS3. I’m level 36.

    I still have problems after patch 1.3 too…so I´m sending my list too. Hope that it´s help to fixed all bugs

    1. Quest: The throat of the world : I can´t “learn” clear skies. In Shouts – Clear kies – i have 15 dragon souls absorved but i cant use it. The system doesn´t recognizes.

    2. Quest: Blood on the ice: i can´t examine crime scene… The system doesn´t recognizes

    3. Quest – Misc: Kill the dragon located at Autumnwatch tower….i complete the quest but still active.

    • Ok, first things first, you don’t need to uses your dragon spirits to unlock clear skies the greybeards do that for you.
      second thing, the Examine the crime scene part of blood on the ice you need to find the blood path and follow it to a house its not bugged people just can’t use their eyes.
      But your good on the third thing. Hope I help with your problems

  7. PS3 -after update 1.3
    Game continually freezes, having to reboot PS3, which goes into a fsck of the entire disk.
    All defaults on. Autosave lost all files except original 1st one from start of game, another just outside of Whiterun (level 3), save file is ~9.5MB
    Lost follower at Redbluff Redoubt (Lydia, just disappeared, never to be found, no corpse, really pissed me off, she had dragon armor and a few valuable items and weapons) main character at level 43.
    I love the game, I tell people I am lost in Skyrim, but the constant freezes and crashes suck.
    Twice now I have beat down dragons only to have the game freeze when it is absorbing the soul, you can hear the soundtrack for the event, the screen is frozen with the soul in flight and the disk activity is zero.
    I was considering just getting an Xbox to get around these issues and starting over losing many hours of gameplay, not to mention the cost, but I see there are issues on that box too, so what is the point.
    I was really depressed when I lost Lydia, I had leveled up her armor seriously and expected to play through the game with her as a companion, but no. I am really disappointed that the save mechanism sucks and the millions of autosave files that occur, just aren’t there. Why can’t you fix the save mechanism to at least have a permanent snapshot for each level up, and/or an option during autosave to overwrite files if you are worried about space issues.
    I hope you all are working to resolve these issues to make PS3 gameplay function better.
    I understand the difficulty in debugging and migrating software to various platforms.

  8. I have a problem with enchanting on the PC… as my level increases, the power of the enchantment decreases. I have most of the enchantment perks, which only makes the problem worse.

  9. Reporting a bug on the PC version where some of the dragon kill finisher animations are rendered slightly off-center. (off to the right side of the dragon’s head) It makes it look like my character is floating in midair stabbing at nothing. =(

  10. just updated to 1.03 and my Shadowmere turned to a normal horse and now dead. Same black horse no red eyes and said horse for name it even spawned with me when I fast traveled, am very mad it was a good companion let alone a good diversion but now I have to walk if fast travel is out of the question can we get a new horse with the attributes in a future DLC Bethesda?

  11. Please fix the house of horrors quest 🙁 the guy to get the quest is no where to be found. Its the last deadric item I need.

  12. PLEASE make a good INTERFACE / Menu for the PC Version !!

    I think you can do that …. many PC user bought skyrim .

    The Interface is awful.

  13. hello :>
    first i have to say the game is awsome. now my problem: after i went to aluvangard my charakter zoomed 50% near to the screen and zoomed not back 🙁 some of the other problems from the other guys here happend to me too. please, i need support.

  14. That make one week that i CAN NOT play skyrim… I m stock at the cidhna prison, i can NOT talk or interact with anything… I have just one save because of the lag issue… So i m totaly fu..
    Please fix the problem, i m so seek of wait

  15. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE SKYRIM!!! However(you knew it was coming, right?), I am very close to broken hearted and severely dismayed. The load times, during which I sit and watch fog or read info about the world you’ve built, are insanely long and quite unbearable! Also, merchants are now stuttering, 4-6 seconds for me to sell one item. I love this game, paid it off 7 months before it came out, waited three+ hours in line on 11/11, and wouldn’t play until after the semester, and I’m crushed by poor play. I have a 320 gb PS3, 12 mb file, first playthrough. I am Archmage and Master of the Theives Guild, and would love to grant Sithis the souls and glory he deserves, but I seriously CAN’T!!! Will the next patch address load times at least! I love your games and will never NOT buy them, just help us all out, and fix them a.s.a.p. Thank you for an awesome game otherwise!

  16. Post Script,
    This game is so good, my, “I HATE RPG’s” girlfriend traded in Uncharted 3 and a bunch of other games just to get her own copy of SKYRIM!!! That is a huge accomplishment, trust me!!! She has a 320 gb PS3, same as mine, slightly newer, 4.5 mb file, no problems yet, other than a few glitches here and there that we kind of enjoy!! We’ll see what happens when she reaches a serious level!!! LOL!!! Thanks Again!!!

  17. I really enjoy the game but a couple of bugs that annoy me.

    1. I can’t do the Totems of Hircine quest because everytime i enter the Ansilvund Burial Chambers it stays on the loading screen and nothing happens. Now i have Aela following me around, i can’t tell her to go away or anything.

    2. I told Lydia to stay where she was, i didnt go too far but when i came back she was gone. No where to be found. She’s not dead, or at dragons reach and she never came home (waited for ages)

  18. Esbern won’t talk. Been through 2 games now. same glitch. can get initial writen dialogue but no speech he begins to unlock the door, then nothing. Solutions???? anyone! anyone!

  19. the only problem im having is lag, freezing, and i cant finish the quest purity of revernge, this sucks because i dont wanna be a werewolf

  20. Playing Skyrim on PS3. Very similar to RIMA with all the same problems. Also just got the Glitch where NPC conversations won’t advance i.e.. Can’t sell my loot as menu to buy and sell doesn’t pop up. Played the heck out of Morrowind, Oblivion and Falout 3 & Vegas, and Skyrim is the greatest game ever (IMO) but is being ruined by the bugs/glitches….

  21. i can’t become the thane of riften. this needs to be fixed. IT REALLY PISSING ME OFF

    console ps3.
    i accidently went to my house before speaking to the jarl

  22. I think the biggest glitch out there I’ve come across and many others have as well is when giving Esbern a dragon scale and a dragon bone to make his special potion, nothing happens when you drink the potion and the quest doesn’t update. This was a big letdown for me. Hopefully this gets fixed soon!

  23. playing on xbox I was about to turn into a vampire wearing the theives guild armor when I changed my character no longer had a hood on and was bald. When I remove the hood in the inventory my hair comes back, tried a dark brotherhood one and it was fine.

  24. I’m lv 52 on ps3 and have played around 70-80 hours. My file size has reached 29mb despite cancelling autosave hours ago etc. I basically can’t run, must sneak when outside due to lag / load times. I can’t enter towns as it crashes. Dungeons just about manage. I’m loathe to start over and buy the xbox version. But might have to. I have only done one mission, focusing on exploration and power levelling. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE, PLEASE FIX!!!!!!

    • Holy crap dude, thats a huge save file I have 160 hours in and mines only 16 mb O_O but I feel your pain, its absolutely unacceptable.

  25. can’t finish the kill the ice wraith and return its teeth to galmar quest. He just tells me random stuff. So I can’t progress the story as either stormcloak or imperial.

    xbox. A restart quest option would be very handy like on the PC version.


  26. Blood on the ice- hjerim and Jorleif dont follow up on clues or have any dialouge .
    Season Unending -ulfric doesnt have any dialouge to do with the mission where i get him and tullius to agree to a truce.
    The Fallen- greybeards wont help me with the treaty.cusor points to ulfric but he nelects anything to do with the mission.

  27. Please, please, please fix Markarth. As I’m sure you’re aware, after breaking out the Forsworn Kingpin, I joined in the killing and ended up in the endless, “go to jail,” loop. However, I was ecstatic when I did the quest where I gave Markarth to a certain group. I was now able to go back in Markarth freely. I just can’t tell you how happy I was.

    Now, 100 more hours in with my level 57 Nord and I’m doing the Dark Brotherhood quests. Well, guess what? I went back, got caught being naughty and am YET AGAIN stuck in the guard loop. I’ve tried paying off a bounty hunter, I’ve killed all the guards (when it says x amount of bounty has been removed since I killed the last witness, I check my crime stats but it’s still there.)

    There’s absolutely no way to get rid of it. I can deal with not being able to do things like find the amulet since I explored before doing the quest (annoying) but the Markarth glitch is too much…

  28. Please fix key bindings. I am a numpad player and have been for all of my time gaming on the PC. I was able to re-bind the keys in Fallout 3, New Vegas, and even Oblivion. Why not Skyrim? I pre-ordered the first day it was allowed and I cannot even play the game like this.

  29. hi if ur reading this plz help us all ps3 users my game freeze twice in one day nothing elsa just that non stop loading i really wanna play skyrim it is very mindblowing game so waiting for next update:)

  30. House if horrors…. Go all the way downstairs and through the cave opening all the way to the shrine, he should be there, same thing happened to me. On another note any word on fixing the “retrieval” companion quest glitch in swindlers den?

  31. Have always loved the Elder Scrolls games preferring Xbox for the familiar controls but have run into the similar issue like many others with the main quest glitch. Been stuck in the loop of both The Jagged Crown quest and Season Unending main quest where both NPCs will allow no dialog halting all progress to be made.
    I would love to move forward to see just how the main quest plays out as well as joining the Stormcloaks and hope a fix for this comes soon. Also agreeing with others I believe there should be a way to abandon or reset a quest on the Xbox 360 that could fix and possibly prevent such quest glitches from making the game confused.

  32. PLEASE fix the VAST GLITCHES in the Hjerim home in Windhelm (Xbox360)! I have been lucky to get through the Blood and Ice quest, though most cannot and therefore cannot even buy the house. However, even if you are lucky enough to buy the house, NONE of the display cases, weapon plaques, or shield displays work. I have tried every possible workaround noted on the internet, and none work. I did not purchase the home until AFTER the 1.3 update, so that should not be the source of the problem. It is very annoying, since Hjerim is the best home in Skyrim for displaying your swag!

  33. For PS3:

    – Couldn’t complete the “Attack on Fort Snowhawk” mission for the Stormcloaks since no NPC soldiers spawned (just a mission arrow over an empty patch of land) and the fort was devoid of enemies. Angry at not being able to complete one of the most important stories in the game, I continued the main quest in hopes it would work itself out, and while fighting Alduin in Sovngarde, it did. I miraculously completed the mission far from Skyrim, and experienced a glitch bonanza while proceeding to attack Solitude.

    – Now, (after the Stormcloack affair) when I kill dragons in front of word walls they do not disintegrate and I can’t learn any new shouts or absorb souls, while still being able to search the fully intact bodies of dragons.

    – As well, commands/interactions + reactions of other NPCs are delayed at times for hours game time. e.g. I ask my wife if the store has made any money, and the transaction is made several hours later far from home. Followers also don’t follow (Lydia, etc.).

    – Various others…

  34. Please fix the text font cause when speaking to people its hard to see for some of us. Make a option for larger font sizes for tvs that are 32 inches or so its very hard to read

  35. I think that this game should be co-op. My two friends and I want to play together but the game is only single player. So game moditors, if you see this, try and make it happen.

  36. I currently am experiencing a glitch on the PS3 where when I first go to Whiterun, the guard who is supposed to meet me there and unlock the gate is nowhere to be found. To get into Whiterun I then got myself arrested, served my time, walked out and saw…
    None of the buildings or anything are there. The people are, and so are the doors, so I can still enter buildings, but everything is just empty space. I searched online and found a few other people have had this problem, but it’s not very common… Please help?

  37. in the mission A CORNERED RAT after talking to ESBERN when he is convinced to talk to me i cant open the door when i press the E button nothing happens!
    pc version

  38. I have the Xbox 360 version of skyrim. I began to experience problems with the game somewhat further into the experience of skyrim. Frequent crashes, slow loading times, lag during game play and book shelves, weapon and armour displays within owned houses that do not respond, do not show given items or make items disappear never to return again. I have also had issues with third person perspective becoming further away and current quest location markers not appearing… This is extremely disapointing and frustrating.. A game in this condition should not have been released for sale…I myself and Im sure many other fans of this game would have prefered to wait a bit longer for a more polished and finished version of the game rather than feeling that you have been handed a rushed release version.

  39. I have a terrible glitch where i can’t get married. Even though i meet the required fields and am wearing the amulet of mara. I have gone to many possible spouses but non of them work not to mention the fact that my weapon racks at proudspire manor also do not let me use them.

  40. Any ideas on a fix or when one will come for the Elemental Fury sound bug on PS3? No matter where I am, all i can hear is the wind sound looping over and over. It is making the game unbearable and therefore unplayable 🙁

  41. Unable to continue with main storyline. After killing the ice wraith, Galmar just repeatedly says “I dont know how you convinced Ulfric to talk to the empire. Worse then a waste of time to me”

    Ulfric just says talk to Galmar, and I can’t choose the Imperial side since I’ve already started the diplomacy route with the Greybeards… Essentially the game is now unplayable until this is fixed.

    Xbox 360 version, with latest patch installed.

  42. great game but im afraid its going to break my ps3…the dragonborn and the graybeards cannot help me now, my only hope is a potion of resist frost to protect me from the FREEZING issues i am having.

  43. Theres a bug with the Dark Brotherhood outfit.
    Theres no cowl like the mask that covers your face, im just confused cos it says cowl but it dosent appear.
    Please fix this bug.

  44. So, I was playing Skyrim on my first gen 60gb retro PS3 and after the patch….my hard drive fried. Can I blame it on the patch?, sure I can…it was the last data transfer on the system before it crashed. Oh well, I know these things happen. But none the less, WTF?!.

    I have the new 320gb PS3. Freaking out a little bit over all of the PS3 lag comments and the myriad of other glitches. I was about 50 hours in before my other system crashed and about 30hrs on the new system.

    Should I go XBOX now? or take my chances that Bethesda will actually knuckle down enough to address this on the PS3?