Now on Steam: 1.5 Beta Update featuring new kill cameras

From the memes to the mods to the amazing stories that continue to be told, we’ve been blown away by the continued community support for Skyrim. All of it has driven us to make the game even better, and we’re excited to start sharing news on upcoming features and content.

It all starts with our upcoming 1.5 title update – available now as a Beta Update on Steam and arriving soon for Xbox 360 and PS3. In the release notes below, you’ll notice we’ve not only made fixes to the game, but also introduced some new features. One of our favorite additions are the new kill cameras for ranged and magic attacks. Watch the video above for a sneak peek.

Look familiar? The new kill cams were featured as a concept in the Game Jam sizzle shown during Todd Howard’s DICE keynote. We plan on adding even more features with upcoming free updates and game add-on content.

After the break, read the current release notes for 1.5, as well as information on how you can grab the beta update on Steam.

UPDATE 1.5 (all platforms unless noted)


  • New cinematic kill cameras for projectile weapons and spells
  • New kill moves and animations for melee weapons
  • Shadows on grass available (PC)
  • Smithing skill increases now factor in the created item’s value
  • Improved visual transition when going underwater
  • Improved distance LOD transition for snowy landscapes


  • General crash fixes and memory optimizations
  • Fixed issue with Deflect Arrows perk not calculating properly
  • In “A Cornered Rat,” the death of certain NPCs no longer blocks progression
  • Fixed issue where Farkas would not give Companion’s quests properly
  • Fixed crash when loading saves that rely on data that is no longer being loaded
  • Followers sneak properly when player is sneaking
  • Fixed issue with weapon racks not working properly in Proudspire Manor
  • Arrows and other projectiles that were stuck in objects in the world now clean up properly
  • Fixed issue where “Rescue Mission” was preventing “Taking Care of Business” from starting properly
  • Fixed issue where certain NPCs would fail to become Thieves Guild fences
  • Fixed issue in “Diplomatic Immunity” where killing all the guards in the Thalmor Embassy before starting the quest would break progress
  • In “Hard Answers,” picking up the dwarven museum key after completing the quest, no longer restarts the quest
  • Killing Viola before or after “Blood on the Ice” no longer blocks progression
  • Fixed issue where Calixto would fail to die properly in “Blood on the Ice”
  • In “Waking Nightmare” fixed occasional issue where Erandur would stop pathing properly
  • Fixed issue where letters and notes with random encounters would appear blank
  • Fixed rare issue where dialogue and shouts would improperly play
  • Lydia will now offer marriage option after player purchases Breezehome in Whiterun
  • Fixed issue where if player manually mined ore in Cidhna Mine, jail time would not be served
  • Fixed rare issue with skills not increasing properly
  • Fixed issue where the Headsman’s Axe did not gain proper buff from Barbarian perk
  • In “A Night to Remember” it is no longer possible to kill Ysolda, Ennis or Senna before starting the quest
  • Fixed issue with the ebony dagger having a weapon speed that was too slow
  • Fixed issue with “The Wolf Queen Awakened” where backing out of a conversation with Styrr too soon would block progress
  • The third level of the Limbsplitter perk now properly improves all battle axes
  • Fixed a rare issue where Sanguine Rose would not work properly
  • In “Tending the Flames” King Olaf’s Verse will no longer disappear from explosions

Download the 1.5 Beta Update on Steam

If you’d like to download the 1.5 Beta Update on Steam, you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. Log into Steam
  2. Click on Steam in the upper menu
  3. Select Settings
  4. Under the Account tab, go to the Beta Participation section and select Change.
  5. A drop down menu will appear. Select Skyrim Beta.
  6. Select OK.
  7. Steam will now restart. After Steam restarts, Skyrim will be updated to the Beta version currently available.

If you opt into the Beta, be sure to back up your saved games or simply be careful not to overwrite your existing saves. If you decide to opt out of the beta program, your old saves will still work with the current release of Skyrim on Steam (v 1.4.27).

If you decide you don’t want to run the Beta anymore, redo steps 1 – 4. At the drop down, select NONE – Opt out of all beta programs. Let Steam restart, and Skyrim will automatically update itself back to the latest released version.

To provide feedback on the beta update, use our beta forum.

Reader Comments

    • Are you using Ebony Mail as the chestpiece? Even though it is technically ebony armor, it is a unique item, which may affect whether or not it is counted as a part of the set. Even so, it should still be fixed if this is the case because the Ebony Mail is definitely better than generic ebony mail.

  1. Thanks for the update. Still a lot of fixes to be done but in time hopefully all will be addressed…Glad to see stuff from the video. Maybe Lycanthrope Perk tree? I mean if you can make it actually work and be balanced and um if you aren’t you know too busy fixing all the broken stuff.

  2. I still have issues where certain missions are bugged and they do not remove from the mission list. Like Rjorn’s Drum. I’ve gone to him, given it to him, but it’s still in my inventory and the mission is still in the list. The quill one (can’t remember the name)….doesn’t give me a waypoint. Other quests don’t give waypoints or are bugged where they cannot be completed.

  3. This is probably the lamest thing to be happy about but YES! My Ebony Daggers will finally be like proper daggers!! I too look forward to seeing what other sort of enviromental changes will be done to the world, as well as what manner of continuation of the main storyline we will be looking at. My gamer’s instinct tells me that will be more of an expansion/ DLC thing however.

  4. PLEASE fix the rest of the issues related to Hard Answers and Trinity Restored. The Thieves Guild quest line is BROKEN for me now. Karliah and Brynjolf are stuck in the Frozen Hearth and Ragged Flagon Cistern, respectively, and are not at Nightingale Hall like they should be (Trinity Restored). This is directly related to a problem with Hard Answers and the quest stages not updating properly. Please include this fix!

      • All you have to do is go back to calcelmos laboratory, get rubbing again bring back etc (you get a second nightingale blade for your troubles) then wait until karliah leaves the frozen hearth before you do (thats what causes the bug) and problem solved!

    • Please Please fix the thieves guild issues. I love playing as a thief and it really blows that I can’t complete the thieves guild quest line. A major part of the game, like a guild quest line, being broken seems like it should be a priority on the bug fix list. Thanks and I hope someone at Bethesda is seeing this.

  5. Unfortunately this update causes shadows to be rendered at the wrong depth in 3D. All shadows, not just grass shadows. So there must have been some changes to the shadowing in general and not just the addition of grass shadowing.

  6. beta 1.5: Follower still gets stuck leaving Gloomhaunt Cavern. Had to umm… Blast Lydia off the ledge with unrelenting force to get her down and out of the cave.
    Also still seem to get the odd crash with the HD textures.

  7. I just re-installed Skyrim on my Xbox 360 and am having serious stuttering problems… again. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the most recent patch, but it was actually pretty smooth before.

    Anyway, it’s really distracting. Can you guys look into this?

    • Don’t install it! It really messes up the rendering, I installed it like a week ago, saw the problems and then deleted it. It works fine now though.

    • ONLY major bu… :SnoRT: lol.

      what color is the sky in your world? Is it green? Im going with green.

      ….maybe purple. or pink. or squid.

  8. These are all great. Now how about patching the “Kill Petra the hagraven” objective that won’t go away because I killed her sister first?

  9. @Dan hamood…………you realize this is the,biggest most massive game ever Made right? It is also the most beautiful game I have ever played….if you think you can make a better RPG.? Go right ahead cause I won’t pay a dollar for it. ..Bethesda… are amazing best game ever….ignore people like Dan here….they don’t appreciate how much work goes into huge games like this…they take everything for granted…..hey Dan….go break out your oldschool Atari….was not a single game made that you cqn complain about

    • why dont you get your head out of bethesda’s Ass… so what . it’s the biggest game ever made…and it wasn’t made right.. you talk like you know me me .. f#cken Ahole you don’t know me.. dovahkiin67 .. get some balls.. stop sucking Bethesda’s . kiss ass.. brown noser..

    • Yeah, i think the largest game made is actually fuel. Anyhow, as a consumer purchasing a product that is not ” complete ” should not be acceptable. Folks such as yourself, make it possible for the gaming industry to make this a standard.

  10. “Improved visual transition when going underwater” so does that mean it won’t be completely clear if you put your head half unde the water? I thought that was an elder scrolls tradition

  11. Try moving closer to your TV screen. Six inches closer to the screen translates into about five extra in-game yards. I don’t know why this is.

  12. Still having issues with Blood on the Ice not launching. Susanna is still alive and well. Also having issues with the word wall at Lost Valley Redoubt being broken. Several other miscellaneous quests are broken and won’t remove.

  13. I think a cool addition to the game would be when you have dual wielded weapons, they should actually be displayed on your character when you sheathe them.

  14. Could you look into fixing the favoriting of dual-wielded weapons? If I have two swords and increase them in smithing, and switch to a healing spell in two hands and then when I want to equip my swords I can only equip one and the other one dissapears. So every time I have to go into my inventory to equip them manually, very annoying.


    • same here, it’s very annoying. please fix that Bethesda. And yes, there’s so many other bugs to fix, but we can all only hope they all get addressed and attempted to be fixed by Bethesda. Despite the many minor and even large bugs, the game is great and there are no other games that can come close in comparison. – and whats up with people complaining up the texture of the water? i saw a comment: “i will not play skyrim until the water looks better.” seriously? haha it looks amazing to me.

  15. Kill cams to make you feel homicidal cool.

    Thanks for the action packed update Bethesda! So far no problems after starting a new game yesterday. Kill cams and moves are really great. Am not sure but it also looks like the visual effects of spells has been improved as well.

  16. Do you guys know of the Greenspring Hollow glitch? I cleared the place out prior to getting the quest from Aela, and now I cannot finish the quest.

  17. Thank you so much, for killcams especially! Although please fix the trinity restored glitch where brynjolf, karliah, or both walk off. Also, I’m not sure yet if the blood on the ice patch fixes that no guard would notice the body 3 days after imprisoning Wuunferth(or whatever his name is)

  18. Blame the graphical issues on the 360. It’s outdated technology. I’m enjoying the kill cams. Certainly makes my sorcerer feel a little more awesome! If you’re bored don’t play. There are other games out there. No one is forcing you to play Skyrim, and if they are there’s certainly worse things to have happen. It’s a free update so stop complaining.

  19. I stopped playing after the first week because of a lack of grass shadows. I tried this patch, and whilst it adds grass shadows (which I am really happy about) it seems to also make areas of grass about 50m x 50m pop up, instead of fade in.

  20. Please look into Barabas (dog)… he has a tendency of pushing me around. Normally just annoying, but while sneaking it always gets me spotted. I am heading to get his master’s axe so I can get rid of him.
    On another note, Hircine’s cursed ring says it causes random transformations… it would be nice if there was clarity if one must be able to transform for this to actually happen.
    Also, do different followers have preferences on what they will do? Lydia won’t mine for me, I can give her a pick or drop one and tell her to pick it up… she still won’t mine. Is that a glitch, or does Lydia just not like mining?

    • that one may be a feature. you kidnapped him from his quest to tramp all over the game map. He doesn’t seem to shove me half as much when I just bring him where he is supposed to go…

      • I think you need to be one to even get that quest…
        then again i get to the companions so early it’d be hard to tell. for the desease resist.

  21. Has this patch been released for certification, and if not do you have a idea when? Also after my save file got up above 10 MB in size I experience severe lag and after about 2 to 3 hrs playing it freezes my Xbox is there any means to fix this? btw I’ve cleared my cache and reinstalled Skyrim on my HDD even went as far as formatting my HDD.

    • pick up every single item in game and stop using necromancy cause of the ash piles. put all the items in a box. let it reset.

    • no, if it isn’t listed they haven’t done it.
      the killcams and grass shadows were vastly more important than making skyrim playable.

  22. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE fix the bug with not being able to turn in quests properly/they do not remove from quest journal when done, that happens to Jarl Skald in Dawnstar (civil war missions not yet taken).

  23. I just can’t seem to get the Dragon Seekers quest from Vilkas. Would love a fix for that.

    Everything else is working acceptably for me, thankfully – bookshelves a bit buggy post-1.4 ironically (books disappearing) but nothing else too serious.

    • it wasn’t listed as no. but we’ve got these shiny killcams now. so awesome. skyrim is pretty so it must be goty. and bethesda is expected to be buggy so they get away with it, nobody expects more than late beta from them. lowered expectations ftw.

      may as well be playing daggerfall it was tons and tons more depth and same bugs.

  24. Thanks for the updates and fixes. A great game made better!

    For the PITA part 🙂 If you guys could update us with any news about the CK it’d be icing on the cake. Namely the ability to include face textures in an EPS, the dubious AI bug and the possibility of a CTD when entering an exterior cell that two mods use/alter.

    Now, excuse me, I’m going to go dish out a few arrows to the knee.

  25. When I try the Skyrim Beta Update, I find that the lighting goes crazy. When I stand under any structure that would cast a shadow, the whole world goes dark, and no other objects cast a shadow. I DO have mods installed, but none would affect lighting. Is this just me?

  26. We were not aware of any game breaking save issues with the PS3 version of Skyrim… *3 months of bad press later* We were aware of game breaking save issues with the PS3 version of Skyrim but it was just for a small percentage of players. Small percentage=100%. It’s getting a lot of attention right now. I’m going to go count my cash.

  27. “Smithing skill increases now factor in the created item’s value”

    So basically just crafting daggers over and over again won’t power level your smithing anymore?If that’s true it’s a much needed change, but the same thing needs to be done for enchanting.You know, change it so that the value of the item and the quality of the soul factors in to how much Enchanting experience you get.That would go a lot towards making the game more balanced.

  28. it would be nice to see more fixes with weapons and armor. because even though it states on one of the hint screens that all weapons and armor can be improved on either grindstone or workbench. there are many instances were this is not true such as wuuthrad, yasgrimors shield, the nord hero bow, the highest level version of the nightingale blade, and the most bugged weapon of all the ebony blade.

  29. Bethesda, I’m on Xbox 360, French player after Oblivion, I love Skyrim I reached level 48, ended the civil war and many side quests without having done half. Your game is great but a big problem. The more it goes, the more it freezes, I can now do 10 meters without it crashes without counting bugs. in 1.3, I do not so often used to plant, the 1 .4 I botched the whole stability of the game I would very sincerely that patch 1.5 will solve all this mess otherwise the TES will be finished for me. Skyrim is unplayable and plant every 2 minutes, I’m sorry, it is useless to go after, to operate this anyway replanted almost immediately after loading. Well, get us a patch worthy of the name, otherwise it is you who will pay the higher price. Many people before me have gone to see what was happening elsewhere and émoragie continue. – (Sorry for English, taduit by Google).

  30. I have confirmed that the stuttering that occurs in the Xbox 360 version of the game completely disappears when my character sits in on a chair or bench of any kind. I can then move the camera around freely without any stutter.

    However, when I leave the chair the game starts stuttering. Crouching doesn’t seem to make a difference. Again, this is with Skyrim installed to the Xbox 360 hard drive. Playing from the disc, the stuttering still exists but is certainly not as bad.

    I know the PS3 version has some really serious problems with instability, but I would appreciate it if Bethesda could look into this problem. Playing the game with constant stuttering is horrible.

    Thank you.

  31. none of this will help ps3 people… sell the game, get it off piratebay or somethinginstead of rebuying…

    btw….smoothing the weapon transition and turning off kill cams/smothing them would be nice. as well as making magic scale….

  32. Theres a Bug with an NPC that interfere with me while im in Battle. Example: An Argonian (after the Sanguine Party) would just approach me in Conversation, because this Idiot is More Important then the middle of a freakin Bandit Raid. Pleease fix this Bug

  33. when will the update be comming out i really want to mrry lydia and i and getting kind of upset that things do not clean up so i am hopping this update to fix that like it says it will

  34. The bug with Delphi and the other guy not following me to Alduin’s Wall is still not fixed??

    All they keep saying is “After you, Dragonborn” and “Can’t wait to see what’s inside”. They just stand there at the three piedestals riddle (which I resolved a long long time ago).

    This is a main quest-stopper, and I’m surprised it still hasn’t been fixed. You add marriage to Lydia etc, but don’t focus on fixing the main questline???