We didn’t think that Bethesda would drop any more surprises until their E3 press conference next month, but we’re pleasantly surprised. The company has just announced a free piece of DLC for Skyrim, adding mounted combat which will allow you to attack whilst riding horses.
It’s obviously a small addition, but a very welcome one of course. Mounted combat was first seen in that great GameJam content preview and we’re glad to see that it has made its way into Skyrim in an official capacity. What is even better is that PC players can even try out the new feature right now, by downloading the 1.6 beta update that is available on Steam now.
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Unfortunately, this means that console players will have to wait once again to try this out. Skyrim’s beta updates on PC always allows Steam users to preview new updates early, so it could be a long while yet until we see this land on Xbox 360 and PS3. If they wanted to, Bethesda could have easily charged a small fee for this which no doubt a lot of people would have bought in an instant. However, these free updates are another indication of the great support that Bethesda seem to be giving Skyrim post-release, so we just hope that extends to next year as well, and of course making all these new features available on console.
We’ve said in the past about the idea of mods becoming available on console and who knows, this could be a priority for Bethesda as well once they have released the highly anticipated Dawnguard expansion. Unfortunately, there’s no word on when that is coming out yet, but we expect a solid release date to be made at E3 – a gameplay trailer would be awesome as well.
Just to reiterate, mounted combat is now available on PC via the 1.6 beta update. Have you tried it out yet and managed to take down a dragon whilst still riding a horse? There’s a great video below showing that this is now definitely possible. Have fun with the update folks.