Gamers not happy as Skyrim PC patch update appears to block mod support

By Alan Ng - Nov 23, 2011

We have some important news for PC gamers playing Skyrim at the moment, as we can confirm that Bethesda has gone live with a new patch update for the game that is supposed to make life a little better during your adventure. However, many gamers are suggesting that it does the complete opposite.

We’ve heard that the new patch update from Bethesda has added a new layer of DRM to the game, and it results in Skyrim needing Steam to boot up. Before the patch, players could just run Skyrim without Steam, but that isn’t the case now.

That isn’t the biggest problem on PC gamers minds right now though, as another issue has been discovered following on from the patch. Bethesda has limited the amount of RAM that Skyrim can use, as they have now set a cap at just 2GB. Previously, there was no limit and a bigger RAM allocation allowed the game to run more smoothly and enable various mods which make textures even better. Sadly though, reports over at Rock Paper Shotgun and other online boards suggest that the new patch update actually renders some of the PC mods useless.

Another frustrating issue for gamers, is that those of you that had the patch update setting to automatic, would have booted up Skyrim to see that Steam had updated this latest patch automatically, meaning that many of you had to option on whether to install this or not – on hindsight maybe a lot of you would have chose not to after finding out what the patch actually does.

As you can imagine, gamers are not too happy about this, as you can see in a few examples on Twitter that we picked out:

”Hopefully everyone on PC is done with Skyrim by the time the patch hits. Looks like it severely gimps the game.”

”So Bethesda’s latest Skyrim patch broke the pc version of the game. Bugs are expected with a game of this scope.”

”So… Skyrim gets a PC patch and it adds DRM, makes it impossible to edit .ini files, removes mod support, “blocks” ram and… No bugfixes.”

If you automatically installed this update on your PC, let us know how you are feeling right now. We hear that there is already a few workaround solutions though to bypass some elements of Bethesda’s patch. Are you disappointed that Bethesda seem to be blocking some mod support for the game?

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