The imminent release of Skyrim’s Anniversary Edition will render legacy mods of the game unusable, and possibly a significant amount of work for modders playing the game.
If you’ve ever added mods to your version of Skyrim, you must have come across the Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE) add-on that helps run a number of popular mods for the game. It’s also quite possible that you changed your update settings for the game on Steam and used a separate mod manager to launch the game. If you didn’t, there was a risk that SKSE would break every time Bethesda Creation Club received a new update.
PC Gamer As reported by Skyrim Anniversary Edition, when the Skyrim Anniversary Edition launches next month, player-purchased copies will bring not only the Special Edition of the game, but also all mods currently available in Creation Club and more. However, Skyrim Anniversary Edition will come as an update for the existing game and will cause major problems for various mods currently using SKSE and similar addons.
The reason Skyrim Anniversary Edition brings these issues is because Bethesda decided to replace the game’s compiler from the 2015 version of Visual Studios with the 2019 counterpart as part of the update.
Skyrim’s mod community has had some pretty incredible projects over the last few years, but during that time a number of modders have moved on to new projects. As a result, when a popular mod breaks, it seems very unlikely that the developers will fix those mods, it takes a reasonable amount of time for each plugin to make those fixes.
SKSE developer, extrwi He had the following words on the subject:
“I could probably just sit there for a few nights and release an updated version of SKSE, but my main concern is the rest of the plugins out there. The plugin ecosystem has been around long enough for people to keep going, and the code has been pretty neglected. It will need to do at least some work to support AE. Realistically, it means that mods’ native codes will be broken sometime after AE’s release.”
“You can disable updates”
The developer recommends that in-game mod users back up the game’s files in advance and disable updates on Steam before the Anniversary Edition is released on November 11.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer at MRT.