Skyrim: Anniversary Edition is here, and with it, the event that the community has taken to calling the ‘modpocalypse’. An update to Skyrim Special Edition changes the game in such a way that some mods – those which directly interact with the game’s code – would break. The worst of the issues have been averted thanks to early work from the community, but for now there’s still work to be done. Here’s what you need to know to keep your favourite Skyrim mods running.
On PC, Skyrim: Anniversary Edition is a DLC upgrade for Skyrim Special Edition which includes all previously-released Creation Club content. A free update for Special Edition includes some of that content, and makes changes to the base game which render native code mods incompatible.
Skyrim Script Extender, otherwise known as SKSE and required for many mods, has already been updated to work with the Anniversary Edition update. This was the biggest concern players had regarding the incoming ‘modpocalypse’. Creator Extrwi received early access to the Anniversary update from Bethesda, and published a new version of SKSE on Reddit earlier today. “Due to the large amount of manual code rewrite required for this release, the possibility for bugs is higher than usual,” Extrwi says. “That said, things seem to be working better than expected.”
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