Bethesda Softworks, the developer of the recent hit RPG Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, has announced in a blog post that it will take much more care over updates for the game, hoping to avoid embarrassing bugs like the backwards-flying dragon.
This strange phenomenon and others showed up in the recent Skyrim 1.2 patch which was designed to fix a bug that caused lag in the PS3 version of the game, which some are reporting still occurs occasionally.
Bethesda has promised to release an “incremental update” next week, landing on PC first and consoles a few days later. It's thought that the patch will say goodbye to the backwards dragons and other 1.2 issues.
Apologising for the debacle, Bethesda said in a blog post that “with the millions upon millions of people playing Skyrim, we need to treat our updates with greater care. If we get too aggressive trying to fix a minor issue, we run a risk of breaking something larger in a game like this.”
The posts explained that to help with this, there would be lots of patches coming over the next few weeks, including “full title updates” as well as smaller gameplay updates “to fix whatever issues come up along with re-balancing portions of the game for difficulty or exploits.”
The PC will get updates first, as Bethesda can directly control that. Console patches will take a little longer, as they must be certified by the console maker.
As well announcing the update procedure, Bethesda also said that it would be releasing two tools to help modders create new experiences in the game. The first one is the 'Creation Kit', the same tools that the developer used to put the title together. Along with this, a new wiki and set of tutorial videos will be made available.
Steam Workshop will add to the modding experience as well. This gives users access to mods in a simple manner, letting them flag them from smartphones or other devices, causing them to be downloaded automatically next time they log in to Skyrim. In the same way as the Creation Kit makes it easier for modders to get their work done, the Workshop is designed to make it simpler for people to play them.