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Mounted Combat Now Available in Skyrim Beta

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Now players can attack their enemies while riding a horse. Too bad there's no multiplayer -- this feature would make for some fun PvP!

Bethesda said on Thursday that mounted combat has arrived in The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. This means players can now do melee and ranged combat while riding a horse. Players who opted into the latest Steam Beta Update will see the new feature in the PC version now. Information regarding mounted combat on other platforms will arrive on a later date.

"Thanks again to all our fans, we remain committed to supporting the game through our free updates, mod tools, and more. And yes, we’re still working on our first add-on, Dawnguard – some great stuff to show you soon, stay tuned!" the company said. "If you opt into the Beta, be sure to back up your saved games or simply be careful not to overwrite your existing saves. If you decide to opt out of the beta program, your old saves will still work with the current release of Skyrim on Steam (v 1.5)."

To get into the beta and download the new update, simply follow these instructions:

1. Log into Steam.
2. Click on Steam in the upper menu.
3. Select Settings.
4. Under the Account tab, go to the Beta Participation section and select Change.
5. A drop down menu will appear. Select Skyrim Beta.
6. Select OK.
7. Steam will now restart. After Steam restarts, Skyrim will be updated to the Beta version currently available.

"If you decide you don’t want to run the Beta anymore, redo steps 1 – 4," Bethesda added. "At the drop down, select NONE – Opt out of all beta programs. Let Steam restart, and Skyrim will automatically update itself back to the latest released version. To provide feedback on the beta update, use our beta forum."

In addition to adding mounted combat, the update brings numerous bug fixes which can be seen here. These fixes include general stability and memory optimizations, general AI pathfinding optimizations and bug fixes, optimizations and crash fixes for data leaks, and more.

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    mrmez , May 25, 2012 5:23 AM
    All you need is 62 more friends :p 
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    anort3 , May 25, 2012 4:47 AM
    Guess I have an excuse to spend another 100 or so hours of my free time hunting dragons. I wish they would hurry up with the DLC but since it took a year for the Oblivion DLC I guess we still have a few months.
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    lutanistryan , May 25, 2012 5:10 AM
    What's Skyrim?
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    falchard , May 25, 2012 5:14 AM
    Now just needs a multiplayer competition mod so I can play jousting with 63 of my friends.
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    elcentral , May 25, 2012 5:21 AM
    yet to play it. im still happy i waited for the hd texture going to check it out next sale.
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    mrmez , May 25, 2012 5:23 AM
    All you need is 62 more friends :p 
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    Anonymous , May 25, 2012 5:42 AM
    multilayer would ruin the game there would be to many screaming 11 year olds using hacks
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    keyanf , May 25, 2012 6:27 AM
    Too bad even with 5 attempts, Bethesda still couldn't get the base combat to be any fun and a minor addition like this won't change things.

    The really sad thing is Bethesda owns Arkane (Dark Messiah) who did some of the best melee combat out there, and is in competention with Gothic/Risen which does have a fairly decent combat system in an open world game. Plus Mount and Blade is an indie title with better combat.
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    keyanf , May 25, 2012 6:28 AM
    Todd Howard said in the lead up to Oblivion that "fantasy" to him was a knight running around on horseback killing things. What genre were the TES games in that 7 year period? Sci-Fi?
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    molo9000 , May 25, 2012 7:28 AM
    Horse armour again? :D 
    It's never going to be as good as Mount&Blade. Why do they even try?

    Adding such a major change to the combat system 6 months after release is just weird.
    Is the world even designed for mounted combat? I bet you get stuck on terrain all the time.
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    Zingam_Duo , May 25, 2012 8:05 AM
    I have yet to see a game where mounted combat doesn't suck.
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    derekullo , May 25, 2012 9:26 AM
    Picture Twisted Metal 4 with horses instead of cars/vans. Perfect mounted combat game.
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    Auroram , May 25, 2012 9:51 AM
    I don't want to sound cynical and have clocked many an hour on Skyrim, but it almost seems like it's a good idea to not touch Bethesda titles until a couple months after the initial release date. There's simply so much content added and bugs fixed by then, that my enjoyment of (for example) Skyrim is much greater later on. And that's without even mentioning the amazing mod community!

    Still, thumbs up to them for great and cost free support. I just hope that they won't break the unofficial community patches again, instead of simply integrating them into the game officially.
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    Achoo22 , May 25, 2012 10:06 AM
    falchardNow just needs a multiplayer competition mod so I can play jousting with 63 of my friends.


    I was distressed to see the main article mention multiplayer, as your comment distresses me. I thought Skyrim was a phenomenally good game, but the combat is pretty rudimentary and the wide-open areas don't encourage pvp scenarios. PVP in Skyrim would reduce directly to a gear comparison, just like most MMOs, and there's absolutely no point. The announced TES MMO is a shameless money grab, and I'm troubled that there seem to be those who disagree.
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    killerclick , May 25, 2012 10:40 AM
    Achoo22PVP in Skyrim would reduce directly to a gear comparison, just like most MMOs, and there's absolutely no point. The announced TES MMO is a shameless money grab, and I'm troubled that there seem to be those who disagree.


    My thoughts exactly. First they sacrifice KOTOR3 for SWTOR, now they may shift focus to Elder Scrolls MMO (hope not, since it's an external studio). I can only hope that it fails like SWTOR did.
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    Maxor127 , May 25, 2012 11:46 AM
    I don't care about competitive multiplayer, but co-op is always good. It's always fun to share exploring an open world with a friend. But I'm sure they'd rather hold back on such a feature for their crappy, uninspired MMO.
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    airborne11b , May 25, 2012 2:16 PM
    Ahh, only in america would people consider selling millions of copies of a game and making tons of money a failure.....
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    airborne11b , May 25, 2012 2:21 PM
    To all the children crying about multiplayer.... No one would be forcing you to play it, no more then anyone else can force what kind of character you make. Grow some nuts.
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    osamabinrobot , May 25, 2012 2:32 PM
    b..but i wawnted to play D3 this weekend
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    frank_drebin , May 25, 2012 4:26 PM
    it's fun to ride a horse in Skyrim. Plus the horse helps you to fight... wolfs at least
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    gm0n3y , May 25, 2012 6:06 PM
    jacekringActually they already had horses, the terrain was designed with horses in mind. And you don't get stuck on terrain, hasn't happened to me yet 100+ hours of gameplay.Unfortunately horses die too easy against anything other then a wolf. I would rather the horse just run away so I can kill them with my 10,000+ damage bow, LOL.

    Just finish the Dark Brotherhood quest line and get Shadowmere. More health and respawns if killed:

    http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Shadowmere_%28Skyrim%29
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