As promised, Bethesda launched its Skyrim Creation Kit on Tuesday along with the Skyrim High-Resolution Texture Pack, both free to download from Steam. With the release of the Creation Kit, fans can now upload, download, and install custom content through the Skyrim section of the Steam Workshop, making sharing mods easier than ever before.
"Experience The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as you’ve never seen it before with the Skyrim High-Resolution Texture Pack," Bethesda said on Tuesday. "Make sure your system requirements exceed Skyrim’s recommended specs before attempting to install, including Windows Vista or 7 operating system, a minimum of 4 GB of system RAM, and a DirectX 9.0c compatible Nvidia or AMD ATI video card with at least 1 GB of RAM and the latest drivers."
Now just one day after the toolset's release, there are over 43 "pages" worth of Skyrim mods available for your downloading pleasure. One of the more notable uploads that's currently circulating in the news is one created by Valve itself called Fall of the Space Core, Volume 1. The "aggressively space-centric little robot" from Portal 2 literally drops from space and will tag along after a brief introduction, replying with lines of dialogue from Portal 2 as well as new Skyrim-themed lines mentioning dragons and other fantasy things.
The most popular Skyrim mods listed this week include Midas Magic - Spells for Skyrim, House Map Markers, Arrowsmith v3a, LakeView Manor, Complete Skyforge, Dynamic Torches, Kill Them Generals and more. Another notable mod is Open Cities which transfers the five major cities into the Tamriel worldspace, eliminating the load screen transitions, and Dovahkiin Hideout which gives every house in Skyrim a hideout.
"Every house will now include a basement door, look around your house, you will find it," the description reads. "This Hideout is shared between all houses, as long as you have the key for the house."
To get started modding, install the Creation Kit – free through Steam to all Skyrim owners – from the Tools section of your Steam Library (or, click here to launch directly). The Skyrim High-Resolution Texture Pack can be downloaded here.