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Through the Skyblivion mod, a team of The Elder Scrolls fans have brought Oblivion into the Skyrim engine, and it looks nothing short of splendid.
When it first released in 2006, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was celebrated for its beautiful world, finely-tuned mechanics, and extensive player freedom and reactivity which surpassed the expectations of an RPG. Now, no one's denying that in 2020, however, Oblivion has become less of a wonder and more of a window into a time where games were a little ridiculous.
So, with Skyblivion, the modders hope to deliver a total remaster and recreation of Oblivion within the Skyrim engine, as well as all of the fourth game's DLC. It's been in development since 2012, and it includes all weapons, all quests, and all locations found in the title from 2006. It's an incredible feat, and there will even be a collection of custom content made by the team to show their passion for the project and for the world of The Elder Scrolls.
The first instalment of The Making of Skyblivion, a new series of development diaries, will also describe the process of how the modders move from the original Oblivion asset to a fully-realised recreation in the newer engine. In the beginning, it turned out that a lot of the data of Cyrodiil was lost in its conversion to Skyrim. As a result, swathes of the world were missing and crashes were constant, which was a Herculean task for just one modder to resolve.
Fortunately, the team grew, and these problems are a thing of the past. And, their collective creativity and know-how has allowed them to draw from existing lore to build up on areas that were sparse in the original Oblivion. The mod promises 4K resolution in its new textures, yet performance will be optimised so that almost all players will be able to enjoy Skyblivion. Additionally, interiors will be remodelled and redecorated to fulfil the ambitions of the project. Shops will now advertise what items are on sale, and caves will be filled with all kinds of creepy-crawlies.
All that players require to run Skyblivion is a copy of Oblivion with its Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles DLCs. The team also assures that the mod will be totally modular upon release, which will let players pick what elements they would like to install.
The first iteration of the whole world of Skyblivion is almost complete, and those who want to keep up with its progress will be able to watch behind the scenes streams on Twitch. With The Elder Scrolls VI set to arrive at some point in the far flung future, this mod might be just the ticket for those hankering after another The Elder Scrolls escapade.
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