Bethesda Addresses Skyrim Update Troubles

December 2, 2011 -

In a post called "Skyrim — what we’re working on" over at Bethesda's official blog, the company admits that it has to take better care before releasing updates to its games. The post refers to the patch for Skyrim that was released earlier this week which caused dragons to fly backwards and make things like magic resistance stop working for some players. Bethesda acknowledges that the update adding bugs instead of fixing them is not a good thing ...

Here is the latter part of that post:

"We all know this is a huge game, and everyone has a different experience. We’ll continue to do everything we can to make the game better and better for as many people as possible every day. We’ve also realized 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. To be safe, we are prioritizing code side fixes right now over data fixes. Quest and balance issues are usually data, and those will start rolling in a large way with the January updates."

Bethesda said that a small update to fix the new problems will be released early next week - probably first on the PC version of the game because they have direct control over it and don't have to wait for either Microsoft or Sony to approve its release.

Source: Bethesda Blog


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Re: Bethesda Addresses Skyrim Update Troubles

What problems are people having?  I've played the game about 100 hours so far and the only problem I found is that it froze on a couple occasions.  Since the game autosaves every time I walk into a new room, that's not much more than an inconvenience. 

The other glitches seem to happen when I die and doesn't really affect the game much.  Things like getting hit with and arrow and going on a ski trip.  Another one was when I went flying 300 feet into the air on death.  Those were more funny than anything and the game just loaded back to my last save just like always.  

Re: Bethesda Addresses Skyrim Update Troubles

Well I will wait till the 3rd or 6th DLC is out for it that way I not only get the whole game but a fixed game at that!


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Re: Bethesda Addresses Skyrim Update Troubles

You do realize that with the wealth of content in the game that if you start playing now that you might be half way through what the game has to offer before the DLC comes out.

This game, which is not a "whole game" as you put it, has quadruple the content of most other games currently on the shelf.

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Bethesda are geniuses!

They actually managed to find a way for people to pay them $60 a pop to beta test their game! I for one have been beta testing Skyrim for about 80 hours so far and have loved almost every minute save for a few broken quests and the odd freeze.

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I'm so sick and tired of Bethesda.  Its such a crap shoot with them.  I don't understand how they expect us to pay 60 bucks for a game when can't even be bothered to make sure it works.  This is why I'll never preorder one of their games let alone buy it in the first 6 month after release.

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You can't bitch about the odds if you're not shooting craps. Did you pay $60 for their game? Pre-order their game? So how can you be "sick and tired"?

Me though? I enjoy the game on its own merits. And one of those merits is that the game is far more stable than any other game they've released, post-Morrowind.

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I think his point is that he would like to play, but has been burned too many times. There's nothing wrong with that. I've liked Bethesda games in the past, but their recent record makes me think twice about buying. I want to get Skyrim, but I'm not going to drop $60 on a beta version. Last I checked, the money was mine - Bethesda doesn't have a right to it. When they make the game bug-free, or if they drop the price, maybe I'll get it. Until then, I have plenty of other things I can buy with my cash.

And I reserve the right to complain about a game I want to buy but haven't bought because it's not ready for prime time.

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By 'bug free' of course, you mean... what?  Free of game-breaking bugs I assume?  Because no game, no software at all is bug-free in an unqualified sense, except perhaps 'hello world'.

What you consider a game-breaking bug, of course, may differ from my view, but I've yet to come across one, and I've heard of very few indeed that I would consider game-breaking.

Re: Bethesda Addresses Skyrim Update Troubles

This is one of those games that is riddled with so many flaws that it's a wonder it made it out the door in this state, and yet at the same time it is insanely fun and I can't stop playing it (at least until I'm forced to by one of the all too frequent Crash-To-Desktops).

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I ran into the CTD problem a lot, then I turned the graphics down a hair and it runs all day without a crash. Also, if anyone uses TeamSpeak 3 and has the DX Plugin activated, turn it off when you play Skyrim, all the words in books will disappear. TBH those are the only bugs I've ran into in my 104 (and counting) hours of play time. And quick question (sorry for being such a n00b here, can't find anything on the site or on the forum regarding this): Is HTML allowed?

Re: Bethesda Addresses Skyrim Update Troubles

That's every Bethesda game.  So many bugs, but yet so much awesome.  The only problem I face is it will lock up when loading sometimes after a couple hours of play, but I'm ok with it because it happens at times I should be getting off anyway cool

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I'm playing on PS3, and I haven't run into a single bug, crash, freeze, or glitch. I can't be the only one who hasn't seen a single issue come up in over 60 hours of gameplay. o_O

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i'm on PC and haven't had to many, at worst only when i try to Alt+Tab it will it go bonkers.

but saying its so bug ridden its amazing it got out the door... i love how someone says that about pretty much EVERY new game lately.

it simply is not true in many cases. most of'em are just the standard post-release round up, and a few are truly buggier than the norm, but seriously, one or two people have a hard time and then a buncha whiners that don't even own the game come out complaining of bugs they don't even know about, and may not exist.

but seriously, lately every new titles has been dubbed the "buggiest release ever!".... are there that many new kids running around, or am i the only one that recalls mishaps like Dungeon Lords, or the many many bugs we had back in older games before patching?

IMO this game actually has less bugs than Oblivion AFTER its patches. And tbh i'm amazed Bethesda is saying anything given they've always broken more than they've fixed in their games, and then left it to the modders to fix the rest.

guess this ones a bit of an exception though since its more borked on the consoles than usual.

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And I love how some people, who are fortunate enough to not experience the bugs themselves, go and act like the bugs must not exist and claim that the people who do experience them are overreacting/ignorant/etc.

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heh them ones are annoying, but they pretty much only exist to troll the trolls that just rant about how inexplicably buggy the game is to them. TBH i don't know which ones i hate more. the bug whiners though nearly always find one flaw and thrive off it like its the end of the world. and because they have it, everyone does... but opposite goes for the flawless.. :/

I'll never deny the bugs, but many times simple workarounds can be found, or issues with the persons computer. NOT ALWAYS, but many times.

Re: Bethesda Addresses Skyrim Update Troubles

I don't think I was trolling, though.  As I said in my initial post, the game is crazy fun.  I like it, but my experience has been chock full of bugs, glitches, crashes, broken quests, etc.  Not enough to drive me away from the game, but they are real nonetheless.

Re: Bethesda Addresses Skyrim Update Troubles

Plus if a bug makes the game funnier, the developers need to leave it alone, like corpses inexplicably launching or getting stuck in scenery.

Re: Bethesda Addresses Skyrim Update Troubles

I think they said that some of the more amusing glitches/bugs will be left if they don't affect greater gameplay, like the "Bucket on NPC's head" glitch.

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Re: Bethesda Addresses Skyrim Update Troubles

I nailed 3 dragons at the College of Winterhold, and all three corpses were in the courtyard, just jiggling with the physics. I saved that so that way when I need a giggle, I can watch them dance around a bit.

 
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