Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
New Skyrim Update Brings Mounted Combat
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Update 1.6 is cantering its way to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and its got mounted combat tucked away in its saddle bag.

According to the Bethesda Blog, the patch will allow you to fight – with both ranged and melee combat – on horseback. There's a whole bunch of bug fixes in there too, but they're not half as exciting. Giddy up!

The full change log for Update 1.6 is below. The release date is yet to be confirmed.

New features:

  • Mounted Combat

Bug fixes:

  • General stability and memory optimisations
  • General AI pathfinding optimizations and bug fixes
  • Optimisations and crash fixes for data leaks
  • Fixed rare crash with lighting
  • Fixed crashes related to loading and saving games
  • Fixed crash with summoned creatures/NPCs
  • Fixed rare issue where saves would be corrupted
  • Improved logic for when ranged kill cams are played
  • Fixed issue with ranged kill cams while killing a dragon
  • Fixed rare issue with certain ranged kill cams not playing properly
  • Fixed issue with nirnroot lighting not properly cleaning up
  • Fixed issue where bow damage was being calculated incorrectly
  • Fixed rare problem with werewolf kill moves would not finish animating properly
  • In "The Break of Dawn" fixed rare issue where Meridia's Beacon would disappear from player's inventory
  • Fixed occasional issue where followers would disappear after player pays off a bounty after committing a crime
  • Fixed issue where certain creatures and NPCs would fail to respawn properly
  • Fixed rare issue with dialogue subtitles not displaying properly
  • Fixed issue with water appearing blurry when loading a saved game after creating a save underwater
  • Fixed issue where map cursor would occasionally disappear after closing a message box with Kinect enabled (Xbox 360)
  • Fixed rare issue with shouts only performing the first level and not other unlocked levels with Kinect enabled (Xbox 360)
  • Fixed issue where the shout buttons would stop working properly if users mashed LB and RB during cooldown with Kinect enabled (Xbox 360)


User Comments

Forum Posts: 188
Comment #1 by The End
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 04:48:39 AM
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A free update is always nice

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Comment #2 by Syrinx
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 04:48:39 AM
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What about the bug that makes it so you can't play the thieves guild quests when you have gone to honeybrew farm or whatever it is called, spoilt the whole theavies guild for me, had to start a new game :(

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Comment #3 by halofan1989
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 04:49:14 AM
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Tonight we ride for Minas Tirith!!

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Comment #4 by AV0STEAR
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 04:54:46 AM
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Patches are nice, but some more content would be better. Here's hoping for the DLC being at least 12+ hours.

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Comment #5 by linktriforce007
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 05:03:59 AM
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@3 Ride, ride for ruin and the world's ending?

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Comment #6 by the real a 0bsolete
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 05:04:18 AM
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@1 when have we ever been charged for an update? that would be a whole new level of B.S.

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Comment #7 by Andy the Black
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 05:09:38 AM
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Yes! This is the feature I've been wating for. Next up? Giant mudcrab

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Comment #8 by Magsec5
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 05:10:40 AM
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FUS RO DAH!!!!!!

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Comment #9 by Croc 494
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 05:16:31 AM
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Awesome, are they going to put any better horses in? other than those fat, slow useless one's?

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Comment #10 by BluWolve
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 05:17:47 AM
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I wonder if we will get a first person view for horses, and be able to loot corpses, pick up things etc like you could in Oblivion?

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Comment #11 by UberPirateNinja
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 05:21:29 AM
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@2 have you tried it recently? I had a similar problem with the Thieves Guild quest line, but not that particular quest. I went back to the game late last month after several weeks away, and it was fixed. Give it a try! :)

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Comment #12 by Brengun
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 05:24:23 AM
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They update a whole load of different things and people still moan and want the moon on a frigging stick.
Just enjoy an already great game!

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Comment #13 by Jamieson8
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 05:29:17 AM
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Soooo gutted that it's not dragon mounts

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Comment #14 by BluWolve
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 05:39:31 AM
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@12, who the hell is moaning? Skyrim is my favorite game of all time. I have the collectors edition and I have logged hundreds of hours playtime, and still haven't even wanted to bother with achievements. What is wrong with a query or a suggestion?

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Comment #15 by TCLCloud
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 05:43:32 AM
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I feel like that game that was in development for 5 years should really have all the features we have been getting over the last few months. With a game as glitchy as this I feel like an extra years work might not have gone amiss. That or they could have a bigger team working on it I guess. Every update shows how bad a version the orginal game is out the box, I'm not faulting the games story telling or graphics just the quality of finish we were given on release. Kinect commands and mounted fighting are all things they must have known they could and would implement and it shows the sad state we are in where games are given a release date before they are "finished" and products are rushed to market (Halo 2 anyone).

I also feel that secrecy regarding DLC is not needed what so ever and doesn't build hype so much as annoys fans and makes people who have completed the game sell it on (normally to rent at a later date to finish sai DLC). How disappointed were we all when that imkage last month turned out to be a whole new game and not Skyrim DLC? Exactly so someone please start giving the fans some honest and open infomation and stop stringing us all along!

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Comment #16 by Darth Obnox
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 05:46:15 AM
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Eat mace, pedestrian! *wok*

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Comment #17 by Dazzernator
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 05:47:17 AM
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Glad I can re-create Zelda and ride around with a bow and arrow out :P

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Comment #18 by Brengun
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 05:55:14 AM
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@14 I was going to write a reply to you, but then I read 15's post, well I skimmed it, and lost the will to live.

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Comment #19 by vincenth69
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:04:57 AM
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@4 12+ hours is not a DLC, it's an extension. Or at least for the developpers...

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Comment #20 by Pepsi Matt
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:30:01 AM
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@15 - If you have a problem with a game being updated every so often then just don't play it online? You know, don't play the game whilst signed in on Xbox LIVE?

1) Don't sign in.
2) Play game without the constant updating.
3) ???
4) Profit.

Forum Posts: 225
Comment #21 by combustible lemon
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 07:03:37 AM
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this game really should have been kept in development for longer.
If you are still playing this game then good for you-enjoy the mounted combat but many people who bought the game when it was released over 6 months ago will have played for hundreds of hours, done almost everything, got all achievements, got bored and moved on.
For all those people (myself included), mounted combat, ranged kill cams and all those bug fixes would have been much appreciated when we were still playing the game like there was no tomorrow-not months after we stopped playing.

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Comment #22 by Leynat
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 07:30:19 AM
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You have to give them credit for wanting to keep adding new things and fixing issues all for free. That far better service then we've come to expect from most companies.

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Comment #23 by TCLCloud
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 07:41:50 AM
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I have no problem with games being updated but not with features that should have been out the box, especially features modded by the community so soon after the realease that take the developers so long to implement!

It's bad practice for us, I'm not a hater I've played hundreds of hours of Skyrim, Oblivion, Fallout 3/Vegas and happily paid for DLC.

@21 Pretty much covers it, adding features might draw gamers back in for a few hours to try it out but it's not really anything new or will make anyone start the game again and as most of us have done a majoirty of it these releases are virtually pointless untill a worthy DLC comes out. No one will now go and buy the game because it has kinect support (Do they have to reprint all the boxart in shops now?) or because of horse combat especially as it hasn't added new missions to utilise it or achievements for the achievement slags out there.


I struggle to think of games that don't get updated to be honest, it standard procedure these days.

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Comment #24 by TheGreyMan
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 07:56:08 AM
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I can understand people's frustration with bug fixes 6 months down the line. Fortunately I have only recently started playing this so don't fall into that category. My experience has been largely bug free. Had I played it on release I'm sure I'd be singing from the same hymn sheet, though.

On another note, can we all get over putting Shouts in as comments? Has anyone totted up how many times Fus Ro Dah has appeared in these threads? Just wondering…

LOL ;)

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Comment #25 by Calmed Fury
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 07:59:30 AM
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So would you be able to use that path finding spell on horseback? I was watching my brother play the other day and he kept having to get off of his horse (stolen of course) and use the spell, then get back to the horse before it runs away

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Comment #26 by psybOltOn
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 08:03:23 AM
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@15 & 21 You know you have the choice:

1. buy it on release day, fight the bugs, finish the game before it is completely fixed and pay extra cash for every DLC on day one.


2. be patient, and buy the GotY edition, which is a finished game, a complete experience and cost maybe the half or even less (also if you lucky the DLCs are on a disc)

Rush for the shop on release day but then don't whine, when you know it will be glitchy and not complete (especially big games like this)
Or wait and show the developers, that you rather put your money in a complete game. It might change the tendence. (probably won't, but at least you won't be mad)

TL,DR: in my opinion is better to wait for a GotY and not playing until it comes out, than for a patch, after running into a game-breaking glitch mid-game.

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Comment #27 by Calmed Fury
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 08:05:46 AM
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@12 I want a Moon Sword. That'd be sweet!

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Comment #28 by juenger1701
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 09:00:01 AM
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yay another patch bethesda used to be DLC kings but here it's 6 months and nothing new features are nice but give me some actual new content so i have a reason to put the damn game in already

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Comment #29 by spike2055
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 09:07:31 AM
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Well i havent even tried the game yet, maybe i'll just wait till a game of the year edition comes out.

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Comment #30 by TCLCloud
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 09:28:08 AM
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Be patient? Took 5 years to make it if I spend £50 on a game why should it be glitchy and half finished? We moan about on disc DLC as a problem but not companies rushing games out and fixing them much later. I don't get as much time to play games as I used to and when a game breaking glitch occurs I do feel ripped off. Every time they release an RPG its always full of bugs that we all find on day 1 so they must know about it. About time some sense was made of it all and developers finish games off properly or as you suggest we all play the waiting game or go the second hand market in the future and they start losing out.

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Comment #31 by gazmaster1
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 09:36:39 AM
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I bought Skyrim day 1 and barley touched it. Now with all these updates it is slowly turning into the game promised and I cant wait to ''jump back on the saddle'' and go through it how it was meant to be played.

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Comment #32 by Kesrick Vankilion
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 09:37:15 AM
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come shadowfax let us show them the meaning of haste!!!

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Comment #33 by BBowles
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 09:37:25 AM
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@21 Adding features every few months to a SP game is no different than a MP game like CoD or Halo adding new maps every few months. Its the same fucking thing. It's meant to pull audiences back into the game for a while, or keep those currently playing interested.

@26 I prefer to play new games, ya know, NEW. Waiting for the GotY edition of every game is like waiting for the Xbox 360 to come out before buying an original Xbox -_- But to each his own.

@28 They always WILL be DLC Kings. Since when did the amount of time it takes to release dlc = quality?

People bitch about day one dlc, but if its not out 1 month later then the company is apparently falling apart -_-

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Comment #34 by KTO Empire
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 09:56:23 AM
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@33 It's more like waiting for the 360 with the bigger hard drive rather than buying the first 360s come out.

Anyways though, I think it's pretty cool that this developer had a list of genuinely good ideas that they wanted to implement in this game, and they're actually implementing them. Gives me hope for the cooler shit on that list like dragon mounts.

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Comment #35 by Rums
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 10:07:03 AM
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80+ Hours and it only locked up on me twice; sips milk and scratches knee. hurr

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Comment #36 by psybOltOn
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 10:47:56 AM
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@30 Don't misunderstand me, I agree with the basic idea that when a game comes out, it should be finished/polished. When I started gaming, it was like that. What I say, that these days it is 100% sure, that the game will be glitchy. But as long people buying the game on day one, the companies won't break themselves as they still have their profit. So no need to be surprised.
Obviously, many will buy it anyway, because they like to play new, they can talk about it with buddies, waited for it a long time, etc.
I can wait as I'm behind with a couple of years, like to be glitch-free, and like everything on the disc. Also, much easier to finance the whole thing.

I bought my Xbox also years after the first came out. But, I didn't have any RRoD either. Sometimes it's good to be behind.

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Comment #37 by Agent Mantis
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 11:02:04 AM
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Just got the full 1000. The thieves guild glitched out so I had to start a new game and ending up playing as a sneaky khajit theif, something I would never normally do, and really enjoyed it. On this occasion the glitch was actually a good thing!

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Comment #38 by The Dark Rifle
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 11:17:55 AM
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For Gondor !

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Comment #39 by Wing Gundam Zero
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 11:18:01 AM
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Dark Souls

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Comment #40 by ColdCokeCan
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 01:00:07 PM
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Skyrim is my favorite game and i dont think it wasn't finished i think they are adding cool new featured fore free so why do people need to complain

i cant wait for the dlc tho bring on Dawnguard

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Comment #41 by Yourburntstar
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 01:53:21 PM
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i havnt played this since i got 1000/1000 no urge to do so either.

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Comment #42 by The Bamshizzle
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 02:25:21 PM
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already tried this out on PC. it's not bad but it's not perfect

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Comment #43 by ash356
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 03:03:42 PM
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I'm not supposing they've fixed the issue where the Jarl of Solitude (Elisif or something) vanishes completely? It's somewhat annoying, as now I still can't buy the house there! :@

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Comment #44 by BluWolve
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 04:40:05 PM
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@sir frotage, ok I see your point, as long as you know I am not complaining about this game. I was happy to pay for the game that was released, and am happy with any free updates that come out. I will also be happy with whatever DLC comes out. There are always going to be ungrateful fools that are not happy no matter what you give them. I have learned to just ignore sooks like that.

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Comment #45 by Wing X Custom
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 05:21:10 PM
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Bout time I can finally Brave heart this shit up. FREEDOM!

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Comment #46 by alicia0935
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 12:36:29 AM
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Comment #47 by Tonstar64
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 02:56:41 AM
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@10 You can still move objects. Hold (A) when looking at something to grab it then move it as normal. Weight of objects seems to have changed since oblivion though.

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Comment #48 by robpears
Monday, May 28, 2012 @ 02:07:50 AM
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Is this just so they can sell some horse armour?

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Comment #49 by Sali B2
Monday, May 28, 2012 @ 04:29:07 PM
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Before i get too exited i would like to see a vid of it

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