In light of the recently released Creation Club update for Skyrim: Special Edition, Bethesda is offering a Survival Mode for free through October 10. Creation Club, a rather controversial approach to the modding community, operates on the use of Credits that can be purchased in packs (from $5-$40). This system has already been established in Fallout 4, though it’s important to note it’s completely optional to use Creation Club to modify your game. The platform serves as a way for Bethesda to introduce its own pieces of content as well as those made by premier community creators, but the general public’s outcry says they’re simply paying for mods that would otherwise be free.
Skyrim’s Survival Mode carries all the ramifications one could expect; the bitter lands of Skyrim require utmost care and preparation. Survival Mode carves Skyrim into three climate zones: warm, cool, and freezing. Being cold decreases your health, causes you to lose movement speed, and makes picking locks and pockets difficult. To get warm, you need to bundle up, find a fire, or move to a warmer location.
Fast travel is disabled. You need to actually sleep and eat. The food you eat needs to be cooked or you get poisoned. You can’t regenerate health. Your carry weight sucks (arrows and lockpicks now have weight, like come on). Everything carries diseases. Afflictions can drag you down if you don’t stay healthy. You even have to pay gold at the Shrines to receive their benefits, which really seems like a kick in the nuts. You can read all of the details here.
For those looking for something extra out of Skyrim, now’s your chance to get the official Bethesda version for free. Creation Club content is available on both Fallout 4 and Skyrim: Special Edition on all platforms.