The mode is free, and transforms the world of Skyrim into “a land of unrelenting cold and harsh wilderness”, in a similar manner to PC mods like Frostfall and iNeed.
Bethesda has announced that a beta version of Skyrim’s survival mode is now available on Steam. Hunger can be thwarted by eating – the consumption of raw meat can give characters food poisoning, though – fatigue can be stopped by sleeping, and colder areas can be more tolerable for those wearing warm clothes or armor.
Fatigue decreases your total available magicka, the effectiveness of potions, and your ability to recover magicka and stamina. Furthermore, and in order to level up, players will have to sleep in a bed. For instance, vampires and werewolves will be able to restore hunger by feeding on victims, and they will also get cold much slower than someone who isn’t so supernaturally inclined. It also disables fast travel, but even if you hire a carriage or boat to get where you’re going, you can arrive exhausted and hungry.
Taking a swim in an ice-cold river can kill you.
Oh, and creatures now carry threatening new diseases, previous diseases are now even more debilitating.
It’ll probably be worth checking out if you’re still wandering around Skyrim, but it’s a shame that it’s being lumped in with the Creation Club, which has already gone down like a lead balloon with just about everyone. Fallout 4’s Creation Club support came nearly a month ago on August 28th, so it’s possible we will see Skyrim’s support come one month later – a release date of September 25th is now listed, though it appears to be placeholder.