Epic Mod Alert: Morrowind Meets Skyrim in ‘Skywind’

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Mods, mods, mods! If you’re a regular Game Rant reader, us praising community mods and developers that support them shouldn’t come as a surprise. From the creation of DayZ using Arma II and fans adding multiplayer to Just Cause 2 to the endless series of additional content and gameplay features coming continuously to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim much like it did to its predecessors, mods are such an important part of modern day gaming.

Many developers work under tight budgets and strict schedules and that’s rarely good for the players. Desired features, necessary tweaks and additional content can and are frequently dropped from the game or simply weren’t built in the first place and that’s where the creative and passionate gaming community comes in – driven to improve games on their own time and for the right reasons.

Here on Game Rant we’ve highlighed a variety of Skyrim mods over the last few months but today we have something a little bigger and easily more spectacular. This isn’t someone adding a dragon mount, a movie-themed weapons pack or unique looking house. What Skywind is, is so much more. It’s Morrowind. And it’s gorgeous.

Before The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion mainstreamed Bethesda’s flagship franchise for console gamers, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind hit it big on PC and was ported over to the original Xbox as the first ever console game in The Elder Scrolls series. To this day it remains a franchise favorite among long-time fans including myself due to its varied and memorable environments, and vast amount of armor combinations and weapons.

Modder Eloth (who previously helped bring back Morrowind using Oblivion’s toolkit with Morroblivion) has led a team rebuilding Morrowind (specifically, the island of Vvardenfell that offered the setting of the game) using the Skyrim Creation Engine, and over the last few months has been posting screenshots of the development, from texturing and mapping to improved lighting and detailing and the progress speaks for itself:

Skywind aims to bring the characters and combat along with the environments of Morrowind all back and if you’re an experienced modder, they’re looking for help. So sign up! Here are some early walkthrough videos of notable Morrowind locations:

Balmora

Ald’ruhn

 

The Imperial City

When this is near completion, a few of our team are going to jump in. Now, if only there were a working multiplayer mod…

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Source: Morroblivion (via PC Gamer)

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  1. If this is finished, it should be put on console.
    The Elder Scrolls PC modding community is a ridiculously high-requirement community. Alright, maybe not necessarily “high-requirement”, but seriously: not everybody is able to use these mods. I say this in a loving way. Some of us are simply not able to exploit these mods, and we only have basic computers.

    Awesome mods like this need to be put on console.

    • *facepalm walks away*

      • *third party facepalms for gaygamer22*

    • I really tried finding any logic in your post. I failed.

      If it was put on consoles it wouldn’t be a mod.
      It would be either a DLC or a game. Which is impossible since games/dlcs HAVE to be commercial to be put on consoles and Bethesda would sue the s*** out of the developers if they tried. (and rightly so)

      On one hand Bethesda doesn’t want you to earn money on their intellectual property(duh!), on the other hand Microsoft doesn’t want you to have free stuff(duh^10!).

      This is one of the major reasons why I really really prefer the PC:
      Less politics + more free stuff = more fun.

  2. Rob, will Skywind be an expansion for Skyrim put on the Xbox Live marketplace or only available on PC?

    • this isn’t a skyrim expansion. It is a mod for Morrowind.

      • Mod for Skyrim really, but super complex to install. It requires files from Morrowind, its expansions, modded files and Skyrim to launch it.

    • Sorry Zack, this is being built for PC and as of yet, consoles cannot support Skyrim mods.

      They can’t even get official DLC to work on of them them, heh :(

  3. It doesn’t seem to me that you two understand how modding on a PC works or how it is done… It isn’t coming to console

  4. I can’t wait for this. I thought playing morrowind with oblivion graphics was as good as it could get. And to the people who want this on console, that is not going to happen. It is a MOD. you have to own MORROWIND to be able to play it. And since consoles cannot mod, you are screwed. This is the advantage of having a PC and the elder scrolls games. Because of mods like this.

  5. BETHESDA should make it so that you can travel to other places outside of Skyrim for the next thing DLC… After all, they made this for a reason.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gQGcCi0m0U

  6. *cries bc its so beautiful* well ima finally have a somewhat good pc that at least be able to run Oblivion soon so ill at least get the oblivion graphics mod running. damn wish i could do this beauty tho :(

  7. Honestly i still my my goty edition morrowind for the xbox. I could care less about the graphics. The game is already spectacular.

  8. I wish they would remake Morrowind but I can probably chalk that up with hopes for an FF7.

  9. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE I BEGG OF YOU BRING IT TO CONSOLE, IV PLAYED OBLIVION AND SKYRIM 100PLUS HOURD EACH, IV NEVER HAD THE OPORTUNITY OF PLAYING MORROWIND BUT PLEASE I BEG YOU IL PAY ANY REDICULOUS AMMOUNT!!!!

    • HE CAN’T THAT IS NOT HOW IT WORKS

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