A major mod for The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim launched today, adding the massive city of Bruma said to be larger in scope to the official Dragonborn DLC. Bruma is the first release in a fan modding project named Beyond Skyrim, the objective of which is to piece by piece complete various neighboring provinces of Tamriel. The scope of the project is incredible, but it all starts here. Bruma is just a taste of the Cyrodil team’s efforts, which is just the first step into Beyond Skyrim.
Make no mistake, Beyond Skyrim‘s Bruma mod isn’t just a city for players to explore, though the city is impressive enough. The mod also includes the wider County Bruma, filled with “dungeons, points of interest, and secrets.” Within the city are over 70 NPCs, each with unique dialogue and routines.
Stories unfold through these NPCs, assigning the adventurer “innumerable” new quests. As proper quests deserve, there’s also new Cyrodilic weapons and armor to earn. When Bruma is said to be larger than the Dragonborn DLC, they meant in every regard.
As befits a project named Beyond Skyrim, the Bruma mod is directly connected to the world of Skyrim. Players will simply have to cross the border in order to visit Cyrodil, as Bruma features “seamless integration.” And going forward, the Beyond Skyrim: Cyrodil Team will continue making pieces of the region available as seamless additions to Bruma.
As is ever the case with mods, Bruma isn’t without its technological limitations. For now, the Beyond Skyrim mod is available only on the original version of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim and requires the player to own all DLC packs. That’s due to the mod using assets from every part of the original game. Don’t stress out Skyrim Special Edition owners, as a version of Bruma should be coming out as soon as the team can get the files together. Some suspect it may even release this weekend, and all future Beyond Skyrim mods, at least in Cyrodil, will be for the Special Edition only.
The version woes aren’t the only trouble that Bruma has faced so far. The mod was originally published in an unfinished state, missing a large amount of required assets. This resulted in the mod being hidden from the public while the problem was fixed. A patch has since been released for players who downloaded the original, incomplete mod. It’s not clear whether the full mod has been made un-hidden yet, but if it hasn’t then it’s only a matter of time before it’s back.
For more information on Beyond Skyrim and the multiple teams each working on different large mods, check out the group’s official website. And for more information on the Bruma mod itself, check out its official listing on Nexus Mods.
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is available now on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. It will also be coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year.