Almost nine years later fans of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim continue to put out exciting new mods for the open-world action-adventure game. This new mod, titled Destructible Skyrim, implements physics-based destruction for a variety of in-game objects. Destructible Skyrim is currently in beta, but creator John Jarvis says that it's just a "small sample of what's to come."
This first version of the Destructible Skyrim mod for The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim allows for the destruction of a limited selection of in-game objects. Most barrels are currently destructible, as are common chairs. Pots and urns are also able to be destroyed. Players can either strike them with a melee weapon or hit them from afar with an arrow or magic. The shards or debris for each object have Havok physics implemented and will fall and spread semi-naturally.
Jarvis also released a trailer for Destructible Skyrim showcasing some of the currently available destructible objects. Certain other objects that aren't yet destructible are also shown in the trailer, including bookshelves and tables. The trailer is apparently from 2015 when Jarvis first started working on the mod. Unfortunately, the mod was lost and Jarvis has since started from scratch. Mods can often take years to come to fruition, but Destructible Skyrim is definitely going through a process.
There are still some issues to keep in mind with this beta version of the Destructible Skyrim mod. For one, objects sitting on top of destroyed objects will float in this current version. Havok physics will be implemented in these objects in the future, as shown in the trailer. Some debris and the contents of storage containers can also fall through the ground. These storage contents get placed in a satchel when the container is destroyed.
While it may seem to be a relatively simple mod, Destructible Skyrim offers a feature that could very easily be a priority in future The Elder Scrolls games. Destructible environments, even in a limited capacity, do wonders for immersion. In a game like Skyrim where the player is constantly swinging their sword or casting magic, having the environment around you move and crumble with each strike is an exciting feat. Hopefully, Skyrim players will be able to get one step closer to that reality with the Destructible Skyrim mod.
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is available now on Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Source: Nexus Mods