Players who are interested in trying out Skyrim Special Edition‘s new Survival Mode can now do so, free of charge, for a limited time period. The mod, which released as part of Bethesda’s Creation Club update for the game, is free to download for all players from now until October 10.

Once applied, the Survival Mode will make Skyrim Special Edition far more difficult, as players are forced to worry about the health and well-being of their custom Dovahkiin. The mod will add new challenge to the game’s story, as players must ensure that their character is sufficiently fed and rested, as well as wrapped up warm enough to visit certain areas of the snow-covered continent.

The update also makes changes that are going to prove harder to overcome, such as a lower carrying capacity and the disabling of all fast travel function. Now, if residents of Skyrim want to get anywhere, they will have to make the dangerous journey on foot or horseback, being sure to stock up on food and supplies beforehand. Leveling up has also been reverted back to the Oblivion method of needing to sleep in a bed beforehand, and automatic health regeneration is no longer present.

What’s more, new diseases and afflictions will appear in Skyrim Special Edition‘s Survival Mode, which can be removed at shrines, but only if the player has enough gold to tempt the gods. All things considered, the Survival Mode looks to be a harsh, but not unforgiving way to play the game, and it might help attract fans back to the now almost six-year-old title.

After October 10, anyone who wants to access Bethesda’s official take on the Survival Mode will have to pay in order to do so. The price of the mod is currently set at 800 credits, which is just higher than the one of the real-world purchasing options, forcing players to pay a little extra cash to get their hands on the Survival Mode. Since Bethesda gives fans the option to purchase 750 credits for $7.99 or 1500 Credits for $14.99, a lot of complaints from unhappy customers are already beginning to appear online.

Of course, it’s not the first time that we’ve seen this controversy over paid mods appear. For now, though, this situation can be avoided entirely by claiming the software while it’s free.

Skyrim Special Edition is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: Bethesda – Twitter