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Skyrim patch 1.6 adds mounted combat to Xbox 360

One of the tricky things about developing video games is that sometimes it takes a ridiculous load of work to enable the player to do something they should obviously be able to do. 

In Skyrim, players have an ax, and a horse, but can't use both together. It's very sad. Seven months after release, Bethesda has finally managed to correct that omission.

They announced today that patch 1.6 is now live for Xbox 360 players, after undergoing a beta on Steam last month. This patch also introduces a number of other fixes as well, demonstrating Bethesda's impressive level of commitment to supporting Skyrim with free updates post-launch.

The content in this patch is puny compared to the bounty that will be coming later this month however. Skyrim's first expansion will be releasing on June 26 for 1600 MSP ($20), and follows and epic struggle between vampires and the titular "Dawnguard" in a war to save/destroy the sun forever.

18 comments

  • Shinn - June 9, 2012 6:01 a.m.

    I hope they aren't planning to jack up the price for us little country residents like they did with the main game. 90 USD for the main game as a digital download is insulting.
  • GaryTheGuidoHunter - June 9, 2012 5:12 a.m.

    Bethesda can go eat a bag of donkey dicks. No PS3 updates for bugs is just downright offensive. PS3 users paid for this game like any other console owner and they have to wait the longest to have the game update and fixed.
  • TheRandomFool - June 8, 2012 11:09 a.m.

    Just me, or is it annoyingly hard to hit anything on horseback? It looks like with the animation that the blow should connect, but it doesn't.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - June 8, 2012 12:31 p.m.

    If you have archery leveled up to 100, then whenever you get a killcam and it paralyzes the enemy at the same time, the guy won't die, just fall down paralyzed. Doesn't sound bad, but it gets REALLY annoying.
  • Fleshcrawl - June 8, 2012 9:04 a.m.

    Exclusive DLC is one thing, but EXCLUSIVE BUG FIXES? WTF, over Bethesda?!
  • K1ngJ3d1 - June 8, 2012 8:02 a.m.

    The reason there is not a posted date for PS3 is because there isn't one. So you PS3 owners chill out. Plus quit whining and bitching about Xbox getting everything first. This isn't the first time and it won't be the last. If you want to be up to date and get all the exclusives buy an xbox and quit complaining.
  • SentientSquidMachine - June 8, 2012 11:17 a.m.

    lmao....yeah right
  • NelosAngelos - June 8, 2012 12:31 p.m.

    Do you happen to work for Microsoft?
  • pr0tostar - June 8, 2012 6:35 p.m.

    There's a difference between Microsoft's initiatives and the fact that this game was sold incomplete on PS3. Sorry, but in this case it is pretty F'd up that content is being withheld from the people who bought this game and received broken content, over corporate bribery. I pity anyone who thinks it'll all be ok if you just sell yourself to the monopolizer. Not to sound like a nut-job, but your brand of mentality is what's hurting the world. But whatever, it's just video games, right? So keep getting your immediate gratification from the the big man while you still have the right to.
  • Blazdav - June 10, 2012 3:51 p.m.

    Well, Bethesda really has no obligation to update the game at all. Your $60 doesn't entitle you to anything more than the base game. We should appreciate the fact that updates are provided at all. Nobody complained ten years ago that a game didn't get free updates.
  • drewbian - June 11, 2012 5:26 a.m.

    nah dude the point is you shouldn't release a broken game. that's like buying a car without brakes and then being like "oh you shouldn't expect to get a car that works when you pay for it"
  • patbateman17 - June 8, 2012 7:56 a.m.

    Thaaat's right Bethesda you bunch of cocks. Release a shitted up buggy mess on the PS3 and THEN go ahead and give Xbox exclusivity for patches FIXING BUGS and DLC. Nice to be taken care of as a PS3 owner.
  • db1331 - June 8, 2012 7:06 a.m.

    Mounted combat is nice when you have some annoying wolf nipping at your horse and you can one shot him without dismounting, but it's not going to change the way you play Skyrim. You won't be chasing down a dragon on the plains outside of Whiterun like you're playing SotC. It's still a nice addition though.
  • jackthemenace - June 8, 2012 7:04 a.m.

    So, that's today? Like, now? No having to buy horse armour first or anything, it's just, like, going to happen when I turn it on...? Sweet. If this is the kind of awesome FREE stuff we get, I can't WAIT to get the expansion. And after reading the list of what IS in the expansion. I can wait even less. ROll on three weeks time.
  • TheHowetzer - June 8, 2012 6:46 a.m.

    You really found NO room in this article to say when its coming to the PS3? For real?
  • jackthemenace - June 8, 2012 7:02 a.m.

    I thought 360 was getting one month of exclusivity? So, that would put PS3 owners getting it around the end of July?
  • TheHowetzer - June 8, 2012 7:39 a.m.

    Well if that is correct , thanks for the maybe information. I had not heard about the length of exclusivity.
  • Andrew Groen - June 8, 2012 8:22 a.m.

    Sorry we couldn't include that for you. We weren't able to find any information on when it'll be coming to PS3. As we've all seen, Bethesda has been having a ton of trouble with PS3. At this point, even if the scheduled release date is a month from now, we've lost confidence that they'll hit that date.

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