Skyrim update beta brings mounted combat to PC

The icy lands of the North got a little bit more interesting today with the announcement that gamers who opted into the latest Steam Beta Update will have access to mounted combat in Skyrim. 

It's just in the beta right now, though. So others, especially console gamers, will have to wait a little while until that content can migrate to the Xbox 360 and PS3. As of right now they do not have a firm release date for when that might happen.

The full patch notes for the update can be found below, and instructions for downloading the beta on PC are located on the Bethesda Blog

1.6 Update (all platforms unless specified)


  • Mounted Combat - Skyrim now allows you to do melee and ranged combat while riding a horse


  • General stability and memory optimizations
  • General AI pathfinding optimizations and bug fixes
  • Optimizations and crash fixes for data leaks
  • Fixed rare crash with lighting
  • Fixed crashes related to loading and saving games
  • Fixed crash with summoned creatures/NPCs
  • Fixed rare issue where saves would be corrupted
  • Improved logic for when ranged kill cams are played
  • Fixed issue with ranged kill cams while killing a dragon
  • Fixed rare issue with certain ranged kill cams not playing properly
  • Fixed issue with nirnroot lighting not properly cleaning up
  • Fixed issue where bow damage was being calculated incorrectly
  • Fixed rare problem with werewolf kill moves would not finish animating properly
  • In “The Break of Dawn” fixed rare issue where Meridia’s Beacon would disappear from player’s inventory
  • Fixed occasional issue where followers would disappear after player pays off a bounty after committing a crime
  • Fixed issue where certain creatures and NPCs would fail to respawn properly
  • Fixed rare issue with dialogue subtitles not displaying properly
  • Fixed issue with water appearing blurry when loading a saved game after creating a save underwater
  • Fixed issue where map cursor would occasionally disappear after closing a message box with Kinect enabled  (Xbox 360)
  • Fixed rare issue with shouts only performing the first level and not other unlocked levels with Kinect enabled  (Xbox 360)
  • Fixed issue where the shout buttons would stop working properly if users mashed LB and RB during cooldown with Kinect enabled  (Xbox 360)


  • Fenderstat - May 24, 2012 6:43 p.m.

    To quote Daniel Bryan "Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!"
  • TCMU287 - May 24, 2012 4:50 p.m.

    I wish more companies would do this with their patches, improve the game not just with fixes but with small content updates.
  • pr0tostar - May 25, 2012 4:13 a.m.

    Dude, seriously. Well, it's been done by the GOTY, so maybe some of the more lenient publishers can look toward this and have a heart. But maybe it's just because of how much had to be originally be patched, maybe this is just a token of gratitude for our patience lol. But you're right, this SHOULD be done more often. It's funny, the JRPG Neptunia has like $70+ in DLC content and going, but every couple of months, NIS releases a free "allowance pack" which gives you a nice sum of extra in game currency. So whereas I snarl at their overall DLC offering, even they have a "hey, thanks for your continued support and playing" incentive.
  • usmovers_02 - May 24, 2012 4:42 p.m.

    Wait... people actually USE the horses in this game? I used one for maybe an hour or two in Oblivion then realized they were useless.
  • Craza - May 24, 2012 9:36 p.m.

    That's what I thought, too, even while using Shadowmere. However, that was simply BECAUSE there was no mounted combat. I mean, you have to dismount every five seconds to kill something or other. It gets very annoying. I for one am very excited for this patch. :D
  • Kieran712 - May 24, 2012 4:17 p.m.

    YES! We are one step closer to getting a Horse Armour DLC pack! I'd re-buy Skyrim for my new PC simply for that reason.
  • Myko - May 25, 2012 7:51 p.m.

    there is horse armor... in a mod that is.
  • db1331 - May 24, 2012 3:56 p.m.

    I'd rather have them patch in first person view on horseback. Horses in Skyrim are more hassle than they are worth though, unless you install a few mods. Even then...meh
  • Cyberninja - May 24, 2012 3:46 p.m.

    does buttercup approve and do the horses get armor?
  • DeliciousPie - May 24, 2012 3:33 p.m.

    UNNNNGH.....Oh, GOD! /alloverkeyboard In all seriousness, I haven't yet played a game with horseback combat I've actually liked. Perhaps Bethesda will deliver such a thing to me.
  • Fenderstat - May 24, 2012 6:42 p.m.

    You Sir may not have experienced the pleasure of Mount and Blade. The ultimate mounted combat game!
  • Y2Ken - May 24, 2012 3:11 p.m.

    Very interesting. Seems cool, I've been playing the PS3 version but stopped a while back, bought the PC version last week for my shiny new machine and intend to give it a run at the weekend when exams are done. Would love to give this a go - not a big horse fan but this could convince me.
  • MastaNVX - May 24, 2012 3:49 p.m.

    "not a big horse fan..."? A certain equine editor would like a word with you... In all seriousness though I hope they up the survivabilty of the horses or this added feature will be extremely pointless... Still very excited, if cautious about this. Excautious if you would.

Showing 1-13 of 13 comments

Join the Discussion
Add a comment (HTML tags are not allowed.)
Characters remaining: 5000