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Skyrim's 1.5 patch brings extra-stylish killin' to PC; consoles soon to follow

Skyrim's just leveled up to 1.5 on PC, and the dev team was clearly involved in a particularly intense ranged battle when the update hit: they've promptly spent all their perks on new ways to look stylish while sending opponents to meet Talos*. As this update trailer shows, you'll be seeing a lot more of that slow-'n'-sadistic kill-cam post-update, with added melee animations and the addition of slomo kill-cams for particularly noteworthy ranged and magic kills.

Above: And that's "watch Patrick Swayze's Roadhouse, recreated in old-timey machinima," crossed off the bucket-list

If you feel like this has been coming for a while, it's because ranged kill-cams were one of the added features teased by Todd Howard at DICE. “We plan on adding even more features with upcoming free updates,” promises Bethesda. Hells yeah you do. The update's available in beta on Steam, and will come to consoles soon. Here's the full changelist:

UPDATE 1.5 (all platforms unless noted)

NEW FEATURES

- New cinematic kill cameras for projectile weapons and spells
- New kill moves and animations for melee weapons
- Shadows on grass available (PC)
- Smithing skill increases now factor in the created item’s value
- Improved visual transition when going underwater
- Improved distance LOD transition for snowy landscapes

BUG FIXES

- General crash fixes and memory optimizations
- Fixed issue with Deflect Arrows perk not calculating properly
- In "A Cornered Rat," the death of certain NPCs no longer blocks progression
- Fixed issue where Farkas would not give Companion's quests properly
- Fixed crash when loading saves that rely on data that is no longer being loaded
- Followers sneak properly when player is sneaking
- Fixed issue with weapon racks not working properly in Proudspire Manor
- Arrows and other projectiles that were stuck in objects in the world now clean up properly
- Fixed issue where "Rescue Mission" was preventing "Taking Care of Business" from starting properly
- Fixed issue where certain NPCs would fail to become Thieves Guild fences
- Fixed issue in "Diplomatic Immunity" where killing all the guards in the Thalmor Embassy before starting the quest would break progress
- In "Hard Answers," picking up the dwarven museum key after completing the quest, no longer restarts the quest
- Killing Viola before or after "Blood on the Ice" no longer blocks progression
- Fixed issue where Calixto would fail to die properly in "Blood on the Ice"
- In "Waking Nightmare" fixed occasional issue where Erandur would stop pathing properly
- Fixed issue where letters and notes with random encounters would appear blank
- Fixed rare issue where dialogue and shouts would improperly play
- Lydia will now offer marriage option after player purchases Breezehome in Whiterun
- Fixed issue where if player manually mined ore in Cidhna Mine, jail time would not be served
- Fixed rare issue with skills not increasing properly
- Fixed issue where the Headsman's Axe did not gain proper buff from Barbarian perk
- In "A Night to Remember" it is no longer possible to kill Ysolda, Ennis or Senna before starting the quest
- Fixed issue with the ebony dagger having a weapon speed that was too slow
- Fixed issue with "The Wolf Queen Awakened" where backing out of a conversation with Styrr too soon would block progress
- The third level of the Limbsplitter perk now properly improves all battle axes
- Fixed a rare issue where Sanguine Rose would not work properly
- In "Tending the Flames" King Olaf's Verse will no longer disappear from explosions

* Yes, we're taking a side here, and we expect the full support of the Stormcloaks if anyone has issues with that.

15 comments

  • Wolfrank13 - March 16, 2012 7:23 p.m.

    You fools! The Empire is the only thing keeping The Aldmeri Dominion out of Skyrim.
  • Avenged.Sevenfold=God - March 15, 2012 10:12 p.m.

    Well i have 2 glitches that are screwing up my game and keeping me from completing a lot of stuff and they are not on here!! farkas keeps following me which keeps me from completing companions and boethiahs calling...i know its because of bountys...buuuuttt i cant pay bountys or go to jail bc my fucing game freezes when i do anything so i cannot go to riften to do theives guild stuff or solitude or markarth!!
  • FlyinHawaiian13 - March 15, 2012 7:30 p.m.

    Any word on other DLC? Talos guide you GR
  • MrDobble - March 15, 2012 4:56 p.m.

    The ranged killcams look brilliant, thought that was one thing that was missing. As for the list of bug fixes, I encountered several of these with my first play through, so I'm looking forward to the patch so I play it over again :) And as I chose Stormcloaks, you have my full support :D
  • anthonybonales - March 15, 2012 4:29 p.m.

    I want some new spells please.
  • Craza - March 15, 2012 4:01 p.m.

    Did any of you notice you can now marry Lydia?! Wow. People have only been asking for the option since the game came out. Only took a few months, but it's finally here! Not that I care. Aela is the only woman I need in my life. <3 And I'm glad they fixed the Shout glitch, because it happens all the time to me with fire breath and ice form.
  • garnsr - March 15, 2012 3:20 p.m.

    I hope this clears up my Night to Remember problem, since it wouldn't let me black out, because someone had apparently died earlier in the game. I hope it just fixes that so I can go on from where I am, since it's the only Daedric quest I have left, on the only trophy I have left, keeping me from a platinum. Recaptcha: rialsock darning Sounds like an activity in Skyrim.
  • darron13 - March 15, 2012 3:14 p.m.

    You Stormcloak traitors! ...also I'm getting this update NAO
  • BossFight - March 15, 2012 3:13 p.m.

    Anyone know the date for this patch? I just hope it's before the 25th, that's when I lose my Xbox Live.
  • garnsr - March 15, 2012 3:22 p.m.

    You can still get patches without Gold, right? Or do you just mean no more internet connection?
  • birdro - March 15, 2012 3:02 p.m.

    The ability to German suplex people is really all I needed to get back into this game. Cool to see that the consoles aren't getting ignored too, updates that actually add content rather than solely fixes are always exciting.
  • D0CCON - March 15, 2012 2:56 p.m.

    You'd get Stormcloak support for that, but the Empire doesn't actually seem to be against Talos either, they were forced into by the White-Gold Concordat the Aldmeri Dominion demanded they signed if they wanted to live (and I am a huge nerd for mentioning this).
  • Tom_Goulter - March 15, 2012 4:05 p.m.

    Your awareness of Skyrim's factional politics is laudable, but being locked up by someone who'd rather let you go free is still, you know, being locked up (and yes you are).
  • D0CCON - March 15, 2012 5:02 p.m.

    That is true. I'd like to see DLC where you fight the Thalmor/Aldmeri Dominion. That would help both sides goals way better than the Civil War that only really helped the AD no matter which side won.
  • mothbanquet - March 16, 2012 5:32 a.m.

    Unity is strength. Long live the Empire!!! Awesome update too.

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