Skyrim's getting a Day 1 patch. That's ver 1.1 on 11/11/11. Eleven? Eleven!

Bethesda has confirmed there will be a day one patch for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim when the game is released on Friday. However, while the exact content of the patch will be revealed later, the two areas specified so far are interesting. There are only two points - general stability (fine) and 'quest progression'. This leads us to assume one of three things, which are...

1) The game is continuing the Fallout 3 tradition of being full of bugs, some of which must have been discovered in the relatively short time since the game went gold.

2) The game has been deliberately released in an unfinished state in order to punish anybody attempting to pirate a pre-release version of the game.

Above: This orc was in bad need of a Day One Patch. His head was... funny

3) Day One Patches are now so in-vogue, everyone has to have them, regardless of whether the game needs them or not. Considering the game comes from the team that brought you... (DON'T MENTION THE HORSE ARMOR!) ...erm, 'plenty of add-on packs' for the game's predecessor Oblivion, this doesn't seem entirely out of the question.

If the above sounds unnecessarily sarcastic, rest assured that's it's all said in gentle jest. I mentioned in my preview that Skyrim could very likely be Game of the Year 2011, even though it's up against the likes of Batman: Arkham City, Uncharted 3, Modern Warfare 3 and Asphalt 3D*. So the tiny matter of a day one patch doesn't bother me at all. I cannot wait for it. I mean, just look at it:

Interesting, though - what would Bethesda have done if this was 1993 and the game was on a cartridge, eh?

Source: NeoGaf

*Scratch that last one


  • Dauntless - November 9, 2011 4:50 p.m.

    Woow. Does Bethesda even care about the people without internet access??? Now I have to play it with a load of bugs, and i can't do anything about it. The only way im posting this is through my dads work laptop but still...c'mon noww. I just hope they're minor bugs like in New Vegas, those I can deal with.
  • js_1055 - November 9, 2011 9:59 a.m.

    Once again im screwed over, as a fan of single player only why should i have to have online capabilty, i thought bethesda were better than this.
  • Asiris77 - November 9, 2011 3:02 p.m.

    I'm not a fan of multiplayer either but I have online capability in order get DLC and updates for my games. There are a lot more reasons to be connected other than multiplayer.
  • alexisdrojas - November 9, 2011 1:21 a.m.

    soo i got invited for swtor beta for this friday and i want skyrim FML
  • robotdickens - November 9, 2011 12:37 a.m.

    Hey, as long as I get to A) Get my copy of Skyrim within a week of the day's release, B) actually be able to play the game within the time that I get it with little to no major bugs (hopefully none though), C) the game is as kick ass as I thought it would be and D) I won't get bored of it then I'll be fine.
  • KillerTofu - November 8, 2011 9:17 p.m.

    That's too bad, Todd Howard was on the KOXM Podcast this week and he and Ryan both b!tched about all those day one DLC and patch crutches everyone seems to have nowadays (but Bethesda is too surefooted to do!). Hopefully reason #2 stands true, thats kinda bad@ss actually
  • Yeager1122 - November 8, 2011 8:22 p.m.

    Cannot wait still sounds awsome.
  • TheRandomFool - November 8, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    Doesn't matter, confirmed badass playable werewolf through silly pirates who don't have the shiny patch, all is well!
  • winner2 - November 8, 2011 3:03 p.m.

    Why, why in the hell would you release a game KNOWING its not finished? Skyrim too, of all things.
  • D0CCON - November 8, 2011 1:43 p.m.

    What about the people who don't have internet connections? They'll be playing a broken game? Sucks to be them.
  • Hurricrane - November 8, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    I think they just did it to put even more 11s in the damn game.
  • jackthemenace - November 8, 2011 12:14 p.m.

    What happens if I pre-ordered the game and it DOES arrive early? i have no problem with a day-one patch, but I don't want to play it on day-negative-one, and be punished for it, and I DEFINITELY don't want it to arrive, say, tomorrow, and not be allowed to PLAY it till Friday D:
  • mubobi7593 - November 8, 2011 12:10 p.m.

    Man, I don't care whether or not Skyrim's "finished," I am friggin pumped up for it! I mean, yeah, it'd be nice if it was perfect (in the no bugs sense), but hey, I can live with it. (Especially after my recent binge on New Vegas. GAWD. So many bugs.) Anyway, now a question. How much space will this behemoth of a game take up on my hard drive?
  • TheMasterJeef - November 8, 2011 10:49 a.m.

    Unless part of the patch fixes the fact enchanted weapons don't recharge over time (honestly whoever thought of this?!?) I'll be giving this a wide berth.
  • Asiris77 - November 9, 2011 3:07 p.m.

    That's not a very good reason to pass up such an epic game. Oh well, it's your loss.
  • sweetchiliheat - November 8, 2011 10:09 a.m.

    I'd rather get the game earlier with bugs and a day one patch than a week delay with a smaller amount of bugs
  • CH3BURASHKA - November 8, 2011 10:01 a.m.

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  • Fuzunga - November 8, 2011 9:51 a.m.

    I don't know, Asphalt 3D was pretty amazing...
  • MouseKlok - November 8, 2011 9:50 a.m.

    This nonsense is getting out of hand. Releasing unfinished games is completely unacceptable, and we as consumers shouldn't allow allow developers to release what are essentially "broken" games. You know what won't need to be finished post release? Skyward Sword, for as much crap that people say about the Wii, at least those games are all finished. Having online connectivity and hard drives has been wonderful for consoles, but stuff like this needs to stop.
  • harbglarb - November 8, 2011 10:12 a.m.

    the patch is ON release day, in essence they aren't releasing a broken game since you can choose whether you want it without the patch or not

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