Bethesda patches PC Skyrim

Bethesda Softworks has released a patch for the PC version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, but it doesn't fix any of the game's technical issues. Instead, it limits what players can do with the game.

Rock Paper Shotgun reports that the patch ties the game's executable to Steam security. The most significant consequence of this is preventing users from modding said executable with a thirdparty patch to make it large address aware, which permitted Skyrim to use more than 2GB of system RAM.

Doing so made the game more stable and enabled support for mods and tweaks, and made possible the likes of Dead End Thrills' astounding collection of screenshots. While RPS notes that Bethesda has acted with the best of intentions, increasing security by closely linking it with Valve's systems, it's unfortunate that in doing so it has restricted users from maximising their PC processing power to improve the game's performance.

Bethesda said yesterday that it hopes to release patches addressing performance issues on all platforms sometime next week.