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Skyrim Special Edition Launches Survival Mode Beta on PC Today

Can you survive the harsh, frozen winters of Skyrim?

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Considering how long The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been around, one would imagine that the game would have run its course by now. Of course, anyone who does think that would be terribly wrong, as Bethesda has come up with the latest way to keep the Skyrim addiction going: Survival Mode.

Survival Mode turns the land of Skyrim into a freezing, harsh winter wilderness. The idea becomes to survive in the unrelenting Skyrim for as long as possible, with new mechanics like hunger, fatigue, and cold tossed in. To keep the theme going, regenerating health and fast travel will be disabled, while players will only be able to level up by sleeping in a bed. That's just scratching the surface, so get an idea of some of the other major changes coming to Survival Mode by visiting the Bethesda website.

Survival Mode is only open to those that own The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition. The beta is available now, with instructions on how to access that beta available on Steam. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users are expected jump into this new game mode sometime in October. (Not you, Switch owners. Still no mods for you.) All users will get Survival Mode for free for only one week, with the price set to jump to an unknown amount afterwards. Some might wonder how a game mod like this can cost money, but that's the beauty of paid mods Bethesda's Creation Club, isn't it?

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