Skyrim patch to be patched

The Skyrim patch that hit all PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this week has caused some unwelcome and quite humorous surprises, such as the broken magic resistance, and we’re sure everyone has seen the backwards flying dragon by now.

To fix those and some additional issues, Bethesda’s releasing an “incremental update” next week. No dates yet, but PC will get it first with consoles following later in the week. Full release notes will be released once the update hits.

That would seem to be the last update this year as well, but expect plenty more in 2012. The studio writes on its blog: “After the holidays, we’ll continue to release regular updates for the game — through full title updates, as well as incremental ‘gameplay updates’ to fix whatever issues come up along with rebalancing portions of the game for difficulty or exploits.”

Bethesda says to expect “a lot of these,” too, “not just a few.”

It’s further explained: “We all know this is a huge game, and everyone has a different experience. We’ll continue to do everything we can to make the game better and better for as many people as possible every day. We’ve also realized that with the millions upon millions of people playing Skyrim, we need to treat our updates with greater care. If we get too aggressive trying to fix a minor issue, we run a risk of breaking something larger in a game like this. To be safe, we are prioritizing code side fixes right now over data fixes. Quest and balance issues are usually data, and those will start rolling in a large way with the January updates.”

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