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If you're someone who can get behind the idea of playing games inside other games, you might want to check out The Elder Scrolls: Skyblivion - an upcoming mod that will let you play through The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion in Skyrim's updated engine. And if that alone wasn't enough to satisfy all your horse-assisted mountain-climbing needs, the mod will also feature some custom content based on Tamriel's expansive lore.
Dating all the way back to 2012, the project is now said to be getting an official release sometime around 2025. This here trailer shows a few bits of gameplay:
And here are some extra details and the official FAQ:
The development of SKYBLIVION officially started in 2012, when our lead developer Zilav created what we now call version 0.1. This was a great tech demo but nothing more, the world was very buggy and was missing a lot of content. Not much later, Ormin (now known as Monocleus) joined the project after seeing what Zilav had done, and started working on the more technical aspects of the mod. In 2014, Zilav and Monocleus managed to provide a stable base game for others to work with and help with the development. Around this time Rebelzize joined the project handling the PR, this was when the development and general interest about the project started to drastically increase.
More devs joined which resulted in the 0.3 DEV release which included new flora by 3AMt, FaceGen and a lot of fixes that made working on the mod a lot easier. In the month of November 2016, Rebelzize started to send out invites on “Nexusmods” in the hope of more volunteers. More people joined and not much later the ‘’Skyblivion – Return To Cyrodiil’’ trailer was published (with well over 1.100.000 views currently) resulting into an influx of new volunteers.
These new volunteers along with the core staff are currently developing the mod and making progress on a daily basis.
WHAT IS SKYBLIVION?
Skyblivion is a fan made recreation of the 4th Elder Scrolls game, Oblivion, in the Skyrim engine. Our goal is to bring the Elder Scrolls community a free remaster of Oblivion that includes all weapons, armors, quests, locations and NPC’s. All of this free of charge.
DOES SKYBLIVION HAVE A DISCORD I CAN FOLLOW?
Yes! You can join our Discord server here: Skyblivion Community Server
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE MOD?
The mod will include all big and small DLC that have been released for Oblivion. Additionally it will include custom content courtesy of the Skyblivion DEV team.
WHEN WILL THE MOD BE RELEASED?
Currently there is no solid release date. With a community project such as this, progress often comes at an irregular rate and is hard to predict. Currently we have been experiencing a steady level of activity in several key sectors that has benefited the project immensely. When we have a release date in mind we will undoubtedly notify our fans via our various social media pages.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO RUN SKYBLIVION?
In order to play Skyblivion you will need to own a legitimate copy of Oblivion. Our installer will not install the mod unless it can find a non-cracked copy of the original game.
WILL IT BE ON BOTH SKYRIM AND SKYRIM SPECIAL EDITION?
Maybe, all development and updates shown by the DEVS are on the Skyrim Special Edition but as soon as development wraps up we will try to port all our progress to the Legacy Skyrim.
WILL SKYBLIVION BE RELEASED ON CONSOLES?
No. We can’t make it fit on consoles due to the overall size. Also there’s no SKSE on consoles, which we need in order to bring everyone the best possible experience.
WILL THE MOD INCLUDE UNDERWATER COMBAT?
It is currently being worked on.
WILL COMBAT AND LOCKPICKING BE THE SAME?
Lockpicking could possibly be changed but it’s not a priority at the moment. Combat will be the same except the addition of underwater combat.
WILL YOU ADD ALL THE OBLIVION CREATURES?
Yes, all creature models will be recreated. Most creatures you have seen on streams are simple placeholders.
WILL YOU ADD OBLIVION’S SPELLMAKING SYSTEM?
We are trying our best to bring this feature back but its proven to be harder than expected.
WILL YOU ADD OBLIVION’S CREATE-A-CLASS SYSTEM?
It’s a big part of Oblivions core mechanic so we will most certainly try to add this in a proper way.
HOW WILL WE PLAY SKYBLIVION?
Skyblivion will work as most other mods you have downloaded on the Nexus, Steam Workshop or Bethesda Mods. Simply install the mod, launch Skyrim and create a new character.
WILL SKYBLIVION SUPPORT OTHER LANGUAGES?
Yes. Oblivion has been translated into many languages over the years and since we are not re-writing the entire game and all its quests these translations will work just fine with our mod.
WILL YOU BE ABLE TO TRAVEL BETWEEN SKYRIM, CYRODIIL AND MORROWIND?
Yes, but for immersion reasons we urge people to create new characters and enjoy Skyblivion the way it was meant to be played.
HOW PERFORMANCE HEAVY WILL SKYBLIVION BE?
Because we aim to make a worthy remaster our models will be higher quality than those in vanilla Skyrim and our textures are up to 4K in resolution. Performance is still very important to us so we will try our best to optimize the mod to the best of our abilities. If you can run Skyrim on medium settings you should be able to run Skyblivion just fine.
WILL SKYBLIVION INCLUDE ALL ORIGINAL QUESTS?
Yes, all quests from Oblivion will be included in the mod. (you might even find a few new ones)
WILL SKYBLIVION HAVE ANY CUSTOM CONTENT?
Yes, we are restoring content cut from the original game. Additionally we are also going to be adding content that can be found in Tamriels expansive lore. A good example would be the lost city of Sutch which was located between Anvil and Kvatch. Good news, ITS BACK BABY!
WHERE CAN I VOLUNTEER TO HELP?
Fill out the volunteer form which can be found here
HOW CAN I SUPPORT YOU WITH DONATIONS?
We don’t take donations but we are thinking about doing a charity stream to do some good in the world.
HOW CAN I CHECK SKYWIND’S PROGRESS?
Join their discord here: Skywind
WILL SKYBLIVION BE AFFECTED BY THE CREATION CLUB?
Short answer, no. For more information watch our statement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89d0fWCOsM