Skyrim Together Reborn co-op mod is finally available for download via Nexus Mods. As you may have guessed by now, it aims to accomplish a very specific goal: to introduce cooperative multiplayer into Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, tested with up to 30 players.
If you’re having deja-vu, that’s perfectly normal. Us first covered Skyrim Together over three years ago, when the mod was about to enter Closed Beta status. However, the ambitious project was brought to an abrupt halt by a scandal when the public learned that modders had used stolen Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE) code.
as confirmed in the official FAQ, Skyrim Together Reborn has been remade from scratch by a new team who are also convinced that this version is vastly improved. For example, there is now full synchronization of NPCs, monsters (including dragons), quests, inventories and equipment, projectiles, magic, stealth, locks, riding, and transformations (into vampires or werewolves).
Dialogues are timed by the party leader. Every time the party leader talks to an NPC or makes a dialogue choice, the others will hear and see the same thing.
Of course, one of the main changes is that the game will no longer load a save file on death. Instead, the player character will respawn nearby. If the player character dies in a dungeon or interior, he will respawn at the start of the dungeon/interior. Additionally, characters automatically pay bounties for pending crimes upon death, ensuring that guards won’t attack them upon respawning. There is also an option in the server settings where respawning costs a bit of gold.
Skyrim Together Reborn’s default difficulty setting is Expert. The creators recommend keeping it as high as possible, since the game was never balanced to play with more than one player. For the same reason, the use of NPC followers is not recommended.
PvP is disabled by default, although there is a server setting that can enable it. However, keep in mind that PvP will not be balanced in any way.
Skyrim Together Reborn can only be installed on Steam’s Skyrim Special Edition version 1.6, which was released with the 10th anniversary update last year. However, mod creators do not recommend using the accompanying mod pack or any other mod if you can avoid it. That’s because they are out of sync and could cause stability issues. However, graphics mods should generally be fine, and if you really want to install mods, there’s also a server setting that enforces a mod policy so everyone has to have the same mods installed in the same order.
While the mod is considered a 1.0 release, the team would also like to implement additional features such as player/waypoint markers on the map, synchronized weather, and a scripting API. However, the team hopes other contributors will step in to help now that Skyrim Together Reborn is open source.
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