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Skyrim 1.5 Beta update hits Steam; new ‘kill cameras’ included

Skyrim 1.5 Beta update hits Steam; new ‘kill cameras’ included

A new 1.5 beta update for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is now available via steam. A host of new “kill cameras” for both melee weapons and spells, bug fixes, and other improvements are included in the update.

Jeff Mattas

March 15, 2012 11:30 AM7

If The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and its host of NPCs have taught us anything, it’s that taking “an arrow to the knee” is a surefire way to cut one’s adventuring days short. Bethesda has announced that the 1.5 title update for the game is now available in beta form via Steam, adding (among other things) “swords to the chest,” “daggers to the face,” and “being blasted off a cliff” to the roster of career-ending injuries that can now be inflicted on Skyrim’s denizens with cinematic flair.

The announcement, which comes by way of Bethesda’s official blog, notes that an official version of the update will also be “arriving soon” for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game.

A new trailer showcasing the new “kill-camera” functionality in action features, as one would expect, a number of NPCs getting savaged in a number of creative ways. Death by bone-crunching suplex is one of of my personal favorites. You can read the complete list of features and fixes below, though be forewarned that the list of bug-fixes may contain minor spoilers as they relate to specific quests.

Steam users interested in checking out the 1.5 beta can do so via a simple opt-in process. Once running Steam, click on the Steam Tab, followed by Settings. Under the Account tab, go to the Beta Participation section and select Change. Select “Skyrim Beta” from the drop-down menu, and click “OK.” Steam will restart, and you should be good to go.

New Features

New cinematic kill cameras for projectile weapons and spells

New kill moves and animations for melee weapons

Shadows on grass available (PC)

Smithing skill increases now factor in the created item’s value

Improved visual transition when going underwater

Improved distance LOD transition for snowy landscapes

Bug Fixes

General crash fixes and memory optimizations

Fixed issue with Deflect Arrows perk not calculating properly

In “A Cornered Rat,” the death of certain NPCs no longer blocks progression

Fixed issue where Farkas would not give Companion’s quests properly

Fixed crash when loading saves that rely on data that is no longer being loaded

Followers sneak properly when player is sneaking

Fixed issue with weapon racks not working properly in Proudspire Manor

Arrows and other projectiles that were stuck in objects in the world now clean up properly

Fixed issue where “Rescue Mission” was preventing “Taking Care of Business” from starting properly

Fixed issue where certain NPCs would fail to become Thieves Guild fences

Fixed issue in “Diplomatic Immunity” where killing all the guards in the Thalmor Embassy before starting the quest would break progress

In “Hard Answers,” picking up the dwarven museum key after completing the quest, no longer restarts the quest

Killing Viola before or after “Blood on the Ice” no longer blocks progression

Fixed issue where Calixto would fail to die properly in “Blood on the Ice”

In “Waking Nightmare” fixed occasional issue where Erandur would stop pathing properly

Fixed issue where letters and notes with random encounters would appear blank

Fixed rare issue where dialogue and shouts would improperly play

Lydia will now offer marriage option after player purchases Breezehome in Whiterun

Fixed issue where if player manually mined ore in Cidhna Mine, jail time would not be served

Fixed rare issue with skills not increasing properly

Fixed issue where the Headsman’s Axe did not gain proper buff from Barbarian perk

In “A Night to Remember” it is no longer possible to kill Ysolda, Ennis or Senna before starting the quest

Fixed issue with the ebony dagger having a weapon speed that was too slow

Fixed issue with “The Wolf Queen Awakened” where backing out of a conversation with Styrr too soon would block progress

The third level of the Limbsplitter perk now properly improves all battle axes

Fixed a rare issue where Sanguine Rose would not work properly

In “Tending the Flames” King Olaf’s Verse will no longer disappear from explosions

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