Skyrim Survival mode announced, will be free for one week

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Exhausted all there is to do in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim? If so, prepare to get back into the action-RPG as Bethesda has announced a Skyrim Survival mode!

It’s now available on Steam for beta testing, and it will be free for one week for both PC and consoles (PS4, Xbox One). According to Bethesda, Survival mode adds new gameplay features and challenges that wil transform Skyrim into a "land of unrelenting cold and harsh wilderness." The map below marks the climate zones, and landmarks that should help you survive.

skyrim survival mode map

There’s a ton of new stuff included as well. From fatigue, the cold, and more. Check out some of the choice details below.


Over time, you will become hungry, which will impact your total stamina, as well as your ability to wield most weapons. As you become hungrier, your total available stamina will decrease, represented by a dark region inside the stamina bar. Eat food to restore your hunger. If you eat enough, you will receive the Well Fed bonus. Cooked food restores more hunger than uncooked food. If you eat raw meat, you may contract Food Poisoning, which can prevent you from receiving health benefits from food until the effect wears off. Hot soups can now be cooked by using fire salts, which restore your cold and also grant a bonus to your warmth rating.


Even the most stalwart adventurers will need to rest from time to time. Fatigue decreases your total available magicka, represented by a dark region inside the magicka bar. As you become more fatigued, the effectiveness of potions will begin to decline, and your ability to recover magicka and stamina will begin to suffer. You will need to periodically sleep in a bed in order to restore your fatigue. In Survival, the Well Rested bonus is no longer granted automatically after sleeping. If you sleep outside, you will not be able to get a restful night’s sleep, waking up Drained at best. If you sleep in a bed indoors, you will receive the Well Rested bonus.


The frigid chill of Skyrim is now a formidable foe unto itself. Traveling in snowy or rainy areas will increase your Cold. Cold decreases your total available health, represented as a dark region inside the health bar. As you become colder, your movement speed and ability to pick locks and pick pockets will begin to suffer. If you reach the highest level of Cold, your health will be reduced to zero and you will die from exposure to the elements. You can warm up by standing near a fire, eating hot soup, or moving to a warmer location. A sun or snowflake icon will appear near the compass to note whether you are currently getting warmer or colder.

A lot more details are revealed over on Bethesda’s blog such as the leveling process. fast travel being disabled. being a werewolf or vampire and more.

No specific release date or price has been announced for the Skyrim Survival mode, but once we do, we’ll be sure to report on it.

Anyone excited to get back to Skryim and try this or would you rather have more single-player content?

Source: Bethesda