The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is quite an old game, but the fifth installment of the famous RPG series still has many loyal fans. Suffice it to say that the game continues to receive new mods, from modest reskins to projects that change the gameplay and offer completely new activities. Enabling us to, for example, take part in completely new battles in the Civil War questline, like the recently updated mod called Skyrim At War. It is available for Skyrim's Special Edition on both PC (via Nexus Mods) and Xbox One (and Xbox Series X/S as part of backward compatibility) via Bethesda's website.
- Skyrim At War mod on Nexus Mods
- Skyrim At War mod on the official website of Bethesda Softworks
As you can easily guess, the project prepared by modder BraccaMykar79 focuses entirely on the civil war tearing through the province of Skyrim. The mod introduces over 2 thousand soldiers patrolling six main routes or fighting large battles. Of course "large" by the standards of the title, because the game considers gatherings of 16-22 warriors to be armies. Although we won't see the whole "legion" at once, all new soldiers will exist in the game at the same time. Fortunately, this does not translate into an excessive load on the hardware (Skyrim's engine handles "background" characters surprisingly well), although the mod also enables us to reduce the number of combatants by more than half to improve performance.
It's not the sheer number of soldiers that impresses in Skyrim At War. In addition, BraccaMykar79 has added new warrior types for each faction, with the different factions also employing different strategies in battle. What's more, if we manage to rise through the ranks of a faction's army, we can lead our own troops. Soldiers follow the player's character, and a simple command system (both in the form of dialogue options and actions such as drawing weapons) enables us to order them to hold their position or cease fire.
These new features are complemented by minor additions such as unused dialogue options (such as retreat orders) and enhancements for unique military NPCs (including General Tullius and Captain Aldis). Skyrim At War is also still in development - the latest update added the aforementioned performance option, enabling us to reduce the number of soldiers in the mod.