Some of you might have thought that this was a given while others, like myself, wanted to wait for official confirmation from Bethesda before we got all excited and had to change our underwear.
Today Bethesda have announced via their blog
that there will indeed be an SDK for Skyrim.
Here's the blurb:
Bethesda has a long history of supporting the modding community, and for good reason. It’s a science fact that mod tools make the world a better place: they make modders happy because they can mod, they make developers happy to see modders gaining experience, and they make fans happy to see an endless stream of content they can mess around with. So today we were pretty happy to finally confirm our plans to continue that support with Skyrim.
As Game Informer confirmed on Monday, Skyrim’s new engine has been dubbed the “Creation Engine.” Accompanying that engine will be the Creation Kit, our suite of level-building tools that we’ll be releasing to the community, much like the Elder Scrolls Construction Set for Morrowind and Oblivion.
The Kit was recently mentioned in the Game Informer article
on the tech behind Skyrim. While we have nothing further to announce regarding the Kit at this time, give that article a read for more details on just how powerful these tools will be.
This is excellent news and I, personally, am grateful Bethesda have quickly nipped any doubts in the bud and just come out and said it. Some of you will remember how they handled the G.E.C.K. for Fallout 3 where they didn't announce their intentions until after the games release. It left many of us in limbo. It's great to see Bethesda be progressive in this matter, listen to their fans, and continue to support their awesome modding community.
No doubt more details about the tools and a possible release time frame for the Creation Kit will be announced closer to the release of the game. Lets be patient now, happy in the knowledge that all is well in the land.