Something to look forward to: Skyrim’s famous mod scene is still thriving after more than a decade. This week, after years of development and significant setbacks, a mod that brings online co-op to the game comes out of closed beta. Players can now complete missions while almost all gameplay features are synced.

The mod team behind Skyrim Together Reborn has set the full release of the project for Friday, July 8 (midday EST). The online co-op mod allows for groups of two to eight players, syncing mission completion, experience points, NPCs, items, difficulty, and other features. Players can also manually enable PvP, but the modders don’t recommend it, as that wasn’t their main design goal.

The Skyrim Together team has been developing a co-op mode for Bethesda’s single-player mega-hit since 2016, scrapping it completely and starting a rewrite in 2019.

The team warns that the full release will be quite buggy as it screws online multiplayer onto a complex single-player RPG, but development will continue after launch. A similar mod for Fallout 4 is also in development, but probably won’t be out for a while.

Skyrim Together Reborn is only compatible with the Steam version of Skyrim Special Edition 1.6. It does not support Skyrim VR, Legendary Edition or the Microsoft Store version. Players will be able to get started their own servers or use servers from places like play together.gg† The mod will be open-source once it’s available on Nexus Mods.

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