On Monday Bethesda announced that the Skyrim Creation Kit would be arriving with a surprise. They lied, because it’s arrived with two surprises. Hooray!
Let’s point out the elephant in the room first: Wheatley (as in not Wheatley from Portal 2 but rather a Space Core who looks like him but isn’t as funny (thanks Griffintrue!) who we last DIDN’T SEE saw floating through space BECAUSE THAT WAS WHEATLEY) has re-entered the atmosphere and crash-landed in Tamriel; more specifically a little northern province called Skyrim. To celebrate the launch of Steam Workshop integration into Skyrim, Bethesda and Valve teamed up to create their own mod entitled “Fall of the Space Core, Vol. 1”, which literally adds Wheatley the Space Core to the game. Hopefully the “Vol. 1” part is a hint that there’ll be more Wheatley content to come.
You’ll be able to pick up the little guy and keep him with you for the rest of your adventures and continued dragon genocide. Unfortunately he doesn’t sound like Wheatley (because he isn’t) so actor Stephen Merchant probably definitely wasn’t involved. Apparently Nolan North was though so, yay?
Additionally, Bethesda has released an official hi-res texture pack for Skyrim. It’s been called DLC but the good news is it’s free. The bad news is that it’s got some serious system requirements and a 3.1GB download.
You’ll need to have Windows 7, no less than 4GB of RAM and a graphics card with more than 1GB of onboard memory. If you’ve got at least that then you’ll be good to go. If not then, hey look! IT’S NOT Wheatley, it’s a Space Core! In the level-up solar system!