Console players of the popular Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will now notice that some rough edges have been smoothed out, as well as some new features in their game thanks to an update released by Bethesda. The latest update, version 1.5, was previously released for the PC version and officially hit the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions on April 5, 2012.

This latest update incorporates new features, some that add to the gameplay and some that provide some cosmetic enhancements. These include the following:

  • New cinematic kill cameras for projectile weapons and spells
  • New kill moves and animations for melee weapons
  • Smithing skill increases now factor in the created item’s value
  • Improved visual transition when going underwater
  • Improved distance LOD transition for snowy landscapes

Additionally, the patch also fixes a host of bugs and gameplay inconsistencies that have been known to cause mission failures, game crashes and exploits that people have used to cheat with. Issues such as NPC actions and dialogue blocking progress, improper leveling and broken missions have been fixed, along with issues such as dialogue cutting out, objects getting stuck in the environment and other general bugs and crashes being patched.

Along with the patch, Bethesda also released some interesting factoids about Skyrim. They have stated that the average time gamers have played Skyrim, across all three platforms, is 85 hours. On top of this, 30% of players have gone over the 100 hour mark. Bethesda has also stated that more news on Skyrim will be forthcoming. Could this include the long-awaited DLC expansion? Fingers crossed.

via [Gamezone]