Finally, the Skyrim Together Reborn co-op mode is available for download via Nexus Mods. As you may have already guessed, it aims to achieve one very specific goal: to introduce collaborative multiplayer to Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, tested with up to 30 players.
If you have deja vu, this is normal. We first covered Skyrim Together over three years ago, when the mod was about to enter Closed Beta status. However, the ambitious project was abruptly stopped by a scandal when the public learned how the modders had used stolen code from Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE).
As confirmed in the official FAQ, Skyrim Together Reborn has been recreated from scratch by a new team who are also adamant that this version has been significantly improved. For example, there is now full synchronization of NPCs, monsters (including dragons), missions, inventory and equipment, projectiles, magic, stealth, locks, horse assembly and transformations (to vampires or werewolves).
Dialogues are synchronized by the party leader. Every time the party leader talks to an NPC or makes a dialogue choice, the others will hear and see the same thing.
Of course, one of the big changes is that the game will no longer load a save file on death. Instead, the player character will reappear nearby. If the player character dies in a dungeon or an interior, they will reappear at the start of the dungeon / interior. In addition, grades automatically pay out all outstanding crime prizes on death, thus ensuring that they are not attacked by guards during resuscitation. There is also an option in the server settings where respawning costs some gold.
Skyrim Together Reborn’s default difficulty is Expert. The creators recommend keeping it as high as possible, given that the game was never balanced to be played with more than one player. For about the same reason, using NPC followers is not recommended.
PvP is disabled by default, although there is a server setting that can turn it on. But remember that PvP will not be balanced in any way.
Skyrim Together Reborn can only be installed on Steam’s Skyrim Special Edition version 1.6, which was launched with the 10-year anniversary upgrade last year. Opponents, however, do not recommend using the mod pack that comes with it or any other mod for that matter if you can help it. This is because they are out of sync and could potentially cause stability issues. However, graphics mods should generally be good, and if you really want to install mods, there is also a server setting that enforces a mod policy so that everyone must have the same mods installed in the same order.
While the mod is considered a 1.0 release, the team will also implement additional features such as player markers / waypoints on the map, synchronized weather and a script API. However, the team hopes that other contributors will join to help now that Skyrim Together Reborn is open source.