It has been confirmed by a community manager at Bethesda that The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Creation engine will most definitely be available for modifcation much like we have seen historically in others installments of TES.
This means players and developers alike will get to create and enjoy content and other game modifications created by other players.
The PC gaming community has seen lots of these kinds of mods created over the years. Such mods have included new AI capacities, multiplayer ability where it previously did not exist, new maps and worlds, in many cases the only limit is the developers.
In Skyrim’s predeccasor Oblivion – a mod was essentially an .esp file that manipulated the way the master file of Oblivion (Oblivion.esm) worked. We may be able to assume that the Skyrim modding kit will work in a similar way. These will be able to add all kinds of neat features and unknown content.
With the incorporation of the Creation engine, let’s hope this opens up some exciting new doors post-release.
Skyrim is currently slated to release on 11/11/11.