Fans of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim rarely need a reason to revisit the open world action RPG. Each part is unique enough to experience it again, but those who come back to Skyrim be aware that modifying the game can take an already fun experience and elevate it into something special. An upcoming example is the “Skyrim Species Randomizer” mod which is currently in development and could spice up Skyrim in an interesting new way.
The Skyrim Species Randomizer is exactly what its name implies, transforming the player into random species of creatures and monsters found in the world of Skyrim. The player assumes the attacks, strengths and weaknesses of this species for the duration of the change, which rotates every 150 seconds. Users can transform into a rabbit and die in one hit, or transform into a giant and struggle to enter buildings, all within five minutes.
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The mod was announced by YouTuber Joob as being set up by a modder named DDM Link in a 12 minute video featuring Joob’s adventures with the Skyrim Species Randomizer mod. He learns that NPCs are perfectly at ease recognizing that a Draugr is the Dragonborn, that rats cannot climb stairs, and that giants can take down large dragons that have become cats as easily as anything else.
DDM Link currently relies on another mod named Playable Monster Mod, which allows Skyrim players play the game like any creature. Playable Monster Mod creator SirCumference64 has done most of the groundwork, while DDM Link adds the element of randomization. However, the Playable Monster Mod hasn’t been updated since 2019, which may be why DDM Link is expanding it itself.
The Skyrim Species Randomizer mod is not yet publicly available. DDM Link is said to be still working on the mod, so Joob may have received an early, unfinished release. It’s unclear exactly how much DDM Link wants to create the mod, and they haven’t provided a release plan either. Hopefully the news will come soon.
There’s a lot of potential in something like the Skyrim Species Randomizer. It offers a unique vision of the game Skyrim unlike everything else. If DDM Link can create a seedling system, the Skyrim Species Randomizer could even be used for speedrun races. He’s probably not the last fan to hear about the Skyrim Species Randomizer.
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is now available on PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.
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