Most PC gaming mods typically act as tweaks. For instance, if a player wanted more storms for their version of Fallout 4, they could simply download a mod and move on. Sure, it's a small change, but mods like this can greatly extend a game's overall lifetime.
Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is perhaps the best example of this. PC players have been modding Skyrim since its release back in 2011, and these mods are generally cited as the reason why the game is still so successful today. Again, many of these user-created tweaks are small adjustments ... but there are some that aim to change the game entirely.
For the past few years, Enderal has been one of the most talked-about Skyrim mods online, and for good reason: developed by a team of German fans, the mod is basically acting as an entirely new game built on Skyrim's foundation. Were it not for the fact that it was built on an already-existing engine, Enderal could qualify as a full game.
Most of the time, however, these sorts of projects never make it to release ... which is what makes Enderal's upcoming release even more impressive. Yes, it's true: the mod is finished and due out next week!
The fact that Enderal was made by fans is mind-boggling. Granted, this is the same team behind the similarly-huge Nehrim and Cube Experimental Mods (for Oblivion and Fallout 3, respectively), so perhaps a sprawling, open-world RPG shouldn't come as too big a surprise. Even so, the scale of Enderal eclipses most other mods out there — and even some entire games. Yes, one could argue that most of the programming legwork has already been done, but the amount of genuinely new content on display proves that the team over at Sure AI isn't just piggybacking on Bethesda's original engine.
The only real caveat in regard to Enderal's launch is that American players will have to wait a few weeks for an English-language release. Considering the fact that the game was developed in Germany, it makes sense that the German version would launch first — and after so many years in development, what's a few more weeks?
Plus, as with all Skyrim mods, Enderal is completely free: as long as players own a valid copy of the original game, Enderal won't cost a penny. No additional DLC is required, either, meaning that those without the Skryim: Definitive Edition won't have to worry about missing out.
For more details on the mod, head on over to Sure AI's official site — otherwise, Enderal is set for release this weekend.