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Skyrim to introduce mounted combat?

Skyrim has introduced mounted combat to a beta patch.

Developers Bethesda Softworks are set to add mounted combat to the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, meaning that gamers no longer have to jump off their horse to kill that lowly bear before slowly climbing back on.

It was asked for in Skyrim's predecessor, Oblivion, but it never came. So this should be exciting news for long-term fans of the series.

At the moment, mounted combat is only available in the latest beta patch, but players can opt to try it out by participating in the test. All they have to do it select Skyrim on the beta participation list in the accounts tab of Steam settings.

Gamers will soon find they can wield their sword or axe from horseback and even fire off spells or arrows to attack enemies from range.

There are a number of other changes that fix glitches and bugs in the game. For example, the Meridia's beacon will no longer disappear from the player's inventory during the Break of Dawn and the issue of particular creatures and non-playable characters not respawning properly will no longer occur.

Bethesda's parent company Zenimax Online Studios has also been hard at work at the Elder Scrolls Online, an upcoming massively multiplayer online role playing game set in the Elder Scrolls universe.

The studio's general manager, Matt Firor, explained in a video interview how the title will be influenced by the games that came before it to make it a familiar experience for fans of the series.

"With the height map for Cyrodiil, which was our player versus player zone, we took the height map pretty much right out of the game Oblivion just to make it feel familiar to other players," he said.

"For our Skyrim province we’re a thousand years in the past remember so we have a little leeway on what we can do. But yeah you still find Winterhold, you still find Riften, the topography is very similar, the rivers are in the same place and so forth but we have different stories to tell in that time period."ADNFCR-1220-ID-801373137-ADNFCR