While mod support is one of the things that makes The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Skyrim, things may change with the Anniversary Edition.
As we know, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition, will be released on November 11, 2021. This new version of the game will be available as a free update to all owners of the Special Edition available on PC. In addition, one of the popular mods, Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE) by developer, the game’s mods are in trouble.
New version of Skyrim could make mod support harder
SKSE developer extrwi; As part of the Anniversary Edition update, Bethesda has decided to switch from Visual Studio 2015, the compiler used to build the 64-bit version of the game, to Visual Studio 2019. This changes the course of the game in a way that causes the mod developers to rearrange the codes and functions. Fortunately, class regulations are unlikely to change.”
The mod developer also concluded that anyone writing a native code plugin should do at least some extra work to support the Anniversary Edition. In theory, the game’s HD texture packs will continue to be compatible with the Anniversary Edition; but we cannot say the same for the majority of other mods. As has been said, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim The Anniversary Edition will not be a separate product. Therefore, Special Edition owners should disable automatic updates if they don’t want to upgrade their game. Whether Steam will offer the option to switch between versions is among the unknown elements.