Bethesda has announced that it will be bringing mounted combat to Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, thanks to an update which will see the long awaited-feature appear alongside a batch of new killcams.
The feature, which fans requested in Skyrim's predecessor, Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion, means players will no longer need to dismount from their horses to engage in combat.
Gamers can soon use weapons such as swords and axes, as well as shoot spells and arrows at enemies from range, all while riding their four-legged aids. However, the feature is only available on PC, but is expected to be rolled out onto the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
"The team at Bethesda Game Studios is excited to announce another new feature making its way into Skyrim… Mounted Combat!," a post written by Bethesda staff on Bethblog announced.
"Like the recently added Kinect support (360) and new kill cameras, this highly-requested feature that was seen in the Skyrim Game Jam video is arriving for free.
"In fact, by opting into the latest Steam Beta Update, PC users can check out the feature today. As far as release on other platforms, we’ll let you know when we have more information."
"Thanks again to all our fans, we remain committed to supporting the game through our free updates, mod tools, and more. And yes, we’re still working on our first add-on, Dawnguard – some great stuff to show you soon, stay tuned!"
Although mounted combat is only available in the latest beta patch (1.6), players have the option to try it out before downloading it.
According to InEntertainment, Bethesda are slowly releasing new features to Skyrim in a bid to ensure gamers won't grow tired of the game.
Mounted combat is just one of several features Bethesda has introduced in recent months, including Kinect support for the Xbox 360 and a whole new range of killcams designed to give fight sequences more depth.
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