After a short beta period, Bethesda has released the Survival mode for Skyrim’s Special Edition to everyone. According to its description, Skyrim’s survival mode adds new gameplay features and challenges to transform Skyrim into a land of unrelenting cold and harsh wilderness.
Do note that this mode will be available for free only for one week. After that, Bethesda will charge $15 for it. As such, we strongly suggest getting it now – for free – while you still can. Obviously we disapprove Bethesda’s decision to charge for a mode (this reminds us of the Ranger mode DLC for Metro: Last Light) but at least you can get it for free if you act fast.
Some of the new gameplay features that Survival Mode adds are hunger, fatigue and temperature effects. In addition, this mode disables the ability to fast travel as well as health regeneration. Furthermore, and in order to level up, players will have to sleep in a bed.
In Survival Mode, carry weight has been significantly reduced, shrines no longer cure diseases for free, both vampires and werewolves can restore their hunger by feeding on their victims, creatures across the land now carry threatening new diseases, previous diseases are now even more debilitating., and eating uncooked meat can now cause Food Poisoning.