The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Open Cities Skyrim
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Feb 6, 2012 @ 11:53am
Dec 30, 2015 @ 9:11pm
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Open Cities Skyrim

Open Cities Skyrim is a comprehensive project that aims to bring back at least part of the feel of Morrowind - specifically how most of the cities were a natural part of the world and you could just walk in without loading screens. The added immersion and realism goes a long way, probably a lot more than you might think. Ever wanted to ride your horse into the center of Riften? Well now you can. Need to get some help from the city guards to vanquish a foe? Run toward the gates and the guards will do their duty while you can seek safety within the walls. The town guards make for some very interesting interactions this way. This will also make running dragon battles that much more interesting since the flow of the battle won't be interrupted by the loading screen and all of the city guards can be involved at the same time.

When installing, be sure you are NOT present within the cities at the time. Same with uninstalling, be sure you're away from the cities first.

Alternate Download Locations

AFK Mods[]
Skyrim Nexus[]
TES Alliance[]
Dark Creations[]
The Assimilation Lab[]

Open Cities Skyrim Bugtracker[]

Installation Requirements

Official Skyrim patch or greater.

SKSE 1.6.9+ and SkyUI 3.2+ are required in order to use the in-game configuration menu. They are NOT required in general for the mod itself.

Full documentation available.[]

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Help! I'm experiencing Infinite Load Screens (ILS) and/or Crashes to Desktop (CTD)!!!

In March of 2013, Bethesda released their final patch for Skyrim. Version Prior to this, Open Cities Skyrim had little trouble operating in the available memory the game provided.

It has since been found though that Patch 1.9 changed something about the way Skyrim allocates its initial pools of memory, likely due to trying to get the DLC to work on the PS3 and then not bothering to make sure the PC had, you know, PC specific code for that.

The end result is that when traveling, either on foot or by fast travel, it becomes possible for you to run into problems with ILS/CTD issues. This is especially true in Windhelm and almost guaranteed to happen when trying to get back from Solstheim. It's also likely to happen when fast traveling from one city to another, and CTD may result when trying to enter some interiors after you arrive.

Fortunately the community has devised a solution to this problem in the form of a pre-load memory patch. There are several options for these now, but the one I most strongly recommend is shipping as part of SKSE now beginning with SKSE 1.7. In order to configure SKSE 1.7[] to resolve this problem, you simply need to make sure your skse.ini file in Data\SKSE contains at least the following lines:


If the file does not exist, create it, then put that section in it.

This should resolve the problem on all but the heaviest of load orders. If you still have issues, then you can try either raising the 768 value to 1024, or install ENBoost which will help further reconfigure how RAM is used by the game. There are limits to this, so be careful. Skyrim can only have a maximum of 4GB even on a 64 bit system with boatloads of RAM. Allocate too much to either of the two SKSE settings and you'll be right back where you started with the ILS/CTD problem.

My own load order has 96 active mods, and the SKSE settings alone turned it from totally unstable to fairly rock solid reliable.


Donations welcome.[]

This mod is not made, guaranteed, or supported by Zenimax, Bethesda Game Studios, or any of their affiliates.
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Jacoblade Apr 11 @ 7:17pm 
Why do i have a random rock that when you activate it apparently loads the closed version?
Jeri Feb 23 @ 10:25am 
where are the locations to the closed versions?
JD Jan 20 @ 2:59pm 
thanks you made it easy for me to enter a city with no loads
The Blitzkrieg (G.E.W.H) Jan 5 @ 12:31pm 
does this mod bug out helgen? i download an alternate start mod which i may have to NEVEr use this one since it buggs any save i try to make in helgen
Seboxvdb Jan 3 @ 4:15pm 
Dec 22, 2016 @ 11:33am 
removes some npcs, buggy, and adds another mod with npcs that weren't in the vanilla game to begin with
Mamo Dec 5, 2016 @ 10:42pm 
is it make fps drop ?
erecterest tent Dec 4, 2016 @ 11:46am 
this mod isnt working for me
DeFault Dec 1, 2016 @ 9:49am 
Say you have Detailed Cities mod, would these gates still work?
YourLocalWeatherMan Nov 23, 2016 @ 8:21pm 
Also i've been looking at past comments on this and it states that you the SKSE memory fix. Is this SKSE Skyrim Special Edition or is it something else entirely. Also if it is Skyrim Special Edition i would like to know how to fix it considering i dont have Skyrim Special Edition installed.