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.

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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.[]
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EvilEducated Apr 19 @ 5:56am 
Installed the mod, hope I'm not in a city.. otherwise, fml.
Fajny Nick Apr 16 @ 9:23am 
It's really cool XDDDD
Mortimer452 Apr 15 @ 11:07pm 
Cool mod, but it's a little glitchy. My game freezes occasionally when fast-traveling to cities. It also increased the load time IMMENSELY when fast-traveling to cities.
Inu Senshi Apr 10 @ 3:36am 
Crap... Uh... I am was in a city when I installed this, am I now going to need to fix something or just uninstall and reinstall away from a city?
natharran Mar 29 @ 12:03pm 
Good work, thanks. The game feels more realistic now. Didn't run into any new bug so far, which is nice :-).
wayne Mar 27 @ 10:58am 
makes my game a lil buggy , people wandering out side the city and getting lost and audio not matching . but its a small price to pay lol
nathan_1975_ Mar 17 @ 1:44am 
fucks up your game it seems windhelm is gliched
[PAPYRUS] ElateLemming Mar 12 @ 6:03am 
There is a prob with the murder quest in whindhelm... it leads me too a rock that loads me to a duplacit of the city its creepy no NPCs are there and stuff, so how can i fix the quest?
JustAnotherGamerNL Mar 9 @ 10:16am 
This mod causes some issues with certain quest (like the quest about the murder in wind helm) the quest markers will point you to a rock with the option open windhelm.
Connorama Feb 21 @ 5:40pm 
I have an issue. When i go into a building like the Bannered Mare, and then walk out, the loading screen freezes right as it is about to finish. Any suggestions? @Arthmoor