Skyrim Bug Makes the Game Look Like Silent Hill

The Silent Hill franchise has plenty of terrifying monsters, psychological horror, and dramatic twists. But even those who have never played a Silent Hill will probably know one more thing the city and games are known for: the iconic fog.

Initially introduced as a way to deal with the limited capabilities of the PlayStation, the fog in Silent Hill became a major part of the games, leaving fans terrified to wonder what was out of their sight. As such, fog in real life and other games often makes fans think of the town of Silent Hill – and possibly crawling away – just like in this case, with The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.

Skyrim has a lot of weather that can happen in its massive open world, but in this case, the visibility was partially affected by a bug. As shared by Reddit user MildlyAngryGuy, natural foggy conditions in the game combined with filter bug resulting in severe lack of visibility and foggy conditions. There are also almost no NPCs visible, further adding to the sense of ghostliness and isolation.

The Silent Hill fan base has been waiting for a new game for a long time, and as a result, moments like these often remind fans of the good days. Silent Hill has been reimagined in several ways, by professionals and fans alike, with some of the latest efforts showing what Silent Hill could look like in the Unreal Engine. It’s also not the first time fans have been reminded of Silent Hill in Skyrim, with an earlier bug that caused a thick fog over Whiterun.

Epic open world RPGs and survival horror games often don’t have much in common, but the fanbases experience a similar sense of frustration with their developers. Silent Hill, of course, has been stagnant for years, with the most recent attempting to revive it led by Hideo Kojima after he broke up with Konami. Skyrim, on the other hand, has recently passed its tenth anniversary and the Elder Scrolls 6 is still a long way off without an official release window.

Silent Hill fans may be hesitant to hope for much more than a spooky, similar experience in Skyrim at this point. There could be some good news on the horizon, though, as a recent leak indicates Silent Hill news will be out in mid-July. Players will have to wait and see, but there’s still a chance that fans of Silent Hill and Elder Scrolls will have something to look forward to in the years to come.

The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim is now available for Nintendo Switch, PC, PS3, PS4, PS5, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

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