Skyrim fans were crushed by the news that Bethesda were “calling it a day” after the latest Elder Scrolls Red Guard DLC, many fans were either grief stricken or reluctantly ready to move on. But not everybody felt the same way. In fact a flux of mods have span across the PC version, reeling in many new and old fans of the series back to the lands of Tamriel. One such mod is Falskaar created and developed by one young man named Alexander J. Velicky.
The project itself took around 2000 hours of painstaking work to finish but the results are immense. Falskaar is quickly become one of the most popular and recognised mods in the Skyrim community boasting around 25 hours worth of gameplay in a land almost a third the size of the main game itself.
But the real success story comes from the programmer himself. Alexander give up a year of his life to create the mod. Luckily his father has supported him financially on this adventure.
My dad was incredibly supportive,” he told PC Gamer, “and allowed me to live here, paying for living expenses and charging no rent. I was able to not go to school and not have a day job. Meaning, more or less, that Falskaar was my day job.”
The reason for this, to attract the attention of Bethedsa themselves and land himself a job with the highly regarded developer.
The best way to show Bethesda Game Studios that I want a job there and should be hired is to create content that meets the standards of their incredible development team,”
Alexander not only built Falskaar but included the work of nearly 100 contributors. 29 of those were voice actors who he auditioned. Falskaar even received it’s own soundtrack from Adamm Khuevrr. This all adds to the overall package that Falskaar is not just another Skyrim mod but a gaming marvel all to itself, although Velicky acknowledges that his mod is far from perfect.
“I’m still kind of shocked at some of the talent I got on the project… and every single one of them surpassed my expectations by leaps and bounds.” he added “Falskaar isn’t perfect, I’m not an expert who’s been crafting game experiences for the last 20 years, so I certainly still have a lot to learn, and I always will. I’m always looking to learn and improve, and Falskaar was a huge chance for me to do this.”
I, myself know of a programmer who tried a similar technique by modding the original NeverWinter Nights. As a result he landed himself a job with Lionhead studios. So it goes to show if the work and ambition are one in the same, anything is possible in the world of gaming.
I personally wish Alexander the best in his endeavours and really hope Bethedsa give him the opportunity to take his talents further. But for those who were ready to say goodbye to Skyrim perhaps now is not the time.
Here is the Falskaar Trailer for you
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