The power of Skyrim means the aging RPG is still going strong after all these years, in part because there are so many interesting things that can go wrong, like this fan ending up riding a horse in an unusual way. Despite coming out in 2011, fans of The Elder Scrolls 5 are still discovering new things in Bethesda’s epic fantasy game. The title itself has been praised for its massive immersive world and wealth of lore, but its continued popularity goes beyond the general experience.
For example, many people know that Skyrim’s physics engine can be a bit buggy, causing all kinds of mayhem to happen without warning. In a way, that’s part of the game’s charm. There are plenty of inadvertently interesting things that can happen in this frigid province, and fans are more than happy to make TES5 the focal point of the game by showing off these accidents.
A recent example comes from Reddit user NviZynC, who was able to capture a rather odd moment during what might have been an ordinary Skyrim gameplay session for them. A brief clip shows them riding across a body of water. It’s just that they’re not riding it in the traditional sense. Instead, the player can be seen standing on top of the horse beast as it swims by, making it look like some sort of quadruped gondola. NviZynC clearly stated that they were playing the vanilla game without any mods installed, so this is clearly another bug to add to the ever-growing list.
Used to travel around the world without having to run or use fast travel, horses are very important to the Skyrim experience, but on the one hand, the sight of horses being used in ways they shouldn’t be is fun to see, but on the other hand, somewhat immersion spoiler . While this latest video doesn’t appear to have had a major impact on users’ playthroughs, it’s just another example of how the game might be in a state that isn’t quite right, especially considering how long it’s been out.
Of course, many glitches in Skyrim can be pretty hilarious, and as mentioned above, that’s probably one of the reasons the game is still popular today. Whether Bethesda will accept what it has learned about how problematic TES5 can sometimes be can’t be said at this stage, but hopefully the next entries in the long-running Elder Scrolls series won’t be full of problems, no matter how interesting they are .
Skyrim is available now for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.