…comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Semisonic
These words sum up my thoughts pretty well, and it is with a bittersweet feeling that I now write these words that I’m sure many of you will find sad, many will find as a grateful relief and the start of your own full fledged beginning, and to most they are probably words that do not come as much surprise at this point.
As of the next update which will be posted in the coming week or so, I am tying the final ribbon on Legacy’s package and will no longer be updating Legacy of the Dragonborn for Skyrim Classic. But do not fret and do not mourn or treat this as an obituary. I am not going away, and Legacy will live on in Odyssey when it is released, it will live on when SKSE64 drops and I begin converting it for SSE, and more importantly it will continue to live on in each of you who love it so deeply and those of you who have helped me to continue to breathe life into it each and every day for the past 3 years.
But the time has come to move on to bigger and better things and a series of recent setbacks in the last few versions of Legacy, has made it feel more like a job than a joy, and it has solidified the feeling that now is the time to move onward and upward and set Legacy in stone.
I have always strove to create perfection, and I think that considering the size and scope of this beast, I have achieved just that, or as close as is possible for something this large and given the woefully lacking tools I have to work with in some cases. Legacy is never going to be 100% perfect, no matter what is done to it. I need to finally come to grips with this truth and make it my reality. I need to let go in a way.
Last week I announced my plans to begin development of my own game title and I intend to make that dream a reality. It’s Legacy that has taught me that if I put my mind to it, it WILL happen. Legacy has become so much more massive and so much more dear to me than I ever could have fathomed when I first set out 3 years ago, and the skills I have developed and honed over that time are giving me an amazing platform for further development and growth. It’s given me a basis of tools and skills I previously never had and once upon a time was greatly intimidated by, but today that is not the case, and I feel emboldened and empowered by what Legacy has brought me, to turn the page and move on to the next chapter in my game design career.
The next update for Legacy of the Dragonborn will be my last official update and will be branded V18Final. It will be a repack of the core with the last batch of excess files removed and the current updates added in. This version can be easily updated to with no major issues. It will include reworked voice audio files and a variety of final fixes. From that point it will fall to the amazing community and our awesome patch central development team of SirJesto and JCBQ to help maintain and post the Unofficial Legacy of the Dragonborn patch which will be a collective of fixes and tweaks for Legacy moving forward. When SKSE64 drops, I will absorb these fixes and port Legacy to SSE.
During the time between now and SKSE64’s drop I will be continuing to work on Odyssey as able and when inspired, and will be spending a great deal of time studying for the development of “Voldara” (see Find your Grail article).
There will be updates to classic Legacy when Odyssey acts are released which will be compatibility updates, and Odyssey itself will be developed entirely in classic and ported to SSE, allowing both platforms to enjoy it. Also I will be happy to have anyone create additional addons and patches for Legacy to expand on existing displays for specific content, but all I ask is that anyone interested go through me so I can help determine the best placement and maximize compatibility with other people’s addons. Also I would like them hosted on patch central only. Full mods using Legacy as a master on the other hand should of course be on their own page.
And as we near the end of this leg of the journey together, always remember that when something great ends, something even greater is bound to rise from what was learned. And once again, thank you all for your tremendous support.