I feel like we shouldn’t be surprised that a PC game supports mods, but I suppose times have been changing. But Bethesda, fortunately for modders out there, hasn't changed too much. Like its predecessors, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will allow for player-created content on the PC. Bethesda recently revealed plans on its forums to release a “Creation Kit” for Skyrim, which, if it operates anything like the “Elder Scrolls Construction Set” for Morrowind or Oblivion, will give content creators the power to do just about anything they want to the forthcoming RPG, from custom landscaping and animation to NPC creation and quest shenanigans.
"We've always been impressed with what the community has done with our tools," a Bethesda rep wrote on the game’s official forums (spotted by Joystiq). "Like the Elder Scrolls Construction Set for Morrowind and Oblivion, we plan to release [a] Creation Kit so you guys can mod Skyrim."
I don’t have the greatest sense of what the community managed to create for the past Elder Scrolls joints, but after spending some time at the TESNexus and this guy’s page for his stunning Quest for Glory project, I’m starting to realize that people cared about the tools enough, at least, to create oodles of ambitious and fun projects. Hopefully Skyrim’s tools can provide the same kind of playground for modders.