Skyblivion Project Lead urges Discord to help them resolve hack that has team “in crisis mode” (updated)

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The Imperial City and Mehrunes Dagon in Skyblivion.
Credit: The Skyblivion team.

Modders have put an awful lot of effort into making sure Skyrim has continually evolved and expanded in the years since it was first released into the world.

Many have focused on changing the game by adding unique characters, useful mechanics and fresh adventures to it, with a few even going as far as giving your Dragonborn the chance to have an immersive brawl or earn Dibella’s blessing without rudely breaking into a temple.

Some projects are even more ambitious, seeking to provide massive new areas for players to explore or re-create an entire previous entry in the Elder Scrolls series. Unfortunately, the team behind Skyblivion, one of the most highly-anticipated examples of the latter, are currently facing difficulties resolving a Discord hack.

Are you looking forward to playing what the Skyblivion team have been working on?

The Project’s Lead, who goes by the username Rebelzize, has recently taken to Twitter to call on Discord for help following their account on the platform being hacked by someone who has since been “attacking and removing anything” related to the mod in servers dedicated to it.

“My life’s work is being ripped apart and every minute counts,” asserted the modder in their original post, emphasising in another that the issue is affecting two servers, with one being the Skyblivion Community Server, which has close to 39k members and the other being a more development-focused server dedicated to the mod.

“It’s hard to say what they have access to, but internally we are in crisis mode and doing as much damage control as possible,” Rebelzize revealed to us, continuing: “My worst fear is that they either leak the build (of the mod) or (the) contact information of my friends, (which) they may have accessed through some of the online platforms we utilise.”

They also added that “stalking, death threats, harassment, and now hacks as well” have become prevalent contributors to the “massive toll” being involved in a project of this nature takes on developers.

“People on the team, myself (included), already sacrifice so much. People have no idea how much time and effort goes into this project and then on top (of that) you have to deal with this shit,” the modder, who, as of writing still hasn’t received a response from Discord regarding the issue, said.

Despite the hack, Rebelzize emphasised that the team will “keep pushing forward”, adding: “hopefully the damage (to the project) won't be too great.”

Skyblivion is currently set to release in 2025, with a recent roadmap video having gone into detail regarding how work on the mod has been progressing.


Update: Rebelzize has now confirmed via Twitter that the Skyblivion team have successfully regained control of all of the accounts and servers affected by the hack.

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