There was a time, in the early 2000s, when it seemed like I spent a lot of my gaming time sticking my face into huge keyholes and snooping around at what was on the other side. In stealth-focused games like Hitman and Splinter Cell, there was something wonderfully clandestine about monitoring enemy patrols or eavesdropping on conversations on the other side of a door. Aside from the occasional moment when an enemy would open the door as I bent down to look, peeking through the lock was a small impulse of stealthy immersion.
Now, at last, the venerable stealth mechanic has arrived in Skyrim, courtesy of the Take a look at JaySerpa’s mod. It works as you’d expect, creating an animation for your character crouching in front of a door before the camera fades into a keyhole-framed view of what’s on the other side. Camera movement and field of view will be limited, although you can adjust them in the mod’s setup menu.
The NPCs won’t like your spying and will tell you to stop what you’re doing if they catch you. Apparently, there are no laws against peeking through keyholes in Skyrim, as this won’t get you in trouble with the law.
The way the mod works is interesting. It actually teleports you into the room, makes you invisible, then throws you into an invisible chair so you can’t move. Very scary, and if I were an NPC I certainly wouldn’t want to find myself in a version of Skyrim where at any given moment there could be invisible people sitting dead in the room with me, just watching.
The mod can be added to existing savegames and should work on most ports in the game that actually feature locks (the creator specifically omitted ports “where it makes absolutely no sense to use the skill”).
Now, all we need is a VR version that requires you to crouch and place the motion controllers around the headset.