I went into the Skyrim AE news expecting to rag on Bethesda for reselling the same game again and causing another modpocalypse. To my surprise I find out today that the Skyrim devs actually gave versions of the new edition early to the SKSE devs so that mods wouldn't take as long to update? That was an unnessecary but highly welcome move, and I can't be mad at Bethesda for it. It would have been so easy for them to not care at all and just force the mod devs to just deal with a big update. That's what Mojang devs do, do you think they give upcoming MC versions to Forge devs? Not a chance. While Skyrim AE certainly ain't perfect, at least I want to take a moment to appreciate Bethesda being one of the few game companies who would go this far to support third-party mods.
That said, I will probably won't buy the AE version, not yet anyways. I still am not sure exactly how much content is in the upgrade and I'm not sure how many mods will still be broken by the update regardless of the SKSE stuff. But Bethesda doing this gesture would make me feel a lot less stupid if I end up buying the upgrade. So for now I will stick with SE and just wait to see how things play out.