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Bethesda Releasing Yet Another Version of ‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’

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For the maybe three of you out there who somehow haven’t played it yet.

When Bethesda first released The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim nearly a decade ago in 2011, it was a smash hit success. While some elements of Oblivion were missed, the game’s mechanics and story served it quite well (in spite of its amusingly prevalent bugginess). Skyrim was such a hot ticket for Bethesda, they decided to release it again on platforms it wasn’t initially available for. Then again. Then again. Then again. Then a few more times for good measure. If you count all of the different platforms and versions Skyrim has been released on and in, there are currently seven different iterations of Skyrim out there. Guess what? It still ain’t enough.

Bethesda announced yesterday that for the 10th anniversary of Skyrim, they’ll be releasing the aptly named Skyrim: Anniversary Edition. This version of the game is intended for the new generation of consoles, the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5, though owners of the previous iteration, Skyrim: Special Edition on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, will be able to upgrade their copies to the Anniversary Edition for a currently undisclosed fee. For those of you keeping score at home, this means that, once the Anniversary Edition releases, there will be 12 iterations of Skyrim. That’s more ports and re-releases than Resident Evil 4.

So what’s actually in the Anniversary Edition? Well, it’ll contain all of the features of the Special Edition, including all of the DLC packs bundled in and upscaled graphics. In addition to that, around 500 pieces of content created by fans in the Bethesda Creation Club, including quests, dungeon, bosses, weapons and spells, will be baked in. Also, you can go fishing now. Neat!

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Anniversary Edition will launch on Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on November 11, 2021.