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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition Announced

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

As rumor-mongers theorized they would, Bethesda has revealed The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition, a new and improved version of their 2011 hit RPG.

Containing new, sharper visuals, this reissue aims to introduce the Elder Scrolls to new followers as well as bring back console players who may have felt they missed out on the kind of enhancements that PC players enjoyed for years.

Here’s a new trailer:

Concerning mods, the new Skyrim will include user mod support in much the same way Fallout 4 recently has, owing to the theory that the feature was getting a test run in Fallout before they began rolling it out as a standard addition in their future games.

Details beyond this, such as if the DLC will be made standard was not addressed.

You can expect The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition to hit shelves October 28th across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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75 comments
  1. Jack
    Jack
    June 12, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    jesus christ
    i’m going to get cancer

  2. MLG Barroth
    MLG Barroth
    June 12, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  3. Heavily Augmented
    Heavily Augmented
    June 12, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Man, the modded version of Skyrim version is looking grea- oh…

  4. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    June 12, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Finally – a working Skyrim on the PlayStation!

  5. RPGEndBoss
    RPGEndBoss
    June 12, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Cold.

    But true.

  6. 日塔 奈美
    日塔 奈美
    June 12, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    PC Box was shown as well!

  7. RPGEndBoss
    RPGEndBoss
    June 12, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    wow, what would be the point though?

    As good as it may look, there are ENBs that make Pc Skyrim look as good as Witcher 3, if not better.

  8. Koroma
    Koroma
    June 12, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    We will see if it works

  9. Annie T. Mood
    Annie T. Mood
    June 12, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    ahaha

  10. Eldhin Hellknight
    Eldhin Hellknight
    June 12, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Well, people asked for it.

  11. RPGEndBoss
    RPGEndBoss
    June 12, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    I was writing as the trailer ended and didn’t see that. I gotta be honest, I didn’t believe it. How will they make PC players rebuy it when any new visuals they add are already outclassed by 3 year old mods?

  12. 日塔 奈美
    日塔 奈美
    June 12, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Oh I know, I’ve got like 300ish hours logged in a heavily modded Skyrim myself lol.

    Still native support for these new graphical effects might be nice… I’ve made a few mods myself, and I’m curious to see what mods will be made still. I’m wondering if Skyrim wasn’t just ported to FO4’s engine…

    … Probably gonna have new bugs though. >_>

  13. RPGEndBoss
    RPGEndBoss
    June 12, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Same here, think I’m at about 400 or so hours.

    but I have about 30 or so mods in, most of them visual enhancements. Guess we’ll see.

    I will say this though: I’ll get it for PS4 just to see how it runs. Should be interesting.

  14. Isaac Sadler
    Isaac Sadler
    June 12, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Please no, I was just making a joke about it.

  15. Random Dude
    Random Dude
    June 12, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    …Well, unless they give PC user a new reason to buy this “remastered” version other than improved graphic, I don’t see any reason anyone would want to switch.

  16. Valwin Mediaz
    Valwin Mediaz
    June 12, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    is free if you have the legendary edition on PC

  17. Thanatos2k
    Thanatos2k
    June 12, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Talk about utterly pointless.

  18. sanic
    sanic
    June 12, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    In the hearthfire add on on xbox 360 there was a bug that would make kids clothes disappear, todd never fixed it.

  19. Eldhin Hellknight
    Eldhin Hellknight
    June 12, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    interesting bug

  20. Nifs
    Nifs
    June 12, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    They better fix the damn 144Hz issue, otherwise they can take their “special edition” and shove it right back where it came from.

  21. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    June 12, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Meh, it doesmt fix all the issues with the game.

  22. sanic
    sanic
    June 12, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Oh I should mention it was the kid you adopt, TODD.

  23. Dr. Roswell. W
    Dr. Roswell. W
    June 12, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    >Normalfags will pay this
    >Normalfags will defend this

    Oh god, Why? What can they add to even make someone shell out the cash for this shit.

  24. Eldhin Hellknight
    Eldhin Hellknight
    June 12, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    As far i know, mods doesn’t change the fact that the current version of Skyrim is 32bit. If the PC version of this “special edition” improves on that (finally 64bit), honestly i will buy it.

  25. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    June 12, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    “aims to introduce the Elder Scrolls to new followers as well as bring back console players” Barely anyone left and likely wouldn’t care. I hope this bombs.

  26. Dale Frewaldt
    Dale Frewaldt
    June 12, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Really, the only platform that makes sense is for Sony exclusive gamers. They got shafted with the borderline unplayable PS3 version.

    That Bethesda is targeting PC is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard of.

  27. Nagato
    Nagato
    June 13, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Hey now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, this is still Bethesda; there’s more than enough time left for them to fuck up yet another TES port.

  28. Random Dude
    Random Dude
    June 13, 2016 at 12:08 am

    “it doesn’t fix any issues with the game.”

    FTFY

  29. Random Dude
    Random Dude
    June 13, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Don’t have that, I downloaded all the DLC separately.

  30. Eldhin Hellknight
    Eldhin Hellknight
    June 13, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Now is more interesting XD

  31. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    June 13, 2016 at 12:13 am

    “It doesnt fix all the issues of the game”
    Thats more what I was trying to say, its fucking late aand I still got Kadowaka to see man, give me a break

  32. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    June 13, 2016 at 12:27 am

    I have a hunch that some intrepid modder will dig up the files of the remastered edition and they’ll find that their mods were ‘appropriated’.

    Stranger things have happened.

  33. SuuLoliBoob
    SuuLoliBoob
    June 13, 2016 at 12:27 am

    >Play mods on skyrim remastered on consoles

    Do we have to wait a whole fucking year again, Todd?!

  34. SuuLoliBoob
    SuuLoliBoob
    June 13, 2016 at 12:29 am

    You can still get it free, Valwin should had added that, as long as you have DLCs and the main game, you can get it for free, AND ALSO, if you have the legendary edition.

  35. Joe
    Joe
    June 13, 2016 at 12:40 am

    It doesn’t really look any better than I remember vanilla version looking on PC in 2011.

  36. Nazzaroth
    Nazzaroth
    June 13, 2016 at 2:05 am

    well if they polish up their engine and open up some more vram use for stronger pcs i could see this be worthwile, till then its just paying for something mods do already…

  37. Feniks
    Feniks
    June 13, 2016 at 2:26 am

    You will live to see man-made horrors.

  38. Madbrainbox
    Madbrainbox
    June 13, 2016 at 2:57 am

    So.Will the game be fun to play this time?Or it’s Skyrim-now with 33% less RPG elements version?

  39. Feniks
    Feniks
    June 13, 2016 at 2:59 am

    I never asked for this.

  40. scemar
    scemar
    June 13, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Unless they’re also improving the combat I don’t see how this is better than current skyrim with HD mods.

  41. Narmy
    Narmy
    June 13, 2016 at 4:07 am

    They should have taken this opportunity to finish the game, since they’re not rushing to make their meme release date this time.

  42. Random Dude
    Random Dude
    June 13, 2016 at 4:34 am

    To be fair though, if Bethesda didn’t release it on PC it’ll probably draw ire from some people.

    I’d prefer to think the PC version is just for ceremonial reason.

  43. Dragonzeanse
    Dragonzeanse
    June 13, 2016 at 4:43 am

    >Niche Gamer
    >Skyrim

  44. GameZard
    GameZard
    June 13, 2016 at 5:15 am

    Why screw Xbox One owners?

  45. GameZard
    GameZard
    June 13, 2016 at 5:18 am

    Pass.

  46. STARSBarry
    STARSBarry
    June 13, 2016 at 6:16 am

    honestly was wanting to see if they improved the models and armour textures…. didn’t see either of that, oh well mods on PC are still better anyway.

  47. DavidGX
    DavidGX
    June 13, 2016 at 8:26 am

    There’s no reason not to release it on Xbox One. That doesn’t take away from anyone else. It’s just selfish and petty.

  48. ReaperX30
    ReaperX30
    June 13, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Bethesda has always made games for PC so don’t expect them to stop now. To go the exclusive way is not wise either since they’d loose money. You didn’t really think it through did you?

  49. ReaperX30
    ReaperX30
    June 13, 2016 at 8:34 am

    PC owners of the Legendary edition will get it as a free upgrade.

  50. DrearierSpider
    DrearierSpider
    June 13, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Not something I expected at all. As much as I despise Skyrim, I gotta give credit where it’s due.

  51. DrearierSpider
    DrearierSpider
    June 13, 2016 at 9:34 am

    No matter how much you deck this game out with mods, you can’t really ever fix the lobotomized writing and world building unless you’re talking about entirely new quest mods like Falskaar. That’s what really killed the game for me, and why I’ll likely never touch it again.

  52. DrearierSpider
    DrearierSpider
    June 13, 2016 at 9:37 am

    The one huge benefit of this (at least on PC) is the move to a 64 bit executable. Skyrim has been sorely gimped with it’s 4GB RAM limit as far as modding potential goes.

  53. DavidGX
    DavidGX
    June 13, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Are they moving to a 64bit executable?

  54. ProxyDoug
    ProxyDoug
    June 13, 2016 at 11:07 am

    I thought it would come with VR as well but they decided to go with Fallout for that :/

  55. DrearierSpider
    DrearierSpider
    June 13, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Every remaster I’m aware of that also went to PC was upgraded to 64 bit, I believe you have to for the new consoles. I’d be very surprised if they didn’t.

  56. DrearierSpider
    DrearierSpider
    June 13, 2016 at 11:19 am

    It’s a free upgrade if you own the game and all DLC (on PC). And every remaster that’s come to PC also has gotten an upgrade to 64 bit, so I’d be very surprised if this didn’t too.

  57. DrearierSpider
    DrearierSpider
    June 13, 2016 at 11:20 am

    I seriously doubt they did, as this is definitely targeted primarily at consoles and altering how game logic works would certainly break most existing mods.

  58. Zombie_Barioth
    Zombie_Barioth
    June 14, 2016 at 12:22 am

    So you complain about Playstation fans getting the shaft, yet you’re A-OK with everybody else getting the shaft?

    That’s awful petty and hypocritical, not to mention childish. Nothing about the game being on other platforms hurts you or anybody else, nor does it negatively effect your experience.

  59. randomdude
    randomdude
    June 14, 2016 at 5:29 am

    if they’re nords, no problem

  60. randomdude
    randomdude
    June 14, 2016 at 5:30 am

    That may actually be enough to justify a remaster this soon

  61. SiliconNooB
    SiliconNooB
    June 14, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Did anyone want this?

  62. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    June 14, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    According to Bethesda, it’s remade in the Fallout 4 engine which is 64-bit.

  63. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    June 14, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    If you already own Skyrim + all three DLC packs on PC, the remaster is free. So even if you don’t own it, you can buy the DLC cheap (summer sale or key sites) before release and get it for a fraction of the price.

  64. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    June 14, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Well if you’re on PC and have the game + DLC, it’s free. So basically, it’s only console peasants who’ll be paying. Peasants love paying for the same thing repeatedly, that’s why I embrace paying $5 per month just to play online.

  65. Dale Frewaldt
    Dale Frewaldt
    June 14, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Just came back to say that Random Dude is probably right & that’s why Bethesda is giving it as a free upgrade.

  66. Dale Frewaldt
    Dale Frewaldt
    June 16, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    I don’t think you understood me. I was referring to how poorly optimized Skyrim was on PS3. Constantly freezing, corrupting save data, horrendous frame rate. Nothing I said was intended to be a hit on other platforms.

  67. Dale Frewaldt
    Dale Frewaldt
    June 16, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Again, I was referring to people who exclusively play on PlayStation consoles, not saying that Bethesda should exclusively develop for PlayStation.

  68. Dale Frewaldt
    Dale Frewaldt
    June 16, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    That’s not at all what I said. Sony exclusive gamers got a shit tier port for the PS3. They’re the ones who benefit most. That statement isn’t even remotely close to, “Bethesda should only make games for PlayStation.”

  69. Dale Frewaldt
    Dale Frewaldt
    June 16, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    Come on, guys. I know you can read. Where did I ever suggest Bethesda should only make games for PlayStation?

  70. Zombie_Barioth
    Zombie_Barioth
    June 17, 2016 at 12:33 am

    I don’t know how you could be surprised anybody would think otherwise, what with claiming Playstation is “the only platform that makes sense” or that “targeting PC is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard of”. That’s nowhere near “they benefit most” as you now claim.

    You straight-up implied Playstation is the only one that deserves or even needs it, when that game is in-fact pretty broken across the board.

  71. XxMikeyXx
    XxMikeyXx
    June 17, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Bethesda are releasing it for free on PC because they want mods on consoles as a selling point.

    No one on PC would buy it considering we already have graphics mods, and so less too no mods on consoles. The console users are the main target of this launch, and for things to go smoothly the PC version also needs to gain traction.

    Why are mods so important? Because, Bethesda probably wants paid mods back.

  72. Dale Frewaldt
    Dale Frewaldt
    June 17, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Okay, so I’ll admit that my original post wasn’t worded the best. Somewhere else it was brought to my attention that part of the reason behind the re-release is the jump from 32 to 64bit. I was incorrectly under the assumption that Skyrim Legendary Edition was already a 64bit game. I was thinking that if the goal was a shinier vanilla Skyrim, they could just update PC version.

    But for the sake of being clearer. I didn’t mean to suggest that only Playstation 4 gamers should get to play an updated Skyrim. Just that the PS3 version was terrible and that people who only play on Playstation have the most to gain from a stable release. The PC comment was specifically because I didn’t have all the information and made a poor assumption.