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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Gets A 10th Birthday Upgrade

20 August, 2021 - 3:24 pm by
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On 11th November 2021, Skyrim, the latest (for now) numbered entry into The Elder Scrolls series turns a decade old. After taking the world by storm, Bethesda thought it best to celebrate the occasion with a host of events, new in-game content, and of course, a next-gen upgrade. That’s right, Skyrim is coming to Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5… But in a convoluted way.

Starting with the PC, PS4 or Xbox One owners of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition, on 11th November you’ll have access to a free next gen upgrade as well as new Creation Club content: Fishing, Survival Mode and even new quests with Saints and Seducers. We’ve not been told of the improvements to the game but we expect they’ll revolve around 4K visuals and better frame rates.

Also launching on the same day is The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition, which includes the above Skyrim Special Edition and 74 creations from the Creation Club. This is made up of all 48 currently available and 26 to be released.

If you wanted to upgrade from the Special Edition to the Anniversary Edition to get all 500+ pieces of content, this can be done at a fee, which has yet to be announced.

For now, this is limited to the PlayStation, Xbox & PC versions of the game. The Switch version isn’t mentioned in any promo materials but as Nintendo like to make their own announcements as and when, we’re not ruling anything out just yet.

After initially releasing on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 back in 2011, Skyrim brought Bethesda’s RPG series to the masses with a vast story, and memes galore. When the next generation of consoles arrived, Bethesda capitalised on the success by bringing the game to Xbox One, PS4 & Nintendo Switch. We reviewed the game back in the day with our Louise giving the game a resounding 9/10:

Skyrim is full of possibilities of epic proportion, culminating in years of medieval stories of dungeons and dragons (no princesses though), fantasy-fiction and visual creativity. Tolkien himself would have
been proud.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review

As well as the announcement of the game, Bethesda also announced a special Skyrim concert at Alexandra Palace by the London Symphony Orchestra and Voices Choir. This’ll be streamed on Bethesda’s YouTube channel on 11th November at 20.00. We’re not sure if this will be ticketed for those of us in the UK but if it is, you know we’ll let you know.