It’s 2021 And Bethesda Has Announced Another Skyrim Port

It’s 2021 And Bethesda Has Announced Another Skyrim Port
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Bethesda announced today that its nearly decade-old open-world RPG hit, Skyrim, is once again being ported to consoles both old and new. This time the publisher is sprucing it up with fan-created content. It’s called Skyrim Anniversary Edition, and it’s coming out on November 11, 2021 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC. Switch players, meanwhile, can go kick sand

Yes, we’ve been buying, playing, rebuying, and replaying Skyrim ports for a decade, so at least Anniversary Edition will be offered to current owners of Skyrim Special Edition for free. Bethesda says this new port includes over 500 pieces of mostly user-made content from the Creation Club, including quests, dungeons, bosses, weapons, spells, and “more.” In Fallout 4 and earlier versions of Skyrim Special Edition, Creation Club content was a mix of small DLC made by Bethesda, other developers, and community members. Normally you have to buy most Creation Club content, so getting a pile of it with this new port should be nice.

As you might expect, this new version of Skyrim will include all previously released DLC too, like Dawnguard. That’s a lot of bang for your buck. Real quick, let’s take a look at all the ways you can buy and play Skyrim at this time:

  • Xbox 360

  • PS3

  • PC

  • PS4

  • PSVR

  • Xbox One

  • Switch

And soon:

  • Xbox Series X/S

  • PS5

At this point, I’ve just accepted that I’ll never escape Skyrim or GTA V. 

Coincidentally, both new ports of these hugely successful open-world games are coming out on the same day, November 11, later this year. These games have outlasted multiple console generations.

I suspect that in 20 years kids will still be buying ports of GTA V and Skyrim. It’s only a matter of time before phones become powerful enough to easily run them, so expect further proliferation in the not-so-distant future.

When I die, bury me in Skyrim ports. And maybe toss in a copy of Elder Scrolls 6. And GTA 6 as well.

Wait, both of these franchises are stuck at number five, too?! This universe is cruel, but comical.


  • it’s not even a good game. it was never a good game. i really can’t figure out why so many people loved oblivion/skyrim, for me the last elder scroll worth a damn was morrowind. since then… combat is bad and boring, story is bad and boring, games are janky as hell… i know mods improve things a lot but why bother working from such a shonky starting point.

    i understand saying the combat is bad and boring is just like, my opinion man, and clearly people disagree. usually i have no problem understanding people liking things i don’t like, though. i this case the game is both so egregiously bland and so apparently successful that i just can’t make sense of it.

    maybe nobody’s actually playing these re-releases and bethesda just puts them out to amuse themselves? thinking on it, i realise i don’t actually know/speak to anybody whose played this game in the past 5 years.

      • Morrowind’s combat was janky. Skyrim’s is both janky and bland as hell, so not really an improvement. More importantly for an RPG, Morrowind had a plot, writing, and worldbuilding worth a damn. I really don’t know wtf happened to the writing between Morrowind and Skyrim, surely can’t’ve been the same people.

        • I dont know what you would call him, but the guy who did a HUGE chunk of lore & writing for the elder scrolls games, left not long after oblivion, which is a big reason why Skyrim to me felt off as far as the writing went and why i think its the weakest and why morrowind is heads and shoulders better than whats come out after.

          However, Skyrims combat is leaps and bounds better than Oblivion, let alone the mess that Morrowind is. You may not like it, but at least Skyrim combat is playable and competent in 2021. Morrowind is not, from its awful stamina system which has provided endless amount of memes, to its combat system of dice rolls for every attack. Morrowind wasnt good in 2001, let alone 2021. The fact that you cant see the VAST improvement is actually somewhat amusing.
          You may think its bland, and if you prefer playing in 3rd person and compare it to other well crafted RPGs with a more responsive combat system, you arent wrong, But the game has been made for first person mode, so its not going to be a roll around and parry game, you want that, go play your witchers or soulsborn games, theres a reason why it gets ported everywhere and sells a lot despite your claims, because to others its the only game that scratches that itch and does it well.

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