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Bethesda is releasing Skyrim yet again, this time for Xbox Series X|S and PS5

Skyrim Special Edition
Skyrim Special Edition (Image credit: Bethesda Softworks)

What you need to know

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim first launched back in November 11, 2011.
  • The game later got multiple ports, including a Special Edition for last-generation consoles.
  • Bethesda announced Skyrim Anniversary Edition at QuakeCon 2021.
  • It's coming as a free current-gen upgrade on November 11, 2021.

Yes, really. During QuakeCon 2021, Bethesda Game Studios announced an Anniversary Edition of The Elder Scrolls V: Skryim. Players who own Skyrim Special Edition will get a free upgrade to the corresponding Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S or PS5 current-gen versions of the games. Oh, and Bethesda added fishing, alongside over 500 pieces of Creation Club content in the Anniversary Edition.

Microsoft recently acquired Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media. While not every game will be exclusive, many will be, including Bethesda Game Studios' next big role-playing game, a science-fiction title called Starfield. Starfield is currently slated to arrive on November 11, 2022, exactly 11 years after the first launch of Skyrim.

Other future Bethesda Softworks titles coming exlusively to Xbox platforms include Redfall, a vampire-hunting game developed by Arkane Austin.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of the best-selling western role-playing games of all time, with well over 30 million copies sold, as one of the best Xbox games available.

Bethesda also announced a new port of the original Quake during QuakeCon 2021, which is now available on Xbox, PlayStation, PC and Nintendo Switch.

Samuel Tolbert
Samuel Tolbert

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.

9 Comments
  • Wait is this being enhanced then?
  • Yes.
    And getting 500 pieces of "CREATIVE" add-ins.
  • Speaking of another game that won't die. At least this one isn't a breathing micro transaction.
  • Uh, have you heard of tbe BETHESDA CREATION CLUBs for SKYRIM and FALLOUT 4?
    Howard has ben quoted as saying, "When you stop buying them, we'll stop making them."
    He was referring to versions of SKYRIM but it applies to the CC stuff as well.
  • Well I was referring to GTA Online, but yeah I guess paid mods can be the same thing.
  • Many aren't even mods, just trinkets and reskins. Especially on Fallout 76 where they are the majority of the freebies and a good chunk of the microtransactions.
  • Price will matter.
    As well as how comprehensive the "free" update may be, given all the added stuff coming to the Anniversary release.
    I heard there would be a price attached to getting full parity with the new release for Special Edition owners.
  • If we have Game pass Ultimate will this be free?
  • Sort-of.
    The basic game and some of the addons.
    Apparently there will be a "step-up" discounted bundle for GamePass and Special Edition folks.
    As Howard said, they'll stop making them (new Skyrim versions) when people stop buying. I have it on 360 and on XB1. If the add-on bundle isn't crazy priced, I'll probably spring for it.
    ...
    I'm too easy.
    (sigh)