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Everything to expect from Skyrim Remaster

Skyrim is the fifth installment of the Elder Scrolls series by Bethesda and was released in 2011. It has spawned countless memes and won so many awards, Skyrim has in no unreasonable terms cemented its place in geek culture history.

Back when you could track your playtime in games using certain web applications, at my last check, I had well over 400 hours in Skyrim alone. Those services are now gone, but I kept playing Skyrim. Each and every time I feel like I stumble across something I've never seen before. Of course, all the quests are still the same, but I might find a cave I've never explored, or spoken to an NPC who gives me a quest on the spot that I hadn't found previously.

I was suspicious for a while when Skyrim didn't come to Backward Compatibility. My guess was that it was either going to be bundled with The Elder Scrolls 6 (more on that later) or a remaster was in the works.

When Bethesda said in 2015 Fallout 4 began development once they'd ported Skyrim to the Xbox One as an exercise, I was more hopeful.

At E3 this year, we were told there would be a Skyrim remaster, to be known as The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim - Special Edition.

What platforms will Skyrim Remaster be on?

PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. There are no plans to make this Skyrim Special Edition available on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.

It's also worth noting that people who already own the game on PC can get a free upgrade.

When will Skyrim Remaster be released?

All versions will be available on October 28, 2016.

Will Skyrim Remaster offer save transfers?

On PC, yes. But not on Xbox One or PS4; console gamers will need to create a new game and start from scratch.

Will I have to collect all my achievements again?

The plus side to having to start a new game is you can collect all the achievements all over again. The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim - Special Edition will show in your games library as a new entity.

What DLC will Skyrim Remaster have?

The three downloadable content add-ons that were released -- Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn will all come as part of the Special Edition. There will be no additional content on this Special Edition that wasn't previously available on Xbox 360 or PC. No hidden extras. Peter Hines of Bethesda has also stated that there will be no Collectors Edition.

What about mods?

As Bethesda did with Fallout 4 in giving it support for mod content, Skyrim - Special Edition will also feature modded content. This will probably effect achievement unlocks while they're in effect. Just like Fallout 4, mods can be uploaded to Bethesda.net for use in Skyrim. People planning to submit mods should use the specific Skyrim creation kit.

What are the updated graphics like?

Remastered artwork and graphics and a dynamic depth of field bring Skyrim into the new generation. While Skyrim didn't look particularly terrible at the time on Xbox 360 or PS3, developments in home gaming hardware meant people could play on PC at 1080p. Envy wasn't the word at the time, so it's nice to catch up. There is currently no information on minimum computer specifications.

How much will Skyrim Remaster cost?

It will be priced outrightly at $60, but you may be able to get it cheaper through various online retailers.

Bonus info: The Elder Scrolls 6!

Not much is known about The Elder Scrolls 6 at this point in time. All that has been confirmed is that it will be made at some point. The only reason we know anything about it at all so far is because Todd Howard of Bethesda, understandably, got fed up with being asked about it all the time. The hype surrounding Skyrim was long, and it made the wait for release day all the harder. But they plan to go for a surprise launch like they did with Fallout 4.

Are you going to be buying The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim - Special Edition? What mods are you hoping for? Let me know in the comments.

Lauren Relph is a games writer, focusing on Xbox. She doesn't like piña coladas but loves getting caught in the rain. Follow her on Twitter!

43 Comments
  • I'm all over this.
  • Was he talking about XFIRE?
  • If only they could find a way to port the cloud save games from X360 to XB1 version.
  • If only they could find a way to offer the free upgrade to consoles as they have for PC.
  • Sort of difficult as many ppl have the disc copy so (unlike PC and steam) there is no easy way to tell if someone's copy is theirs or borrowed from a friend or whatever. What would have been great is if a BC version of Oblivion was bundled with Skyrim on XB1.  I don't think that will ever come to the XB1 :(
  • if they really wanted to push the whole digital thing, like how MS tried when they first announced the Xbox One, they could do it that way, if you own the digital copy you could get a free upgrade.   Yes, people with disks would be ******** about not getting their free upgrade, then again, that's exacly how I feel right now, as being pushined for buying into the console instead of PC. then again, for people with disk they could simply allow you to install, but require you to have the disk in to play, same way how it's done in the 360 after you install the game from disk, it runs off the installation, but it requires you to have the disk in the drive.
  • Umhh ... you are required to have the disc in to play a game you bought on disc. That is the beauty of digital purchases: No more disc switching! Offering the update to retail buyers would be possible if you could somehow devalue the disc and by that convert it into a digital purchase or something ...
  • I've been waiting a long time for Xbox One! :)
  • 60$...
  • Best thing on PC are the 64-bit binaryes.
  • I'm hoping for updated shading system. I will pay $60 if it means no more jaggy, cascading shadows on everything.
  • In what way?  ALL 64bit does in most cases is let an application access more RAM.  It doesn't speed up the engine, doesn't make regular textures look better, doesn't affect gameplay.
  • Wonder what kind of deal I could find Skyrim for now.... I'll be honest that I never really got to play it Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Play it!!!! And then buy the new one and play it again!!!! :)
  • Or buy the Legendary Edition on steam or disk, and get the remastered version as a nice bonus.
  • I won't be buying it, as apparently I will get it for free due to having Legendary Edition via Steam. Yay me.
  • I used to be an adventurer like you then I took an arrow to the knee...
  • Let me guess, someone stole your sweetroll?
  • Yep, that's what happens when you get hitched
  • I might get it, though for an old game remaster I think they should not be charging full AAA game price. I never played it but I heard way too much about it not to give it a go.
  • Loved this game when I had a ps3. When it "yellow light of deathed" for the third time I went to xbox and was disappointed that it wasn't there. Now, I am stoked. It was the only game I missed on the PlayStation as GT6 totally sucked. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android.. But waiting for the HP Elite so I can get rid of this junkie Galaxy S5...
  • Xbox One you mean?  Coz it  was certainly on the 360 (and apparently ran a lot better than on the PS3 with its odd memory setup).
  • Damn I was hoping for an official survivor mode ☹ at least we have mods!
  • I'm honestly okay with having to complete the game and achievements again, it'll be fun to go through a second time.
  • I've never played a Skyrim or Fallout game. I have been missing out. The last game that I played over 400 hours was Phantasy Star Online and PSO EP II on the Sega Dreamcast. Oh how those years are just a blur of PSO and food.
  • Well my friend you've missed out badly.  Both franchises have won truckloads of GotY awards, and rightly so.
  • I still have Skyrim un open for my Xbox360.  I was hoping it would become backward compatible, but I guess not. 
  • I'm still hoping for that too! I'm not buying a remaster.
  • And yet you read an article about the REMASTER and even comment...
  • Considering you are getting all dlc with it I think $60 is a fair price.
  • Nah ... I disagree. It is not a completely new game or anything. It just got a facelift. And that will better be good for 60€
  • For those complaining about $60 for this. It's going for more than that on Steam. Don't forget it's the game, plus 3 DLC packages, plus mod access.
  • "It will be priced outrightly at $60, but you may be able to get it cheaper through various online retailers." All I need to know to pass on it. This game is pretty old, going on 5 years. That they thing visual updates and mod support warrant jacking it up to $60 is ludicrous. On PC, I bought the whole Elder Scrolls collection (with maps and such) for $20 or so...2 years ago.
  • I thought on PC you only get it free if you had original game and all DLC purchased? Not sure though.  Would like to see them offer *some* type of discount for console players that own the 360 versions digitally, especially if you have all DLC purchased or the legendary edition. They can easily pull that information and have the discount apply at checkout. I really see this happening, but hasn't been announced yet for some reason.  Bethesda did it for Dishonored Remaster. They should do it for this as well. However, either way I will be buying it. I support everything Elder Scrolls.  I really would want to play through again with mods enabled, but that kills achievements, which is stupid, so I wont use mods. It's not like there are mods that auto unlock all achievements, or truly give you any advantages that would de-value achievements. If they think that, they should disable achievements on easy mode, which is basically a god mode where you cant possibly die or be bothered about money or resources. 
  • Already ordered. As for the mods, its a pity that ones that don't change the game or provide 'cheaty' functionality will render achievements null, just like the fallout 4 ones, even the ones that just made the game look less brown.
  • I have had my eyes on this for so long, waiting for ANY information. So Xbox One's pre-order for ESV: Skyrim started earlier this week and I grabbed it, naturally. That's great news there will be all the DLCs included and no Collectors Edition (I've purchased this game 5 times all up) and mods will be coming for consoles. Awesome! Don't know much about the mods area but I'm excited they are an option.  
  • Hopefully Elder Scrolls 6 will be set in the Summerset Isles!
  • solid
  • First and foremost thing to expect is trolls saying "We had this graphics 17 years ago though mods. PC mustard race hur hur hur"
  • Well they are quite right. However when Bethesda does its job good then we do not have to install all the graphical enhancements anymore but rely on bethesdas (which should be less buggy and more efficient, coming from a big developer rather than some hobbyists ... wait. We're talking about bethesda ... never mind) which means you can concentrate on other mods and have a more stable experience!
  • I would buy for Xbox 1 if it would work with my pc saves :(
  • I think I'll wait for beyond Skyrim mod
  • I think this is going to be really cool but i want to play skyrim now and im not sure if i should mod it or just wait till next month i dont know if the graphics mods that i normally install will mess with the new graphics that are coming with this remaster