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There's Only One Way To Stop Endless 'Skyrim' Re-Releases, Says Todd Howard

There's Only One Way To Stop Endless 'Skyrim' Re-Releases, Says Todd Howard

Put your money where your mouth is.

Imogen Donovan

Imogen Donovan

The announcement of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition has excited and exhausted fans of the epic RPG. It'll be the 11th version of the game since it launched a decade ago, and it just so happens that Todd Howard did tell us what it would take for the re-releases to stop.

What's so special about this Anniversary Edition, anyway? Well, it's essentially the Special Edition of the game with the three DLCs and all of the improvements from its 2016 version. This time, however, the RPG has gotten more than 500 unique pieces of Creation Club content, including quests, dungeons, bosses, weapons, spells and more. There will also be a fishing feature and, to me, it's wild that it never had one in the first instance.

The Anniversary Edition is on its way to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S in a few months time. Expectedly, there are a portion of players that are not counting down the days and have called for the studio to "stop f*cking with Skyrim" and focus on something else in The Elder Scrolls series.

If you are among those grumpy gamers, then let me turn your attention to The Wayward Realms, an upcoming RPG from former The Elder Scrolls lead developers. Check out the trailer below!

Without scrolling for the answer, how likely do you think it is that Bethesda will stop reanimating the shambling corpse of Skyrim for another platform in another ten years? Show your working.

Correct. Not very likely at all. And, marks are awarded for referring to a blithe statement from Todd Howard while chatting to Geoff Keighley at Gamelab three years ago. "Even now, the amount of people who play Skyrim seven years later; millions of people every month are playing that game," said Bethesda's big cheese in an interview in 2018. "That's why we keep releasing it. If you want us to stop releasing it, stop buying it."

Of course! It's that simple. However, as Skyrim becomes more available on more platforms, it will reach more and more people who've never dipped their toes into Tamriel. And, they might recommend the game to their friends. Who might tell their nana about a cool fantasy game they've been playing on their Switch. She might check it out on her PlayStation 5, because she's a cool nana and keeps across stock drops from Argos on her iPad, and buys it. In short, Skyrim is eternal. We'd better get used to it.

Featured Image Credit: Bethesda, Universal Pictures, Matt Grandstaff via Wikipedia

Topics: The Elder Scrolls, Microsoft, Skyrim, Bethesda