Bethesda’s announced a Skyrim Remaster called Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition. Here, we take a look at the most important things to know about the Skyrim Special Edition release date and more as we push toward its release date.
In 2011, Bethesda released Skyrim, an open-world RPG that was set two hundred years after the events in Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
Last year, Bethesda told gamers that it got Skyrim running on the Xbox One but that it only did so as a technical exercise. At the time, Howard told the publication that fans of Skyrim and the Elder Scrolls series shouldn’t get their hopes up “yet.”
Howard left the door open and at E3 2016 Bethesda confirmed Skyrim Remaster officially called Skyrim Special Edition.
With that in mind, we want to take a look at everything we know right now about the Skyrim Special Edition, the big changes and its upcoming release date.
Skyrim for PS4 & Xbox One
As expected, the Skyrim Remaster will be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. It won’t be released for the PS3, Xbox 360, or Wii U.
Bethesda says that “if you own the PC version of Skyrim and all its add-ons – Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn – on Steam, you’ll get a free upgrade to Skyrim Special Edition” when it releases later this year. The same applies to anyone who owns Skyrim Legendary Edition on Steam.
Steam is currently offering a discount on the regular version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and all of its add-ons noting that you’ll get the Special Edition version of Skyrim for PC when the game arrives later this year.
There won’t be any such discount for those who own the game for Xbox 360 and/or PS3, it seems. Skyrim owners on Xbox 360 and PS3 will have to pay full price for a copy of the game.
@joehind I have confirmed repeatedly that it will not. PC is the same platform as previous version, Xbox One is a new platform.
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) July 8, 2016
The Skyrim Remaster will also come with all of the DLC add-ons Bethesda released after the game’s arrival in November of 2011.
Bethesda released three pieces of paid Skyrim DLC including Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn. The last of these, Dragonborn, was released in late 2012 for Xbox 360 and early 2013 for the PS3 and Windows PC.
The developer says that all of the DLC will be integrated into Skyrim Special Edition so you most likely won’t have to download several different files to jump into the game and its DLC content.
Unfortunately, the old DLC will be it. The company says that it won’t be making any new Skyrim DLC for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 so you’ll need to rely on developers and Skyrim mods to alter your game down the road.
Chatting w Todd just now, able to confirm on Skyrim SE for PC:
Saves should transfer
Separate creation kit to upload mods to Bnet
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) June 15, 2016
Bethesda’s Todd Howard also confirms that Skyrim saves on PC should transfer to the new version of the game.
That’s obviously big for those that invested a ton of time in the open-world RPG. Unfortunately game saves will not transfer from Xbox 360 to Xbox One or PS3 to PS4.
A few other notes:
- Skyrim Special Edition will be its own entry in your game library (not a patch).
- There won’t be a Skyrim Special Edition Collector’s Edition released down the road. What you see is what you get.
- The game will be released in the languages supported by the original version of the game.
- You’ll be able to re-do trophies and achievements. For a list of Skyrim’s achievements, take a look at this long list.
- Digital pre-orders on the PlayStation Store will net you a Skyrim Dragon Symbol Theme.
- Don’t expect Bethesda to do a Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion remaster.
- Prima Games will re-release its Skyrim strategy guide for the Special Edition. The guides, both the physical and the e-guide, will be released on October 28th.
- You can also purchase these guides via the Bethesda Store.
- If you’re looking for a deal on the Skyrim Special Edition guide, take a look at Amazon’s offer.
- We still don’t know how big the file size will be. We expect to have the exact file size figured out much closer to the game’s release.
We’ve been getting a ton of questions about Skyrim Special Edition pre-orders on Xbox Live and it looks like they are finally available after a short delay. If you wish to order via the Xbox Live store, head right here to do so.
Skyrim Special Edition Release Date
The Skyrim Special Edition release date won’t arrive this summer. Instead, it’s going to land just ahead of the holidays later this year.
The release date is confirmed for October 28th on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. It’s not clear if there will be any betas or demos offered ahead of the release. We wouldn’t expect either though we do expect the company to show the game off again sometime before its release.
As for the Skyrim Special Edition release time, Sony’s PlayStation Store reveals a standard midnight release time on October 28th.
Those of you on the west coast of the United States will be able to start playing the digital version of the game starting at 9PM Pacific on October 27th.
If you plan on picking up a physical copy, note that retailers like Best Buy will be hosting midnight launch events to accommodate your needs.
Bethesda’s Skyrim Special Edition will come with a fresh coat of paint for Xbox One, Windows PC, and PlayStation 4.
Bethesda notes that Skyrim Special Edition comes with remastered art and effects including volumetric god rays, dynamic depth of field, new snow shaders, new water shaders, and screen-space reflections.
The trailer above gives you a good look at some of these in action and the screenshots here show you the difference between the PS3 version of Skyrim and the remastered version.
Needless to say, it looks much better on the current-generation console.
It’s not clear what the minimum or recommended system requirements will look like for PC users. The retail listings fail to confirm that information and Bethesda isn’t talking about those specifications just yet.
Bethesda typically releases that info right before the release so we’d expect those details to be made public closer to the October release date.
In a recent interview with IGN, Bethesda’s Pete Hines said that the company still has a few more things to show off.
He says the company plans to make the game as next-gen as possible but it’s not clear if that includes improved animations and various other changes gamers are hoping for.
The company says there won’t be any VR content available for Skyrim Special Edition, at least not at the beginning. Bethesda appears to be focused on the Fallout 4 VR release which is set to arrive on HTC Vive sometime next year.
Skyrim Special Edition Price & Deals
Skyrim Special Edition for PS4 and Xbox One will cost a full $60. Fortunately, if you don’t want to pay the full $60, you won’t have to.
Amazon will cut the price for its Amazon Prime members down to $47.99. And yes, this deal will be available to those who using a trial Amazon Prime account.
Best Buy will also offer 20% off for Gamers Club Unlocked members and Green Man Gaming will almost certainly offer a 20% voucher for the PC version of Skyrim Special Edition.
If you’re looking to buy the game for PC in the UK, take a look at this offer from FunStockDigital.
Microsoft is also offering a deal to those that buy the game for Xbox One. If you pre-order the game ahead of its release date you’ll receive a $10 Microsoft Store gift code within 10 days after the game’s release.
Keep an eye out for additional deals as we make our way toward the Skyrim Special Edition release date in late October.
Skyrim Mods for PS4 & Xbox One
Skyrim Special Edition will come with mods for PC and it will also come with mods for the Xbox One. PS4 Skyrim mods are a different story.
@MrMeeseeks187 I assure you we don't lack for alternatives. We are trying to do the most possible for PS4 players
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) September 24, 2016
According to Bethesda, Sony has informed them that “they will not approve user mods the way they should work.”
Translation: Fallout 4 mods and Skyrim mods might not come to the PlayStation 4. The company notes that it “will provide an update if and when this situation changes.”
According to Howard and Hines, there will be a separate Creation Kit that will be used to upload mods for Skyrim Special Edition to Bethesda.net. It’s not clear if the new Creation Kit will be released prior to the game’s launch or not.
What is clear is that Skyrim mod developers will need to run their mods through a brand new creation kit in order for them to work with the new game. Mods running at 32-bit will need to be changed to be compatible with the game as its 64-bit.
Hines notes that at least some Skyrim mods for Xbox One should be available to download on release day in October though that of course depends on the release of the Creation Kit and the speed of developers.
@werewolf12395 the amount of memory is allocated to us. It isn't decided by us.
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) September 24, 2016
It’s also important to mention that the Skyrim mod limit isn’t up Bethesda. It’s not clear yet if Skyrim mods will be limited to 2GB like Fallout 4 mods on Xbox One. We expect to learn more about the memory limit and mods themselves much closer to launch in October.
In the meantime, check out our Skyrim mods wish list below.
Killing a dragon in Skyrim is satisfying. Looting the dragon and realizing you have no room in your inventory for dragon bones isn't. This is why we hope Bandolier, one of our favorite Skyrim mods, makes its way over to the Xbox One and PS4.
Bandolier - Bags and Pouches adds a number of different (and extremely clever) items that increase your carry weight. There are book holders, belt pouches, and vial holders. And of course, there are bandoliers. All of them look great and they serve an important purpose.
Some bandoliers will add 100 to your carry weight. If you opt for a small pouch, it'll increase your carry weight by 25.
The best part is that you can combine up to seven different pieces in the Chest, Back Left, Back Right, Front Left, Front Right, Left Side and Right Side slots.
We'll definitely be on the lookout for this one after Skyrim mods arrive for console. It's a good one. If you need more information, watch the video above.