So, what exactly is the Skyrim Anniversary Edition all about? The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim isn’t just some elaborate self-parody by Bethesda over their practice of re-releasing the game, however. It is, in reality, a new edition of the long-running and continuously popular open-world RPG from 2011, which Bethesda is releasing to coincide with the game’s tenth anniversary. Considering that Bethesda is referring to it as “the most definitive version of Skyrim to date,” it’s possible that a Skyrim Extra Special 15-Year Barrel-Aged Edition may be released five years down the road.
In any case, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition will be released this November by Bethesda Softworks. In light of the large number of Skyrim versions that have previously been published over the years, you’ll want to know precisely what this one offers in order to determine whether or not it’s a worthwhile upgrade to purchase. Here’s all we know so far about the Skyrim Anniversary Edition and what it will include.
When is the release date for the Skyrim Anniversary Edition?
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition will be released on November 11, 2021, according to the official website. For those of you who don’t remember the smart “11/11/11” marketing campaign from back then, it’s been 10 years exactly since the first game was released. In the event that you already possess Skyrim Special Edition from 2016, Skyrim AE is accessible as downloadable content for your existing game rather than as a whole new game for you to add to your collection.
What is the pricing of the Skyrim Anniversary Edition?
If you purchase the Skyrim Anniversary Edition separately, it will cost you $49.99 USD/ $79.95 EUR/ €54.99 GBP/ £47.99 GBP. Continue reading to learn more about what’s included in Skyrim AE in its current state. In the event that you have already purchased Skyrim Special Edition, you may upgrade to Skyrim AE for $19.99 USD / $29.95 AUD / €19.99 / £15.99 by purchasing the Skyrim AE Upgrade Pack.
The Skyrim Anniversary Edition is not included in the Xbox Game Pass subscription service. Nevertheless, Skyrim Special Edition is available for purchase, allowing Gamepass customers to purchase Skyrim AE at the upgrade price and get a 10 percent discount on that price in the Xbox Store.
How does the Skyrim Anniversary Edition differ from the rest of the game?
The Anniversary Edition of Skyrim, according to Bethesda, is “the most definitive version of Skyrim to date.” To provide a more concrete explanation, it could be helpful to think of Skyrim Anniversary as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition – Definitive Edition instead of Skyrim Anniversary. That really clears things up, don’t you think?
Okay, so Skyrim AE is akin to a Game of the Year release for the Skyrim Special Edition, but it’s not quite that bad. It contains Skyrim SE, as well as all of the previously published premium Creation Club extras, in one convenient package. In actuality, Skyrim Anniversary Edition is a downloadable content pack for Skyrim Special Edition that is released concurrently with a free game update for Skyrim SE.
What is included in the Skyrim Anniversary Edition, and how does it differ from the original?
If you purchase Skyrim Anniversary Edition directly, you’ll be getting Skyrim Special Edition as well as a DLC package. If you purchase Skyrim Anniversary Edition via Steam, you’ll be receiving Skyrim Special Edition plus a DLC package. The following is the material for the Skyrim Anniversary Edition:
A special edition of Skyrim has been released.
Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn are the three original DLCs for Skyrim.
Skyrim SE will benefit from next-generation enhancements.
All 48 of the previously available Creation Club goods are included.
There are 26 new goods in the Creation Club.
The Creation Club, in case you’ve forgotten about it, is a marketplace for paid DLCs that are generated either internally by Bethesda or externally by authorized third-party authors. The 48 current Creation Club items that you’ll be able to unlock as part of Skyrim AE include anything from unique weapons to new enemy kinds, quest expansions, and gameplay tweaks and modifications.
Some of the new Creation Club goods that will be released with Skyrim SE on November 11 include weapons and armor that are inspired by Morrowind, as well as a quest extension called The Cause. It is estimated that the 74 Creation Club components included with Skyrim AE comprise more than 500 additional gameplay aspects in total, according to Bethesda.
On November 11, players who do not upgrade to Skyrim AE will also get four of the Creation Club items for free as a thank you. Additionally, they’ll gain the Saints and Seducers quest expansion, the Rare Curious expansion, Survival Mode, along with the Fishing skill and related quests.
In the event that you are just downloading the free game update for Skyrim SE, you will discover that all of the free Creation Club goods have already been downloaded for you. The Skyrim AE DLC requires you to manually choose whatever sections of the game you wish to include in your upgrade by going to the Creation Club area of the main menu.
What if you already have the Skyrim Special Edition on your computer?
So, what happens if you already have Skyrim SE on your computer? According to Bethesda, existing owners and Xbox Game Pass users will be able to upgrade to Skyrim AE for $19.99 USD / $29.95 AUD / €19.99 / £15.99, with the option to purchase additional content.
No matter if you choose not to purchase the Anniversary Edition of the game, those four free Creation Club items will be automatically added to your game.
Is it possible that the Anniversary Edition could interfere with your mods?
In the same way, that game updates often have an impact on game modifications, Skyrim AE will almost certainly have an impact on some of the game mods you have installed for Skyrim SE. It’s currently unknown how many modifications are being affected by the Skyrim AE, and how long some of them will be out of action as a result of it.