During Bethesda’s E3 show, one of the most exciting bits of information was that the company will be releasing a new version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim this year. Ever since this console generation kicked off with HD remakes of previous games, people have been asking for Bethesda to look towards their back catalog. When Fallout 3 was made backwards-compatible on the Xbox One, fans rejoiced and wondered when Skyrim would get the same treatment. Rather than simply making Skyrim backwards-compatible or cashing in with a quick and dirty port, Skyrim Special Edition features substantive changes. The remaster has new art and effects, volumetric god rays, dynamic depth of field, screen-space reflections, Fallout 4 style integrated modding that works on consoles, and all the official DLC.
All that is well and good, but current PC owners of Skyrim (either the original with all DLC, or the Legendary Edition) get the new version for free. Free! Plus, Skyrim Special Edition on PC will be 64-bit, greatly enhancing performance and mod capabilities. It’s a well-known fact in the modding community that Skyrim’s 32-bit memory limitations cause a myriad of issues, especially when multiple mods are used. The move to 64-bit code is a welcome change even if you don’t care about the visual enhancements. Macho Man Randy Savage dragons, endless cheese wheels, and lightsabers all day!
Skyrim Special Edition releases on October 28.