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E3 2017: Bethesda Showcases Skyrim On Switch

New details emerge on Elder Scrolls V for the Nintendo Switch.


During their E3 conference, Bethesda gave a brief gameplay trailer showing off Skyrim on Switch. They also revealed that the game will have support for Amiibo and motion controls. No release date was shown during the trailer.

During the trailer, we see a Breath of the Wild Amiibo used to drop a chest into Skyrim. It's implied that in this chest, the player acquired a BOTW Link outfit, along with a Master Sword and shield. It's likely that different Amiibo will be used to drop Nintendo themed mods into Skyrim, and that's awesome.

We also see the player use the joycon's motion controls to swing a sword, block with a shield, and fire arrows. Although this seems very cool in concept, we worry that they may become clunky and difficult to use precisely. That being said, it's good to see companies bringing AAA titles to the Switch. We'll be sure to update this article if any new details come out for Skyrim on Switch.

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    June 11, 2017 9:28 PM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, E3 2017: Bethesda Showcases Skyrim On Switch

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      June 11, 2017 9:44 PM

      Man, I loved skyrim, but paying nintendo tax on a 6 year old game that I've already put 100+ hours into is not going to happen.

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        June 12, 2017 6:15 AM

        Yeah same here

        Not even sure what their market is for this. I think by this time, everyone that has wanted Skyrim, has played it.

        Not only played it but played it to death on several different platforms already

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        June 12, 2017 10:41 AM

        I'd consider it just so I can play it on the go.

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      June 11, 2017 11:11 PM

      The controls aspect is the one thing I imagined they would add on to entice people.

      But it would take more than that I would think. In the end you probably get less performance, less graphics and now mods. We are probably just the wrong audience for it.

      But those controls...tempting.

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      June 12, 2017 3:39 AM

      Bethesda must be having a hard time with TES development. Taking a six? Year old game and releasing it on a new platform is not a great sign; the sales numbers will tell the story.

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        June 12, 2017 4:01 AM

        I wonder where will it take place? The deserts of Elsweyr? Deep forests of Blackmarsh? omg.

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      June 12, 2017 4:25 AM

      Haven't watched the video yet but is it the Special Edition with updated graphics or the old game?

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        June 12, 2017 6:12 AM

        yes looks like it's the Special Edition port

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        June 12, 2017 10:18 AM

        I believe it is indeed a version of the SE. Which is news

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          June 12, 2017 11:51 AM

          After posting it occurred to me that it would be stupid to try and ship it with PS3 or 360 graphics. But it's not necessarily a given that the Switch can keep up with Xbone/PS4 (I hope it can). So this is probably going to be as good as the game can look on the Switch.

          And since I have yet to have time to get into Skyrim SE on my PC but I game on the Switch all the time this is more tempting than it should be.

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        June 12, 2017 12:14 PM

        Special Edition, can also dress as Zelda

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        June 12, 2017 12:17 PM

        The PS4 remaster was not really improved in any meaningful way from the 360 version. It looks like garbage, so I can't imagine it will be any better on the Switch.

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