E3 2016: Bethesda Announces Skyrim Special Edition for PS4, Xbox One

Prepare to fight again, Dragonborn...but this time, with more defined textures. 

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During Bethesda's E3 press conference, the publisher announced an all-new, scaled-up version of the 2011 fantasy RPG Skyrim. 

Called Skyrim: Special Edition, this version features a number of improvements and additions, including better textures, water and snow shaders, screen space reflection, and depth of field. t this time, it appears the game features overhauled visuals. Whether or not DLC will be included with this edition was not mentioned in the announcement. 

Additionally, many of Skyrim's mods will be availale on console for the first time, not unlike how mods are currently being rolled out on Xbox One in Fallout 4. The image below shows a handful of the mods to be brought over to current generation consoles upon its release. 

Skyrim Special Edition will be availble on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC October 28, 2016. See it in action in the trailer below (starting around the 3:15 mark).

In related Elder Scrolls news, Bethesda showed off more of The Elder Scrolls Legends, a card strategy game set in the same universe as Skyrim and Oblivion. 

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    June 12, 2016 8:16 PM

    Cassidee Moser posted a new article, E3 2016: Bethesda Announces Skyrim Remaster for PS4, Xbox One

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      June 13, 2016 8:06 AM

      I know this is going to sound asshole-ish,but anyone that buys this game who already bought it for PS3 or PC is an idiot. I know they say they made "improvements",but as a gaming community,we all need to band together and stop getting suckered by devs and publishers. Instead of wasting resources on rehashing games,how about making new ones?

      The only way they will listen to the gaming community is if we vote with our wallets.

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        June 13, 2016 8:11 AM

        What if they add MP?

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          June 13, 2016 8:42 AM

          If they added co-op to Skyrim I'd buy a 4-pack at full price.

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        June 13, 2016 8:18 AM

        Uh plenty of people still love this game and want to replay it on a new platform for several reasons.

        1) The console versions of the game were hindered with bugs, and the PS3 version had a terrible save game bug that was never really fixed.

        2) They have plenty of money to spend on video games and it is kind of silly for other people to tell them how to spend it.

        3) I don't think anyone would buy this on PC unless they somehow didn't buy the DLC or if they lost their copy somehow. Most PC gamers are familiar with installing mods for this game and already have all that ENB graphics mods installed that make this game just a pretty as the remastered version.

        4) Again stop telling people how to spend their money.

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        June 13, 2016 8:18 AM

        I don't think anyone who bought it for PS3 and now wants to experience it again, but in a much more refined and pretty fashion on their PS4 in an "asshole". I also don't think anyone who played it on PC is an asshole either. Especially since a lot of those people are getting it for free.

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        June 13, 2016 8:21 AM

        It's free for owners of Legendary Edition.

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        June 13, 2016 8:22 AM

        It's free for PC players who had all the DLC. I imagine most did. It won't cost that group a cent.

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          June 13, 2016 10:30 AM

          Sweeeeet. But will it break my mods?

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          June 13, 2016 10:45 AM

          Ugh. I have the base game and one dlc. Never got all of the dlc because it's been more expensive than the legendary edition. That's the last time I get a Bethesda game that's not "game of the year "

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      June 13, 2016 8:16 AM

      Kinda dumb to be honest. From the video, it doesn't look like a huge drastic overhaul and of you have a PC, there are plenty of awesome graphic improving mods.

      I love skyrim but it's time for it to retire.

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        June 13, 2016 9:47 AM

        After some reading I think it will be a huge boon to the community simply for the 64 bitses. I use a lot of mods but I think the general consensus is that ENB framework (enhanced natural beauty) is clunky and needs replacement.