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Bethesda has confirmed that the recently announced Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition will be coming to PC as well as consoles. 

For the PC an added bonus will be given as an incentive for players to upgrade; those who purchased all of the DLC for Skyrim- Dawnguard, Dragonborn and Hearthfire- will be able to get Skyrim Special Edition for free when the game is released in the fall. Owning the Legendary Edition on Steam will also make you eligible for a free upgrade.

For those who might not have the DLC for the Legendary Edition of Skyrim, the three DLC Packs will cost $45.00 on Steam put together with a copy of Skyrim, unless a Steam Sale lowers the pricing on all of the DLC in the future.

The Skyrim Special Edition is a full remaster of the game, first released in 2011, which will provide a number of graphical enhancements to the title including new snow and water shaders, volumetric god rays and a dynamic depth of field. The big selling point for the Special Edition is the console release for the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, as well as the ability to use mods on the console for the game, following in the footsteps of console mods with Fallout 4. Thankfully, mods on the PC will also be compatible with the Special Edition of Skyrim, so previously downloaded mods should work on the new version of the game. 

First revealed during Bethesda’s E3 conference this year, Skyrim Special Edition will be released on October 28th. Remember, you can find more of our E3 coverage at our E3 2016 Coverage Hub.


Quick Take

I am all for it, honestly. Give PC players incentive to buy the Skyrim Special Edition. It’s likely that the majority of players already have the DLC for Skyrim, but the incentive is there to pick up of the add-ons for the upgrade later, especially if Skyrim or the DLC goes on sale at Steam.

For me, the console release, with mod support, is much more important to me, but it’s good to see Bethesda giving PC players some love. What do you think, though? Leave your comments below?


Robert Grosso

Staff Writer

A game playing, college teaching, erudite-minded scholar who happens to write some articles every so often. Have worked as a journalist, critic, educator and blogger for over five years now, with articles published (as user editorials) on Game Revolution and Giant Bomb as well as a contributor for the websites Angry Bananas and Blistered Thumbs. Now making TechRaptor my home.