The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Anniversary Edition has been announced at QuakeCon 2021 and will be coming to PC, PlayStation, and Xbox this November — and it's adding fishing to the game, too.
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is one of Bethesda Softworks' most popular games. It's been ported to pretty much everything short of a Samsung Smart Fridge and has had a special edition or two along the way. Now, a brand-new Anniversary Edition is coming out in just a few short months.
Gaming news curator Nibel tweeted out the reveal earlier today as part of his coverage of QuakeCon 2021. As the show explained, this new version will contain all of the content in The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Special Addition plus "tons of creations and items" — that means that the Anniversary Edition will have a curated selection of mods included at launch. Naturally, all of the DLC will be included as well.
Fishing Comes to Skyrim
Aside from The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Anniversary Edition announcement, Bethesda had another surprise in store: fishing is finally coming to Skyrim.
"I think ten years is a long time to wait, but I think it's worth it," Bethesda Game Studios Managing Director Ashley Cheng explained. "We're putting a fishing mechanic in the game. It's something that I've always wanted to do in Skyrim — you're running around the world, exploring the wilderness — you don't have to dive in the water and click blindly anymore, right. You can now grab a fishing pole, do some fishing quests. It's a great addition to the game, it'll be free to everyone, and it really adds to, again, the immersion of the world, of running around Skyrim. You can now go and fish."
Skyrim Fishing is Creation Club content that will be given to all owners of Skyrim Special Edition as one of three free items coming via an update. Also arriving is Survival Mode and new quests with "Saints and Seducers."
When is The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Anniversary Edition Release Date?
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Anniversary Edition release date will be November 11, 2021 — exactly ten years later after the game's original launch on PC. It will be launching on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.
It should be noted that purchasing the Anniversary Edition will not be a requirement for upgrading your console version to next-gen consoles — that update is going out for free to all players. Unfortunately, getting your hands on the new content in The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Anniversary Edition is going to come at a cost, even if you already own the game.
"Existing owners of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition and Xbox Game Pass subscribers will also receive the option to purchase an Anniversary Edition upgrade for their Special Edition version of the game to gain access to all the additional content found in the Anniversary Edition," read an article on Bethesda's website.
A price for the full version of the game or the price for The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Special Edition upgrade has not been announced. For now, all we can do is count the days until Todd Howard somehow manages to make us buy Skyrim again.
What do you think of the announcement of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Anniversary Edition? What do you think of Creation Club content getting the official nod from Bethesda through this new version of the game? Let us know in the comments below!