At this point, it’s not even funny knowing that there’s either a new version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim called the Anniversary Edition or that it’s been ported to another new console (it has been ported to the Steam Deck recently!).
The game perhaps has broken records in that department, making it one of the most expansive and inclusive RPG games of all time. That’s one of the good things about Skyrim; you will have it released on every platform, ported to new consoles, and even re-released for newer hardware! That’s precisely the case with this 11-year-old game’s Anniversary Edition.
The Skyrim Anniversary Edition is “the most definitive version of Skyrim to date,” according to Bethesda; this means that there’s almost everything you’ve heard of regarding Skyrim packed into this one edition.
You’ll want to know what this edition of Skyrim offers to determine whether it’s an upgrade worth your money, so let us help you!
Skyrim Anniversary Edition Release Date and Price?
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition was released with a positive reception, with many people appreciating the amount of content packed into it. It’s pretty new! It came out on November 11, 2021. Skyrim was originally released on 11/11/11, meaning that it had been exactly ten years since the release of the first game to the release of the Anniversary Edition.
If you already own Skyrim Special Edition from 2016, Skyrim AE can be purchased as downloadable content for your existing game rather than as a brand-new title. I suggest getting XBOX Game Pass, which might be more cost-efficient.
The Skyrim Anniversary Edition can be expensive if you’re buying it on its own. The prices vary from USD 49.99 to $79.95, €54.99, and even £47.99. While Game Pass owners won’t get access to the Anniversary Edition, they will get access to the discounted price for Special Edition owners.
For USD 19.99, AUD 29.95, €19.99, or £15.99, you can upgrade from Skyrim Special Edition to Skyrim Anniversary Edition if you possess it on Steam, Epic, or even through Game Pass.
Everything You Get In Skyrim: Anniversary Edition
The first and most important thing that you get with the Skyrim Anniversary Edition is the Skyrim Special Edition. That’s the main game, it’s got nearly every improvement made to the release version jampacked into one game.
Skyrim’s Special Edition has better graphical fidelity, better combat and movement, better overall world design, and some significant quest improvements, making the game much smoother. That’s the real showstopper, but that’s not all that Special Edition has.
It’s got next-gen enhancements, such as compatibility with the Xbox Series X and S, as well as the PlayStation 5.
The other crucial aspect of this Anniversary Edition is that they’re giving you access to every single DLC released for Skyrim. Now, most of these might be cosmetic/items, but there are three story DLCs here that truly take the cake.
That’s right; Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn are all included in Skyrim’s Anniversary Edition, and we couldn’t be happier! This is a huge bonus to owning this version of the game, aside from the tremendous changes of the Special Edition itself.
74 Creation Club Elements
Bethesda’s Creation Club is essentially a digital storefront for premium DLCs made by either the company itself or authorized outside developers. Now, included with the Skyrim Anniversary Edition, you will have access to 48 current Creation Club items as part of the Skyrim Anniversary Edition.
This can include almost any and every kind of change. There will be new and unique weapons and new enemy types, quest extensions, and gameplay adjustments.
There’s also going to be an expansion named The Cause, which is one of the main selling points of the Creation Club elements. There will also be new items, such as Morrowind-inspired gear and weaponry.
In total, the 74 Creation Club pieces that came with Skyrim Anniversary Edition have now added over 500 new gameplay components to the game.
While it’s a meme at this point that Skyrim keeps getting re-released, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition is one of its most serious ports to date. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition adds so much to the game that it’s nearly impossible not to recommend it to everyone.
Especially considering the next-gen upgrades that it brings, along with the plethora of added DLC and Creation Club exclusive items, it’s a true steal to get everything that otherwise would have to be paid separately for.
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