The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Anniversary Edition has been revealed by Bethesda and it’s out on November 11th. The game will ship on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One and will run on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S via backwards compatibility. There will also be a free next-gen upgrade to those with a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S, but this is “coming soon” rather than day one. No details have been released about the upgrade but presumably it will have enhanced graphics and run at 4K.
If you already own the Special Edition version of the game then you can get a free upgrade to The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Anniversary Edition. The game has also been tweaked to include fishing and over 500 Creation Club elements.
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim launching on next gen consoles is not surprising. Three years ago Bethesda’s Todd Howard said they would only stop porting the game if people stopped playing. “Even now the amount of people who play Skyrim seven years later – millions of people every month are playing that game,” he said. “That’s why we keep releasing it. If you want us to stop releasing it, stop buying it!”
What is rather more surprising is the game is getting a PlayStation 5 upgrade. Bethesda are now owned by Microsoft and it was stated that all future releases would be Xbox and PC exclusive. Double Fine’s Psychonauts 2 is a new cross-platform release where Xbox Series X|S gets an enhanced version, and PS5 is left with backward compatibility.
We can only guess that the Skyrim PS5 port was quite advanced when Microsoft swooped in and bought Bethesda and it made better financial sense to finish the port rather than cancel it. That said, Microsoft announced the acquisition of Bethesda almost a year ago, completing it back in March, and the PS5 version is still “coming soon”.