The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition just dropped on Switch with no warning

Skyrim Anniversary Edition

If you somehow haven’t played Skyrim yet, it’s out…again

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition is out now on Switch, thanks to a sudden eShop drop from Bethesda. Wait, the Switch already had Skyrim?! About that!

As a reminder, nearly five years ago, Skyrim came out on Switch (and subsequently, every device ever). “I knew it!” you’re all saying right now. The one that’s coming out today on the platform is actually the “Skyrim Anniversary Edition,” which has the following features:

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim celebrates 10 years of adventuring in stunning detail. The Anniversary Edition includes a decade worth of content: the critically acclaimed core game and add-ons of Skyrim Special Edition, plus pre-existing and new content from Creation Club including quests, dungeons, bosses, weapons, spells, and more.”

What does Skyrim Anniversary Edition on Switch actually have?

Those features, to be exact, include:

“The core game, pre-existing and new Creation Club content, plus all three official add-ons: Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn.”

Nintendo of Europe points out that in addition to buying this new “complete bundle” for $69.99, you can also upgrade your existing version for $19.99. Of course, it’s almost parody at this point: putting some convoluted version of Skyrim out on some other platform randomly without warning.

(Cue the old man voice) Back in my day, we played Skyrim with no mods or DLC! And it was…sort of OK! But eventually small-to-large DLC packs came out for it, some mods rose in popularity (and were integrated into the game by proxy), and then a GOTY edition came, and the rest is history. We’re stuck in an endless time loop of Skyrim, with Skyrim Anniversary Edition being the latest version.

Chris Carter
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