Bethesda is primed for a massive E3, and if rumours of a Skyrim Definitive Edition are true, the publisher could win the show before it even begins.
Its pre-show extravaganza set a pretty high standard for E3 2015, with the company revealing Fallout 4 and Fallout Shelter before a packed crowd of ecstatic wasteland wonderers. This year’s Bethesda event promises to be even bigger, with a new Fallout 4 expansion and Dishonored 2 all but assured, while the likes of Prey 2, Wolfenstein 2 and The Evil Within 2 all look like promising additions to the pre-E3 festivities.
That a Skyrim Definitive Edition could be part of it all shows just how big an E3 this is going to be for Bethesda. Rumours of a re-release with updated visuals, all DLC and, potentially, mod support make for exciting chatter leading into this weekend’s event.
I’m not going to lie: I would much prefer a remaster of Morrowmind or Oblivion, particularly the latter, which I enjoyed more than Skyrim. Those two are unlikely because of their age, whereas Skyrim would present less of a challenge for Bethesda, who is undoubtedly working on The Elder Scrolls VI as we speak. Morrowmind and Oblivion would basically be entirely new games in the same way Ratchet and Clank was a “re-imagining” of the original from a decade ago. With so much seemingly on Bethesda’s plate, there’s no chance in hell they’d dictate studio resources to remastering those games, so a Skyrim remaster certainly makes sense, especially considering they already worked on porting it over to Xbox One during preparations for Fallout 4.
And why wouldn’t they? Skyrim still has a fairly active PC community, mainly due to the game’s accessible modibility. While sales on consoles were roughly double what they were on PC, the PC version always seemed like the true “definitive” edition due to the nature and passion of the modding community. Bethesda would be crazy to re-release Skyrim with updated visuals and all DLC but not include mod support ala Fallout 4. That feature has added new life to a game already brimming with action, and the same thing could happen to Skyrim.
Would people buy Skyrim again? Absolutely. The crowds often bemoan the constant barrage of re-releases and remasters, but a Skyrim rebirth on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 with mod support would be like an entirely new game for anyone that was never part of the PC modding community.
And with The Elder Scrolls VI still at least a year off, Skyrim remastered would be a nice distraction while Bethesda shifts its focus.
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