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Everything You Need To Know About Skyrim Special Edition
Fans got their first look of The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Special Edition during Bethesda’s E3 press conference. Since then Bethesda has revealed a lot of information, and we are going to sum up the information that we know about The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Special Edition.
Lets start with the content that will be available in Elder scrolls V Skyrim Special Edition. The special edition will obviously include the main game and all of the expansions including Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn.
Dawnguard adds a lot of new things to the world of Skyrim including Vampires, new weapons and characters. The highlight of this expansion is the option to become a vampire, and the vampire animations are amazing. Hearthfire lets players to build their own house, decorate it and also start a family.
Dragonborn was the last expansion released to Skyrim, and it is the most extensive expansion of all. This expansion takes the players to the island of Solstheim, which is just off the coast of Morrowind, giving players new opportunities to explore and meet new characters.
The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Special edition also features enhanced graphic fidelity and also supports mods for consoles.
- Main game.
- All Three Expansions included.
- Mod Support.
- Transferring of Save files possible but only on PC.
- Free upgrade to special edition.
Now lets talk about mods for The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Special Edition. We already know that console version of special edition will support mods, however, some players are worried that existing PC mods will not work on The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Special Edition.
Bethesda has not officially acknowledged that existing PC mods will work on special edition, but given the transition to the 64-bit game engine, it could lead to complications with the remaster and existing mods.
Many of the mods were developed on Skyrim Script Extender (SKE), and these mods will require to be re-programmed in order to be compatible with the 64-bit game engine.
Like Fallout 4, mod support is also available for The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Special Edition on consoles, which can be accessed from the main menu of the game. When you log in to the game using Bethesda.net, all those mods that have been uploaded will be available to use.
However, Fallout 4 mods on consoles have size limitations, as Xbox One can not have a mod greater than 2 GB and PlayStation 4 can’t have a mode bigger than 900 MB. So expect that these size limitations will also be present in The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Special Edition on consoles.
SAVE FILE TRANSFER
Now you must be wondering that can the save files be transferred to The Elder Scrolls V Special Edition. Well Bethesda has announced that PC save files can be transferred to the special edition, but the problem lies with PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. As these consoles differ in architecture to Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
However, given the Xbox One supports backwards compatibility it might be possible to transfer Xbox 360 saves to Xbox One.
The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Special Edition is free only if you own Skyrim and all three of its expansions. However, this free upgrade is exclusive to PC only.
Many gamers are worried that once they upgrade, their existing game will be whipped. But Pete Hines has confirmed that The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Special Edition will be added to the steam library as a separate game. So if you want you can keep playing the original.
The $60 price tag for The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Special Edition has only been confirmed for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, however, Bethesda did not announce the price for the PC version. Given that the upgrade to Special Edition on PC is free, this will give rise to the controversy as to why Bethesda is charging the console owners who own Skyrim on PS3 and Xbox 360.
The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Special Edition brings a whole lot of graphical improvements to the game. According to Bethesda’s Todd Howard some high resolution textures turned out to be bit more sharper compared to the high resolution texture pack on PC.
The special editions brings lush environments, volumetric god rays, screen space reflections and shading for water and snow. However, Bethesda has not yet released the system requirements for the special edition, so the impact of these improvements on PC version is not clear.
So what do you think of these improvements and features in Skyrim Special Edition? Did I miss anything? Let us know in the comments.