‘Skyrim’ Remaster Could Be Coming To E3

Posted: June 7, 2016 in Opinion Piece

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by Dave Thier via Forbes

In a few days, Bethesda kicks off the annual E3 expo with its second-ever press conference, and the pressure is on. The company made an impressive debut last year with the official reveal for Fallout 4 as well as the surprise launch of Fallout Shelter, and rumors are beginning to swirl about what we’ll be seeing this year. We know we’ll be getting a look at Dishonored 2, and it’s reasonable to assume we’ll see the next major expansion for Fallout 4 as well. rumor has it we’ll also be getting Wolfenstein 2, The Evil Within 2, Prey 2, and, most interestingly, a remaster of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim for current-gen consoles.

That’s what Eurogamer and always talkative industry insider Shinobi602 are saying, at least. The remaster would come with updated visuals, all DLC and, crucially, mod support ala Fallout 4. That last one is probably the biggest deal, and the one thing that might rope in Skyrim players that devoured the thing first time around but might not might come back just for better visuals. After all, Skyrim already has a mature and developed modding scene, and I’d be interested in showing up for some new weapons, armor, enemies and the like.

It’s an exciting prospect on a certain level: I’m a sucker for Elder Scrolls and Fallout games, and I’ll play them wherever I can find them. Part pf me, however, wishes that the team wasn’t putting the effort into Skyrim. It was a great game, but we all played it not too long ago, and it wasn’t the best game in the series anyway. Some readers will already know where I’m going next: I’d sell my soul for a modern console remaster of Morrowind, but something tells me I’m not going to get it. It wouldn’t come with the same mod excitement: Morrowind has mods, of course, but they wouldn’t be up to par with modern visual expectations.

We’ll see, however. Bethesda has kept secrets before, and it’s entirely possible that the company has something up its sleeve for this press conference that hasn’t been leaked to death already. Check it out on Sunday.

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