Bethesda have announced that Skyrim: Special Edition, a remastered version of Skyrim, will be coming to PC this year.
This has actually taken us by surprise, as we assumed this was going to be a console-only job. I mean, Skyrim already looks pretty bloody lovely on PC, especially when you mod the hell out of it.
While the trailer for it doesn’t focus on the PC version at all, preferring to show off the improved console graphics and the fact that consoles can have mods now, it does show a PC box at the end. We can apparently expect remastered art and effects, volumetric god rays, dynamic depth-of-field, screen-space reflections, new snow shaders, and new water shaders. While some of this may be genuinely new, I don’t know if it’ll look that much better than a super-modded Skyrim.
Naturally, there’s absolutely no word on a price point for the PC version. I’d kinda hope it would be completely free for the PC, although I imagine it’ll be an “upgrade” for, ooh, £10 or so. If they attempt to charge full price for this, you have my permission to point and laugh.
Update: The Special Edition will be a free upgrade on Steam for those who own the Legendary Edition or all the DLC.
Skyrim: Special Edition is due out on 28 October. Skip ahead to about 3:10 in the video below to see it for yourself, and join us in saying “they’d better not try to charge £30 for this.”