Returning to Skyrim 5 years after its initial launch we took yet another unforgettable trip down memory lane.
Skyrim: Special Edition is kind of a big deal. The graphical overhaul was enough to get me ready to don my Thieves Guild Armor all over again, but the inclusion of mods and all the DLC in one place was a titanic decision.
Did it pay off for both gamers and Bethesda? Absolutely.
Skyrim is still one of the most downloaded games on Steam, largely because of the availability of mods. This is a 5-year-old game now, and still a best seller.
Bethesda has taken a somewhat carefree approach to consumer modding, and a laid-back approach to bug testing. While this isn’t entirely a complaint in itself, Bethesda chose to leave some more ‘interesting’ bug in their games once gamers discovered them and thought they were funny — they do care and listen to their fanbase, to a degree.
The decision to make Skyrim: Special Edition came down to two things:
Developers were now able to push for a version of Skyrim that they’d always wanted to make. That’s not to say that they weren’t pleased with Skyrim in the first instance — hardware limitations weren’t a restriction back then. But they now had the capability to polish it into something that was more akin to their divine vision. (And what a vision.)