A new lease on life

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When a new game is released its developers may decide to release their title across multiple platforms, a marketing technique which may increase the availability of the release. These days, titles releasing across multiple platforms may be standard practice and one which has found itself a staple for developers seeking to reach a wider audience. One such title, which was released across multiple platforms, hit shelves in 2001 and found its way to PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 gamers; this release was called Skyrim.

The release of Skyrim marks the fifth entry into Elder Scrolls series, a series which features elements of role playing fantasy. Upon release, Skyrim was met with widespread acclaim and garnered over 200 Game of the Year Awards, which are among the most prestigious awards a game may be bestowed with. A key element in the success of Skyrim might have been its expansive world and diverse gameplay, features which may have come together to craft an immersive fantasy experience for gamers.

This year, developers Bethesda aim to revitalise this critically acclaimed titled with updated visuals and publish it across all modern platforms. Known as “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition”, Bethesda aim to increase their console availability and audience further. This updated version aims to make its way to Xbox One, PS4 and PC once more. Now spanning multiple console generations this remastered edition aims to offer gamers with the definitive Skyrim experience.

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Featuring remastered art, visuals and dynamic lighting, Bethesda aim to dust of Skyrim and enhance it with the power of modern technology; in doing this Bethesda aim to further bring out the details in the world of Skyrim. The Skyrim Special Edition aims to also include all the DLC (Downloadable Content) which had been released separately. Expanding upon the core story, the DLC’s Dragonborn, Dawnguard and Hearthfire are included which introduce new quests, gameplay mechanics and locations to this already vast world.

With this special edition of Skyrim, Bethesda also aim to bring mods to the Xbox One and PS4, a first for console owners. With hundreds of community created mods available, console gamers have been given the opportunity to enhance, tweak or simply experiment with their game. Various community modifications may include new missions, effects and numerous experimental enhancements. The addition of mods is something the PC community has had since the game’s launch; however this may be a first for console gamers and it might serve as a reason to return to the world of Skyrim.

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For gamers yet to experience Skyrim, Bethesda aim to collect all DLC and improve upon the fundamental game, offering a definitive package with this special edition. The fantasy world of Skyrim may be one rich with content and keep gamers occupied for hours on end. Having made its way across multiple generations of gaming and across numerous platforms, the longevity of Skyrim may be attributed to the mesmerising world Bethesda has crafted.

As Bethesda releases Skyrim once more, the games industry may find itself taking up the mantle of Dragonborn, a mortal with the soul and power of a dragon, and embarking on an adventure once again. Although the original was released almost five years ago Bethesda aims to prove the strength of their Elder Scrolls series by offering gamers another chance to jump in to their diverse world. Thus now with improved console flexibility, Skyrim Special Edition may be a hot seller during the holidays.

What effect might Bethesda cause by offering gamers a definitive version of their multiple award winning title Skyrim?

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