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It is gamers' fault Bethesda keeps releasing Skyrim on everything


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a game you can get lost in for hundreds of hours and it is also a game that has been released on just about every platform you can think of. PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch owners are all able to enjoy the massive open-world RPG from Bethesda and honesty, that’s great.

At Bethesda’s E3 Press Conference, the Skyrim: Very Special Edition for Amazon’s Alexa was announced and at first glance, I thought this was a joke, but it turns out it is actually a real thing and because of it, people can now even play the game on a Smart Toilet. It turns out, millions of people still play Skyrim each month and the reason Bethesda keeps releasing the game on everything they can is you.

This information comes from a talk between Todd Howard and Geoff Keighley at Gamelab in Barcelona, as reported by During the talk, Mr Howard revealed that:

"Even now, the amount of people who play Skyrim seven years later; millions of people every month are playing that game. That's why we keep releasing it. If you want us to stop releasing it, stop buying it."

The thing is, Mr Howard is right - if there is a market for it, why not release it. In the end, the reason why we see so many releasing of Skyrim, including the Very Special Edition, is because gamers keep buying it.

It’s all about the long-term success of a game and how these awesome gaming worlds that Bethesda creates are a very long life-span. Mr Howard explains that:

"Every year there's a new idea we can't do, and a new technology for something that excites us. I'd say I want it to be sustainable. Eventually, there will come a day where I'm not making games at Bethesda. Hopefully, that's a long time away. But I want to make sure that who we are, what the worlds are, what the company is, that's sustainable far beyond me."

Bethesda has been a champion of massive single-player games for a long time while some other publishers have moved to a “games as a service” model. I, for one, would love to see Bethesda continue with their model, even if it means we will have to see 20 more releases of their games on other platforms.

Sure, one can talk about Fallout 76 being multiplayer only, but since there will be free DLC for years go come, the game is still on the right track if you ask me. Then, we also know Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI is in the works. Maybe when TES6 releases, playing games on your Smart Toilet will be the norm.

How many versions of Skyrim do you own and how many hours have you put into the game? Let us know in the comment section below.


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