We’re starting to see the dawn of $70 games, with the release of AAA releases like Final Fantasy 7 Remake (opens in new tab) And Call of Duty pushes that extra moolah. Well, making or remastering big games is difficult and expensive, but what about a $70 port of a 1-year-old remake of an 11-year-old game? Skyrim Anniversary Edition on Switch (opens in new tab) Say “Let it be.”
Skyrim Anniversary Edition (opens in new tab), not to be confused with 2013’s Skyrim Legendary Edition or 2016’s Skyrim Special Edition, which debuted last November on next-gen consoles and PC. Its advantage over the 2016 Special Edition is pretty much the inclusion of 48 previous Creation Club items (premium mods approved for sale by Bethesda) plus 26 new Creation Club items. The Switch never got a special edition, so this new version is also the first instance of SE’s upgraded Creation Engine on consoles, and the only way to get any of these Creation Club gadgets.
I hope this gives you less of a headache reading it than when I wrote it, but it only gets worse. The 2021 Anniversary Edition is “only” $50! Not only does the Switch Anniversary Edition’s $70 price tag exasperate in a vacuum, it also underscores the absurdity of the base game’s ongoing $60 cost on the system — an insult when I got it in 2017, and It’s absolutely ridiculous in 2022.
For those prices, you can get every Elder Scrolls game on Steam or GOG, including Skyrim, and have enough cash left over for a hoagie or bad hairdo. The PC’s inherent flexibility and dedicated community of NexusMods also allow you to customize your game with things like Goku or Hentai.
Why aren’t any other Elder Scrolls games or Bethesda’s Fallout coming to Switch? Without the well-deserved Oblivion Platinum Jubilee Edition, I’ll spit before God one day and install my physical copy of Oblivion Game of the Year Edition to my Steam deck via a USB Blu-ray drive and a USB Frankenstein device Something on a Type-C hub dongle.
Granted, this is all just a perverse prelude to the 2034 Starfield Anniversary Edition, which will break new ground by costing 34 PrimeBux. I would need seven centuries of toil in the lithium mines to be able to afford it!