It seems that everyone wants to remaster Skyrim in their own way. Nearly as soon as it was released in 2011 there were a slew of mods that improved upon the graphical fidelity. Increased texture packs, more detailed foliage. Nearly anything and everything could be replaced and made to look better in Skyrim. Now it’s Bethesda’s turn to completely overhaul the still aging engine into something that’s much better looking.
Skyrim getting the official treatment means even better looking mods on the horizon
The visual upgrade is something that can be had through several very nice mods that do a great job of improving the visual look and feel of the game. Skyrim Special Edition, as it’s being called, will be available for the PC, PS4 and the Xbox One. Modding will be fully supported on consoles as well. Just what kind of visual improvements are they bringing? Quite a bit, which includes much better lower-level effects being implemented. They’ll be offering “remastered art and effects, volumetric god rays, dynamic depth of field, screen-space reflections and more.”
Skyrim is still a very popular game with nearly 30,000 people playing on average in a given day. It sits at the fourteenth most popular game played on Steam according to SteamCharts. The amount of mods available make it a game that has nearly an unlimited amount of content with more story and other fun things to do than you can shake a stick at. It’s only natural to take the reins and add-in an official huge visual upgrade for a game that, like Morrowind, will likely never die so long as it’s compatible with operating systems.
Skyrim Special Edition releases on October 28, 2016, on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. If you already bought the PC version and own all of the add-ons and expansions then you’ll be able to upgrade to the Special Edition for free.