We’re starting to see the dawn of $70 games, with AAA releases like the Final Fantasy 7 Remake (opens in a new tab) and Call of Duty pushing for that extra bit of moolah. OK, making or remaking big games is hard and expensive, but what about $70 for a port of a one-year remaster of an 11-year-old game? Skyrim Anniversary Edition on Switch (opens in a new tab) says “do it this way.”
The Skyrim Anniversary Edition (opens in a new tab), not to be confused with 2013’s Skyrim Legendary Edition or 2016’s Skyrim Special Edition, debuted last November on next-gen consoles and PC. Its edge over the 2016 Special Edition is almost solely the inclusion of the 48 previous Creation Club items (premium mods approved for sale by Bethesda) along with 26 new Creation Club items. The Switch never received the Special Edition, so this new edition is also the first instance of the updated version of the SE’s Creation Engine on the console, and also the only way to reach any of those creation clubs.
I hope this gave you less of a headache reading it than I did writing it, but it only gets worse. The 2021 edition of the Anniversary Edition was “only” $50! Not only is the Switch Anniversary Edition’s $70 price tag empty, it also underscores the absurdity of the $60 ongoing cost of the base game on the system—a bummer when I got it in 2017, and an absolute absurdity in 2022.
For those prices, you can get every Elder Scrolls game including Skyrim on Steam or GOG with enough money left over for a hoagie or a bad haircut. The inherent flexibility of the PC and the dedicated community at NexusMods would also allow you to customize your games with things like Goku or hentai.
And why haven’t any of those other Elder Scrolls games or Bethesda’s Fallouts made it to Switch? In the absence of a richly deserved Oblivion Platinum Jubilee Edition, I will someday spit in God’s face and install my physical copy of Oblivion Game of the Year Edition on my Steam Deck via a USB Blu-Ray disc and USB Frankenstein device. Type-C hub dongle thing.
Really though, this is just a perverted prelude to 2034’s Starfield Anniversary Edition, which will break new ground at a cost of 34 PrimeBux. It would take me seven centuries of hard work in the lithium mines to pay for that!