Sick of Skyrim re-releases? Then stop buying them, says Todd Howard | PCGamesN

Sick of Skyrim re-releases? Then stop buying them, says Todd Howard

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Bethesda's insistence on releasing 2011's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on every possible format has passed through the realm of tedium and into that of humour, providing memes that can occasionally be pretty funny. But there's a reason for this, and it'll surprise no one: it's still really, really popular.

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

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Howard was speaking with Geoff Keighley at Gamelab in Barcelona on Friday (reporting via, to whom thanks), and he makes a fair point. On PC alone, Skyrim has an estimated 13.2 million players, with the Special Edition adding a further 4.4 million, according to the achievement data that was pulled from Steam's API  last week.

And it's still selling: Skyrim VR and Skyrim Special Edition were both in the bronze category of Steam's best-selling games of 2018 so far. 

With the base game on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, and having been re-issued with its DLC in a Legendary Edition, and having received a remaster with the Special Edition on all current-gen consoles, and then a Switch release, and then Skyrim VR, and yes I'll count the tongue-in-cheek Skyrim Alexa edition, the fifth Elder Scrolls is indubitably one of the most-reissued games in history. Clearly though, Bethesda is only giving the people what we - apparently - want.

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MadMarchHare Avatar
1 Week ago

Can't really refute that logic. It doesn't show them in the best light though. It's the equivalent of saying if you don't want us to serve you a shit sandwich then stop buying them.

1N07 Avatar
1 Week ago

If shit sandwiches sell well is that not a compelling reason to keep making them?

I don't really see much wrong with re-releasing skyrim, considering it takes them barely any dev time to do. It's not like it's preventing other games from being made.

Then again I would rather see them put SOME dev time into them to fix some known bugs. Especially when most of those bugs have already been fixed by the community on PC.

-ETU-Daedalus Avatar
1 Week ago

Can't be that shit if people keep buying it. I don't even like Skyrim that much - not my type of game - but success proofs them right.

Lynkeus Avatar
1 Week ago

I will re-buy it when they release it for my scientific calculator.

Jac Atax Avatar
1 Week ago

Stop boasting Todd and turn that goodwill into Hammerfell sooner than 2020.