The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

If you’re reading this article on the day it was posted, today is November 11, 2020. If you’re reading it at some point in the future, then I have to say I’m glad you’ve managed to stumble upon it as it goes tumbling through time. I certainly hope whatever year you find this in is much better than 2020 was.

Anyway, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (it’s a super popular open-world medieval fantasy game, in case they don’t have Skyrim in the future) turns nine years old today. The game came out for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 on November 11, 2011, or 11/11/11. It’s a date that’s easy enough to remember that here I am, nine years later, remembering the exact release date of a game that’s almost a decade old off the top of my head. Congrats, Bethesda’s marketing department; you hit a home run.

The thing about Skyrim is that it just keeps coming out whenever there’s a new console. It won’t stop. It’s managed to make its way to PS4 and Xbox One, and even Nintendo Switch. Yes, Skyrim, bless its heart, made it to a Nintendo console! And then there was a VR version for PC!

At the time of this writing, Bethesda still hasn’t announced a Skyrim release for PS5 or Xbox Series S/X. (Knowing my luck, they’ll announce it as soon as I hit the “Publish” button.) We know it’s inevitable, though. Bethesda refuses to let this game die.

And, I mean, it was a great game in 2011. It feels a bit dated in 2020, but I’ve played it recently and it’s still pretty enjoyable for another couple dozen hours or so. It doesn’t feel as new or spectacular as it once did, but nothing ever does. All things crumble when given enough time.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

So I’m going to make a prediction. I have a feeling that Bethesda is going to follow in Nintendo’s footsteps and release Skyrim for PS5 and Xbox Series S/X on November 11, 2021, the game’s ten-year anniversary. And I’ll think they’ll announce it at E2 2021 (if E3 2021 ends up happening — otherwise, they’ll announce it in around the same timeframe, which would be June-ish).

Perhaps I’m wrong. If so, future readers might simply be here to make fun of how wrong I am. But here on November 11, 2020, it seems like a pretty reasonable assumption to make.

Then again, 2020 is a year in which making any sort of prediction at all has become kind of meaningless. The world of 2020 is as unpredictable as they come. But maybe 2021 won’t be. Maybe 2021 will be back to business as usual. If so, I stand behind this prediction.

Will I pick up the game for PS5 or Xbox Series S/X? I mean, I want to say no, but my history says otherwise. I do own Skyrim on Xbox 360, PS4, and Nintendo Switch, so it’s probably fair to just assume I’ll pick up a fourth copy at some point.

But I really want to think I’m better than that. I mean, how terrible would it be to have survived everything 2020 threw at us, only to end up picking up yet another copy of Skyrim? I don’t want to think about that. So I won’t.

So let me just sign off by saying goodbye, dear readers of the future. I hope you enjoy whatever content Half-Glass Gaming is putting out whenever you happen to find this. Adios!

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