Speaking during an interview with IGN, Bethesda’s Pete Hines has revealed that the studio is working to ensure its PlayStation 4 and Xbox One remaster of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is as ‘next-gen’ possible.
While not going into specific detail on how it’s upgraded the critically acclaimed fantasy-RPG, he did make it clear that the developer is pulling out all the stops for the game’s transition to current-generation consoles.
"We haven’t gotten into the full, ‘Here’s all the things we’re doing.’ But the basic idea is, in all the ways possible we’re trying to improve it and make it as next-gen and appropriate for these consoles as possible," said Hines. "Performance, effects, or whatever we can do to make the game look and feel better, we’re going to give it a go."
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is scheduled for release on PS4, PC, and Xbox One on October 28, 2016.
In addition to featuring enhanced visuals and effects, Skyrim’s Special Edition includes all available downloadable content (Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn) plus mod support for home consoles.
The original version of Skyrim was released in November 2011 for PS3, PC, and Xbox 360. The game attracted hugely positive reviews from critics at the time, and eventually sold over 20 million copies across all three platforms worldwide.
Sadly, the PS3 version suffered from numerous technical issues that resulted in an inferior gameplay experience to other versions. Expect these problems to be fully ironed out for the impending PS3 release.