The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Confirmed for Nintendo Switch

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Confirmed for Nintendo Switch

Skyrim on Switch.

During Nintendo's Switch presentation Thursday night, Bethesda's Todd Howard appeared via video to officially confirm a Switch port of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This news follows a tease of the game during the Switch reveal trailer back in October, although everyone was hesitant to officially confirm the port until today.

"We love to make games and worlds that you can get lost in. That you can make your own. And that you never want to put down. Well, now you don't have to," Howard said. "Now you can play Skyrim wherever you want and take it on your own adventures."

"What's really exciting for us at Bethesda is to finally work with Nintendo," he said. "The Switch is both classically Nintendo and something new and we are honored to be a part of it."

No release date was given for the port. The Switch launches worldwide on March 3.

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Probably won't have mod support,but,you know what? That really shouldn't matter. Skyrim's an excellent game,and though modding makes it better,being able to play it on the go is going to get a LOT of people's attention. Hell,I'm actually tempted to get a Switch when it comes out,so I can play Skyrim while I'm out and about. This hasn't happened since the release of Bloodborne made me want a PS4.

Couldn't even spring for the newest Bethesda game. I'm so sorry future Switch owners.

silver wolf009:
Couldn't even spring for the newest Bethesda game. I'm so sorry future Switch owners.

I'm sure most if not all future Switch owners will have an accompanying gaming PC or PS4/Xbone. But with that still, why bother with a 6 year old game on the weakest system.

Casual Shinji:

silver wolf009:
Couldn't even spring for the newest Bethesda game. I'm so sorry future Switch owners.

I'm sure most if not all future Switch owners will have an accompanying gaming PC or PS4/Xbone. But with that still, why bother with a 6 year old game on the weakest system.

I'm not sure which is worse, that they aren't trying to pull the WiiU opening lineup of previous generation ports to at least try and increase diversity in their lineup, or that they're so completely unconcerned as to dangle a 5 year old game in front of people and hope that's that.

And they STILL haven't gotten the Legend of Grimrock onto their consoles, despite having the perfect periphery for it.

They need to get something as big as GTA V or Battlefield or CoD on this. It will never happen though, and for that reason the console won't sell well to anyone other than hardcore Nintendo fans.

I am wondering what cuts they had to make to the game to get it to run on such a weak system. Then again, they confirmed Skyrim, not Skyrim Special Edition.

Adam Jensen:
They need to get something as big as GTA V or Battlefield or CoD on this. It will never happen though, and for that reason the console won't sell well to anyone other than hardcore Nintendo fans.

Generally speaking Nintendo will get Call of Duty, at least for a while.

The Wii U got Black Ops 2 and then Ghosts before Activision noticed nobody was buying. The Wii got every game from Modern Warfare to Modern Warfare 3 so somebody must have been buying it.

Activision will do anything for some extra sales, so I'm sure the next couple of CoD's will be on Switch. As for Battlefield and GTA, nah.

My question is - who is this for? As others have noted Skyrim isn't exactly the newest game around town, and I feel anyone who even gives the game a 3/10 would've picked it up on a console of PC during one of the MANY sales where it's been available for 5 bucks, soo... yeah, who exactly is this targeted at? The only people I can think of are the rare few with the disposable income to spare who want the novelty of a portable Skyrim, that's about it.

Personally, given I've already got Skyrim on both my PC and PS4, not exactly going to be fighting through the hordes on launch day for this. Get back to me when there's a pokemon game on there, Nintendo, then we'll talk.

Wrex Brogan:
My question is - who is this for?

Presumably for the few hundred Nintendo fans who have never had a PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One or PC capable of running Skyrim.

They must be out there.

fix-the-spade:

Wrex Brogan:
My question is - who is this for?

Presumably for the few hundred Nintendo fans who have never had a PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One or PC capable of running Skyrim.

They must be out there.

So, for the Nintendo Executives then?

Riddle78:
Probably won't have mod support,but,you know what? That really shouldn't matter. Skyrim's an excellent game,and though modding makes it better,being able to play it on the go is going to get a LOT of people's attention. Hell,I'm actually tempted to get a Switch when it comes out,so I can play Skyrim while I'm out and about. This hasn't happened since the release of Bloodborne made me want a PS4.

Each to their own, but... You'd buy an entirely new console for what would be the very worst version of a six year old game?

I think it's rather embarrassing that they made such a big deal of Skyrim at a new console reveal. Fallout 4 would've been more impressive (and far less bizarre), even if it would be the worst version on all platforms if mod support wasn't included.

Has any word been said on mods, though? There's surely no reason why Switch couldn't use 'em, and allowing as full support as is possible on console would bump Skyrim (or Fallout 4) above the PS4's half-arsed version.

I guess it could be cool to take Skyrim on the go with you. Although I can only imagine how short that thing's battery life will be.

Bindal:

fix-the-spade:

Wrex Brogan:
My question is - who is this for?

Presumably for the few hundred Nintendo fans who have never had a PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One or PC capable of running Skyrim.

They must be out there.

So, for the Nintendo Executives then?

Or, you know... Me?

Pretty sure there's more than a few people who haven't played skyrim yet. I'm probably getting this for breath of the wild and the hopeful smash bros at least so it's a bonus. Also, portable skyrim.

So...the game that showcased the Switch in its reveal trailer is going to be released on the Switch? How suurprising!? Never saw that coming.

Strangely, Skyrim has somehow, in 5 years become one of those games with a crazy number of versions. It has three versions on Steam, four on consoles and now another on Switch. I wonder if it will become the next Resident Evil 4 for how many times it's been (re)released.

Darth Rosenberg:

Riddle78:
Probably won't have mod support,but,you know what? That really shouldn't matter. Skyrim's an excellent game,and though modding makes it better,being able to play it on the go is going to get a LOT of people's attention. Hell,I'm actually tempted to get a Switch when it comes out,so I can play Skyrim while I'm out and about. This hasn't happened since the release of Bloodborne made me want a PS4.

Each to their own, but... You'd buy an entirely new console for what would be the very worst version of a six year old game?

I think it's rather embarrassing that they made such a big deal of Skyrim at a new console reveal. Fallout 4 would've been more impressive (and far less bizarre), even if it would be the worst version on all platforms if mod support wasn't included.

Has any word been said on mods, though? There's surely no reason why Switch couldn't use 'em, and allowing as full support as is possible on console would bump Skyrim (or Fallout 4) above the PS4's half-arsed version.

nintendo giving people the power to legally modify their games? whats next? EA giving complete games? bethesda making bugfree games?

rosac:

Bindal:

fix-the-spade:

Presumably for the few hundred Nintendo fans who have never had a PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One or PC capable of running Skyrim.

They must be out there.

So, for the Nintendo Executives then?

Or, you know... Me?

Pretty sure there's more than a few people who haven't played skyrim yet. I'm probably getting this for breath of the wild and the hopeful smash bros at least so it's a bonus. Also, portable skyrim.

With only up to 6 hours of portable power (and probably a lot less if you're actually playing a game) doesn't sound like a really good trade-off when you can just get the PC Version for a cheaper price.

When one of your centre-piece games is from 2011, there might be something wrong.

Overall, underwhelming. I'm not really sure who this is supposed to appeal to, or why Nintendo is going to lengths to advertise it. It's at best "Oh, that's neat, I guess". But, at this point the game will be almost 6 years old by the time it releases on the Switch.

I'm not seeing the elusive, "wants to be play Skyrim, but, hasn't in the past six-years", market.

...Annnnd the response goes pretty much as expected.

Tell you what. I'm still waiting on firm word about the device's battery life. But if it can hold out longer than the three-to-four hour range that's still all too typical for most "gaming" laptops running under load, I can imagine a lot worse companion for a long plane, train, or bus ride than Skyrim.

Everyone keeps talking bout how this is the only portable version, but I have a near ancient laptop that runs Skyrim. Hell a good laptop can run Special Edition easy so I don't see the big deal

How come it's regular Skyrim, and not Skyrim SE? And if you want to show off a Bethesda game, their latest offering, Fallout 4 would be much tastier and in demand, or at least the reworked and prettied up version of Skyrim. So, why does it look like regular old Skyrim?

Because Skyrim SE and Fallout 4 are 64-bit.
I suspect the Switch isn't.

JenSeven:
How come it's regular Skyrim, and not Skyrim SE? And if you want to show off a Bethesda game, their latest offering, Fallout 4 would be much tastier and in demand, or at least the reworked and prettied up version of Skyrim. So, why does it look like regular old Skyrim?

Because Skyrim SE and Fallout 4 are 64-bit.
I suspect the Switch isn't.

my bet is that the switch just doesnt have the power to run those two

Darth Rosenberg:
Each to their own, but... You'd buy an entirely new console for what would be the very worst version of a six year old game?

I think it's rather embarrassing that they made such a big deal of Skyrim at a new console reveal. Fallout 4 would've been more impressive (and far less bizarre), even if it would be the worst version on all platforms if mod support wasn't included.

Has any word been said on mods, though? There's surely no reason why Switch couldn't use 'em, and allowing as full support as is possible on console would bump Skyrim (or Fallout 4) above the PS4's half-arsed version.

It could be worth it just to have a portable version.

I'm glad my skepticism was dead wrong in this one.

sagitel:

JenSeven:
How come it's regular Skyrim, and not Skyrim SE? And if you want to show off a Bethesda game, their latest offering, Fallout 4 would be much tastier and in demand, or at least the reworked and prettied up version of Skyrim. So, why does it look like regular old Skyrim?

Because Skyrim SE and Fallout 4 are 64-bit.
I suspect the Switch isn't.

my bet is that the switch just doesnt have the power to run those two

or the marketing team dose not play games and dose not know the difference. It's not like they are running any of that trailer on a switch, or playing the game at all for that matter, It's video stuck in after the fact.

Remember the kinnect trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2qlHoxPioM better to wait and see rather then speculate one way or another at this point.

direkiller:

sagitel:

JenSeven:
How come it's regular Skyrim, and not Skyrim SE? And if you want to show off a Bethesda game, their latest offering, Fallout 4 would be much tastier and in demand, or at least the reworked and prettied up version of Skyrim. So, why does it look like regular old Skyrim?

Because Skyrim SE and Fallout 4 are 64-bit.
I suspect the Switch isn't.

my bet is that the switch just doesnt have the power to run those two

or the marketing team dose not play games and dose not know the difference. It's not like they are running any of that trailer on a switch, or playing the game at all for that matter, It's video stuck in after the fact.

Remember the kinnect trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2qlHoxPioM better to wait and see rather then speculate one way or another at this point.

they showed the old version of skyrim. we are getting the old version of skyrim. i dont get what its got to do with marketing not getting games.

sagitel:

direkiller:

sagitel:

my bet is that the switch just doesnt have the power to run those two

or the marketing team dose not play games and dose not know the difference. It's not like they are running any of that trailer on a switch, or playing the game at all for that matter, It's video stuck in after the fact.

Remember the kinnect trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2qlHoxPioM better to wait and see rather then speculate one way or another at this point.

they showed the old version of skyrim. we are getting the old version of skyrim. i dont get what its got to do with marketing not getting games.

Wait, what am I missing here? The footage in the announcement clearly IS Skyrim SE, as evidenced by the density of grass and the added small rocks among other things. Whether the Switch version will actually look like that is another thing, but why would you think it's getting the original version of the game?

EDIT: looking back on it, even the Skyrim footage in the Switch reveal trailer was from the remaster. I don't get it.

ZCAB:

sagitel:

direkiller:

or the marketing team dose not play games and dose not know the difference. It's not like they are running any of that trailer on a switch, or playing the game at all for that matter, It's video stuck in after the fact.

Remember the kinnect trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2qlHoxPioM better to wait and see rather then speculate one way or another at this point.

they showed the old version of skyrim. we are getting the old version of skyrim. i dont get what its got to do with marketing not getting games.

Wait, what am I missing here? The footage in the announcement clearly IS Skyrim SE, as evidenced by the density of grass and the added small rocks among other things. Whether the Switch version will actually look like that is another thing, but why would you think it's getting the original version of the game?

EDIT: looking back on it, even the Skyrim footage in the Switch reveal trailer was from the remaster. I don't get it.

well butter me up and call me jane. that is the remastered version. but i still dont believe we are getting that on the switch.

sagitel:

ZCAB:

sagitel:

they showed the old version of skyrim. we are getting the old version of skyrim. i dont get what its got to do with marketing not getting games.

Wait, what am I missing here? The footage in the announcement clearly IS Skyrim SE, as evidenced by the density of grass and the added small rocks among other things. Whether the Switch version will actually look like that is another thing, but why would you think it's getting the original version of the game?

EDIT: looking back on it, even the Skyrim footage in the Switch reveal trailer was from the remaster. I don't get it.

well butter me up and call me jane. that is the remastered version. but i still dont believe we are getting that on the switch.

With the gaming industry's sad history of false advertising, I don't blame you. However, the idea of Skyrim SE running on the Switch is hardly outlandish enough to assume the worst.

Sure, the Switch is going to be less powerful than the PS4 and X1 - probably significantly so - but the fact it can run Unreal Engine 4 proves that it's at least in the same ballpark (and not in that of the X360 and PS3, which are literal multitudes slower). I expect true current-gen games to be severely cut down if they get a Switch release, but even with its new bells and whistles, Skyrim SE is a previous generation game at heart. It's even one of the few games to output at native 2160p on PS4 Pro, meaning it stresses the system less than most other titles. Furthermore, the PS4 and X1 run at close to the equivalent of maxed settings on PC, leaving ample room to lower things for the Switch version if necessary.

 

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