Skyrim Anniversary Edition won’t be free with Xbox Game Pass

The Skyrim Special Edition is already on Game Pass thanks to the Xbox and Bethesda merger, but the Anniversary Edition will cost players.

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In a somewhat confusing scenario, Bethesda confirmed that The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Anniversary Edition won’t just appear for free on Xbox Game Pass, as some previously assumed. With the Skyrim Anniversary Edition Released in just a week, Bethesda has finally given out some pricing and upgrade information.

It seems that with the Anniversary edition players will not only The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Special Edition with its next-gen frame rate and resolution, but in addition, it will receive “every piece of Creation Club content released at the time of release. Anniversary edition, including additional quests, armor, and game modes. Special edition to the Anniversary edition will cost gamers an MSRP of $ 19.99, while simply purchasing the Anniversary edition will cost a solid $ 49.99.

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Bethesda throws gamers a bone, however, as the developer is providing a free Xbox Series X / S upgrade for Skyrim special edition November 11 which will not require the new Birthday version of the game. In addition, the owners of Special edition will also receive free Creation Club content in the form of the introduction of Survival Mode and Fishing on November 11.

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Some may scoff and see this as an affront to Xbox goodwill, and by extension Bethesda, has been built with gamers since their merger earlier this year because not only are Xbox exclusives regularly arriving day and date on Game Pass, but one can also find most of the older Bethesda catalogs on the service.

With same day updates for Special edition However, it looks like Bethesda is trying to stay in the good graces of gamers by offering at least some of the updates that the Skyrim Anniversary edition receives. Still, when gamers hear that all new Bethesda games will arrive on day one on Xbox Games Pass, it’s hard not to expect this to include a Anniversary edition like that too.

Ultimately, for players who aspire to the whole Skyrim experience, or have never played Skyrim at all, pick up Skyrim Anniversary Edition is the way forward. If not, and they’re just looking for an excuse to slaughter dragons, so the little additions and tweaks to the Special edition should suffice.

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Anniversary Edition will be available November 11 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X / S.

MORE: Skyrim Special Edition: 5 Secretly Evil Characters

Source: Bethesda

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