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'Skyrim' Overtakes 'Resident Evil 4' As Most Re-Released Video Game

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'Skyrim' Overtakes 'Resident Evil 4' As Most Re-Released Video Game

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been released and re-released 14 times now with the reveal of the upcoming Anniversary Edition, pinching the crown from the equally enduring Resident Evil 4.

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Oh? You said "news on The Elder Scrolls VI"? Sorry, Bethesda thought you said "fourteenth version of Skyrim for current and new-gen consoles." How embarrassing. Well, we're here now and it'd be impolite to turn it down after the studio has worked so hard on it. To celebrate the 10th birthday of the game, the new version contains its three expansions and 500 pieces of content from Creation Club. As well as new quests, dungeons, bosses, weapons, spells, there'll be fishing. Oh, yeah. Fishing in the prettiest version of Skyrim.

In fact, it's worth spending a few minutes refreshing your memory of the realm's most wonderful locations and the colourful characters that populate it. Check out our tour of Skyrim below!

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As a result of this announcement, there are now 14 versions of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Let's count - the original release for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 arrived in 2011. Skyrim: Special Edition came along in 2016 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Then, the Nintendo Switch version was released in 2017 and the PlayStation VR version was released in 2018. Lastly, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition is on its way to PC, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

To compare, Resident Evil 4 has seen 11 versions over the 16 years since its original release. The GameCube and PlayStation 2 versions came out in 2005, then the PC version was developed in 2007, followed by the Wii version that bundled content from the PlayStation 2 and PC versions. The game was re-released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011 and then the Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition arrived on PC in 2014. The game was re-released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2016. And then, the Switch version and the VR version brings the total to 11.

What does Bethesda get for overtaking Resident Evil 4 in terms of re-releases? A smug sense of self-satisfaction? Panic as it realises it is bound to develop Skyrim again and again and again? A kindred spirit with Rockstar Games, the developer of Grand Theft Auto V? We'll let you know when we learn more.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition comes to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on November 11th.

Featured Image Credit: Gaming Heads, Bethesda, Capcom, Matt Grandstaff via Wikipedia

Topics: Resident Evil, Skyrim, Bethesda, Capcom

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