Hines Clarifies Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition Will Be A Separate Game In Steam Library, Not An Update

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At E3 2016, Bethesda announced a The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is scheduled to launch on October 28. Bethesda’s Pete Hines via Twitter has shared some new information related to this Special Edition of the game. As mentioned at the press conference, PC players who own the Legendary Edition of the Skyrim will receive a free upgrade to the Special Edition. Hines cleared the confusion regarding whether there will be a forced/mandatory update?

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

According to the details shared by Pete Hines, PC players who own Skyrim Legendary Edition will get Special Edition for free, they will be able to play either or both. In short, Skyrim Special Edition will be a separate game in your Steam Library, not an update.

Here is a few set of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim vs Special Edition Comparison Screenshots (graphics and visuals improvement is outstanding):

The first comparison screenshots show Altered weather and volumetric lighting, depth-of-field, denser and more diverse grass (the red and yellow flowers), much smoother alpha blending:

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The second comparison screenshots show Altered color grading, added environmental details (foliage on the right and ropes on the Riverwood Trader building). Better looking alphas again, and smoother snow shader on the background mountains.

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Lastly, the third set of comparison screenshot show Fancy looking snow fresnel effect, smoother, higher quality directional snow, altered lighting, higher quality snow particles, brighter trees.

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