What just happened? Skyrim: Anniversary Edition unexpectedly debuted on Nintendo Switch last week at a whopping $70 price tag. It claims the dubious honor of being the first AAA title to break the $60 barrier on the handheld, and it’s also the most expensive edition of Skyrim to come out in recent memory.
Skyrim on Switch has always been an oddball. It was released on November 17, 2017, and apart from the addition of some borrowed trinkets from Breath of the Wild, it is a direct port of the original game. Yes, the original game, not the 2016 Special Edition or the 2013 Legendary Edition.
Bethesda released the Anniversary Edition on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC on November 11 last year to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the original game. It costs $50 outright, but was also available as a $20 upgrade for Special Edition owners. Many gamers considered it too expensive and Bethesda With discount at $30 on consoles for December.
Now Bethesda is hoping some of those same fans will pick it up for even more on handheld? kotaku he theorizes that Bethesda chose the $70 price because they didn’t want to discount the base game, which is still $60.
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The point is that charging $70 for the title now is almost comical. It’s also available, once again, as a $20 upgrade for owners of the base game, which is a slightly better proposition. But at the end of the day, it amounts to an unreasonable tax imposed on the game’s most die-hard fans.
There are titles on the Switch store that cost upwards of $70 and similarly come with DLC and other bonus content. Aside from Skyrim, no major releases have jumped from the $60 price tag that has held steady for about fifteen years to the looming $70 standard. It’s only a matter of time until other publishers join Bethesda.
Take-Two was the first to announce that it was slowly raising its prices to account for rising production costs. Ubisoft, Activision, Sony, and Square Enix have all adopted the $70 entry point on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. I bet The Elder Scrolls: VI will be $70 too.