An online retail listing for a remastered version of Skyrim adds more credibility to the rumors that Bethesda is preparing to announce the remaster during E3 2016.
Retail website Base.com may have accidentally confirmed the release of the Skyrim Definitive Edition, thanks to a product listing that is still live on the company’s website. The listing appeared earlier today and boasts a release date that puts the title smack dab in the holiday sales window, making things all the more likely that Bethesda will announce the Skyrim remaster within the next week.
The proverbial fire was stoked when industry insider Shinobi602 also confirmed that a remastered version of Skyrim would make an appearance during E3 2016, which may be indicative that Besthesda is preparing to follow up on Fallout 4‘s success in bringing modification content to consoles. The Skyrim workshop has been a testing ground for modification content before, and now it’s looking more and more likely that Bethesda will bolster sales of a remastered Skyrim by allowing gamers to import modifications to next generation consoles via Bethesda’s own hosting services.
It’s an enticing prospect, and the product’s appearance online certainly lends more credibility to the rumors. Retailers and rating boards accidentally leak confidential items like this early all the time, with Amazon just recently listing what may be the first full expansion for The Division, and Taiwan regulators leaking the BioShock Collection months ago, a product which still hasn’t officially come out of the shadows yet.
In case it gets taken down, here’s the listing for the remastered version of Skyrim, which appears to be a full-priced title:
According to Shinobi, it looks like Skyrim isn’t the only attention-grabbing title that Bethesda has prepared for E3 this year. The industry insider says that the long-awaited sequel to Prey will make an appearance at the trade show, which is something we speculated might happen a few weeks ago.
Focusing back on Tamriel, Shinobi’s speculation was vetted by another NeoGAF insider who responded to the rumors by simply stating “It’s real”. The man who corroborated Shinobi’s words was behind the Dead Rising 4 leak, which certainly lends him some saying power when it comes to speculation within the industry.
With less than a week until E3 is set to take off, publishers and developers will have an increasingly harder time keeping their biggest announcements firmly under wrap. It looks like the news of a Skyrim remaster may have flown the coop, though, so we’ll keep you updated as more information inevitably leaks out.
The remastered version of Skyrim reportedly had a listed release date of November 23rd, 2016 for PS4 and Xbox One. We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.