Bethesda had its share of virtual reality announcements this E3, revealing that the full Fallout 4 game and DOOM VFR would be coming to VR. However, what might be the biggest surprise was saved for the Sony conference today at E3 2017, revealing that The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim will also be making its way to VR.
A brief trailer of Skyrim combat was shown during the Sony conference, revealing that the title will be coming to VR courtesy of the PlayStation VR system. Unfortunately, the trailer was fairly short, but gamers will be pleased to know that they don’t have to wait all too long to play it. Bethesda has officially announced that the VR experience will be available in November. The VR version of the game will also include all existing expansions and DLC that were released for Skyrim.
Unfortunately, it would appear that gamers will need to purchase a new copy of the game if they wish to play it in a virtual reality environment. Bethesda has already listed the VR version of the game for sale online, rather than updating or expanding the Skyrim Special Edition which was recently released for all major consoles with either a paid or free update. Nonetheless, this is an exciting release for anyone with the PlayStation VR headset. While many VR games have immersed players thus far, Skyrim is the first massive open world fantasy game to come to a VR system.
PC gamers may be concerned, as Bethesda made no mention in the trailer or at the conference as to whether or not a virtual reality experience will eventually come to other systems. However, official word from Sony states that Skyrim is a timed exclusive for the PSVR, and should eventually make its way to other virtual reality systems. This is in keeping with Bethesda’s history of trying to provide an equal experience between all systems. It previously fought to get mods added to the PlayStation 4 version of Skyrim and Fallout 4, so all of the major systems would have access to the same added benefits.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR is set to release in November 2017 as a timed exclusive for the PlayStation VR.