In one of the least confident statements about a small feature ever, Bethesda’s Pete Hines indicates that Skyrim Special Edition on PC ‘should’ transfer saves over.
Gamers love Skyrim. Nearly six years after the original game’s release, Bethesda’s Skyrim Special Edition trailer still managed to incite excited fan discussion worldwide after the publisher finally confirmed weeks of speculation regarding a remaster of the title. The Viking-inspired fantasy RPG has withstood the test of time in a way few games ever have, as the Skyrim player and modding communities are still thriving even after more recent releases from Bethesda in the same genre.
It’s precisely because of that intense player dedication that fans of Skyrim have been very curious about the inclusion of one small feature in Skyrim Special Edition – the ability to transfer save files from the original game to the remastered version. Gamers mostly got an answer today from Bethesda vice-president Pete Hines, who tweeted that saves “should” be compatible for those who upgrade from the original title to the Skyrim Special Edition.
Chatting w Todd just now, able to confirm on Skyrim SE for PC:
Saves should transfer
Separate creation kit to upload mods to Bnet— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) June 15, 2016
Given that the Skyrim Special Edition release will support the game’s existing mods, it would make sense for the title to also give fans the chance to carry over their favorite characters into a new, more aesthetically pleasing Skyrim. Hines made no indication that the same feature would be present on console versions of Skyrim Special Edition, but that feature is unlikely, as it’s much trickier to implement a save transfer without wrangling Sony and Microsoft into the process as well.
Although Skyrim Special Edition will release on multiple platforms, it’s hard not to feel like the title is geared towards PC gamers more than anyone else. The PC version of Skyrim Special Edition will be free to gamers who own all of Skyrim‘s DLC, a gesture that unfortunately doesn’t trickle down to previous-gen owners of the game as well, since the original Skyrim was out before this generation of consoles.
While much of the past year from Bethesda has been dedicated towards its Fallout franchise, the publisher’s recent showing at E3 2016 might be an indication that its priorities are beginning to shift once more. On top of the announcement of Skyrim Special Edition, Bethesda also showed off The Elder Scrolls: Legends, an online card game poised to rival Blizzard’s Hearthstone. It has been a good couple of weeks to be a fan of The Elder Scrolls series.
What do you think about Hines’ statement on transferring over old saves? Would finding out the process can’t be done be a deal breaker for you if you’re planning on purchasing Skyrim Special Edition? Let us know in the comments below.
Skyrim Special Edition will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 28, 2016.