For the first time, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim will have an official tie-in with Nintendo’s own tale of swordplay and magic, The Legend of Zelda. Players who pick up Skyrim for the Nintendo Switch will be able to unlock and equip their Skyrim character with Link’s equipment from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Officially announced during Bethesda’s E3 press conference, the Nintendo Switch version of The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim is officially on its way. That trailer revealed that like most Switch games, Skyrim will support Amiibo functionality. In it, the player is seen tapping the controller with a Breath of the Wild Link Amiibo, after which a treasure chest appears in-game alongside a familiar treasure tune from The Legend of Zelda. The player is next seen wearing Link’s tunic from Breath of the Wild, and wielding the Master Sword and Hylian Shield.
In addition to Link, the Nintendo Switch version of Skyrim will evidently support many more Amiibo. Bethesda lists the game as being compatible with other Amiibo from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as well as Super Smash Bros. and the 8-bit Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary Amiibo. It’s unclear if only the Link Amiibo from each set will be compatible with the game, or if players can expect to unlock loot connected to all of their favorite fighters and game series that received Amiibo in Super Smash Bros.
Bringing The Legend of Zelda officially into Skyrim in this small way is bound to delight Zelda and Skyrim fans alike, especially since the latest iteration of The Legend of Zelda was built upon a similarly massive open world. It’s not the first time that these iconic items have made it into Skyrim, of course. Courtesy of the extraordinarily popular modding scene for Bethesda’s open world games, Link, Zelda, and a myriad of other characters and items from third party properties have been available to be added unofficially into Skyrim over the years. However, it’s pretty special for Nintendo and Bethesda to work together to make it an official addition, especially since the Switch version of Skyrim may not include mod support.
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim is set to release for the Nintendo Switch during the Holiday season of 2017.