A quick look at the the Steam most-played chart shows the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim at a peak of 38,126 – the 12th most-played game on Steam.
While impressive in its own right, it’s even more incredible when considering the game will be celebrating its 5th birthday on 11 November.
With the upcoming The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition heading to consoles and PC this year, Bethesda has revealed why it thinks the game continues to be so popular.
“By 2011, pretty much everyone in the gaming world knew about The Elder Scrolls. Expectations were sky-high for the follow-up to Oblivion, with millions of new fans eagerly awaiting the next chapter. It was hard to imagine how The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim could manage to deliver on those expectations.”
The biggest change first came with the story, you were no longer relegated to being a bit-part (albeit powerful) character.
“In Skyrim you are the great and powerful – the last Dovahkiin, a prophesized hero born with the body of a mortal and the soul of a dragon, whose destiny it is to save the Empire.”
Add this to the snow-peaked world of Skyrim itself with its unique creatures and characters and there really is no game like it.
Of course, PC gamers will point to mod support as the main reason for the game’s longevity, a feature coming to Xbox One for the first time in the Special Edition.
The ability to change the world as you fit has seen an already long game become a thousand-hour mainstay.
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