Can you name a more iconic duo than Skyrim and ports?
Ever since Bethesda Game Studios released The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in 2011, the game as since been ported to nearly every platform imaginable. You can even play Skyrim on mobile phones if you're willing to jump through a couple of hoops. So, is it really any surprise that Bethesda is porting Skyrim to another console yet again?
Technically, Skyrim is already available on the Switch.
Bethesda released the Switch port of the 2011 title in 2017. However, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Anniversary Edition is a more recent release that compiles the Special Edition, which is a remastered version of TES V that uses an upgraded game engine with mod support on consoles, alongside hundreds of Creation Club elements as well as the ability to fish and own aquariums.
Of course, the existence of the updated listing (even if it's now been taken down) suggests that the Anniversary Edition of Skyrim will get a portable version.
Unfortunately, we are at the mercy of Nintendo and Bethesda. The good news is that we likely won't have to wait for long.
Regulatory boards don't update listings unless a game is close to launching. Coincidentally, Nintendo as well as Xbox and Bethesda will hold events next month. The latter, in particular, already has a date, with the Xbox and Bethesda showcase scheduled for June 12.
We should hear more about the unannounced Switch port of Skyrim - Anniversary Edition by then.
In other news, the Microsoft subsidiary isn't having the best start under new management. After hyping 2022 as a big year for the company's next-gen platform, Bethesda confirmed that upcoming exclusives, Redfall and Starfield, aren't coming out later this year. The delay is leaving Microsoft's release slate for the rest of 2022 relatively thin, with Deathloop the only notable release with a "sure-fire" release date. If it's any consolation, Deathloop might get a standalone expansion when it arrives on the Xbox Series S/X.