Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Skyrim for Alexa wasn't just a joke - it's out now

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Sherri Watson | 11 June, 2018, 19:28

Bethesda joined with Keegan Michael Key to reveal a big surprise today during its E3 press conference: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is coming to multiple new platforms in a Very Special Edition release that will enable you to play the game in ways you never imagined.

"Now, Skyrim looks to the future for its ultimate version", the announcer said in the video.

It's all fun and games, until you realise you can actually play Skyrim: Very Special Edition.

It turns out, though, Skyrim: Very Special Edition is a very real thing.

An Etch-a-Sketch
An Etch-a-Sketch

Bethesda Softworks Some "Skyrim" fans took the video as a joke and believed it was a not-so-subtle nod to Bethesda's numerous remasters of the almost seven-year-old game, all of which have made their way to current generation consoles, including the Nintendo Switch.

Key was shown giving Amazon Alexa commands in the game, sort of like a text adventure or a tabletop RPG. All you need to do is download the app, click the Alexa icon while inside and tell her, "Alexa, open Skyrim".

I'm not sure if this is a full-fledged game or just a really elaborate joke, but there is bound to be someone that will see this through to the end. If you don't have an Echo speaker, you can install the Alexa app on your phone and play Skyrim right on your device.