is the fifth entry into The Elder Scrolls
main series, released on November 11, 2011 across multiple platforms.
It takes place 200 years after the events of the fourth game
in the northernmost part of the continent, home to the Nords
, as the province of Skyrim faces the return of Alduin the World Eater
and his army of dragons. Alduin's return exacerbates the carnage of a bitter civil war between those who support the Empire of Tamriel, whose military presence in the snowbound province is overseen by General Tullius, and those who wish for independence, united under the leadership of Ulfric Stormcloak.
Into this enters what may be the last Dragonborn, a person born with the soul of a dragon, who has the ability to kill the dragons and absorb their souls. Under the guidance of Delphine and Esbern, two of the last Blades, and the monastic Greybeards of High Hrothgar, the Dragonborn must oppose Alduin and defeat him, lest he destroy the world.
The game runs on a heavily modified Gamebryo engine called the Creation
engine, complete with all the Good Bad Bugs
that Bethesda fans have come to know and love. The soundtrack is once again provided by Jeremy Soule
. The PC version was also the debut title for the Steam
Workshop, an integrated way to browse and upload mods, which are subscribed to and downloaded automatically via the Steam client. This had never been attempted on such a large scale before.
The first DLC for Skyrim
, was released in June 26, 2012 for Xbox 360
, and then on the PC on August 3, 2012 after a slight delay (a deal meant that the DLC remained an exclusive for at least a month). PS3
users saw it released February 26, 2013 after Dragonborn
. The add-on puts the Dragonborn in the midst of a battle between a group of ancient vampires and a newly-reformed order of vampire hunters.
The second DLC for Skyrim
, was released for the Xbox 360 on September 4, 2012, on the PC on October 4, 2012, and the PS3
on February 19, 2013. Within it you can adopt children and create your own dream house.
The third DLC for Skyrim
, was released for the Xbox 360 on December 4th, 2012, and then on the PC on February 5, 2013 while the PS3
version was released on February 12, 2013. Dragonborn
takes place on Solstheim (the island setting of the Morrowind
), and involves the Dragonborn facing off against the very first Dragonborn, who is seeking to return to Tamriel.
On April 15, 2013, Bethesda announced that there would be no further content
, citing that they were moving forward with their next project, but that the game would continue to receive technical support.
The Legendary Edition
came out on June 4, 2013.
It received one more release on September 10, 2013, bundled with the other four games in the series, for PC only. It comes full with the DLC for all games, but only the ones packaged in retail. Other add-ons, such as Oblivion
's online-only DLC Mehrunes' Razor,
are not packaged with it.
A list of troper-recommended mods has been added here