Bethesda is hoping you’ll pay $70 for Skyrim On Switch

A man wakes up on a mysterious kart demanding $70.

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Almost a year after it hit every other platform, Skyrim: Anniversary Edition was surprisingly released today on the Nintendo Switch. The latest version of the popular 2011 open-world RPG comes with loads of DLC, mod content and fishing. Nintendo’s handheld hybrid is also $70. Gotham Knights and Callisto protocol aren’t coming to Switch, but apparently the price point is an odd one, at least in this one.

Bethesda published a lot of ports and updates to The Elder Scrolls V. Since it was originally released on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, it’s also available on every new generation of consoles, as well as phones, streaming platforms and of course the Nintendo Switch. Last year, the publisher introduced the new $50 stamp anniversary editionnot to be confused with the existing one special edition. The main difference was that it had more mod content and fishing. Players could pay $20 to upgrade their existing ones special editions. Except on Switch.

The 2017 version on Nintendo’s handheld, which a Special breath of the wild costume was not updatable until today. Nintendo announced the surprising news in a tweetbut it didn’t take long for people to start resenting the price:

While Switch games are often expensive, Skyrim: Anniversary Edition is the first that’s not an anthology, deluxe edition, or DLC pack to break the $60 barrier. Games are now doing this regularly on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, presumably because blockbuster production costs nearly double each console cycle. However, the Switch is five years old, and Skyrim is even older.

Also, the Anniversary Edition is only $50 on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, where the new-gen upgrades were free. And it has nothing to do with the cost of Switch SD cards either, as the $70 price tag is for digital download. (People who already own Skyrim on Switch can now upgrade to the like their PlayStation and Xbox brethren anniversary edition for $20.)

My only guess? The regular version of Skyrim still costs $60 on Switch, and instead of dropping that price by $10, Bethesda decided to just add it to the new retail price. This is of course all speculation. As you might have guessed if you have been in this area for a long timeBethesda did not respond to a request for comment. Bethesda is hoping you’ll pay $70 for Skyrim On Switch

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