The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will turn one-year-old in just two weeks, celebrating an impressively busy and consistent life for a single player game. There’s been Dawnguard, Hearthfire, Kinect support, and all kinds of goodies to keep a good Dragonborn busy. Developer Bethesda has been rewarded for its efforts as well. As announced on its official blog on Friday, Skyrim took him three awards at the UK’s Golden Joystick Awards, including Ultimate Game of the Year, Best RPG, and Best Moment. What’s left to do? Just what Bethesda always does when its RPGs start to age: Release new editions of the game.
Eurogamer spotted an Amazon Germany listing on Monday for a new edition of the game called Skyrim Premium Edition for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Included in the new package is a cloth world map, the Elder Scrolls novel Hell City, a series of art postcards, and a t-shirt with the game’s signature dragon emblem on it. The PC edition comes with an extra bonus disc with walthroughs, development featurettes, a 600-page ebook and soundtrack cuts.
Bethesda confirmed that the package is coming to the UK, but it hasn’t mentioned the US as of this writing. “It’s coming to the UK too and there will be more details about its availability soon.”
What’s conspicuously missing from the listing, however, is the Dawnguard and Hearthfire downloadable content. Bethesda typically starts re-releasing its role-playing games to repackage them with existing expansions. It’s done this with The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, releasing the Game of the Year Edition that included the Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles expansions approximately eighteen months after the game’s initial release in 2006.
If Skyrim Premium Edition did include Hearthfire and Dawnguard, though, it would be momentous for PlayStation 3 owners. Bethesda has publicly admitted in the past three months that it isn’t sure if the game’s downloadable content will ever be available to PlayStation 3 owners due to technical problems with Sony’s console. “I don’t have any info on Hearthfire, Dawnguard, or DLC in general for PS3,” said Bethesda’s Pete Hines earlier this month, “We’re still on it. Will share update when I have one.”
In August, Bethesda said that it was working directly with Sony to try and get the expansions on the platform. “This is not a problem we’re positive we can solve, but we are working together with Sony to try to bring you this content.”
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