The seven-year-old game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim may keep releasing ports on a regular basis, but for fans complaining, Skyrim director Todd Howard has a message for them: If you don't like all the ports, stop buying them. This comes after fans complained about the title soon becoming available for Amazon Echo.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in 2011, but continues to remain popular with RPG fans. The game encompasses an impressive and massive open world that players love diving into as they take on the role of a Dragonborn, someone born with the soul of a human and dragon. This character must traverse the various environments of the large world of Tamriel and figure out how to destroy Alduin, a dragon prophesied to end the world.
The game originally released on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, but has since received ports on Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation VR. However, it was the port to Amazon Echo that left many Skyrim fans scratching their heads. As reported by GamesIndustry, Skyrim director Howard has a message for those complaining about all the ports:
"Even now, the amount of people who play Skyrim seven years later; millions of people every month are playing that game. That's why we keep releasing it. If you want us to stop releasing it, stop buying it."
He makes a valid point. Skyrim remains one of the most popular and beloved games of all time. The only thing that Elder Scrolls fans would prefer over another port of Skyrim is a new title in the Elder Scrolls saga. Fortunately, an update about Elder Scrolls 6 came via a teaser at this year's E3. That game won't arrive for some time, though, and is barely in development. That doesn't mean, though, that developers don't know about where they wish to set the game.
Meanwhile, players will keep replaying Skyrim, even on such weird platforms as Amazon Echo. And they are still playing it in droves. In a report released by Steam, Skyrim was one of the top games of 2018 in simultaneous players at one time, just at 50,000. This explains why it continues to get ports on every platform imaginable.
Still, gamers will complain that re-releasing the same old game over and over steals creative energy away from developers wishing to work on a new title in the series or even on a new intellectual property. But those same gamers also keep playing Skyrim, understanding that it is still better than a lot of newer games. And as long as they keep playing it, there will be more ports for it.