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Todd Howard: Stop Buying Skyrim and Bethesda Will Stop Porting It

by Eric Frederiksen | July 13, 2018July 13, 2018 11:30 am EDT

There’s a small list of games that are available on just about every platform. Tetris, Doom, Minecraft, Fortnite and, of course, SkyrimTetris is so simple that seeing it on a new system is an expectation. Skyrim, on the other hand, has become enough of a joke that Bethesda riffed on it at E3 this year and then made the joke game a real thing that you can play on Alexa devices.

Why do they keep porting it? Easy: we keep playing it.

“Even now, the amount of people who play Skyrim seven years later – millions of people every month are playing that game,” said game director Todd Howard in a conversation with Geoff Keighley at GameLab in Barcelona.

That’s why we keep releasing it. If you want us to stop releasing it, stop buying it.” (emphasis mine)

To date, Skyrim has appeared on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch, and VR. Meanwhile, you can play a silly take on Skyrim on Alexa devices right now and the mobile game Skyrim: Blades this fall on iOS and Android. The only thing that could stop The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim at this point is The Elder Scrolls VI. Skyrim‘s got another few years left, in that case.


Eric Frederiksen