UPDATE 2: It's confirmed that saves will transfer between vanilla Skyrim and Skyrim: Special Edition on PC.

Bethesda VP of PR and marketing Pete Hines confirmed the following on Twitter:

UPDATE: Bethesda has announced that if you own Skyrim on Steam and all its downloadable content, or if you own the Legendary Edition, you'll be upgraded to the Special Edition for free.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim remaster, AKA Skyrim Special Edition, is official and it's coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 28th October.

Most notably for console players the Skyrim remaster introduces mod support, and like Fallout 4 this will involve Bethesda cherry-picking mods for release. There were 14 mods pictured in the trailer and they included Cow Armor, Cats! and More Chickens. See - this is what you've been missing! But is the Cow Armor mod even real or just a Bethesda in-joke? I can't seem to find it for PC.

These were the mods listed in the trailer:

  • More Adoptable Children
  • Cow Armor
  • Helgen 2.0
  • Giant Follower
  • More Spells
  • Friendly Dragons
  • Bandit Quests
  • More Chickens
  • Faster Wood Chopping
  • Cats!
  • Ninroot Farm
  • More Elven Weapons
  • Armors for Children
  • More Civil War Battles
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What a spread.

The game will also be tarted up with new graphical effects such as remastered art and effects, volumetric god rays, dynamic depth of field, screen space reflections, new snow shaders and new water shaders. It makes an impressive difference as the trailer below shows.

You can see what else Bethesda and other publishers announced at the show this year with our E3 schedule guide.

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