Bethesda’s Skyrim Very Special Edition can actually be played on Alexa

It turns out there is a skill you can enable to play Skyrim via Amazon's Alexa. Alexa, open Skyrim!

Bethesda’s Skyrim Very Special Edition can actually be played on Alexa
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It’s Monday, and you might need a laugh.

Leading up to video game publisher Bethesda’s pre-E3 press conference, there were plenty of jokes about what platforms were possibly left for the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which was first released in November 2011. But Bethesda poked fun of itself and all the Skyrim ports after Bethesda Director Todd Howard took the stage and announced “Skyrim Very Special Edition.”

That led to a funny video starring Keegan Michael Key playing the “ultimate version” of Skyrim via Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant.

The gag went on to show Skyrim on platforms such as Etch-a-sketch, a Motorola pager, and the screen of a Samsung smart refrigerator.

Yet it wasn’t too long after the video ended before a Skyrim Very Special Edition skill showed up on Amazon. Bethesda wasn’t just trolling, as it seems as if Alexa apparently really is “sworn to carry your burdens.”

Bethesda Game Studios is proud to present Skyrim... for Alexa. Yes, that’s right, the version of Skyrim you never saw coming has finally arrived on the platform you never asked for.

For the very first time ever, take your rightful place as the Dragonborn of legend (again) and explore Skyrim using the power of your own voice...your Thu’um!

Prepare to:

  • Quest and explore the dungeons of Skyrim
  • Master your weapons, spells and shouts
  • Encounter people who constantly need your help
  • Guard your knees against arrows
  • Fatally harm mudcrabs
  • Fight dragons
  • Die
  • Fight another dragon
  • Eat sweet rolls
  • Fus Ro Dah
  • Chase butterflies
  • Burn spiders
  • Walk straight up a mountain instead of going around
  • Vanquish malevolent evils
  • There’s probably mead somewhere in there
  • No goblins, though
  • Soul trap woodland creatures
  • Victory or Sovngarde, whichever one you prefer
  • Also cheese wheels and a fork
  • Fail to collect all stones of Barenziah for like the 5th time
  • Talk with guards
  • Unleash the power of your Thu’um
  • Open wooden doors
  • Open iron doors
  • Other epic things
  • And more!

Soon after, an example of trying to play Skyrim on Alexa showed up online.

While you may or may not want to try it out and see if a guard asks you if someone stole your sweetroll, Bethesda’s Howard did end the conference after showing a few seconds of the Elder Scrolls VI teaser, saying it currently in pre-production.

Sure there were other titles discussed during Bethesda’s pre-E3 conference, but one was a Skyrim-esque RPG titled Elder Scrolls: Blades.

Howard gave an example of a user playing it in portrait mode on their phone during a meeting against someone at home playing in VR.

Blades is coming out this fall and will be free. Howard mentioned pre-ordering it on the App Store or Google Play, but you can register for early access to it.

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