And that includes me, because – even seven years later – I haven’t managed to finish the game. Has anybody ever finished it, though? Maybe that’s why everybody keeps playing. Take out those intriguing diversions into caves and random people’s houses and ooh, that snowy crag over there or whatever, and the game would be over in about an hour. Without Lydia breaking everything, I mean.
Talking at the recent Gamelab event in Barcelona about the enduring popularity of games like Skyrim and its now almost absurd number of versions, Bethesda studio boss and game dev Todd Howard explains that “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 also suggests that technology has made this much easier than previously, though.
“For many years, in the earlier days of consoles, you couldn’t even go back and play old games,” Howard says. “Steam has made it possible to play some older PC games, and they do hold up.”
He’s not wrong. According to Steam’s most played games of 2018, Skyrim maintains over 50,000 simultaneous players on the service who probably haven’t even made it to Whiterun.