The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim just turned eleven, and a talented fan in the community decided to mark the occasion with some beautifully animated pixel art. Eleven years have passed and Skyrim shows no signs of aging – it remains popular in video game circles, with an ever-thriving modding community and a fanbase that spans generations. For a single-player game, that kind of longevity is remarkably rare, and Bethesda’s work on the fifth old scrolls game is commendable.
Few gamers can forget the first time they entered Riverwood, now sure to rest and recuperate, and bask in the captivating atmosphere of the Northern countryside. For some it was November 11, 2011, for others it was later, but Skyrim had sold over 30 million copies in the past eleven years, establishing an unbreakable legacy as one of the best-selling video games of all time.
Players each celebrated the anniversary in their own way, and for KillerRabbitMedia it was by making a pixel art animation of the Dragonborn finding shelter on a cold, snowy night in Skyrim. The animation is full of little Easter eggs, like the Dragonborn dressed in his iconic outfit from the trailer – with a sword and shield resting in the snow. The Dragonborn is reading a conjuring tome, and next to them is a found everywhere treasure chest Skyrimcountless dwemer ruinsNorse tombs and bandit camps.
It’s not the first old scrolls animation made by KillerRabbitMedia: they also made beautiful renderings of the Imperial City, the Oblivion Helllands, and more. Each of these works of art has been well received by the old scrolls community, and the latest is no exception. The quaint charm and tranquility often found in pixel art lends itself well to Skyrim‘s, and KillerRabbitMedia has done a great job conveying the same tone in their work.
However, that day was supposed to have been more than Skyrim11th birthday. Had star field not been delayed in the first half of 2023, it would have come out today – a passing of the torch like no other. While it’s perhaps best that the game received the development time it needed, one can’t help but wonder if Bethesda laments the missed opportunity. Luckily for gamers, the Anniversary Edition of Skyrim makes the extra wait more manageable.
The Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim: Anniversary Edition is available now for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.