Those looking to take advantage of Bethesda’s free Skyrim Special Edition offer on PC still have a window of opportunity to do so, but it’s running out. If you’ve fallen victim to that demon called “procrastination,” you might be pleased to know that the free Skyrim Special Edition promotion isn’t over yet, despite the fact that the game launched around the world today.
If you want to get a free copy of the game, Bethesda requires that you own the original Skyrim and all of its DLC before or on October 28. So, once October 28 – today, by the way – is in the books, the promotion will be over and the chance to grab a free copy of Skyrim Special Edition will have passed.
Taking advantage of this deal is really only worth it if you already own some amount of Skyrim content, but not all of it. If you’ve never purchased Skyrim, your best bet is just to buy the Special Edition. If, however, you own the base Skyrim game and one or two pieces of DLC, picking up the remaining DLC to get Skyrim Special Edition at no extra cost is definitely a winning proposition.
If you find yourself in that particular boat, then you’re in luck. Bethesda is actually offering a Skyrim + DLC bundle at a discount that brings it to the same price as the Special Edition. The bundle gets less expensive based on what you already own, so if you have, say, Skyrim and Dawnguard, then you’ll be able to get Dragonborn and Hearthfire at a discount, unlocking the Special Edition you when complete your Skyrim collection.
Bethesda notes in a post to Steam Community that purchasing the remaining content today may prevent the Special Edition from unlocking for up to 36 hours. That wait time seems like a small price to pay for a free copy of the Special Edition, though, especially if you’re a big Skyrim fan.