Skyrim for Alexa wasn't just a joke - it's out now

Keegan-Michael Key plays Skyrim on an Echo, pager and fridge

In fact, it's been a running joke for some years now that Skyrim is the cockroach of the games industry, with Bethesda porting it to every platform it possibly can, including, most recently, a Special Edition re-release on Nintendo Switch and a version built for VR.

Given Amazon has a number of games on Alexa, it's good to see them play along and create a skill.

Bethesda Softworks Some "Skyrim" fans took the video as a joke and believed it was a not-so-subtle nod to Bethesda's numerous remasters of the almost seven-year-old game, all of which have made their way to current generation consoles, including the Nintendo Switch.

Coming off the announcement of major reveals like a new DOOM, a new Wolfenstein, and yes, even the long-awaited announcements of Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI, Bethesda also let itself have some fun with a very quirky and hilarious reveal for Skyrim: Very Special Edition.

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During the company's E3 keynote Sunday, Bethesda made light of their constant porting of the iconic game by presenting the audience with a humorous trailer, touting the benefits of a new Skyrim Very Special Edition, made just for your favorite in-home virtual assistant. Featuring comedian, actor (and CNET magazine cover star!) Keegan-Michael Key, the ad runs through the obvious jokes about performing dragon shouts via voice command, vocalized combat with crabs and eating the endless cheese a player has stocked up on. Enable the skill using the app and then say "Alexa, open Skyrim" to begin playing.

So the Alexa Skyrim game basically feels like reading a choose your own adventure book.

And you know what?

While the Alexa version of Skyrim was real, I'm still pretty sure the pager and smart refrigerator versions at the end of the video are fake.

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