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How to Enable the Anniversary Edition in Skyrim

Enabling the Anniversary Edition in Skyrim gives you access to over 500 pieces of new Creation Club content worth over $100 in value! This guide will walk you step-by-step through purchasing, downloading, and activating the Skyrim Anniversary Edition so you can experience the massive amount of new quests, dungeons, characters and gear.

What is the Skyrim Anniversary Edition?

The Skyrim Anniversary Edition bundles the original base game, the 3 expansions Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn, plus over 500 pieces of Creation Club content.

According to Bethesda, here‘s a breakdown of what‘s included:

  • Over 500+ elements of unique content from Creation Club
  • New Quests – 26 new quests adding over 30+ hours of new gameplay
  • New Dungeons – 4 new dungeons with unique bosses
  • New Characters – Over 150+ new characters to interact with
  • New Weapons and Gear – Over 180+ new armor, clothes, and weapons
  • New Homes – 6 new player homes to furnish and customize
  • New Enemies – More than 180+ new creatures and bosses

Based on the value of Creation Club content, the Anniversary Edition includes over $100 worth of DLC integrated into the base game. As a Skyrim fan, this is an essential upgrade!

How to Purchase the Anniversary Edition

If you already own the Skyrim Special Edition, you can upgrade to the Anniversary Edition via:

  • The Steam store – Purchase the Anniversary Edition Upgrade DLC for $19.99
  • The Creation Club menu – Purchase the $19.99 upgrade via the in-game store

If you don‘t already own Skyrim Special Edition, you can purchase the full Anniversary Edition bundle which includes the base game:

  • The Steam store – Purchase The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition for $49.99
  • Other PC and console marketplaces like Epic Games Store also have Anniversary Edition bundles available.

Downloading the Anniversary Edition Content

Once purchased, here‘s how to download all the Anniversary Edition content:

  1. Launch Skyrim through Steam.
  2. In the main menu, select Creation Club.
  3. Go to "Purchased" and select "Download All" to install all new Creation Club content.
  4. Let the download complete. This may take a while depending on your internet speeds.

Over 500 pieces of content are included so the total download size is around 15GB.

You can also choose to selectively download only certain Creations in the Purchased section if you don‘t want them all.

Updating to the Anniversary Edition

Once the Creation Club content finishes downloading, here‘s how to update Skyrim to the Anniversary Edition:

  1. Exit the Creation Club menu and return to the main menu.
  2. Skyrim will now kick off the upgrade process automatically.
  3. Let the upgrade complete. The Skyrim logo will be updated to say "Anniversary Edition".
  4. Start a new game or load a save to begin playing.

The upgrade process will bootstrap your existing Skyrim Special Edition to the new Anniversary Edition version seamlessly.

Verifying You Have the Anniversary Edition

To check you have correctly upgraded, access the System menu and view Skyrim‘s version:

  • Open the System menu from the Settings tab in the pause menu.
  • Select System > System Information.
  • Check the version – it should show 1.6.323.
  • Version 1.6.323 confirms you have the Anniversary Edition.

Troubleshooting Tips

Here are some handy tips in case you run into issues with the upgrade process:

  • Restart Steam – This can fix issues with Creation Club downloads getting stuck.
  • Update Skyrim – The upgrade won‘t work if Skyrim is not updated to the latest patch version.
  • Delete old Skyrim folders – Sometimes leftover files can prevent the upgrade from working properly.
  • Verify game files – Use Steam to check all game files are correctly downloaded.
  • Contact Support – If still not working, contact Bethesda support for troubleshooting help.

Do I Need to Start a New Game?

The good news is you don‘t need to start a new game to access the Anniversary Edition content. All the new quests, dungeons, items etc will be seamlessly added to the existing world.

However, for the best experience, I recommend starting a new playthrough to fully explore all the new content from the start.

Will Old Saves Still Work?

According to Bethesda, original unmodded saves from Skyrim and Skyrim Special Edition will work in the Anniversary Edition.

However, they recommend using completely new saves for the most stable experience. Some Creation Club content may not work properly in old saves.

What‘s the Best Way to Experience the New Content?

Here are my tips for making the most out of the Anniversary Edition:

  • Start a new game to see new content from the beginning.
  • Try survival mode for a tough new gameplay experience.
  • Install some visual upgrade mods to enhance graphics.
  • Play in first person and turn off compass for immersion.
  • Explore off the beaten path to find hidden new dungeons.
  • Do all the new quests – they integrate seamlessly into the existing world.
  • Collect and upgrade the new artifacts and rewards.

With over 500 new pieces of content, the Anniversary Edition brings a whole new level of life and adventure to the lands of Skyrim!

Is the Anniversary Edition Worth it?

For long-time fans who have put hundreds of hours into Skyrim over the past decade, the Anniversary Edition is an absolute must-buy.

Adding over $100 of content for only $20, it‘s a huge amount of value. The new characters, quests, dungeons, bosses and gear integrate seamlessly into the existing world to provide a fresh new adventure.

For new players, I highly recommend purchasing the Anniversary Edition bundle to experience the full breath of content available.

So in summary – yes, absolutely grab the Anniversary Edition to celebrate Skyrim‘s 10 year legacy in style!