As the Skyrim remaster is out today, we need to determine how to tag it.

According to this discussion, it should get a new tag if it's a rework with new mechanics, but it shouldn't get a new tag if it's just updated graphics.

Which category is the new version of Skyrim?

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    The linked dupe question is a nice resource, but I don't know enough about Skyrim to use that question to figure out whether we need a new tag or not. So I'm going to reopen this question as a discussion about "which category does this version of Skyrim fall into", not "what do we do about remakes in general". Oct 28, 2016 at 12:37
  • Without playing the game just yet, I can't say for sure if mechanics have changed vs. just graphics/PC architecture updates. But, considering the Unofficial Skyrim Patch has been ported to the new game, I would say that no, Bethesda hasn't fixed much. Oct 28, 2016 at 13:40
  • I haven't played the game yet so your my only source. Oct 28, 2016 at 14:07
  • From what I've gathered so far from Youtube is that it's mostly performance/graphical ugrades, along with the ability to pick up an item from a character you kill early on (that one could argue is just a bugfix)
    – Oak
    Oct 29, 2016 at 12:04
  • I think that since there's no gameplay differences, it should be the same tag, but it's also likely going to be important for the OP to state which one they are using if the question is about modding or technical issues
    – Aequitas
    Nov 3, 2016 at 22:38

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As of this writing, we have two questions about original Skyrim vs. Skyrim: Special Edition:

Both of these answers indicate that the story content is exactly the same. Graphics are improved and PC mods may need to be recompiled only if the new graphical improvements affect them. Console versions support mods. Other changes are cosmetic.

Because the differences are so minor, and the quests and such are unchanged, it seems to me that we should just keep using the tag for both versions. This is consistent with how questions about "Special Editions" for other games are handled. For instance:

All of these questions use the same tag as the original game.

  • I think that should be the rule I agree. Oct 30, 2016 at 2:40
  • @LoreFriendly Are there a significant number of questions where SE/non-SE would actually make a difference? Tagging is about playing it by the numbers. (We could have a separate tag for each question, but that would be useless for organization/searching.)
    – jpaugh
    Nov 5, 2016 at 15:21
  • @LoreFriendly Because the content is exactly the same, any content question while playing SE would be exactly the same answer for anyone playing original. Having separate tags would make it harder to find questions that are relevant to both editions and create unnecessary duplicates (e.g. we don't need "How do I solve quest X?" for both versions because the question, and answer, are each the same). Nov 5, 2016 at 18:19
  • @LoreFriendly Has there been evidence of this happening? And if so, is it likely we will get enough questions about them to warrant its own tag? Nov 6, 2016 at 5:51
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    Nexus mods, the most popular website for Skyrim mods is also not dividing Skyrim & Skyrim Special Edition.
    – Oak
    Nov 6, 2016 at 19:39
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    @Oak that is not entirely true: see nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition and nexusmods.com/skyrim?
    – Mixxiphoid
    Nov 7, 2016 at 14:04
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    Nexus mods now splits the two. I have posted a question that is specific to Skyrim Special Edition that I had to tag with just [Skyrim] because there is no [SKSE] or similar tag. That's clearly sub-optimal, but I don't know if a few questions like this is enough to justify a separate tag.
    – cjs
    Dec 9, 2017 at 18:33

Similarly — if this is still the consensus — let's merge with .

The Anniversary Edition is basically the Special Edition with a lot of additional mods (74 mods from the Creation Club, both existing and unreleased ones).


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