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Beloved YouTuber Shirley "Skyrim Grandma" Curry Will Be an NPC in The Elder Scrolls 6

Fans wanted it, and Bethesda delivered.

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If you saw Shirley Curry on the street, you would not assume she is a YouTuber who has amassed nearly 500,000 subscribers. She's 82-years-old, has four sons and nine grandchildren (according to her YouTube bio, she is also sadly a widow), and in her free time loves to play and record video games. One of her favorites: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, of course.

Lovingly called "Skyrim Grandma," Curry has a massive following. In 2018, fans started a petition to render her as an NPC in The Elder Scrolls 6, which was announced at E3 2018.

Cover image for YouTube videoCelebrate 25 Years of The Elder Scrolls

The great demand from fans did not go unheard by the team at Bethesda Softworks. During a The Elder Scrolls 25th anniversary stream today, Bethesda announced that it will indeed be making Curry as an NPC in the upcoming The Elder Scrolls 6. A video looking back on the series' fandom briefly shows her character model being made. (You can see the process at 8:40 in the video above.)

"That petition for Skyrim Grandma we did hear, and she will be immortalized in the game," Todd Howard said during today's livestreamed panel. "This means a lot to me because I would be extremely happy to know that somebody else was playing with my character in a future Elder Scrolls game," Curry herself said during a special video celebrating the series.

Technically, the model of Curry is just the second glimpse we've seen of Elder Scrolls 6, aside from the simple pan of its landscape and the rough title back at E3 2018. It's a sweet sentiment to see footage of Bethesda inviting Curry to its studio to capture her likeness for the game. (It's unknown if she will be voicing her cameo too.) Unfortunately, we won't be seeing Skyrim Grandma in The Elder Scrolls 6 anytime soon, due to it being in early development.

For more on The Elder Scrolls 6, check out our everything we know guide for additional coverage.

Thumbnail image screenshot captured from The Elder Scrolls 25th Anniversary video.

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