Shirley Curry, an 83-year-old Skyrim player and YouTuber, is a niche treasure in Bethesda’s fantasy RPG epic. Often referred to affectionately as “Gamer Grandma”, Curry has warmed the hearts of thousands over the past few years.
Curry, a long-time fan of Skyrim (and The Elder Scrolls in general), recently speculated on her future. As Curry herself points out on a YouTube account, she will be 88 before the Elder Scrolls 6 comes out. Which means, at least in her own eyes, Curry will probably never get a chance to play the new game.
In a move that shows that, sometimes, gaming communities can be okay, a fan movement is rapidly picking up steam. With an outpouring of respect and love towards her, the Skyrim community’s movement has managed to get Bethesda’s attention. As a result, Bethesda has promised to make a character based on Curry in the Elder Scrolls 6.
However, that isn’t quite fast enough for some players. The modding community has already been hard at work to bring Curry into Skyrim. And Curry has even recorded lines specifically for the game!
Modders to the Rescue!
Modder and developer phantom-scribbler stated on Reddit;
“We ended up writing a bunch of new lines which Ms Curry was gracious enough to record for us. I should emphasize that she is doing this for you. She really cares about her subscribers and anyone who enjoys her videos. After having a surprising amount of back and forth with her, I can honestly say that I’ve never met someone like her. She is exactly as good-hearted and, simultaneously, devilish as she seems on her videos”.Reddit
When the mod is completed, the team working on it will share it via Bethesda.net and Nexus Mods. Tentative release date of January has been pencilled in for the mod. As phantom-scribbler notes though, that is “always subject to change”.
The team behind the Shirley companion will make good on their vows as well. As phantom-scribbler noted;
“She already has a good amount of unique commentary on locations and situations and initial updates will primarily focus on expanding that commentary. Unique interactions with the player are also already a part of the mod and unique interactions with other NPCs are planned. There is a small quest already and one, large quest we are also working on for the future”Reddit
Despite being an octogenarian, Curry will certainly be able to throw down with the best of them in Skyrim!
“We wanted her combat style to reflect her preferred playstyle in her videos”, phantom-scribbler noted. “So she will primarily be a classic barbarian, using two-handed and light armour with archery for ranged attacks”.Reddit
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