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

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

Fans wanted it, and Bethesda delivered.

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.

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.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Caty McCarthy

Features Editor

Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's official altgame enthusiast.

Read this next

The Games That Won't Be at E3 2019, Including The Elder Scrolls 6 and Beyond Good and Evil 2

A few studios are clearing up why they won't be in attendance.

Todd Howard Says "This is the Time" For Starfield, Patience For Elder Scrolls 6

Both games are coming, but the technology is still being worked out.

Here's All the Elder Scrolls 6 Details we Know so Far

This is our roundup of all the information we have on The Elder Scrolls 6 to date, including the debut trailer, setting, potential release date, and more.

PAX East 2019 Wrap-Up: From Borderlands 3 to Cyber Shadow, It Was a Busy Weekend for Games

The USG team hit the showfloor of PAX East 2019 to bring you the latest and greatest in gaming.

Bethesda Will Not Show Starfield or The Elder Scrolls 6 at E3 2019

Bethesda will not discuss its next-gen RPGs at E3 this year.

The Games That Are Probably Not Coming Out in 2019

Sorry to be an agent of reality checks.

More News

Rune 2 Publisher: Bethesda's Closure of Human Heading Studios is "Shocking News"

Publishing partner Ragnarok LLC says it learned of studio's closure at the same time as everyone else.

Here's Why Pokemon Fans Should Take the #GameFreakLied Claims With a Grain of Salt

Sword and Shield might reuse assets, but model wireframes aren't the end of the argument.

Several Big Google Stadia Features Won't Go Live Until 2020

Family sharing, Android compatibility, and more are missing the launch window.

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Director Has a Pretty Simple Explanation for Why Exp. Share is Always On

The new game's director explains why one feature is locked in the On position.

More on PC

Rune 2 Publisher: Bethesda's Closure of Human Heading Studios is "Shocking News"

Publishing partner Ragnarok LLC says it learned of studio's closure at the same time as everyone else.

Rockstar is Promising Imminent Patch for Red Dead Redemption 2's Stuttering Woes

PC players with Nvidia gear have been hootin' and hollerin' for a fix.

AOC Reveals Her League of Legends Ranking, Which is Actually Higher Than Rick Fox's

Let's get an exhibition match in Summoner's Rift going.

A Massive Stardew Valley Update is Dropping Very Soon

The free 1.4 update is just around the corner for PC players.

Xbox X019 Could be Where All of Microsoft's Shiny New Studios Start to Bear Fruit

It looks like the many, many studios of Xbox will have some news to share.

Bethesda Starts a New Studio Around the Original Prey Development Team

Human Head also worked on Prey 2 for Bethesda prior to its cancellation in 2014.

Shovel Knight's Final Expansions Are Coming Next Month

They'll mark the end of Treasure Trove, but not for our brave blue Knight.

More Role Playing Games Games

Here's Why Pokemon Fans Should Take the #GameFreakLied Claims With a Grain of Salt

Sword and Shield might reuse assets, but model wireframes aren't the end of the argument.

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Director Has a Pretty Simple Explanation for Why Exp. Share is Always On

The new game's director explains why one feature is locked in the On position.

Bethesda Starts a New Studio Around the Original Prey Development Team

Human Head also worked on Prey 2 for Bethesda prior to its cancellation in 2014.

You Should Look Closely at the Switch in Pokemon Sword and Shield’s First Room

Game Freak gives the Switch a unique salute in Sword and Shield.