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.ess File Extension

Developer: Bethesda Softworks
File type: The Elder Scrolls Saved Game File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .ess. Files with the file extension .ess can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .ess files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .ess file?

The Elder Scrolls saved game files are stored in the ES format, and the ES file format was developed by Bethesda Softworks. These saved game files are affixed with the .es extension and are integrated with encoding and compression standards proprietary to one of their digital video games called The Elder Scrolls. This digital video game is classified as a role playing game (RPG) in first person. Other digital video game applications from Bethesda Softworks that can be used to create and load these ES saved game files are The Elder Scrolls 3 (Morrowind), The Elder Scrolls 4 (Oblivion) and The Elder Scrolls 5 (Skyrim). The content of an ES file includes gameplay settings and configurations specific to the status of the character used by the gamer and completed quests by the user, the author of the corresponding ES file. Details of game items that have already been gathered by the character during gameplay are also stored in an ES file. These ES files can be created by saving the progress of your character during gameplay. These digital video game titles were developed for Microsoft Windows-based systems.

how to open a .ess file?

Launch a .ess file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .ess file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .ess files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .ess file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .ess file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .ess file association errors

applications that open a .ess file

Bethesda Softworks The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim

Bethesda Softworks The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim

Bethesda Softworks The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is a role-playing video game or RPG that was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The game revolves around defeating a dragon called Alduin, who is prophesied to be the cause of the destruction of the world. The games is set in Tamriel, a fictional continent in the province of Skyrim and the planet of Nirn. It is a nonlinear game, which means it does not have a fixed sequence of challenges. Player have the freedom to choose between finishing the quest or playing subplots and side-quests in the duration of the game. In Skyrim, players can explore the open world, fast-travel to towns, cities and dungeon which they can do on foot or by riding a horse. Non-player characters that are set in the world gives players quests through the Radiant Story system that alters quests to accommodate a player's actions that influences the quest's characters and objectives. Players also have the choice to join factions, each faction has a headquarters and with their own quest paths where members can join and interact with each other.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .ess files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .ess. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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