Skryim: Hearthfire is now availble for everyone’s pleasure. It can be downloaded here. Hearthfire adds the option to adopt kids and build houses. If more information is sought on the DLC it can be found here.
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A new Skyrim add-on has been announced and goes by the name of Hearthfire. In it players will be able to build their own house and start a family inside with a wife and some adopted children. The built house can have many different rooms whether they be a kitchen, greenhouse, enchanter’s tower, or even an alchemy lab and even more. Of course players will have to defend from evil giants and creatures looking to take it over. It looks like a great way to delve deeper into the Skyrim universe and an affordable way to since it only costs 400 Microsoft Points or five dollars. It will be released on September 4th.
Following a successful beta run this past week, Bethesda has announced (via Twitter) that the first DLC for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will launch on schedule June 26 (1600 MSP), an Xbox exclusive launch ahead of PC and PS3. Dawnguard brings approximately 10-20 hours of additional gameplay, roughly the same length as other faction quest lines, such as completing the Thieves’ Guild (revealed at E3). Along with the new story and quests, the DLC adds new features including vampire lord and werewolf skill trees; there’s even a spectral mount.
The main story of the DLC surrounds the struggle between the Dawnguard, a brotherhood of vampire hunters and the pure vampires, lead by Lord Harkon (featured in the Dawnguard trailer). Additional content includes: side quests, the Soul Cairn realm (a plane of Oblivion), a host of new skills, new weaponry, new shouts, and an assortment of creatures and characters; including one woman in Riften who allows players to change their character’s appearance (another E3 reveal). Are there any of the rumored Snow Elves? It’s possible, but, when asked at E3, Todd Howard stopped short of directly confirming it. The DLC is integrated such that it comes seamlessly incorporated as part of the existing Skyrim world, accessible within the regular game. Characters need to be level 10 to begin the main Dawnguard quests, which begin at the far North of Skryim.
*UPDATE: Bethesda announced (via Twitter) that Update 1.6 will launch the last week in June, the same week as the first DLC, Dawnguard.
Announced on Twitter with an accompanying post on Bethblog, Bethesda Softworks released plans for another free patch coming soon to consoles and PC. Update 1.6 will deliver a wealth of bug fixes (including numerous repairs to the Kinect integration introduced via the previous update) along with mounted combat! Both melee and ranged combat will be available to players while riding via the upcoming patch. So whether it’s Shadowmere, Frost, or that random horse you just stole; gone are the days of running away or dismounting when trouble interrupts your ride. No exact date has been given for console launch, but the specifics of the update were covered in detail in the official announcement posted on Bethesda’s Bethblog site, which you can find below.
As promised, Bethesda has officially announced the first downloadable content for their critically successful role-playing game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Scheduled to release on Xbox 360 this summer, literally no other details were made available outside of the title Dawnguard, and the teaser image above. Bethesda has promised that we will get more details on the add-on next month at E3. Thanks to the investigative minds over at Joystiq however, you can feast on this rumor; We’re hearing rumblings of crossbows, snow elves, and an almighty snow elf prince. We have no idea what all that means, but those things were discovered within Skyrim‘s game files in a folder titled “DLC01″, so do the math.
Speaking of Skyrim, a title update went live just this morning that has added Kinect support to the game. You can now shout voice commands at your television that will aid you in your quest to slay all of the world’s dragons thanks to the magic of Kinect. You can check out the full list of recognizable voice commands that Skyrim will recognize by checking out our story from earlier today. Now go test out Skyrim‘s fancy new voice commands and start psyching yourself up for Dawnguard! We’ll bring you more news on the DLC as soon as it breaks.
Earlier this week, Bethesda announced that Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim would be receiving a free title update which will add Kinect support to the game in the form of voice commands. CNN has revealed that the title update will be rolled out on April 23rd, meaning that you’ll be shouting at your television set while slaying dragons in less than two weeks. If you haven’t yet picked up Skyrim, one of the best selling and most critically acclaimed games of 2011, now would seem like an apt time. For details on exactly how the voice commands will work, check out our original story here.