The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is to get a new batch of DLC on September 4, called Hearthfire.
While the previous DLC pack Dawnguard pumped up the combat action by adding vampiric abilities, Hearthfire takes a more leisurely approach to adventuring, encouraging you to buy a plot of land, build a home and raise a family.
As well as adding wings and greenhouses to your Skyrim manor, furnishing it to your liking and cultivating all manner of flora and fauna, you’ll now be given the option of adopting children with your spouse, raising them to grow into good little Dovhakiin and protecting them from the marauding beasties of the icy tundra. If all the housework gets on top of you, you’ll also be able to employ a steward to look after your crib, and a bard to blast out some lute-based tuneage.
As with all Skyrim DLC so far, Hearthfire will initially be exclusive to Xbox 360 gamers, who can pick up the add-on pack for 400 Microsoft Points from September 4 on Xbox Live. PC and PS3 gamers will have to wait a little longer, but with owners of Sony’s console still waiting for Dawnguard to land and numerous bugs to be ironed out, we wouldn’t encourage PlayStation 3 owners to hold their breath.