VIDEO: Hearthfire revealed as next Elder Scrolls V Skyrim DLC – build your own house, adopt a kid!

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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.

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Gerald Lynch

15 comments

  • Alright!!! Great to know that I’ll probably have to wait until November to play this or even Dawnguard for that matter on the ps3. It really doesn’t seem like they’re trying too hard to “work out the bugs” like they claim. So Xbox gets both DLCs before ps3 even gets one? Hopefully the ps3 gets a serious discount.

  • Alright!!! Great to know that I’ll probably have to wait until November to play this or even Dawnguard for that matter on the ps3. It really doesn’t seem like they’re trying too hard to “work out the bugs” like they claim. So Xbox gets both DLCs before ps3 even gets one? Hopefully the ps3 gets a serious discount.

  • Geez, wow I can’t honestly say I expected this. Skyrim really is turning into a regular family game. The big bad dragonborn adopts a kid. Well at least it gives you a reason to visit Honorhall again.

    I hat is off to you Bethesda. Hopefully because this is a smaller DLC it will mean the PS3 won’t get so clogged with bugs.

  • Now that’s the kinda crap I want! But what I would of also liked on the line of this is being able to purchase land(like this) and build a farm from a barn to mills and the hole shaaaabang! Sell crop,wood and produce, ahhh I’m done!

  • Dragonborn manor 🙂 only problem is finding a location, wonder if you could build multiple houses?

  • really bethesda, really. announcing the next dlc on xbox before giving dwanguard to us ps3 users!!! RAGE!!!

  • Alright!!! Great to know that I'll probably have to wait until November to play this or even Dawnguard for that matter on the ps3. It really doesn't seem like they're trying too hard to “work out the bugs” like they claim. So Xbox gets both DLCs before ps3 even gets one? Hopefully the ps3 gets a serious discount.

  • Geez, wow I can't honestly say I expected this. Skyrim really is turning into a regular family game. The big bad dragonborn adopts a kid. Well at least it gives you a reason to visit Honorhall again.

    I hat is off to you Bethesda. Hopefully because this is a smaller DLC it will mean the PS3 won't get so clogged with bugs.

  • Now that's the kinda crap I want! But what I would of also liked on the line of this is being able to purchase land(like this) and build a farm from a barn to mills and the hole shaaaabang! Sell crop,wood and produce, ahhh I'm done!

  • Dragonborn manor 🙂 only problem is finding a location, wonder if you could build multiple houses?

  • really bethesda, really. announcing the next dlc on xbox before giving dwanguard to us ps3 users!!! RAGE!!!

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