Bethesda – much like BioWare – can’t keep a secret when it comes to DLC. We’ve known about every piece of additional Mass Effect 3 single-player and multiplayer content before the officially unveilings and the same goes for the expansions for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
First there was ‘Dawnguard‘ expansion which told the story of Lord Harkon, the ruler of the Volkihar Vampire clan who players could join or fight against with the Dawnguard hunters. Then there was the minor ‘Hearthfire‘ addition which let players build their own home and family. Now it’s time to return to the franchise roots with ‘Dragonborn.’
Bethesda just revealed the first official trailer for the next Skyrim expansion and like the DLC before it, there’s little room for surprise thanks to savvy gamers who found very revealing code hidden in the source files for the 1.8 update. That doesn’t take away from the satisfaction of seeing a variety of widely desired features added to the core game experience finally, including a return to the fan-favorite land of Morrowind from The Elder Scrolls III – A game that many of us on Game Rant still believe to be the best in the series.
Watch the trailer up top – here are the highlights:
- Environments and objects from The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
- A Dragon Priest
- Bonemold armor!
- Silt Striders!
- Dragon Mounts!
- Mounted enemies
Ever since PC gamers were able to disable clipping and travel through the invisible walls on the outskirts of Skyrim and all the way to the empty modeled lands of Vvardenfell and Cyrodiil, we’ve suspected that Skyrim’s “substantial” DLC add-ons would eventually let players travel beyond Tamriel’s northern borders, since Bethesda very intentionally put those assets in the game for future use. Dragonborn may then just be the first step in a long-line of environmental expansions. At least, we hope that’s the case.
With this content adding even more features we’ve seen teased by Bethesda’s developers and even built by the community via mods, what can Bethesda do next to improve the core game experience in addition to added story-based missions?
More importantly, what would you like to see from the next Elder Scrolls game?
Dragonborn will be available for download for 1600 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE on December 4.
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