Skyrim’s ‘Hearthfire’ DLC Gets Official Trailer & Release Date

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 The first downloadable content expansion for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released almost two months ago for the Xbox 360 as part of Bethesda’s timed-exclusivity deal with Microsoft and earlier this month, became available for PC players as well. While problems still hold back PS3 players from playing Dawnguard, Xbox 360 players will be able to download the second set of Skyrim DLC next week.

Bethesda confirmed today that Hearthfire will be available on Xbox 360 on September 4th, adding quite a few features we’ve seen modders add into the PC version of Skyrim via the Steam Workshop.

Back in May, buried in the background behind the unveilings of both The Elder Scrolls Online and the Dawngaurd DLC for Skyrim, was news that ZeniMax Media (the parent company of Bethesda) had filed trademarks for “Hearthfire” which we believed was the next planned DLC for Skyrim. The name itself meant two things to us: the ninth month in the calendar in the world of Tamriel – a time we figured it would release (and it is!), and a reference to a pair of skill books found in the last three games of the series.

Skyrim Hearthfire DLC

We can now officially say that Hearthfire is indeed DLC planned for September, but it’s not focusing on magic or dragons. Instead, the content pack brings a little more life for the Dragonborn protagonist. Players can construct their own home and start a family.

With this official add-on to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you can purchase land and build your own home from the ground up – from a simple one-room cottage to a sprawling compound complete with an armory, alchemy laboratory, stable, garden, and more. Use all-new tools like the drafting table and carpenter’s workbench to transform quarried stone, clay, and sawn logs into structures and furnishings. Even transform your house into a home by adopting children.

Check out the video up top for the new features in action. The family, kids and house crafting are all features that the PC community has already managed to build into the game via the officially released modding tools. That’s something we at Game Rant always highlight as something more publishers (read: EA) should include with their games.

Where Dawnguard cost players 1600 Microsoft points ($20), Hearthfire is available for one-quarter that price at 400 points ($5).


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Hearthfire releases on Xbox LIVE on September 4, 2012 for 400 Microsoft Points.

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TAGS: Bethesda, Skyrim, The Elder Scrolls, Xbox 360

  • jellolord

    That’s cool, but is there any news as to when ps3 will get dawngard?

    • ATG

      Can’t believe it’s still not out on ps3. That’s unacceptable in my opinion.

      • Matt

        My belief as well.

      • David

        PS3 = fail… just sayin’

        • Matt

          Bethesda = crappy PS3 developer

          • Dovahkiin

            Matt=telling the truth.

  • jmoss2247

    Do we know if the house is heavily customizable or if they will all end up looking fairly similar?

    • Rob Keyes

      Sounds like you can customize it quite a bit – certainly with the size and decor, but we’ll have to wait and see when it releases to see how intricate it really is.

  • Chelsea

    It’s Skyrim meets the Sims… this is incredible!! XD Dreams do come true!

  • frayzure

    you should have just got a xbox instead lol

    • john

      PC is still better. Consoles will never have mods to play with.

      • Cariannis

        Bethesda said there looking into a way to add mods to consoles and if anyone can do that its Bethesda.

      • ATG

        I wouldn’t say “never”, it’s definitely a possibility. Just not current gen.

      • Centurion1453

        Actually we can play mods on our consoles, seriously just google it, it’s possible just a slightly longer process. In truth, PC is no better than consoles just way more expensive

        • GimpytheSpaz

          no you cant add graphics mods or anything to xbox because the systems cant handle them. i have a pc and an xbox. trust me xbox is good for multiplayer games but pc is amazing for single player games

        • yo moma

          and john goes silent…

        • Rob Keyes

          When you play Skyrim on both platforms, then try BF3 on both platforms, then we’ll talk.

      • robert

        Mods are stupid its for people who can’t play the game how they made it because you suck at gaming. Get a life.

        • AmazonKendall

          I didn’t think it was possible for somebody to go full retard, but you might be the first. Congratulations?

        • SV

          Mods add an infinite amount of replayability to a game because you can change just about anything. I played Fallout 3 on PS3 alot (about 150 hours in one character) and finally did just about everything I could. I just bought the game on PC now that I have a computer that can run it and with mods I can replay the entire game with it feeling fresh and new. New enemy types, new guns, new quests. All that extra content for the game for free… Not limited to buying a $10 expansion to add a few hours of play time.

          Not to mention modders are much quicker to patch errors in the game than the developers. They’re often better at it too (tweaking things that are slightly off not just fixing big problems.) And they can make the game look even better with graphics mods (on top of the already superior PC graphics.)

          Im no PC fanboy (I play PS3 mostly) but PC is what can offer the ultimate game experience by offering more immersive graphics, sound, and capability. Modding ability is the greatest thing a developer can give to ensure the extended interest in their game.

          Your comment is ignorant and absolutely moronic.

  • fanofgames

    There is already a build your own home mod for the pc .but dont be fooloed bethesda came up with the idea first. See for yourself in the video what should of been in skyrim. Its what bethesda did while they had some time and the build your own home is in there

    • Rob Keyes

      Yeap, but the community made it actually happen first :)

      Mods ftw!

      • fanofgames

        Which i am so thankful for because its one of my favourite pc mods ! Cant play without it

  • bio

    People are asking why you cant just you know… have kids… do it. Dude you can play as a giant lizard or a giant cat who can get married to a human. Do I need to continue on how messed up that would get?

    • sporeboy100

      NO!!! Don’t want to cause a commotion! sorta brings… *remembers the infamous kiss scene from Sonic Next Gen* back frightening memories too…

  • Luger83

    Oh boy. Build a house. That’s some substantial DLC. Whoo hoo. Yup. Yay. Oh boy.

    • John

      …*cough* and for $5 dollars *cough*

  • Matt

    I’m pissed that this is releasing for Xbox 360 before Dawnguard will release for PS3. F*** you, Bethesda.

    While Hearthfire isn’t substantial DLC, it will be pretty cool for console players like myself. And $5 isn’t TOO bad, although I think they should just release it for free on PSN as an apology for not releasing Dawnguard on PS3 yet. I actually wouldn’t be suprised if Hearthfire releases on PS3 before Dawnguard does, one-month Microsoft exclusivity deal and all.

  • AmazonKendall

    I didn’t think it was possible for somebody to go full retard, but you might be the first. Congratulations?

  • SnnigCircles

    Lol Modding only matters when it changes a lot of things.

  • George

    This is crap. I can do both of those things with mods. I remember Todd Howard saying, that the expansions will have long periods of time between them, but be longer than Oblivions. One month. Minimal content. Nice one.

    • bio

      I remember Oblivion released a bunch of DLC that was something on the line of a evil lair or a giant ice tower between the big period of time with the actual expansions like knight of the nine and shivering isles. Pretty sure this is the equivalent of the houses you could get in oblivion.

  • stryker

    in the trailer it said you can add trophies to impress your friends. does this mean it might come with a co-op mode that would be awesome

  • Dovahkiin

    Im calling new set of horse armor.

  • Dovahkiin

    Im calling This the new set of horse armor.

  • Dovahkiin

    Im calling This the new horse armor.

  • Forest

    Eerily similar to Runescape’s house addition way back when.

  • Jeff

    This is an awesome update for us on the Xbox, thanks Bethesda. Thank you as well for the $5.00 price tag. If you still own a PS3 you should seriously think about upgrading to a Xbox 360 or a PC.

  • Firewhip

    I can’t afford an Xbox or Xbox live. Thats why I have a PS3. I have a PC but not enough room for skyrim…