With the Skyrim creation kit providing fans endless additional community generated content (and millions of downloads for the Steam Workshop) and Bethesda providing free updades including Kinect voice integration, improved kill cams, horse combat and more, coupled with the announcement of The Elder Scrolls Online, the franchise is in overdrive.

As if fans needed more at this point, Bethesda is back to take back the spotlight from their partners at ZeniMax Online Studios (developers of The Elder Scrolls MMO) by unveiling the first full gameplay trailer for Dawnguard, the first add-on expansion for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

From the beginning, the leaders of Bethesda made it clear that unlike with Oblivion (see: Horse Armor) they’re not going to release small pieces of DLC and instead would aim to provide “substantial” and large expansions (Morrowind style) for Skyrim. It was in March when they trademarked the name “Dawnguard” and we knew right away what is was.

Dawnguard was official announced at the beginning of the month and while we were told that nothing new would be shown on it until E3, Bethesda today released its first official trailer, and it looks amazing.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dawnguard

At E3 2012, Dawnguard will be joined by Dishonored, The Elder Scrolls Online, Doom 3: BFG and we’re not sure about the delayed Prey 2. The latter was one of our highlights of E3 2011 but since then some rumors pointed towards it being cancelled, until Bethesda made the official announcement that they were not happy with its development and that it was being pushed until next year. There’s also of course, the inevitable Doom 4 but that could be a while away if its to launch for next-gen consoles. Either way, good stuff lays ahead for Bethesda and parent company ZeniMax, especially if they can spin some positive buzz for their MMO.

Thanks to an exclusivity agreement with Microsoft, the advertising so far has strictly focused on Dawnguard’s release for the Xbox 360. It’ll be available for download for 1600 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE this summer.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is available for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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