[Update: Watch the Skyrim: Dragonborn trailer!]

Nearly a year ago, Bethesda‘s tremendous fifth instalment of their award-winning franchise, The Elder Scrolls, landed with all the ferocity of the dragons within. Since then, two DLC packages have been released, and while Dawnguard opened up a new and exciting path for players to explore, Hearthfire failed to reach as wide an audience, ultimately due to its lack of new content.

Regardless of the latter, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim continues to be a huge success, with enough player-made modifications to keep even the most hardcore players busy. For fans of the game who have had their fingers crossed for the next fully-fledged DLC release, however, there is a new hope: Bethesda Game Studios has just dropped a teaser image that lends a fair amount of credibility to recent rumors regarding what the DLC might be.

Much discussion has taken place over the past few weeks, with the alleged uncovering of some very interesting information regarding Skyrim‘s next DLC. Rumored to be titled “Dragonborn,” it is expected to feature the island of Solstheim, a location in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. It is also rumored to include mounted spellcasting, dragon mounts, new armor sets (which are also based on Morrowind) and more.

Skyrim DLC Dragonborn Teaser

Bethesda’s latest teaser image opens up a lot of potential for debate regarding the upcoming ‘Skyrim’ DLC.

Curiously, the recently tweeted teaser image offers the first official evidence to suggest the rumors are true. The masked figure bears a striking resemblance to the ancient ‘Dragon Priest’ enemies who are found throughout the land of Skyrim. Could this character be something else? A dragon rider, perhaps? Other elements of the helm also appear to be linked to the Daedric prince of fate, Hermaeus Mora who makes an appearance in Skyrim during the side quest “Discerning the Transmundane.” The reward for the quest is an exceptionally powerful tome, which is directly related to the Daedric prince, and significantly boosts the skill levels of all talents when read.

If there’s one thing Bethesda has been very good at, it’s creating a story with as much passion and depth as beloved writers like J. R. R. Tolkien and George R. R. Martin. Considering their attention to detail and interweaving plot elements, it’s not out of the question that the above observations are accurate. Of course, only time will tell what Bethesda has in store, but they have kindly announced an upcoming trailer for the DLC, set to release on the 5th. With any luck, players will be able to catch the first glimpse of dragon mounts. How about it, Ranters: are you excited to witness the next chapter of the Skyrim story?

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. While the PS3 version does not currently have DLC support, the upcoming 1.8 update is shaping up to remedy that situation.

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