Skyrim DLC release date prediction via insight

 

By Posted 6 Jan 2012, 20:24

If you have been playing Skyrim since its release you have probably completed the game’s main quest, so what’s next? Well there’s loads of side quests to take on, but these are quite repetitive and not very challenging, we suppose you could play through the game again with another race – but that won’t interest all of you, therefore what people really want is downloadable-content which will bring completely new quests to Skyrim.

Today we thought we would look at some games which Bethesda Softworks have developed in recent times and see if there’s any pattern which may perhaps help us predict just when Skyrim DLC will hit Xbox Live, the PlayStation Network and Steam. Before we get started let’s not forget that back in June Bethesda’s Executive Producer and Game Director, Todd Howard, previously stated that Skyrim add-ons would be more substantial than what we have seen from Bethesda in the past – so nothings set-in-stone.

Let’s start with Oblivion, this game was first released in March 2006 and soon after plenty of small downloadable packages were available to download such as horse armour, however we had to wait a little longer for additional quests. Firstly ‘The Orrery’ arrived in early April, but it wasn’t very extensive, the same could be said about ‘The Wizard’s Tower’, some larger-scale DLC arrived in June but we had to wait until November when ‘Knights of the Nine’ arrived when we could finally say that a substantial add-on had arrived – so we had to wait roughly 8 months in all.

The next notable release developed by Bethesda was Fallout 3, this hit all platforms in October 2008 and we don’t have to explain just how successful this game was. This time round Bethesda scrapped small downloadable packs and instead brought five expansions to the game, the first of which arrived almost exactly 3 months after the game’s release, the next four installments arrived within the next seven months (roughly 6-8 weeks apart).

Prior to Skyrim the last game which Bethesda Softworks had developed and released was Fallout: New Vegas – this arrived in late October 2010. Bethesda released four expansions which were similar in terms of size of content as Fallout 3, the first hit Xbox Live in late December, whilst PS3 and PC gamers had to wait until February 2012 – this means that 360 gamers had to wait roughly two months for the first DLC release, whilst everyone else had to wait four months. The next DLC release hit Xbox Live in May and was exclusive to Microsoft’s console for one month – all subsequent releases arrived at the same time on all platforms (‘Old World Blues’ July 19th and ‘Lonesome Road’ September 20).

Before we begin our Skyrim DLC release date predictions we will quickly remind you that the first two DLC packs will be coming to Xbox Live first, also we must point out that our predictions are based on previous trends and could in fact turn out to be far-from accurate.

If we had to place a bet on when Skyrim’s first lot of DLC will arrive we think it will come between 8 weeks and 12 weeks after the game’s release, however as we have heard no mention of DLC yet we think it will be closer to 12 weeks than 8. We believe that is development goes to plan content will be announced in late January and will arrive on Xbox Live somewhere around February 11, it won’t hit other platforms until at least 30 days later. After this we expect subsequent releases to be spaced out two months apart, the second DLC release will also boast at least 30 days of exclusivity on Xbox Live, but after this all other Skyrim DLC should hit all platforms at the same time.

So there you have it folks, we have been brave and predicted that the first-ever Skyrim DLC release will take place on roughly February 11, 2012 for Xbox Live (and a month later for other platforms), we then think this will be followed by more releases every two to three months – do you think that our prediction will turn out to be accurate?

  • http://www.pc-friendly.net/ Darren Hill

    I am in the camp of “There is sooo much to explore” that I could probably spend till June before I am bored of existing content. I’ll wait patiently for solid content and hope I get to explore what’s here first. I’d hate to ignore existing content because of the new stuff so I hope they make me wait.

    • Anonymous

      I bought the GOTY version of Oblivion and spent my life in the shivering isles without even realising it wasnt the main game lol so i get what you mean.

    • Epsilos

      Dude we’re at the same camp 0.O

  • Ecpavell

    Bethesda didn’t develop Fallout: New Vegas.

  • Jack

    Multiplayer online 2-4 co-op for the dlc?

    • Ecpavell

      They already said they’d never do multiplayer. Ever. No variation of multiplayer. No co-op, no competitive, no MMO. The Elder Scrolls is a single-player experience, and Todd Howard has said that that’s all it is ever going to be. Ever.

      • DiminishedSR

        No, he said they wouldn’t make multiplayer a priority, as they would rather make the game BETTER than to turn it into a simple “multiplayer” hit to bring in customers. However, he did say it didn’t  mean Bethesda WILL or WON’T put it in. Bethesda can’t just ignore their customer’s wants, and sadly, most want it to be multiplayer whether it be online, system-link, or split screen. I was listening to some podcasts just so you know I’m not just running my mouth :)

        • Ecpavell

          “Bethesda can’t just ignore [its] customer’s[sic] wants…” Sure they can, as long as ignoring them doesn’t lose sales. Nobody is going to boycott the next Elder Scrolls game because it won’t be multiplayer. If they’re one of the annoyingly vocal few who actually want such a misstep, they’ll buy the game and complain, but they’ll still have bought the game. WHich brings me to my next point:  MOST people don’t want them to be multiplayer. Most people like that the Elder Scrolls is, in a market sense, a single-player alternative to World of Warcraft. Were Bethesda to “give in to the massive amount of consumer desire that does’t actually exist”, they’d lose faith from their customers who like the differentiation. Besides, does anybody who wants multiplayer actually consider just how awful it would be?

        • wicked

          what people fail to realise is that bethesda is talking about adding multiplayer to the game when it launches it would take away from it being as immersive. but if they add it as dlc all they would be doing adding to the already existing game that is already finished. and if sombody that does not have friends does not want the dlc they dont have to buy it. and sorry to bust your bubble but majority of people that play skyrim is calling for multiplayer and coop. and last but not least, how do people pull WOW in to this its not a multiplayer or coop its a MMO and has nothing to do with what we are talking about

        • Ecpavell

          How exactly do you expect multiplayer functionality to be added to this game by a download? Moreover, how would multiplayer even work? Two Dragonborn, effectively making the entire Main Questline senseless? A Dragonborn and a henchman à la Fable II? The game isn’t built for multiplayer functionality of any kind. And this people brought WoW into this for two reasons: 1) because some chumps are asking for an Elder Scrolls MMO, and 2) because lists pack more punch when they have three items instead of just two.

        • Ecpavell Sucks

          RAGE is a great game and it has the main questline and then it has an entirely different questline for the Legends of the Wasteland, which is the co-op. I think co-op Skyrim would be great and for n00bs like you they could just put it as an alternate questline or something.

        • Malice419

          it would be interesting to see what happens when 1 dohvakin kills another, would he absorb his soul?
          maybe some sort of arena for 1 on 1 fights but other than that it would be a bad idea

        • Cmk12321

          Whats so wrong with splitscreen, or an invite-only cooperative session? who doesnt want to run around skyrim with their buddy and take over caves or slay some dragons? So what if it is awful, it will still be fun. Don’t be so one minded. I bet half the guys saying,” Multiplayer will ruin the game.” would take back those words if they actually did put it in.

        • Venomhatez

          I agree kinda like fable 3 Multi player would be nice..

        • Cmk12321

          Whats so wrong with splitscreen, or an invite-only cooperative session? who doesnt want to run around skyrim with their buddy and take over caves or slay some dragons? So what if it is awful, it will still be fun. Don’t be so one minded. I bet half the guys saying,” Multiplayer will ruin the game.” would take back those words if they actually did put it in.

        • Anrikay

          Bethesda will ignore what the customer wants if they feel that it will make the game better. Even if 99% of Skyrim players wanted multiplayer, they have to stick with the original game idea. The game idea is total immersiveness, which is impossible with multiplayer when you have to deal with bratty 12-year-olds trolling the game. I believe that Bethesda will do as they have in the past, and stick to the ideal of the game.

        • Darkpretzel

          i would of liked to have been able to mess around skyrim with atleast one of my frineds online, doing stupid stuff in skyrim by yourself is cool but is much better with a friend 

      • Josh C

        wow was that just to flame people? Can’t believe how much I’ve seen this hashed out. I love skyrim! I don’t want other people running around in my little fantasy world screwing it up. 

    • Anonymous

      Its not happening, no chance whatsoever.

    • http://profiles.google.com/max43kline max kline

       that would suck…people would be pausing it constantly to change weapons or spells, think about it…this game is meant to be played one player. If they made it more live action, like the way u select spells in the first Fable then maybe it could work otherwise who wants to sit and wait for their friend to decide between a sword or a bow and then change his mind and then get hit by an attack and have to pause it again to select a healing spell, nah f that

  • Tylerl424

    i hope it hits February cause im starting to get bored with 80 hours in.

    • Formerdave

      150 hours here, and I aint bored at all :)

      • biomecha

        im 250 in, and there is nothing to do other then generic quests, some dlc really would be nice but ill wait for some big quality work

      • Josh C

        I’ve logged 200, stopped playing and now I’m missing it. I’m waiting for DLC so it feels fresh again

  • Mistamatrix

    How can you have written this and not mentioned Shivering Isles for Oblivion???

  • Manny Dee

    I can see how this assessment makes sense, but you forgot about the fact that Howard said they want to lower the number of add-ons for Skyrim in favor of creating more and better content. With this said, the DLC will be larger than those released for Fallout 3 or Oblivion. With that said, I myself would say we’ll see the first one coming out 1st week of March.

    • Formerdave

      “Before we get started let’s not forget that back in June Bethesda’s Executive Producer and Game Director, Todd Howard, previously stated that Skyrim add-ons would be more substantial than what we have seen from Bethesda in the past – so nothings set-in-stone.”

      so this means nothing to you??? 

  • Ashke

    Filler article with no real substance.

    Try taking a page from the now defunct Mac Week magazine. Hold some exclusive VIP party once a year with free booze and hot eye candy chicks and dudes and invite a few developers at Bethesda and other companies followed up with some equivalent swag like the famous Mac The Knife coffee mugs etc for tips ad info that prove correct.

    That is how Mac Week got the goods on Apple releases months before anyone else. Until Andy Gore, (yes I mention his name with venom for the damage he did) Editor in Snake at Mac Publishing killed Mac Week magazine for an exclusive insiders deal with Steve Jobs who then immidiately reneged on the deal and ignored Mac World and all other Mac magazines.

    Learn from the past and write some real articles with teeth and real substance to them. Meanwhile, this article could be summed up in one sentence and achieve the same mediocre ad buys.

  • Dan

    I just want to point out that Bethesda Softworks did not DEVELOP Fallout: New Vegas.  This game was produced by Bethesda but developed by Obsidian Entertainment.  There is a difference betweeen publishing and developing 

    • Ecpavell

      Beat you to it.

  • Dovahkiin

    How about trying too get all the achievements or at least doing the guild questlines before complaining that you’re bored. I don’t think things get repetitive unless you are doing the radiant quests; which are randomly generated and are there mostly as a way to make some money on the side.

    • Ecpavell

      The guild questlines are embarrassingly short, though. The questlines from Oblivion were all twice as long as their Skyrim counterparts. I, personally, got bored when the Dark Brotherhood storyline ended without any actual dramatic build-up. Without spoiling anything, it felt like the climax was only climactic in retrospect.

    • Glen Raiski

      I’ve done the main quest, all guild quest, about 100 other quests and now i’m bored i’m replaying oblivion and morrowind again… 

      • Speltier26

        That’s why other games exist…don’t be afraid to play another one.

      • Josh C

        or you could just go outside dude damn

    • Jesus

      I have done absolutely everything there is to do other than the repetitive radiant quests. 

  • Smithy

    “this arrived in late October 2010.
    Bethesda released four expansions which were similar in terms of size of
    content as Fallout 3, the first hit Xbox Live in late December, whilst
    PS3 and PC gamers had to wait until February 2012″.

    2011*.

  • Corydyck1

    I would not like Skyrim multiplayer.People would just mess up your game and it would suck. I personally enjoy to tackle my Elder scrolls alone. As well the guild quest lines were so short I found them stupid.

  • Corydyck1

    I would not like Skyrim multiplayer.People would just mess up your game and it would suck. I personally enjoy to tackle my Elder scrolls alone. As well the guild quest lines were so short I found them stupid.

  • Cornwall1298

    Guys, Bethesda didn’t develop Fallout: New Vegas ap scrap that.

  • http://twitter.com/McLego Michael Gleeson

    Poor punctuation, misattributing New Vegas to Bethesda Game Studios and ignoring the free plug-ins for Morrowind. I do not approve of this article.

    • Xxprince_punkxx

      No one cares what you approve of.

  • Justin

    Bethesda didn’t develop new vegas they produced. What the guy meant in the article is that they did develop the dlc for new vegas, which indeed they did.

    • Ecpavell

      No, Bethesda didn’t develop the DLC for New Vegas either.

  • Kruney

    You did not mention Shivering Isles DLC for Oblivion.

  • Ghgjgjhkkkk

    stfu u nerds

    • Troll Teabagger

      stfu homo troll. Go back into your basement.

  • Yes Man

    To The Author of This Article:

    You mentioned that Fallout New Vegas has official DLC that won’t be released until Feb 2012? Uh… you  might want to check your timeline because I believe that all official Fallout New Vegas DLC are out and done with.

    • Just A Courier

      Stop trolling, it’s obviously a typo he means Feb. 2011.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tinman-Adams/100001026171197 Tinman Adams

    i agree with your prediction to a degree… you forgot to mention that todd howard was also putting game mechanics on the board, which to me could mean a LOT of work… i can wait till march

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Robertson/795064166 Ben Robertson

    Don’t forget that Bethesda also put out Brink. I believe that was the last game they released before Skyrim.

  • Roy

    Bethesda did not develop Brink or Fallout New Vegas Bethesda Published those

  • Uhurus

    forgot to mention Shivering isles, to me a substantional dlc package you could use to predict Skyrims dlc.

  • Uhurus

    Oke, Fallout Newvegas whasn’t developed by Bethesda Neither…
    This is shamefull to read

    • Firelordrev

      yes it was. asshat

  • ZionNagini

    this article is horse **** most of the info is wrong or missing

  • Bobfarts101

    I still think a damn meteor just needs to come and destoy TES. hell yeah!!

  • Bobfarts101

    I still think a damn meteor just needs to come and destoy TES. hell yeah!!

  • LordofSkyrim

    I think Solstheim (Bloodmoon from Morrowind) will be a DLC package for Skyrim. I completed the mage questline and noticed when you use the focue crystal, you were able to see all of Tamriel. And north of Skyrim…… was the island of Solstheim.

    • Superpyro70

      hopefully your prediction is true. :) 

  • Laurieradvice

    1. Put in throwing knives
    2. Dwemer dlc
    3. The ability to create and color your own weapons
    4. Getting captured by alik’rs and getting taken to hammerfell arena to fight
    5. You should put arena’s in the game
    6. Ability to create your own spells and arrows
    6. More companion dialogues
    7. Dragon weapons(there is only the armor)
    8. Fighting the thalmor
    9. Flying on a dragon
    10. Horse mount fighting and horse armor

    A man can dream…..

  • game101

    I think I’m about sick of the “exclusive” release dates for the Xbox. I didn’t buy a single dlc pack for fallout 3 for that reason alone. The game comes out at the same time everywhere so should the dlc. This fan boy BS is old. Xbox has more money because kids play on it and parents are willing to buy the subscription aka babysitter for that reason. Ps3 it would never fly since probably 90% of their fan base is adults that don’t want to pay twice for something. But game manufacturers need to realize that are losing sales because of the “exclusivity”.

    • Stronny

      This comment is posted as a fanboy comment. Go cry to someone else.

    • Superpyro70

      dude Xbox gamers pay for “Gold” so they can actually do stuff the PS3 can do but PS3 can such for free (but you have to deal with a shitty network). So I think Xbox should be able to have the “exclusive” releases.
      P.S.  I’m not a kid whose 12, playing rated ‘M’ games.  
      P.S.S.  Your only whining cuz your Mommy didn’t get you a Xbox with a gold account.   :P 

    • Saucey

      Think of it this way, Xbox gets it first, and if there are issues they can be fixed for PS3. So instead of thinking of yourself as some righteous adult gamer, who is all knowing cause you buy your own games and your so smart you won’t buy “something twice” just remember when someone hacks PSN again and I’m still playing on Live we all get the same stuff. 

  • Gome

    To bad Feburary 11 is passed.

  • Jor 123

    obiviosly the person who made this article didnt research to well (or play the game himself ?). but seconedly to the people who only come here to complain about how this article is shamful thats just dumb and really just nerdy. i mean the guy who got the article should have got things right the first time. it just makes me laugh that the only thing you contributed to the convo is that you have strong feeling about how incorrect he was get over yourself, or better yet make you own articles that are better on your own website and keep your nerdy stupid comments somewhere where people want to look at them.

  • Jor 123

    now on the subject of multiplayer in skyrim like has been said before not having it is better to keep your head better in the game and in the world. to add multiplayer would be to change the intire design of the game. you would need to redesign the dungeons to acomadate more people. dum the graphics so it runs smoothly. id keep adding things to change if it went multiplayer but those two alone make it something i dont want to see. at least not in the main story line or world. but i do admit mutiplayer in some form would be cool like someone earlyier mentioned a differnt alternat just multiplayer story line might not be a bad idea. so thats my input haha. oh and please dont comment on how my spelling is wrong thats for kids with ocd or just strait nerds so dont makes you look like a square l8ter =)

    • Djjw29f

      laugh out loud, You make a spelling mistake.

    • Lego1965

      It all depends on how you play, me..i was well over 100 hours before i even fought a dragon, im at 170 hours and have only finished 4 main quest but i did 176 miscelaenous quest and am still discovering new areas and items, in fact just now visited the mountain dudes about the shouts.i never fast travel use a horse or use a npc to accompany me just glass armor and a bow, no sword, no majic, no weapons. my bow hits at over 450 damage before potions or 3x sneek, have 4 houses and 3 with house chicks, i just do what ever never look at the quest screen just talk to npc in game