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Skyrim DLC 2: Hearthfire is the main contender

Skyrim’s Dawnguard expansion has yet to release on the PS3 and Xbox 360 platforms, but discussion has already begun on what Bethesda is planning next for their following DLC. The name ‘Hearthfire’ is slowly emerging as the main contender for the next Skyrim DLC title, but should we expect something similar in size to Dawnguard, or a much bigger world to explore this time around?

If you ask most Xbox 360 owners if they are satisfied with Dawnguard in terms of content duration, the majority of them will probably say yes, without a doubt. The fact that the expansion gives you a choice between vampires and the Dawnguard and both paths are different essentially doubles up on Bethesda’s previous 20 hour estimation.

However, if you ask the same question to loyal Oblivion fans who have poured over 300 hours into that game, they may still not be satisfied with the length of Dawnguard’s content and would much rather prefer an expansion similar in the mold of Shivering Isles for the next DLC.

So back to the mystery Hearthfire rumors though – does this name really sound like a massive new world to explore? It doesn’t to us and considering that Hearthfire is taken from a conjuration book within Skyrim, we would assume that Bethesda is just taking another little portion of the existing game and expanding on it – the same pattern as Dawnguard.

You can pick up the book in various locations in Skyrim, but a little fact that you may not know about is that the Hearthfire book is also located in Oblivion too in the Bruma chapel. It has already been confirmed that like Dawnguard before it, Zenimax has acquired the trademark for this name, so it’s odd on we feel to be connected to the second DLC expansion.

Back to reality though – Dawnguard isn’t even out for PS3 and PC, so we’re guessing that it is going to be a very long time before we hear some official details on the next DLC. What are your initial ideas on an expansion called Hearthfire? Do you agree with our wishes for an expansion similar to Shivering Isles?

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