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Skyrim Hearthfire: Story behind new DLC

It only seems like yesterday when Hearthfire was announced as the next DLC expansion for Skyrim, but already Bethesda are preparing to release it for Xbox 360. It is going to be available to buy exclusively this week and we have a fantastic insight for you to check out which gives you a clear idea of the thinking process that went into making the new content.

Let’s forget the current situation for PS3 with Dawnguard for a second, as we’ve wrote about that countless times now and it’s best to just wait until Bethesda drops an official update. The company are now firmly shifting focus to Hearthfire and regardless if they had been working on this when they should have been working on PS3 Dawnguard, there’s no denying that Hearthfire looks fantastic, even if the content is smaller than Dawnguard in size.

It’s the scope that Bethesda will want you to embrace though, as building your own house and family will hopefully provide you with that final piece of the jigsaw in your epic 300 hour plus adventure as you look to settle down and experience a different kind of Elder Scrolls lifestyle.

Bethesda has revealed a Hearthfire diary on their website, which shares the thoughts of Bruce Nesmith – the lead designer for the new content. Like other new content seen in Dawnguard, he reveals that the main concept behind Hearthfire was developed during the company’s GameJam event, in which employees have a collective fun day and go crazy on new ideas that were not included in the base game.

Expanding on the house crafting abilities appeared to get the green light from Bethesda’s Todd Howard and we also get the revelation that Minecraft was also one of the main inspirations for the new content – ironic given the fact that ZeniMax and Minecraft owner Mojang were recently in the courts over a copyright issue involving the term ‘Scrolls’.

It’s clear that Hearthfire is going to offer gamers a lot more than simply building a house though, with the option to place elaborate items such as greenhouses, singing bards and even mounted mudcrabs inside your new palace. The new expansion is out September 4th, so not long to wait at all.

Will you be buying Hearthfire, or are you disappointed that there wasn’t any other features included in the expansion, other than building a house?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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chris
chris

skyrim dlc idea an Arena would be nice mongrel on mongrel the roar of the crowd loved it in Oblivion and fallout nv. the only change would be when you beat the arena you have the choice to fight men or beast thanks Bethesda keep it coming

Sven Svenson
Sven Svenson

Kudos for the GameJam, but this is beyond stupid. Trying to attract Sims/Fable players maybe? Houses are just big storage areas. If you’re spending any significant amount of time in them, you’re playing wrong. Or you should just buy a PC and mod the game yourself. On a console, and making us pay for it… Really Bethesda?

paul raymond
paul raymond

The only problem i have is that werebears and spears werenot put in the dlc because like werewolves werebears are in leagends and books and spears looked realy good and i allso think the dlc is to short to actualy be a dlc there is not a nuff stuff on it.

Skyrim Dreamer
Skyrim Dreamer

I agree with yoyoyoyo he has a good point. Anyway I will be getting Heartfire and I belive that it will be fun and as long as it costs less than 7 US dollars I beleive it will be worth it. I hope they make some sort of expansion focusing on ships pirates, trade and northern Island chains.

wash.hasted
wash.hasted

i was really hoping to interact with npc’s and objects from horseback. 🙁

Raianfokuna
Raianfokuna

damn still not out here in the uk

Nick
Nick

Damn, still waiting on it. Shouldn’t it be out by now. It’s closing in on 3am on the west coast of the US

Danniel Cyle Harris

i still dont see it on marketplace

nick
nick

Has anyone seen it on the Xbox market place yet?

WeRlegion
WeRlegion

Lol@John! Looks like a broke ass prarie n*ghee. Of course he likes the 360 bettter haha goof!

John Peter LoFaro Jr.

I feel bad for the PS3 owners. But well, Playstation sucks. Dawnguard was good and Hearthfire looks great!

yoyoyoyo
yoyoyoyo

FYI Bethesda has different teams working on different things. Just because the PS3 team is having difficulties doesn’t mean that the content being worked on by other teams should be stopped.

Nick
Nick

Anyone know if it’s out yet?

ss
ss

I want to play the DlC about the returning of Slowelves and Dwarvens

Anti-elderschrolls!!!!!!!!
Anti-elderschrolls!!!!!!!!

You ppl are idiots this game blows everythin looks the same the quests are all the same and you have no options building a house, then what? Sit and stare at it? I dont know but that just sounds so boring. I helped them win the war and they said thanks for everything then kicked me out the door because they didnt need me anymore, seriously? Not even a medal? Or fancy title? Boring boring boring way to go building up my hopes then waisting my time

Bom Kitinan

What about my Dawnguard ? : (

T. Bone
T. Bone

The only thing I have to say is, PS3 guys, stop hating!! If you want the full game exp., go get a 360, bottom line!!!!!

Loriane Sostre

can`t wait for tomorrow

SK
SK

WHAT TIME DOES IT COME OUT IN AUSTRALIA?

Console Fanboys, I
Console Fanboys, I

Meanwhile on PC, there was house building months ago for free…

Also @be1bf7909f4258a19af6ad864aee0dd9:disqus XBOX uses HDMI 1.2 whereas PS3 uses HDMI 1.3

chakotay007
chakotay007

they should make it to where your companion in the game could be a friend online

Flapjack
Flapjack

It’s the 4th… Anxiously waiting!

maffman
maffman

cant wait for it to come but will it come to me and the amazing ps3 of is it going to be like dawngaurd and totaly ignore us ps3 players

Scottish PS3 Fan
Scottish PS3 Fan

oh sorry did i offend you……………………….. EAT MORE HAGGIS

Scottish PS3 Fan
Scottish PS3 Fan

talking sh1t

KillSony!
KillSony!

Yeah sorry about what I said earlier I just got a little caught up in the argument still buy a game boy it’s still better than ps3.

KillSony!
KillSony!

It’s because ps3 is the worst console ever if you want a cheap better console get a game boy you ps3 loving F###S!

Scottish PS3 Fan
Scottish PS3 Fan

(dawnguard looks crap werewolves No.1) i don’t care if you play xbox or pc i’v been a fan of playstation since ps1 so no childish fanboy is going to make me switch (FREEDOM!!!!!)

Derek Geraghty
Derek Geraghty

Feel bad about the PS3 Dawnguard thing (as I’m also a PS3 Skyrim player), but know it’s down to limitations on the PS3 system and not Bethesda’s fault – at least they’ve been brave enough to ‘fess-up’ about it having issues… REALLY looking forward to Hearthfire on the 360 though, and I’ll be getting that as soon as it hits Marketplace!

Stanzi Wolf

Hope they fixed the problem where if you put something in a display case it ends up on the other side of the room.

BadBesIsBad
BadBesIsBad

I won’t buy the new DLC in my PC and Xbox until they done with Dawnguard on PS3. This is unfair for most of my friends!

Richard Martinez

hmm wonder what they left out of the trailer …

xbox
xbox

@ae0d6aadd968ecff10fa6a26c9528b90:disqus get a hdmi cable for xbox and then your all set 😀

Swagking
Swagking

Dear @2d9105b6e257a401892d041c484ec14a:disqus buying a new console and skyrim is a lot of money my friend. btw i laugh at 360 players when they say 360 graphics and all is better when the 360 cant even play blue ray, can it? when the ps3 can and its game discs are blue ray discs if you didn’t know already while the 360 game discs aren’t basically 360 is 720p and ps3 is 1080p so have fun bro.

XBOX 360 User
XBOX 360 User

I love skyrim and love my skyrim wifey:) Now we can adopt kids.

LIKE A BOSS!
LIKE A BOSS!

Forget Dawnguard. Can’t wait for Hearthfire on XBOX!

Xbox King
Xbox King

Well if you want Dawnguard so much why not switch to the better console and get it…?

PS3 skyrimmer
PS3 skyrimmer

I WANT DAWNGUARD FOR THE PS3!!!!!!!!!!!!

A guy
A guy

I’d pick this up since its only 4.99 or so… unlike $20 dawn guard…

PS3 User
PS3 User

WANT… DAWNGUARD…….. NAO!!!!!!!!!

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