Today is the launch day for the Skyrim Hearthfire DLC on Xbox 360, and after a shaky start thanks to Xbox Live going down for a short period, it is time to get started with the new DLC. The first thing to learn how to do is start Skyrim Hearthfire, and while this seems pretty obvious it had been an issue for some gamers when Dawnguard first launched. We found a few players finding it difficult to access the Fort Dawnguard quest, although the second DLC is a lot easier to start.
How to start Skyrim Hearthfire — the first thing you will want to do is go to a town, and once you get there you’ll find a courier that offers you a note. You can see this note in the image below, which starts a quest to speak to the Jarl of Dawnstar and there you get to find out how to purchase your first land.
The note explains that some undeveloped land has become available, and the Jarl wants to offer you the opportunity to become “a landowner in the Pale“. It is worth noting that you might get a different message depending on where and how you meet the courier, which could lead to a number of other Jarl’s offering you land to build a house.
Skyrim Hearthfire will also let you find land for sale and build a house in Falkreath, Hjaalmarch, and of course The Pale as stated above. We’ll be getting hands-on to build a house in all these areas, and will deliver our quick reviews in the coming days and weeks. If you end up buying land in each of these areas, then feel free to hit the comments with your experience.
We only played Skyrim Hearthfire for under an hour to give our readers a quick first impressions and how to get started, although when you visit the Jarl’s steward in Falkreath you’re given an opportunity of adopting children from the Riften orphanage. In the limited time we spent in Hearthfire we’ve built an animal pen, stables, and garden. Surprisingly vampires have already attacked us, although keep connected to PR for further details on each of the areas, tips, and how to buy land within the add-on.
Have you downloaded Skyrim Hearthfire yet, and if you are on the PS3 do you hold much hope of seeing the DLC make it to your platform? You can see a video below that shows some Skyrim Hearthfire gameplay, and also a visual look at how to get started.