New Skyrim DLC — The Hearthfire Rises!
Besthesda has announced the second major piece of downloadable content (Called Hearthfire) for 2011’s depends-on-who-you-ask-but-why-not Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Since any player with a pulse enjoyed the holy water out of Skyrim, you can imagine that we here at JTM Games are just a little excited for the prospect of more DLC.
What is Hearthfire? Unlike Skyrim’s first proper DLC package — Dawnguard — Hearthfire seems to be shifting the focus away from sword-and-sorcery role-playing. Players will have the chance to buy a plot of land somewhere in Skyrim and build their own house. The house in Hearthfire will be far more customizable than any players have been able to purchase up until now. There will be options to add greenhouses, gardens, labs, towers, fish hatcheries, as well as purchase animals. Players will be able to design and furnish every room. From the looks of the announcement trailer, Hearthfire will be adding a large number of customizable objects and some cool looking trophies.
But wait, there’s more! Players can also purchase a steward to take care of the grounds, purchase crafting materials, and — oh yes — play music. Not only that, but players now have the option to raise a proper family by adopting and raising children.
My personal thoughts on Hearthfire? Meh… well, meh-plus. It looks as though it’ll be adding some cool new options to further immerse players in the Elder Scrolls universe, but it doesn’t look particularly deep. Don’t get me wrong. I love Skyrim and want more opportunities to dive back in. Dawnguard was fun and took a step in the right direction — despite still not having been released for PS3 — but, when one considers the amazing third party mods and Bethesda’s own tantalizing developer jam, it wasn’t terribly substantial either.
Skyrim is so big and so awesome that it feels like a waste for it to “only” have a 50-60 hour main quest. Where are the real stories in Skyrim happening? Where’s the story of a group of Forsworn who’ve managed to tame dragons and wreak havoc upon the countryside? The story of the clan of Dwemer who’ve been living isolated underground, still at the height of their mechanical glory? The story that begins with rumours of Dark Elves from Morrowind having invaded the eastern border…
It’s not exactly horse armor, but Hearthfire seems like a safe, Sims-lite addition to sate plays until the “BOOYA” DLC arrives. It drops September 4th.
What aspects of Skyrim: Hearthfire are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comment section below.