Skyrim: Hearthfire DLC announced, watch the trailer here

Tuesday, 28th August 2012 15:05 GMT By Dave Cook

Skyrim: Hearthfire is the second official expansion for Bethesda’s sprawling RPG. It’s launching September 4 exclusively on Xbox Live for the low price of 400 MS Points.

An official Bethesda statement announced the expansion, along with a list of new features, “Hearthfire allows you to purchase land and build your own home from the ground up – from a simple one-room cottage to a sprawling compound complete with armory, alchemy laboratory, and more. Choose your land, customize your house, guard it from unwanted visitors, and turn your house into a home by adopting children.”

  • Choose Your Land – Choose from property in the salt marshes of Hjaalmarch, the forests of Falkreath, or the vast tundra of The Pale. For the more ambitious landowner, purchase multiple plots and start building a real estate empire.
  • Customize Your Home – Expand your home with a variety of room combinations including an armory, alchemy tower, kitchen, trophy room and more. Grow plants in your new greenhouse, cultivate slaughterfish in the fish hatchery, house your Arcane Enchanter in the enchanting tower, or display your latest conquest in the trophy room. Add additional features like stables, mills, smelters, gardens and more.
  • New Objectives and Interactions – Guard your home from unwanted visitors like marauding kidnappers, armed bandits, and skeever infestations. Turn almost any follower into your personal steward to improve and protect your home. Or if you require more help, hire a personal bard or carriage driver to ease the burdens of home ownership.

  • Adoption – Transform your house into a home with Hearthfire’s all-new adoption system. Adopt children and discover new ways to interact with your family. Play games with the kids, allow them to have pets and gain new bonuses from having a family.

There is currently no word on a PS3 or PC release.



  1. YoungZer0

    You can already do this in the PC version.

    Mods ftw.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. BULArmy

    Skyrim’s Horse Armor? Houses are nice, but not something I will pay especially in single player game.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Giskard

    Or you could just play Sims. Just sayin’

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Christopher Jack

    Nvm, this was probably just adapted from some mod & sold onto XBL ‘cuz PC players can already do shit like this, should have read/watched before posting.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Sadismek

    So… that’s it?!

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Telepathic.Geometry

    As free DLC to keep people interested in and playing Skyrim, I say that’s cool. As paid DLC, it would want to be extremely cheap. I can’t help thinking they would have made this pill much easier to swallow if they stuck this in with some other DLC pack, like Dawnguard.

    Imagine it, you could be a badass vamp, and build your own lair. Nice. Or, vampire-slayer badass with his mini-fortress, kids, stewards and maybe a few vamp-killing henchmen/bodyguards…

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    Ahaha LOL.

    With MODS you can do absolutely the same thing on the PC for free.

    this feature on the PC was since TES III Morrowind.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dave Cook

    @7 Well yes, of course you can do the same thing on PC already. But what if – like me – people don’t have the PC version?

    Am I missing some kind of funny joke here?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    @8, Of course not, but if you are a TES fan I think the best option will be a PC version. IMO

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Phoenixblight

    TES has been on consoles and doesn’t matter what version of the game you played. If you played the game and liked it you are a “true” fan of TES. The platform is a just a preference, it doesn’t make you any less of a fan because you chose one platform over the other.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. M. K.

    @Dave: You’re missing that there are normal people who play video games and others who play on their PCs and are not really normal :D

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Gadzooks!

    If you dont game in at least 4k resolution then you hate games and you have horrid lesions on your face, which is incidentally spitting at nuns and swearing at children while you mercilessly bum baby otters in front of them. Fact!

    #12 2 years ago
  13. OrbitMonkey

    Skyrim is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Kabby

    Where’s the trailer then? :P

    #14 2 years ago
  15. ejams

    Still no news on Dawnguard for PS3 then, huh :/

    #15 2 years ago

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