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New Skyrim DLC Info Potentially Leaked

/ Aug 24th, 2012 16 Comments

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Is “Hearthfire” the title for Skyrim’s new DLC expansion? Even though the first DLC Dawnguard was just released on PC (and with no PS3 release on the horizon, mind you) it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Bethesda would already have something in the works for their hit game.

In May, Bethesda parent company ZeniMax filed a trademark for the name Hearthfire. The official documentation from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for Hearthfire reads: “Computer game software for use with computers and video game consoles; downloadable computer game software offered via the internet and wireless devices.” Well, that seems pretty cut and dry to me. And of course Bethesda is keeping tight-lipped dishing out the usual “we don’t comment” line.


The name Hearthfire itself wouldn’t be too big of a deal if it wasn’t actually a part of Elder Scrolls lore. For those who don’t know, Hearthfire is actually a month in the fictional world of Tamriel and considered to be the beginning of fall (September for us). The third day of Hearthfire is a holiday called “Tales and Tallows” and according to the Elder Scrolls Wiki Hearthfire is a “holiday celebrating Necromancy, and as such, most people avoid the streets on this date.”

Does this mean Skyrim’s next DLC will focus around zombies? We’ve already had vampires so why not do zombies. They have worked well for other series in the past. The Call of Duty franchise had lots of success in its addictive zombie mode. When Rockstar released the “Undead Nightmare” expansion close to Halloween for Red Dead Redemption it garnered universal praise. October is almost a month away and the timing would make sense not just for the game but for the lore.

Adding more fuel to the fire are rumors from Reddit user derptemp6698 (who had previously leaked correct details to Mass Effect 3 DLC). That summary is as follows: “Hearthfire, the next official game-add on for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, has arrived. For the first time in the Elder Scrolls universe, 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, trophy room, and more! With Hearthfire, the possibilities of what you can build are endless.”

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Will the new DLC focus on zombies?

While these details might not sound as excited as a zombie expansion, keep in mind that they could simply be a small part of the DLC. If you consider the title “Hearthfire”, however, it could in fact apply to a home building system. It wouldn’t be too crazy to assume that Bethesda would add the ability to create your own living quarters in Skyrim. Make a house, pick the layout, fill it to the brim with items, and then spend a night sitting by the hearth cooking one of those crazy soups in the fire. See what I did there?

Whether it is zombies or house construction, no details are clear but I doubt gamers will be left in the dark for long (especially if Hearthfire is meant for a September/October release). Until then, everything is up for speculation and PC and PS3 gamers should hope that this won’t be another botched “timed exclusive” for the Xbox 360.

Ben Sheene

Ben Sheene

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ben is from Kentucky where he originally began playing games (an activity he still continues to this day). With a love for writing he graduated from Centre College with a BA in English. He recently moved to California to pursue whatever future endeavors were there. A passion for music, gaming, blogging, and existing keeps him up at night and crafts him into the person he is today.
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  • drunkguy

    Ha ha next dlc what a joke just like dawnguard

    • ChilisaurusMex

      Looks like another jealous PS3 gamer….

      I honestly wish Skyrim never came out on PS3, cause then we wouldn’t have to hear about all this crap…

  • Morrowind > Skyrim

    first time in elder scrolls universe? You could do that in Morrowind, a true GOTY. You join one of the three available houses on vvardenfell morrowind, and you build it in 3 stages. Epic as hell, morrowind is such a great game.

  • jjw

    Zombies god I hope not ! Tie up some loose story lines first! CIVIL WAR ? THE THALMOR? MASSI’VE ISSUES WITH THE EMPIRE COLLAPSING

    • fakename

      They’re not going to tie up the loose ends because the next elder scrolls game is an mmo from zenimax loose ends are good for drawing out online story lines.

      • cameron

        they aren’t going to tie up loose ends because that would screw with the next elder scrolls game. Elder Scrolls Online takes place WAY before Skyrim, Oblivion and even Morrowind so you should check your facts. If there were actual endings for both sides of the civil war then the endings would conflict when put into actual lore. Much like they did in daggerfall.They leave it open so that they have 200 or so years (in ES universe) to change and create events into what they think is best.

        • Jack

          God damn it hah, I practically wrote the same thing you did, clicked add comment but it failed because I didn’t verify >.> Well yeah I agree, they will most likely leave it to lore for the next in the series.
          But it would be good dlc too.

      • I dont even know

        Yo. They could probably make a dlc featuring an alliance between empire and stormcloaks to take down the Thalmor for good without screwing up the next game.

        • Scythe1331

          Or At Least Let The Winner Of The Civil War Quest Fight The Thalmor

  • Angry Gamer

    What the h$%l! Why don’t they focus on releasing dawnguard to ps3 Instead of creating more dlc for the pigs on Xbox? S*&^w you Bethesda. I want pizza

  • andrew

    never mind new dlc what about patch 1.7 for europe and DG for ps3 no news or anything.
    looks like they’re screwing ps3 user probably wont see any dlc till next year, if that might have to wait for GOTY edition

  • Anthony B

    Really? A DLC about zombies? Correct me if I’m wrong, but ren’t Draugr pretty much zombies? Besides, the game already has Nexromancy. Why not focus DLC on something like expanding into Morrowind or Cyrodiil? You know, something actually worthwhile. Or maybe some DLC involving Argonians (better than zombies).

  • Blake

    They announced way before skyrim was released that the first 2 dlc were Xbox timed exclusive, so why does nobody recognize this?

  • Anonyomous

    … Is any one bothered by the fact that Dawnguard STILL isn’t out for the ps3 but the name for the new one is out? and details?!

  • jake

    Its sad when u have probobly bought more bethesda games then the xbox users but u get F&*^*D on by ur favorite company hmmm….. im thinking instead of getting the new elder scrolls ill get dragons dogma 2 even though i have almost every bethesda game i can get on ps3 i think capcom is gonna get a new member to there favorite fan bas and bethesda is gonna lose one im sry to say im not a fan anymore if there gonna F us ps3 users over i really dont give a S about this dlc i just want the 1st on but no there maken it better they if they give us it for like half price ill be on good terms again bethesda needs to do something or there gonna lose alot of ps3 die-hard supporters like me at first i was cool with it now im kinda pissed off

  • drunkguy

    Yeah they should have never released Skyrim for ps3 because Bethesda is in Microsoft’s pockets they want to hurt Sony by S’ing their fan base but they S’d themselves. I”ll never buy a Bethesda game again their a corrupt company like Microsoft

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