The DLC will give Skyrim players a chance to ditch the dragon slaying for the domestic life. Gamers will be able to buy a plot of land and construct a cottage from the ground up. Homes can be simple one-room dwellings or elaborate compounds with add-ons such as an armory, greenhouse, or alchemy laboratory. What cottage is complete without a garden, stable, or fish hatchery?
New tools like the drafting table and carpenter’s workbench will be available in Hearthfire to help turn quarried stone, clay and sawn logs into structures and home furnishings.
If that all sounds boring, Hearthfire will introduce the biggest challenge of all to Skyrim: raising children. Gamers will be able to adopt children with the new DLC because apparently this is what domesticated people do. Adopted kids will want to play games with their parents. The age old question, “Can I keep him?” will be asked in the game as children will be able to have pets if allowed. New bonuses can be unlocked based on this family business.
Homesteaders who feel building their home from start to finish is too much work can hire a steward to buy materials and furnish the home. Stewards can also provide transportation options.
As any homeowner would say, work at the home is never complete. The same is true in Hearthfire. Players will have to protect their home from incoming invaders. There is no Megan’s Law in Skyrim so gamers will have to protect children from kidnappers. Skeevers try to infest homes so players will have to be prepared for extermination. Pesky neighborhood giants also attempt to take over player’s homes.
Hearthfire is a small expansion and that will be reflected in the price. It will cost only 400 Microsoft Points or $5 in human currency.