One of the biggest games of 2011, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, is still going strong thanks to the downloadable content (DLC) added to the game by Bethesda, as well as the vastness of the world created. After the recent release of the Hearthfire DLC for Skyrim, rumours and speculations about the next DLC are going around. According to OXM, some PC players have found files with names that hint towards what the next DLC might encompass.
There are files named “DLC2” and “Dragonborn”, which were added in the most recent update to the open world game. These files hint towards the possibility of being able to ride dragons in the next DLC, as there are animation files for riding dragons. Along with this, some other file names hint towards one of the most well-loved areas in the Elder Scroll series – Morrowind.
Morrowind was originally the setting for the third game of the series – The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, and is the home of the dark elves, aka, Dunmer. Quest markers for areas in Morrowind like Solstheim, Telvanni Castle, Karstaag, Raven Rock and Miraak Temple have been discovered in Skyrim’s files.
Note to self: kill more dragons in Morrowind
Earlier this month, Bethesda had released the latest DLC for Skyrim on the PC, titled Hearthfire. The DLC is available on Steam for $4.99 (around Rs 260). While the PC version is now up to date with all the DLC released for Skyrim so far, there is still no word on the DLCs for the PlayStaion 3 version of the game.
The Hearthfire DLC allows you to purchase land, and build your own house from the ground up – from a simple one-room cottage to a sprawling compound complete with armoury, alchemy laboratory, stable, garden and more. The DLC introduces new tools such as a drafting table and a carpenter’s workbench to transform stone, clay and logs into structures and furnishings. The new DLC also allows you to adopt children.
Skyrim puts players in control of the Dovhakiin, which is dragon tongue for Dragonborn, in the icy Viking-inspired region of Skyrim. The series is very well known for its open world that lets players roam around and do whatever they want, from exploring treacherous caverns to finding treasure, or picking flowers and making potions.
In June, Bethesda had released the first DLC for the game, named Dawnguard, which revolves around an ancient prophecy. The prophecy tells of the eternal obfuscation of the sun because of a magic ritual. Players are caught in the middle of a war between a cult of vampires and the Dawnguard, who are a group of vampire hunters. The DLC was released only for the Xbox 360 due to a 30-day exclusivity contract between Microsoft and Bethesda.
Skyrim has been a massive success for Bethesda, proving that big budget games without multiplayer can be successful. The Creation Kit for the game was released earlier this year in February. Within weeks, the Creation Kit had clocked in over two million downloads. This is a testament to the dedication of PC gamers and the popularity of Skyrim, the only other game on Steam that went toe-to-toe with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 last November. Bethesda had also announced that an average PC player of Skyrim has clocked nearly 75 hours in the game.