Monday, November 5, 2012

Skyrim Dragonborn DLC Preview

The next Skyrim DLC has been revealed. After Bethesda posted a teaser image on November 2, the official trailer for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’s new DLC “Dragonborn” premiered today.
The “Dragonborn” DLC is set on the snowy island of Solstheim, located east of Skyrim in the province of Morrowind. “Dragonborn” introduces a Dragon Priest who was the first Dragonborn. The Dragon Priest once ruled over Solstheim in the name of the Dragons. He is trying to return to Tamriel. The trailer features dragon mounts, various new types of armor, goblins throwing spears, and a few new enemy types. The DLC will be available for download on Xbox Live on December 4, 2012.

Gamers teased out “Dragonborn” details a while ago 
Not long after Skyrim hit the shelves, a curious PC gamer discovered that using console commands to crash the invisible wall at the border of Skyrim and Morrowind found near Stendarr’s Beacon. Beyond the border, he discovered a low resolution model of Solstheim. This led to early speculation that Skyrim DLC might take gamers back to areas from past installments of the Elder Scrolls series. 

Fewer rumors spawned from ZeniMax, Bethesda’s parent company, trademarking the term “Dragonborn” on May 18, 2012. As Dragonborn is a key term in Skyrim’s lore, it made sense for ZeniMax to protect their intellectual property. However, the trademark filing is limited to “computer game software for use with computers and video game consoles; downloadable computer game software offered via the internet and wireless devices.” 

User Mardoxx posted the first rumors of Skyrim’s upcoming DLC on a Bethesda Softworks forum. Mardoxx discovered various lines of code hinting at the Dragonborn DLC in the Beta version of the 1.8 update which Bethesda uploaded to Steam on October 15. Mardoxx identified the likely name of the DLC, a number of locations within Solstheim (Raven Rock, Miraak Temple, Castle Karstaag, and Telvanni Tower), four new armor types (Bonemold, Chitin, Nordic, and Stalhrim), and code indicating the addition of dragon mounts. Despite some initial skepticism among forum users, others confirmed that the files could be found within the 1.8 update. Bethesda made no comment on these findings, but the trailer released today confirms the presence of a number of things Mardoxx found buried in the update files.  

The 1.8 update and DLC woes continue for Playstation gamers On November 1, Skyrim 1.8 update moved out of beta and became available to all those who play Skyrim on PC. If past updates are any indication, 1.8 should be available to console gamers a week to a week and a half after it was released for PC. 

General memory and stability improvements 
Fixed rare crash when using vampiric grip 
Fixed issue where Arnleif and Sons Trading Company could become permanently locked 
Fixed issue related to duplicate NPCs 
Fixed rare issue where exterior door would not open properly 
New locations

News of the latest update and “Dragonborn” still do not answer the question 
Playstation gamers are asking of Bethesda: “When will we get the DLC?” Bethesda has yet to port any Skyrim DLC for Playstation, leaving some gamers fed up with the company. Neither “Dawnguard” nor “Hearthfire” are yet available for Playstation, and the “Dragonborn” preview makes no mention of the console. 

Still, PC and Xbox gamers have reason to be excited. “Dragonborn” hits the Xbox marketplace on December 4, 2012 and will cost $19.99 or 1600 Microsoft points. PC gamers should be able to download "Dragonborn" in January 2013.