Published on August 29th, 2012 | by Derek Strickland, Contributor
Skyrim DLC Hearthfire Coming to Xbox LIVE September 4th
By now everyone in the gaming sphere has heard about (and most likely played) Skyrim, Bethesda’s monumental fifth iteration in the Elder Scrolls series. Recently, Bethsoft has revealed the second DLC pack, Hearthfire, wherein gamers can create their own flourishing Nordic community in the heart of the frozen continent, complete with home customization, item/objective interaction and even the ability to adopt local orphans.
Choose from three prime real estate locations from the marshes of Hjaalmarch to the verdant and lush forests of Falkreath or the lonely isolated frozen tundra of the Pale. With this players aren’t just given a key to “Player 1’s House”; they can choose which location best represents their character and personal liking. Create a simple and quaint cottage or construct a compound fit for a lord complete with an armory, alchemy laboratory, stable, garden and more!
Each of the houses created have that distinct Nordic style, with dragons hewn into the tops of support beams and glyphs carved throughout. Attain a deed from the Jarl (reminiscent of the stronghold creation within Morrowind) and watch the progress as your estate is constructed before your eyes.
Also, gamers can now harvest certain raw materials–stone, clay and hewed logs–and transform them into useable material with a variety of new interactive tools such as the drafting table and carpenter’s workbench. Use ingots to fashion nails and hinges and other miscellaneous items needed to construct your in-game dream home, giving a wider use for utilities throughout the game.
• 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.
• 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.