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New Skyrim DLC Out for X360; PC Version Should Be Soon

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With the Dragonborn DLC now available on the Xbox 360, Skyrim players on the PC and PlayStation 3 should expect to see the content this time next month.

You new adventure may start here on the docks of Windhelm.You new adventure may start here on the docks of Windhelm.

Bethesda announced on Tuesday morning that Dragonborn, the next official DLC for the highly-addictive RPG The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, is now rolling out. As always, Bethesda has released the content first for the Xbox 360 junkies, costing 1600 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live. PC gamers and PlayStation 3 owners will likely be required to wait another month before the new content is dumped on Steam and the PlayStation Network.

"With Dragonborn, journey off the coast of Morrowind, to the island of Solstheim. Encounter new towns, dungeons, and quests, as you traverse the ash wastes and glacial valleys of this new land," the studio said in an email this morning. "Become more powerful with shouts that bend the will of your enemies and even tame dragons. Your fate, and the fate of Solstheim, hangs in the balance as you face off against your deadliest adversary – the first Dragonborn."

On Monday a beta tester revealed that Skyrim players won't need to complete the main quest in order to visit Solstheim, but different dialogue options will be available if the player has completed the game. Solstheim, which players previously visited in the Bloodmoon expansion for The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, is a little different this time around. The island is reportedly the size of the Reach near Markarth, and provides a discreet map.

As expected with the introduction of a new area, the DLC will add new weapons, spells, shouts, armor, locations and enemies like werebears and new dragon types. There will be new factions like the Morag Tong, an assassin's guild from Morrowind, and a werewolf pack camped near Frostmoon Crag.

Kotaku reports that Dragonborn adds the toughest enemy yet, the Ebony Warrior. Players have swarmed to the Bethesda forums reporting that it will actually track down players that have reached level 81. This beast reportedly has "a 15-second paralyse ability, a resistance to fire, a powerful self-healing spell, and a sword that sucks your health and restores his."

Ouch.

One player claims that it took four attempts before he was able to defeat this new enemy. "He's like 15 legendary dragons in one," writes user ScoobyDoo. Others are reporting that The Ebony Warrior cannot be beaten in the first encounter, that he is definitely the hardest enemy in the game thus far.

Although Dragonborn may set back Skyrim gamers another $20, there's supposedly enough content to provide an additional 30 hours for the exploring type. To access the island, players reportedly will need to be up to the Horn of Jurgen Windcaller stage in the main campaign at the very least. The player will be attacked by a cultist whose eventual corpse will leave behind a note that sends the player on a quest to the new island. Qualified characters can also simply pay a visit to Gjalund Salt-Sage on Windhelm's docks.

Ready for some Dragonborn DLC? We definitely are. For those with an Xbox 360 copy, the new content is ready to purchase and download. We've reached out to Bethesda to find out when exactly we'll see the DLC hit Steam (and the PlayStation Network). As previously mentioned, typically the PC release is a month behind the Xbox 360 launch, so expect it around the beginning of January unless Bethesda is feeling festive and in a giving mood this holiday season. Of course, that would mean breaking its Xbox 360 exclusivity deal with Microsoft, so don't count on it.

Bummer, we know.

 

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    nforce4max , December 6, 2012 12:40 AM
    May the downloads begin!
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    nitrium , December 6, 2012 12:54 AM
    Skyrim - the game that just keeps on giving.
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    tomfreak , December 6, 2012 12:55 AM
    $20 for only 30hours = meh, when base game is $60 = 150-300hours
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    neiroatopelcc , December 6, 2012 1:14 AM
    become more powerfull? seriously! it's already way too easy...
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    fuzzion , December 6, 2012 2:15 AM

    Quote:
    "a 15-second paralyse ability, a resistance to fire, a powerful self-healing spell, and a sword that sucks your health and restores his."


    Wow that sounds like my wife when shes mad ;) 
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    dark_wizzie , December 6, 2012 2:25 AM
    Yeah, this game is way too easy in later levels. I prefer if it was static-leveled, the feeling of getting your ass kicked then returning to that dungeon after you level up and winning is a good feeling on Oblivion with OOO. Still awaiting this for PC though, mods galore. In case you guys missed Skyrim on super-detail...
    http://www.asot.es/2001/09/skyrim-mods.html
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    chewy1963 , December 6, 2012 5:39 AM
    fuzzionWow that sounds like my wife when shes mad


    LMFAO... word
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    chamnaplong , December 6, 2012 7:40 AM
    I got a mod, anybody interested?
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    Anonymous , December 6, 2012 8:43 AM
    I play the game without spending perks so it doesnt get too easy!
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    kellybean , December 6, 2012 12:09 PM
    neiroatopelccbecome more powerfull? seriously! it's already way too easy...

    Agree, wish it had a difficulty slider bar. While I'm here I wonder what MS does to make Bethesda their 360 bitch.
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    michster , December 6, 2012 12:35 PM
    kellybeanAgree, wish it had a difficulty slider bar. While I'm here I wonder what MS does to make Bethesda their 360 bitch.


    Meh... MS probably payed them a ridiculous amount of money. Money that Bethesda can use for other projects or maybe the next DLC so if I just have to wait one measly month extra because of that... I won't lose any sleep over it and will continue to enjoy my mods. >:-)
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    house70 , December 6, 2012 1:18 PM
    Tomfreak$20 for only 30hours = meh, when base game is $60 = 150-300hours

    Yes, a bargain, given that most games give you less than 8 hrs for about $50....
    But... if this is meh, you don't have to buy it. Fair enough.
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    house70 , December 6, 2012 1:20 PM
    michsterMeh... MS probably payed them a ridiculous amount of money. Money that Bethesda can use for other projects or maybe the next DLC so if I just have to wait one measly month extra because of that... I won't lose any sleep over it and will continue to enjoy my mods. >:-)

    Of course, I'd rather have a pack that is compatible with the hi-res textures, doesn't feel like a poor Xbox port and is optimized for PC and as bug-less as possible. I can wait an extra month for that. But that's just me.
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    jerrspud , December 6, 2012 1:34 PM
    They keep sucking me back in. I've been playing this game for a year now and finally got done with Dawnguard. Bethesda, please give me some time to play another game for at least a month ;) 
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    bllue , December 6, 2012 2:08 PM
    Tomfreak$20 for only 30hours = meh, when base game is $60 = 150-300hours

    To be fair, most games get you 30 hours for $60
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    blppt , December 6, 2012 3:43 PM
    jerrspudThey keep sucking me back in. I've been playing this game for a year now and finally got done with Dawnguard. Bethesda, please give me some time to play another game for at least a month


    LOL, I agree. I'm also not sure what people had against Dawnguard, I found the story to be rather enjoyable, especially for a relatively quickly released DLC.
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    hythos , December 6, 2012 5:30 PM
    Does this mean the PC format is just that much more difficult to debug? Or, that it's not really the native version, and that it's rather 'ported' from a console-format...
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    jerrspud , December 6, 2012 5:41 PM
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    Does this mean the PC format is just that much more difficult to debug? Or, that it's not really the native version, and that it's rather 'ported' from a console-format...

    It means the largest customer base gets served first. It's just economics
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    Anonymous , January 12, 2013 12:11 AM
    What? He wasn't hard at all D:
    I beat him easily, and I didn't even die, nor did I have followers. I'm just upset with his dragon soul stealing move.