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Bethesda Reveals Hearthfire Home-Building DLC For Skyrim

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Soon gamers can build their own house and raise a family in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim this September.

On Tuesday Bethesda confirmed Hearthfire, the next official game add-on for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Unfortunately, it will arrive this September 5th on the Xbox 360 first (400 Microsoft Points) -- the PC version will likely arrive around five weeks later if it follows the same exclusivity pattern as Dawnguard.

"Hearthfire allows you to purchase land and build your own home from the ground up - from a simple one-room cottage to a sprawling compound complete with armory, alchemy laboratory, and more. Choose your land, customize your house, guard it from unwanted visitors, and turn your house into a home by adopting children," Bethesda said.

Gamers can build their own love shack by first purchasing the deed to a plot of land. After that, they can use their Minecraft skills, a drafting table and a carpenter's workbench to turn raw materials like stone, clay, and sawn logs into a dream house, room by room. Gamers can also hire stewards to buy materials and equip the house with furnishings. These hired hands can also provide transportation options, and even sing a lovely song.

"Build simple rooms like kitchens and libraries, attach a greenhouse, enchantress tower, or alchemy lab to grow and craft your own items in-house," Bethesda explained. "Use the interior workbench to furnish each room with a large variety of craft-able objects. Showcase your treasures with simple display cases. Impress your friends with elaborate trophies and even mounted mud crabs."

Bethesda said gamers can even fill out the back yard with a garden, fish hatchery, bee hive, stable, grazing field, and other useful additions.

Want to raise a family? Move in your spouse and adopt a few kids. This is where it gets really interesting, as not only are players fending off the house from pesky giants and other annoying neighbors, the spouse and kids need protecting too. When things are quiet, players must turn to their experience with The Sims franchise and raise their children correctly unless they want the Grim Reaper (or similar TES entity) to come knocking at the door.

As previously stated, the release date for the PC version is unknown, but Xbox 360 gamers can grab this cool DLC starting September 5 on Xbox LIVE for 400 Microsoft Points.

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    pliskin1 , August 29, 2012 6:28 AM
    What is this...Skyrim meets the Sims?
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    alidan , August 29, 2012 6:13 AM
    penisfodderwhy adopt? are the Dovakin balls sterile?

    yea... i can see it now... get the woman preggers, 9 months later you got a screaming monster of a kid, and than 9 years in game later she divorces you for never being around during the hard times.
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    wolley74 , August 29, 2012 4:11 AM
    i really hope it isn't 5 weeks again, Dawnguard was a long enough wait
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    sixdegree , August 29, 2012 4:19 AM
    oh bee hive!
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    alidan , August 29, 2012 4:24 AM
    this looks meh, if all it is is home building.

    but with that said, depending on the complexity, it could be a step tward an in game world editer, which would be a great thing.
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    mayankleoboy1 , August 29, 2012 4:46 AM
    instead of adding much needed things like creating your own spells, the developers give us this?
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    alidan , August 29, 2012 6:13 AM
    penisfodderwhy adopt? are the Dovakin balls sterile?

    yea... i can see it now... get the woman preggers, 9 months later you got a screaming monster of a kid, and than 9 years in game later she divorces you for never being around during the hard times.
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    killerclick , August 29, 2012 6:15 AM
    Interesting, but I already have all the houses in Skyrim and all I use them for is storing unique items that for some reason I don't like to sell.

    This would be a lot more interesting if great looking houses in Skyrim weren't so easy to buy.
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    uglynerdman , August 29, 2012 6:21 AM
    I used to be a father IRL but then i took a hearthfire to the knee.
  • 17 Hide
    pliskin1 , August 29, 2012 6:28 AM
    What is this...Skyrim meets the Sims?
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    invlem , August 29, 2012 6:37 AM
    Isnt there a free player made mod that does this already?
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    L0tus , August 29, 2012 7:51 AM
    This Xbox exclusivity deal is a joke. Regular customers shouldn't have to pay for the kickbacks Beth gets from Microsoft. Unless they plan to bundle discounts for us non-Xbox purchases then I'm no longer supporting this franchise.
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    SmaugTD , August 29, 2012 10:24 AM
    invlemIsnt there a free player made mod that does this already?


    I see this as a remake of Oblivion's Horse Armor DLC
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    Anonymous , August 29, 2012 12:11 PM
    maybe games like this will eventually help decrease the world population to a sustainable level since people will feel its to much effort to get a real family.
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    shin0bi272 , August 29, 2012 2:26 PM
    people are still playing skyrim?
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    gentlydownthestream , August 29, 2012 2:33 PM
    Meh, YAAAAAWN.
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    Anonymous , August 29, 2012 2:57 PM
    I hope they add a torture dungeon too, been watching alot of Dexter lately.
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    rwpritchett , August 29, 2012 3:58 PM
    I like the idea. For me, each of the houses you can purchase are missing something. My second play through I didn't even buy any properties.

    I wonder if you'll be able to add secret doors like in Hjerim, the Windhelm house. It would be cool to have a secret "bat-cave" with mannequins displaying all of your collected suits of armor and such.



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    Murissokah , August 29, 2012 3:59 PM
    And that will be another U$ 20.00, sir. Too bad modders eventually start requiring these damned DLC's, otherwise I'd never touch them. Mods offer much greater benefits at no cost.
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    hannibal , August 29, 2012 6:30 PM
    Actually this is guite nice! If you don't want to play home, you don't have to buy this DLC at all. And if you hapens to be more Sims person, this is absolutely babulous!
    I don't personally understand peoples who "playes" Minegraft... But Minecraft is so popular, that I think that this will make many people very happy!
    So not for me, but more interesting than most DLC's that I have seen for a long time.
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    neiroatopelcc , August 30, 2012 9:21 AM
    Sounds a bit interesting ... building from minecraft, socializing from sims and have a family like fable ... well except there you don't need to adobt
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    crasher99 , August 31, 2012 8:01 PM
    i hope they have good building locations