The Dovahkiin has saved the land of Skyrim more than once now. He or she has stopped the world eater Alduin from destroying Sovngarde. The dragonborn has also put a stop to the machinations of the vampires with the help of the Dawnguard. Now it's time for rest, but you first have to build a house.
Bethesda announced that Hearthfire, the second DLC for Skyrim, would be coming to Xbox Live on September 4. The DLC expansion allows players to build their own homes (without mods) for the first time. It also introduces a mechanic that allows players to raise children.
Here's the official description from the BethBlog:
With Skyrim’s newest game add-on, Hearthfire, you can purchase land and build your own home from the ground up – from a simple one-room cottage to a sprawling compound complete with an armory, alchemy laboratory, stable, garden, and more. Use all-new tools like the drafting table and carpenter’s workbench to transform quarried stone, clay, and sawn logs into structures and furnishings. Even transform your house into a home by adopting children.
Hearthfire continues Bethesda's fine tradition of taking what's cool about mods and adding it to the base game. It's great that console players will be able to enjoy what modders have been playing around with since Oblivion. The introduction of rearing children in game is definitely new, however, and I can't wait to see if it will have any gameplay consequences.
The DLC will hit Xbox Live on September 4 for 400 MS Points. It will hit PC and hopefully PSN a month later for $5. Unfortunately, the PS3 still doesn't have Dawnguard as Bethesda is working out the kinks in the expansion. Maybe they will release Dawnguard on the PS3 next month and include Hearthfire with it for free. It would be a nice olive branch for the understandably angry PS3 players.