Skyrim Dawnguard DLC E3 Interview Reveals 20 Hours of Content

    June 5, 2012
    Sean Patterson
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was the darling of last year’s E3, wowing the crowds with its dragon shouts and epic battles. At this year’s E3, Bethesda is previewing the first major Skyrim downloadable content (DLC), Dawnguard. Though a trailer for the content has already been released, new gameplay footage of the DLC was shown today, and Todd Howard, the game director and executive producer at Bethesda Softworks, stopped by the GameTrailers studios at E3 to answer questions about the content.

A tired-looking Howard stated that Skyrim‘s popularity “took [Bethesda] by surprise.” He cited this as the reason it has taken so long to see a DLC pack released. He pointed out, though, that plenty of free Skyrim content has been provided by Bethesda.

During the Dawnguard missions, players will be able to join one of either two factions: the vampire lords or the Dawnguard. This choice affects many things, including which of two fortresses a player will be able to “trick out” as Howard said it. Players who chose to side with the Dawnguard will gain access to the new crossbow weapon. Crossbows fire fast, but take a while to reload, and they will utilize players’ archery skill. Turning into a vampire lord, on the other hand, enables an extra skill perk tree, in which players can choose new vampiric powers to level into. Some of the powers include summoning gargoyle, turning into bats, and a “vampiric grip” that can telekinetically levitate objects and people.

The DLC, according to Howard, will provide players with 10 to 20 more hours of Skyrim gameplay. “The content is designed to kind of be level 10 or higher” said Howard. He also stated that Dawnguard is not the only DLC that Bethesda is working on, and that not all future content will be priced at $20. Oh, and he also mentioned that new dragon shouts will be a part of the expansion, including the “soul tear” shout that sucks the souls out of people and turns them into undead minions.

  • Brad smith

    I like “tired-looking”…did you check out the staff writer? Looks like he’s never seen a bed in his life lol! A vampire lord have you :). Anyways, looks sick, I just missed the E3 segment so thanks for having this online so fast!

  • Tom Timeroon

    $20 for 10 hours of play?

    • Corakus

      10 TO 20, not 10.The 10 hours is for casual games, 20 for core gamers.And I’ve seen companies charge 10$ for DLC that doesn’t even have any gameplay with it, just armor sets or weapons.20$ for crossbows, completely revamped vampires and werewolves, new shouts, armor, weapons, and new areas to explore and a questline with two major branches seems like a good deal to me.

  • tman

    dude this dlc looks BA but i hope that the next elder scrolls game introduces a hybred vamp/wolf form. That i would pay a good amount for

    • Alexg

      Yea. I agree because I’m a vampire but I have the ring of hircine that allows me to turn into a werewolf but I can’t feed as a vampire

      • Brian

        I’m kinda hoping that the next elder scrolls will include a third creature/disease/form too, however different. I see that vampires are preferable for stealth inclined characters and werewolves for warriors. Vampirism gives a boost to illusion but isn’t for pure magic users. I’m hoping that in the future they will include a form for mages, pure magic users. Maybe they may include the ability to become a lich? Like that guy(can’t remember name) from that dark brotherhood dead drop in oblivion that became a lich.

        • Cowill101

          Vampires get a ton of magical benefits if you have the Necromage perk.

  • Bethany

    Wooo awesome!! But what is the exact date of release? >.<

  • mitch

    yes there is a new realm but on the trailer it shows dragonsreach in whiterun and in the back ground the sun being blocked out. obviously its part of the dawnguard quest and is probably the master plan of the vampires (block out the sun)