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Bethesda Announces 'Dawnguard' Skyrim Expansion

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Jonathan Lester
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Bethesda, DLC, Skyrim, Tease

Bethesda Announces 'Dawnguard' Skyrim Expansion

Skyrim's first expansion pack has finally been announced, named and dated for "summer" on Xbox 360 as a timed exclusive. More details will apparently be available at E3, Bethesda confirms, so we won't have to wait too long for more details.

And that's all we know, though some interesting asset files hidden within Skyrim's latest update suggests that Snow Elves, crossbows and vampires could potentially feature in Dawnguard. With Bethesda in a coy mood, however, we'll probably have to keep theorising until June.

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Andy@XCite  May. 1, 2012 at 21:57

Timed exclusive? No thanks.
I'll wait for the GotY edition.

Jerec  May. 2, 2012 at 07:13

There are Vampires in the normal game.

As for timed exclusives, what is the point?

skinrush  May. 2, 2012 at 08:53

There are Vampires in the normal game.

As for timed exclusives, what is the point?


The point is that Microsoft will pay Bethesda a large amount of money, so that the xbox 360 looks like the more appealing console to buy, due to it having DLC that is not available at the time to PS3 owners, thus increasing market share.

They have done the same with many games in the past(GTA4, Fallout, Limbo, Braid etc etc).

JonLester  May. 2, 2012 at 09:50

There are Vampires in the normal game.


For sure, but animation assets suggest that they could play a role in the DLC, possibly even as part of the story. We'll have to wait and see.

As for timed exclusives, what is the point?


skinrush gives a great summation from console manufacturer perspectives, but it's worth noting that agreeing to timed exclusives can secure a publisher increased development funds for particularly expensive games. It's a controversial strategy though, and one that sometimes alienates sections of the fanbase - albeit usually temporarily, and after lots of ultimately useless outcry.

Last edited by JonLester, May. 2, 2012 at 09:53
Jerec  May. 2, 2012 at 20:26

Admittedly a rhetorical question, but thanks for answering it for those that didn't know.

I'll add a ! after the ? next time.

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