Bethesda has confirmed the next downloadable add-on for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, in the form of the previously rumored Hearthfire, which allows players to build their own homes in the land of Skyrim as well as adopt children.
Skyrim came out last year and impressed millions of players with a top-notch role-playing experience that could easily take over 100 hours to complete.
In case that wasn’t enough, the first expansion for the game, Dawnguard, which came out earlier this summer, added around 15 more hours of content through a new quest line that saw players interact with Vampires and the ancient order of the Dawnguard, which hunted the supernatural beings.
Now, with Hearthfire, developer Bethesda is bringing a new mechanic to the game by allowing players to build their own homes and decorate it in all sorts of ways, and even adds the ability to adopt children.
“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,” the studio said.
Hearthfire was already rumored for quite some time, but many people believed that it would also add a new quest line, like Dawnguard, instead of just a new mechanic, albeit a rather intriguing one.
Hearthfire will be released for the Xbox 360 versions of Skyrim on September 4. Expect it to appear for the PS3 or PC editions of the game after a month or so, when the timed exclusivity deal between Microsoft and Bethesda runs out.
Until then, check out the first video of the expansion below.