Skyrim Dawnguard As Soon as Next Month

The recently revealed Dawnguard expansion may be coming to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim sooner than expected, reports Joystiq (thanks nin via Shacknews). They quote Bethesda's Todd Howard saying "Tentatively, it's coming on June 26." Since the first two DLC packs for Skyrim will be exclusive to Xbox 360 for 30 days, this means the earliest PC gamers can expect this release is around July 26th. Related to The Elder Scrolls series of RPGs, the Bethesda Blog points to the E3 2012 Teaser Trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online, the upcoming MMORPG based on the series, though this is much more teaser than trailer.

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deadearth wrote on Jun 6, 2012, 15:10:
I can understand expecting some core gameplay additions (and there may still be that we haven't seen). I'm not sure however why you would expect something that expanded on the main quest(s). None of the expansions for Oblivion or morrowind did this, and I'm pretty sure that none for Fallout 3 or new vegas did this either (although I'm not as certain about those).

I was referring more to the tone of the main quests. For example, I would have expected Skyrim DLC (at least the early ones) to have a significant tie-in with dragons or the fallout of the civil war. From what I can tell, this is not the case, but I don't know the body of the Dawnguard questline, so I can't say for sure what it entails. As I said, time will tell. I don't consider the addition of "legendary dragons" to be a sufficient tie-in.

Then again, Skyrim has done a lot of things differently from previous BGS games, and a "fortified" version of the main quest(s) would make subsequent playthroughs that much more interesting. Not everyone will want to play Dawnguard with their level 60+ character.
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