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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Jun 6, 2012, 12:37
Verno
 
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Re: Skyrim Dawnguard As Soon as Next Month Jun 6, 2012, 12:37
Jun 6, 2012, 12:37
 Verno
 
Good timing, D3 had a lot less depth than I hoped so I'll check this out while waiting for a big patch. The mounted combat patch is out of beta right? I think I'm about due for another run once I finish this New Vegas replay. On a side note I hope Obsidian gets to do some Skyrim related work, their stuff in New Vegas was amazing.
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Re: Skyrim Dawnguard As Soon as Next Month
Jun 6, 2012, 12:44
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Re: Skyrim Dawnguard As Soon as Next Month Jun 6, 2012, 12:44
Jun 6, 2012, 12:44
 
Beta testing begins on June 26th, only on XBOX360! Considering that XBOX360 users can't muck up their installations with mods, this should be a valuable test period.
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Jun 6, 2012, 12:52
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Re: Skyrim Dawnguard As Soon as Next Month Jun 6, 2012, 12:52
Jun 6, 2012, 12:52
 
Eff Microshaft! I'm jonsing to start a new playthrough on Skyrim but want to wait for this.
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Jun 6, 2012, 13:00
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Re: Skyrim Dawnguard As Soon as Next Month Jun 6, 2012, 13:00
Jun 6, 2012, 13:00
 
Verno wrote on Jun 6, 2012, 12:37:
The mounted combat patch is out of beta right?
Not according to Steam.
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Re: Skyrim Dawnguard As Soon as Next Month
Jun 6, 2012, 13:02
Verno
 
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Re: Skyrim Dawnguard As Soon as Next Month Jun 6, 2012, 13:02
Jun 6, 2012, 13:02
 Verno
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Jun 6, 2012, 13:00:
Verno wrote on Jun 6, 2012, 12:37:
The mounted combat patch is out of beta right?
Not according to Steam.

Alrighty, I'll just opt in then since apparently SKSE is updated for it already.
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Re: Skyrim Dawnguard As Soon as Next Month
Jun 6, 2012, 13:38
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Re: Skyrim Dawnguard As Soon as Next Month Jun 6, 2012, 13:38
Jun 6, 2012, 13:38
 
+1 For another play through of New Vegas!
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Jun 6, 2012, 14:08
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Re: Skyrim Dawnguard As Soon as Next Month Jun 6, 2012, 14:08
Jun 6, 2012, 14:08
 
As much as I love Skyrim... I'm not sure why I have little interest in this.

(I'm talking about the Dawnguard DLC... not the stupid MMO Trailer)
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Jun 6, 2012, 15:04
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Re: Skyrim Dawnguard As Soon as Next Month Jun 6, 2012, 15:04
Jun 6, 2012, 15:04
 
wtf_man wrote on Jun 6, 2012, 14:08:
As much as I love Skyrim... I'm not sure why I have little interest in this.

(I'm talking about the Dawnguard DLC... not the stupid MMO Trailer)

I'm not in love with vampires or with the prospect of flying around looking like Marcus from Underworld: Evolution, so I understand where you're coming from. I expected something that expanded on core gameplay and the main quest(s) of Skyrim rather than adding this seemingly unrelated fluff. Time will tell.
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Jun 6, 2012, 15:10
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Re: Skyrim Dawnguard As Soon as Next Month Jun 6, 2012, 15:10
Jun 6, 2012, 15:10
 
Kastagir wrote on Jun 6, 2012, 15:04:

I'm not in love with vampires or with the prospect of flying around looking like Marcus from Underworld: Evolution, so I understand where you're coming from. I expected something that expanded on core gameplay and the main quest(s) of Skyrim rather than adding this seemingly unrelated fluff. Time will tell.

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).
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Jun 6, 2012, 15:15
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Jun 6, 2012, 15:15
 
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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Jun 6, 2012, 15:17
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Jun 6, 2012, 15:17
 
Kastagir wrote on Jun 6, 2012, 15:15:

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.

Ah, i see. that's reasonable. There are still more expansions planned, so I wouldn't say that something like that couldn't happen. Only time will tell.
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Jun 6, 2012, 15:24
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Jun 6, 2012, 15:24
 
Sigh, stupid Xbox timed exclusives. Does nothing for the gaming community, and all it does is anger the player base that uses the other platforms that the game is available on...
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Jun 6, 2012, 15:35
nin
 
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Jun 6, 2012, 15:35
 nin
 
and all it does is anger the player base that uses the other platforms that the game is available on...

Well it does line bethesda's pockets...

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Jun 6, 2012, 16:02
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Re: Skyrim Dawnguard As Soon as Next Month Jun 6, 2012, 16:02
Jun 6, 2012, 16:02
 
nin wrote on Jun 6, 2012, 15:35:
and all it does is anger the player base that uses the other platforms that the game is available on...

Well it does line bethesda's pockets...


Doesn't really make a difference to them. May actually make them less money as people with the game on other platforms (like me, I of course purchased the game for PC) will skip this entirely just in principle.

It may line Microsoft's pockets, which is another argument entirely.
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Jun 6, 2012, 16:51
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Jun 6, 2012, 16:51
 
deadearth wrote on Jun 6, 2012, 15:10:
Kastagir wrote on Jun 6, 2012, 15:04:

I'm not in love with vampires or with the prospect of flying around looking like Marcus from Underworld: Evolution, so I understand where you're coming from. I expected something that expanded on core gameplay and the main quest(s) of Skyrim rather than adding this seemingly unrelated fluff. Time will tell.

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).

Fallout 3's Broken Steel DLC allowed free-play after the campaign and extended the main quest line a bit. However in that case they actually had a loose end (Enclave was still around, even though they failed to stop you), but in Skyrim the major threat is completely done.
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Jun 6, 2012, 18:16
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Jun 6, 2012, 18:16
 
That was a really pointless trailer for what I am pretty sure will be a really pointless game.
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Jun 6, 2012, 18:54
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Jun 6, 2012, 18:54
 
Shineyguy wrote on Jun 6, 2012, 16:02:
Doesn't really make a difference to them. May actually make them less money as people with the game on other platforms (like me, I of course purchased the game for PC) will skip this entirely just in principle.
Yeah, I seriously doubt that any significant number of people will refuse to buy it because of that. When it's out, they'll buy it.
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Re: Skyrim Dawnguard As Soon as Next Month
Jun 6, 2012, 19:28
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Jun 6, 2012, 19:28
 
I don't mind if it's a few months till the DLC hits PC. I've got 230 hours on Skyrim (over 3 characters) and I have barely touched the main story or the war.

On the other hand I'm looking forward to the DLC because if any one aspect of Skyrim is weak, it's the vampirism. There are some nice mods that flesh it out but I'd rather something strait from Bethesda.
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Jun 6, 2012, 20:10
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Jun 6, 2012, 20:10
 
Shineyguy wrote on Jun 6, 2012, 16:02:
Doesn't really make a difference to them. May actually make them less money as people with the game on other platforms (like me, I of course purchased the game for PC) will skip this entirely just in principle.

It may line Microsoft's pockets, which is another argument entirely.

I don't think they will care much about a handful of people with the principle of "extreme impatience" when this game inevitably reaches #1 on steam for several months.
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Jun 7, 2012, 02:22
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Jun 7, 2012, 02:22
 
I need to finish my first play though. I quit after some frustration with the way the perks work and armor balance issues. I was going for a stealthy character, so I took light armor perks. I pretty much ended up not doing much stealth, I get a sneak attack in with my bow then rush in and chop heads off with my sword.

Anyway, the smithing perk tree is way out of whack, and the armor ratings need a total overhaul. If you're going for light armor like I did and want the best weapons, you have to take the heavy armor perks that you wont use just to get access to the other weapons. I had/have a nice set of glass armor with some pieces enchanted, and when I finally got smithing up to 100, I took the dragon armor perk, and rushed to my home to build a set only to realize I was a few scales short of being able to make a complete set. I had some stashed in other places, but was still short. I continued to play and when I killed another dragon and had enough, I ran back to my house to make my nice new shiny armor, only to find out it only has something like 20 points higher rating. To make things worse, I decided to look it up on the wiki to see wtf was going on, and it seems that no matter how high your armor rating is, the game has a maximum damage resistance of 80% or 85% which equals an armor rating of 760 or something, which my glass armor already exceeded. Hell with my smithing at 100 I could create an improved set of leather armor that was over the 760 rating giving me the maximum protection any armor can provide. That's seriously fucked up when leather armor provides the same protection as Daedric armor.

Being faced with having wasted a perk on dragon smithing, I was faced with a decision; either load an earlier save before I took the perk, or "cheat" and use console commands to remove the perk and give myself a perk I would have taken instead. I couldn't decide, and was a bit frustrated so I decided to play other games for a while and haven't gone back.

I'm not going to pick up any of the DLC until it's all out and goes on sale (like I did for FNV). Eventually I'll finish my game, and by then I'll start a new game with the DLC enabled.
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