Skyrim Director: 'Substantial' DLC Already In The Works

I don't think I'm breaking any embargos when I tell you that Skyrim is a terrifyingly massive game. In the true Bethesda tradition, it goes on and on and on, and it's hard to imagine adding content to what is already such a gigantic piece of work. But the other Bethesda tradition involves releasing downloadable content, and usually pretty damned good downloadable content, to supplement a game post-release.

Speaking to Wired today, Skyrim director Todd Howard said that DLC is already in the works for the game, though Skyrim itself doesn't release until this Friday. Past Bethesda strategies have seen the company bouying large mission packs with smaller weapon and cosmetic downloads, and it sounds as though with Skyrim, they'll be focusing more on large, meaty add-ons.

"Very quick DLC might sell well," says Howard, "but that's not our priority … Our high-level thinking is that there'll be not as many [pieces of DLC], but they'll be bigger and more substantial. The goal overall is not necessarily to put out more content, but to make the game better."

I've noticed a trend of Bethesda games releasing a few smaller packs (Knights of the Nine, Operation: Anchorage) and then at least one big one ( Shivering Isles, Point Lookout), so it sounds as though Skyrim will get a few larger additions and fewer small ones.

What will actually shake out? Who knows. With the game's release upon us, I'd say that no one's going to be asking for new content for a good long while. (Wait, what am I talking about? Someone out there will probably 100% the game within a week.) Given Bethesda's decent-to-good track record with DLC, I bet that whatever we get will be chunky and dragonful.

Skyrim DLC Will Be Less Frequent, More Substantial [Wired]


    Hmm, I've never really been a fan of the Elder Scrolls games, but I love the look of Skyrim. (Plus I liked Bethesda's take on Fallout, even though I preferred New Vegas.) The length sounds all kinds of awesome and intimidating at the same time. I'm wondering if I should play straight away or wait until after Arkham City and Assassin's Creed. (Good problem to have as a gamer, huh? :D) Sounds like they've learned from the horse armor predicament.

      You cannot call yourself a gamer if you haven't cleared a month free for Skyrim

        I'll make time, don't you worry. I remember watching my play time of New Vegas climb to 126 hours. :D

      I still think Fallout 3 kicked all sorts of ass over NV. To me NV felt like a bloated expansion and one riddled with maggoty bugs.I'm just keeping in line with my corpse analogy.

        I got lucky on that front, didn't encounter any game breaking bugs -- I think I just preferred the atmosphere of that world. The early Vegas, Rat Pack feel. I liked Fallout 3 a whole damn lot, but thought the D.C. setting was wasted a little. I loved the companions too, but that's probably to do with my love of BioWare style RPGs.

          Well said. Each to his/her own, of course. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed and played through NV too. Like I mentioned, my copy was heinously broken. Anyway, I found I grew a real affinity with Dogmeat. I love playing with a dog. Having the narrative focused on him, real nurtured that relationship, as opposed to the more eclectic companion matching with NV. It's just something I preferred in FO3.

          Anyway, Skyrim looks like a 'must-have'. My own issues is I just started playing Dark Souls and I'm not sure if I should stay focused on that titles, or just dive into the general community enthusiasm around Skyrim.Hmm...

            *excuses my spelling/grammatical mistakes. I find this new font size annoying to read because it's so small, so my proof reading has gone to the dogs. Ha.


    I'd normally be annoyed that they are working on DLC when the game is probably going to be bug-ridden at launch. But I'm looking forward to the expansions none-the-less.

    I think they've realised that releasing big DLC like they Did with new vegas isn't such a bad idea.

    Whilst meaty DLC is far better than nothing, I wish we could just go back to releasing expansions. Point Lookout was good for DLC, but tiny compared to the expansions you used to get.

    Anyway, I am going to play the shit out of this game.

    Hey, so long as they release armour for your horse, we're good.

      I don't care if it costs as much as the origional game... I'll be buying it.

    Yeah bring on the expansions for this, Shivering Isles for Oblivion was fantastic.

      For sure, it was almost another game in itself.

      hangin for Friday..

      Bloodmoon and Tribunal.

      For me, Expansions died after these two. Though special note has to go to Shivering Isles, because it was fifty times better then any of the narrative's offered in the main game, and point lookout, because it was a thousand times better then the main story in the main game (At least better then anything that happened after Neeson died)

        Ack spoilers! You haven't given me time to pass fallout 3 yet.


    I'm glad they're making sure I won't leave my house for like, ever.

    Yeah, I'm all for it. As long as they go wacky and colourful again at some point.

    I like this alot, I really hope they add some content to the quality and extent of Point Lookout, that was a fantastic piece of DLC, and it was pretty cheap too.
    As a side note, does anyone know if JB will be doing a trade one get one free with Skyrim as they are with MW3?

      yer that was a well wicked deal

    Plans of DLC before the game is released should be forbidden, industry wide. Just makes the developer seem like a money-grabber, instead of a group actually focused on making a good game.

      I'm the complete opposite. I'd prefer my favourite games to be expanded long after they've been released making the worlds richer and fuller, instead of the forced "trilogy" scenario. Planned DLC is great, as long as its from a creative viewpoint - not DLC just for sake of it. And face it, developers dont work for peanuts!

    Now I'm crossing my fingers for a giant DLC pack that takes us back to Solstheim. Or maybe something Tribunal-esque that lets us explore a city from another region... an old stomping ground like Vivec or something completely unseen since Arena.

    My imagination is running wild. Heck, I just can't wait to see Skyrim. Gimmie Gimmie.

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