Minecraft Helped Inspire Skyrim's Newest DLC

When the rumours started circulating about a new DLC called Hearthfire for Skyrim, people started excitedly speculating as to what new powers you'd go on in the expansion. Dawnguard brought vampire abilities to Bethesda's hit RPG so Hearthfire would bring what? Magma-flinging? Dovahkiin sidequests involving arson?

No one was really expecting house-building and adoption.

In a new team diary on the Elder Scrolls site, lead designer Bruce Nesmith, environmental artist Robert Wisnewski and co-lead designer Kurt Kuhlmann all talk about how the add-on was created. It turns out that Mojang's hit sandbox construction game Minecraft served as a key inspiration:

Meanwhile Nesmith, a fan of the popular game Minecraft, wanted players to have more ways to create content in the game. "Being a fan of [Minecraft], I asked, 'Why can't I build things in our game?'"

Hearthfire started out as a project during the Skyrim Game Jam mentioned by Todd Howard talked about earlier this year. It grew from humble origins of being just a cabin to a multi-room home that can hold a greenhouse with plants for alchemical recipes. As for the adoption of little Dovah-kinder, level designer Steve Cornett says:

"The idea of adoption came to me after the Dark Brotherhood questline was presented. After first seeing the [Innocence Lost] questline, I asked, ‘what happens to the kids? What happens to the orphanage after the quest is completed?'"

Hearthfire provided an opportunity to answer these questions, as the concept of adoption seemed a natural fit with the idea of creating a household.

"Build your own house lets you make a house and adoption lets you make it a home."

Players will get the chance to build their own Dragonborn estates when Hearthfire comes out next week.

Skyrim Team Diary #6: Hearthfire [The Elder Scrolls]


    Are you serious? So they want to sue Mojang for the use of the word "Scrolls" but turn around and release this information? What kind of arrogance is this?!

      Completely agree.... that's some gall.

      Uhm I'm pretty sure that this is Bethesda talking, not their asshole legal team who sued Mojang.

      People are so quick to dish out hate on Bethesda these days.

      It was ZeniMax, Bethesda's parent company, that was suing not Bethesda Game Studios.

    You can see the obvious inspiration Minecraft has had on Skyrim DLC - neither is on PS3.

    how about you realise the looseness of the link between minecraft and this DLC. making houses is a small part of minecraft compared to mining and crafting, and you could argue that aspects of minecraft like zooming in with a bow were adopted from skyrim. If you needed to go around mining for the resources to make a house, then I can understand the correlation but this seems more like an adaptation of the sims or something

    Scrolls was lawyer stuff. This is just one of the developers telling of the original inspiration... I dare say they didn't give a crap about that scrolls business.

    I just hope you can bring the kids up to be assassins. Or bandits. Adopt a bunch and make them into a thieves guild.
    Or teach them good morals and stuff, then they can aspire to be vegetable farmers. Ain't much else for a good person to do in Skyrim... I wish enemies could yield.

    Building your own house/stuff is always cool too. I just wish they would give these things a greater purpose besides, 'you have acquired this thing. Have an achievement sticker', and some plants.
    I sure do a lot of hoping and wishing.

    Why can't I have kids with my wife and have them grow from a baby to a child in a few nights à la bold and the beautiful.

      Because it's not a Japanese game :p

    You don't understand, it was zenimax, not bethesda that sued mojang for scrolls.

    Am I missing something?

    This is DLC that modders have had in the game since day one? I dont see any incentive to buy it.

    minecraft didn't inspire this dlc in fact there was a mod out for a few months now that let people do exactly this except the whole adopt thing

    and they didn't get any inspiration from the largely popular mods that do exactly the same thing?

      Also, there was something similar in morrowind, which predates minecraft

    CraigB, you're right. It has been a MOD for the wonderful world of PC gaming. This is for the Xbox.

    Now XBOX 360 owners can enjoy a legit version of building a home! I love how this cancels out the modding community which I strongly oppose. Now if only they would ask themselves why Louis Letrush duplicates outside of Whiterun and do something about that...

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