Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Hearthfire DLC released for PC

If you are still playing The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, you are not alone. Bethesda Softworks' hit open world fantasy RPG continues to be extremely popular since its 2011 launch, especially among PC users who have used the game's mod tools to make and extend the game's content.

Today, a new and official DLC pack for the game has been released for PC owners that will give players a lot of activity for a low price. It's the Hearthfire DLC pack and you can now download it on Steam for just $4.99.

The DLC pack is not about fighting dragons or vampires this time but rather takes your character on a more domestic journey. The Steam page says:

With this official add-on to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, 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.

It's not all fun and games at home. The Hearthfire DLC packs also gives the new land and home owners some challenges such as fending off attacks from "kidnappers, armed bandits, and skeever infestations." You can even hire some people to help with some of the chores.

Source: Steam website | Image via Bethesda Softworks

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Awesome! been looking forward to this DLC since it was announced. It might seem silly but I really like the idea of making my own place in Skyrim. Not some predefined house but *my* house that *I* built

Xerxes said,
Awesome! been looking forward to this DLC since it was announced. It might seem silly but I really like the idea of making my own place in Skyrim. Not some predefined house but *my* house that *I* built

I like the adoption thing. I thought that should've been in the game. Otherwise, you know, I probably wouldn't care about this DLC.

compl3x said,
Am I the only one who thinks this DLC is ****in' stupid?

To you, quite possibly.
I may actually fire Skyrim back up though for this. I for some reason love player-houses in RPG's. I don't know why, but I have tons of fun with them.

Zappa859 said,
To you, quite possibly.
I may actually fire Skyrim back up though for this. I for some reason love player-houses in RPG's. I don't know why, but I have tons of fun with them.

Which is why it's DLC. Wouldn't you be annoyed if they wasted hours of development time just to bring this feature to the main game prior to release?

dead.cell said,

Which is why it's DLC. Wouldn't you be annoyed if they wasted hours of development time just to bring this feature to the main game prior to release?

Well, no. I think more RPGs should have this feature upon release. As I said, it can be a big part of the game for some of us. I wish Amalur, GW2, SWToR, The Witcher, and the like would have things like this at release. It makes an RPG feel more.. RPG. I remember when EQ2 introduced it, I was super excited. For some reason, I enjoy it and it becomes just as much part of the role-playing experience as slaying a dragon is.

Zappa859 said,
Well, no. I think more RPGs should have this feature upon release. As I said, it can be a big part of the game for some of us. I wish Amalur, GW2, SWToR, The Witcher, and the like would have things like this at release. It makes an RPG feel more.. RPG. I remember when EQ2 introduced it, I was super excited. For some reason, I enjoy it and it becomes just as much part of the role-playing experience as slaying a dragon is.

I was aiming that at compl3x who is complaining about optional content. I personally find it great putting features out like this as DLC, where those who want it can get it. It allows for a more modular design, as opposed to say... creating an expansion with features that not everyone would be excited for, and those said features causing hang ups or delays for the release of new content.

I mean, imagine if you could get Mists of Pandaria without having to pay for the time they spent creating a Pokèmon game within the game.

dead.cell said,

I was aiming that at compl3x who is complaining about optional content. I personally find it great putting features out like this as DLC, where those who want it can get it. It allows for a more modular design, as opposed to say... creating an expansion with features that not everyone would be excited for, and those said features causing hang ups or delays for the release of new content.

I mean, imagine if you could get Mists of Pandaria without having to pay for the time they spent creating a Pokèmon game within the game.


I wasn't complaining. I think house building and child adopting DLC is pointless. I can't imagine anyone finding the laborious task of building a house more fun than, say, I don't know, combat? New classes? New skill trees? New enemies? New missions?

If you do find house building and child rearing more fun, there is this game called "The Sims". You can build houses and have children to your heart's content.

compl3x said,

I wasn't complaining. I think house building and child adopting DLC is pointless. I can't imagine anyone finding the laborious task of building a house more fun than, say, I don't know, combat? New classes? New skill trees? New enemies? New missions?

If you do find house building and child rearing more fun, there is this game called "The Sims". You can build houses and have children to your heart's content.

Apparently others disagree soooo... Q-Q-Kachoo?

compl3x said,


I wasn't complaining. I think house building and child adopting DLC is pointless. I can't imagine anyone finding the laborious task of building a house more fun than, say, I don't know, combat? New classes? New skill trees? New enemies? New missions?

If you do find house building and child rearing more fun, there is this game called "The Sims". You can build houses and have children to your heart's content.

If every game was built with your mentality, we wouldn't have gotten far in gaming now, would we?
People like different things in games. I love fantasy RPGs that also have a domestic side to them. It makes it feel more real. I'm not saying you have to like it, but many others do, and it makes the game increasingly fun for other people.

Perfect72 said,

If every game was built with your mentality, we wouldn't have gotten far in gaming now, would we?
People like different things in games. I love fantasy RPGs that also have a domestic side to them. It makes it feel more real. I'm not saying you have to like it, but many others do, and it makes the game increasingly fun for other people.


Lol. I love how someone expresses they personally don't like or understand a DLC and people respond with "OMG LUCKY U DUN RUN DA GAME INDUSTREE CUZ ITD B FKD!"

Did I say it cannot exist? No. Did I say people shouldn't buy it? Nope. Did I even say they shouldn't have made it? Nyet.

I simply don't understand why an RPG would add sim-ish elements like this. I think people would have preferred missions, quests, enemies, new skill trees or something like that. Perhaps they could have spent some time offering support to all of the PS3 users they screwed instead of giving gamers a taste of domestic life in Skyrim.

They did, it's called Dawnguard.

Also, how are PS3 users screwed? Additional content that comes at a price is NOT hindering their $60 purchase, as they got what they purchased. Inconvenienced maybe, but screwed? That's seems like a stretch...

If you don't like the DLC, that's totally cool. I just don't see the sense in complaining* about a company creating one little piece of DLC that falls out of line in what you asked for. I mean, it's OPTIONAL anyway, why are your jimmies all rustled?

Take a chill pill, relax, and know that they're likely going to be working up something. Skyrim didn't just sell massively for them to sit on their butts and say, "Welp, we had a good run!"

*If you're not complaining, then I don't know how else you'd define your expression of dissatisfaction or discontent with the DLC or choice of the developer.

Edited by dead.cell, Oct 8 2012, 8:45am :

dead.cell said,
They did, it's called Dawnguard.

Also, how are PS3 users screwed? Additional content that comes at a price is NOT hindering their $60 purchase, as they got what they purchased. Inconvenienced maybe, but screwed? That's seems like a stretch...

Have you not been paying attention to all of the issues with the PS3 version of Skyrim? Obviously not.

You should expect DLC to be avalable to any version of Skyrim. Are you going to argue that PS3 users should just suck it up? They bought a copy expecting any DLC which would be created would be available to them as it would be to 360 and PC users. They got hosed.

Had PS3 users known there would've been all these issues they would have either A). Bought it for another platform or B). Not bought it at all.

Still think that's a stretch?

dead.cell said,

If you don't like the DLC, that's totally cool. I just don't see the sense in complaining* about a company creating one little piece of DLC that falls out of line in what you asked for. I mean, it's OPTIONAL anyway, why are your jimmies all rustled?

Take a chill pill, relax, and know that they're likely going to be working up something. Skyrim didn't just sell massively for them to sit on their butts and say, "Welp, we had a good run!"

*If you're not complaining, then I don't know how else you'd define your expression of dissatisfaction or discontent with the DLC or choice of the developer.

Again, not complaining. I don't need to "relax" because I'm not stressed out. I'm offering an opinion... On a website, which has comment boxes, which are used for the express purpose of members offering their opinions.

You are complaining because my opinion differs from most of the other peoples' in this topic.

compl3x said,

I simply don't understand why an RPG would add sim-ish elements like this. I think people would have preferred missions, quests, enemies, new skill trees or something like that. Perhaps they could have spent some time offering support to all of the PS3 users they screwed instead of giving gamers a taste of domestic life in Skyrim.

How many times must an answer be provided to this question? As you can clearly see, this DLC is awesome for me. My brother loves it and is mad it is not out for PS3 currently (PS3 player), and some of my friends fired Skyrim back up for it, and loved the idea.

That answers your question. Yes, some people may have preferred the content you listed, but just as many people like this fresh content released in Hearthfire. Not everyone is the same, and a lot of people like domestics in the RPGs they play.

Edited by Perfect72, Oct 9 2012, 7:32am :

compl3x said,
Again, not complaining. I don't need to "relax" because I'm not stressed out. I'm offering an opinion... On a website, which has comment boxes, which are used for the express purpose of members offering their opinions.

You are complaining because my opinion differs from most of the other peoples' in this topic.

com·plain   [kuhm-pleyn]
verb (used without object)
1. to express dissatisfaction

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/complaining?s=t

Clearly, you don't understand that expressing your OPINION of discontent is, in fact, complaining. I'm not against your comment, you're free to think what you want. My problem is that you're acting like the developers should cater to only your ideals of what kind of content they provide.

This whole idea about supporting the PS3 seems to be only relevant when it doesn't fall in line with what YOU want from Bethesda. That's why I'm calling your argument bogus. Either they support the PS3 or release content that YOU want.

Disregard the fact that the main people who continue playing his game years after release are the ones who mod the crap out of it to create lovely little homes for their anime characters wielding buster swords to live in. Seriously, just look back to Oblivion with all the NPCs, outfits, homes, characters, and so forth, and come back to tell me there is not a demand for crap like that.

I'd like to see RPG elements too, but there is differentiation between one gamer to the next. They've already released Dawnguard for people like us who want more quests, story, and such. Not sure why Hearthfire is so stupid if there are people that actually want it (just look around at the other comments to this article alone).

dead.cell said,

My problem is that you're acting like the developers should cater to only your ideals of what kind of content they provide.

When did I say this? Never. You're putting words in my mouth.

I said,

Did I say it cannot exist? No. Did I say people shouldn't buy it? Nope. Did I even say they shouldn't have made it? Nyet.

dead.cell said,

This whole idea about supporting the PS3 seems to be only relevant when it doesn't fall in line with what YOU want from Bethesda. That's why I'm calling your argument bogus. Either they support the PS3 or release content that YOU want.


ahh... What? Regardless of what kind of DLC Bethesda makes for Skyrim, I would still have the opinion (complaint ) that they should deal with the issues on the PS3. I'm not simply saying "I don't like this DLC, so I'll advocate for the PS3 users who got screwed". When Dawnguard was released I thought it was a bit ****ty for them to be releasing DLC when an entire platform they developed for still had game-breaking bugs.

Looking forward to playing Skyrim again this winter. I haven't touched it since I got back home from the Air Force. Cannot wait!

Stopped playing Skyrim after about 30 hours of gameplay. Just didn't keep my attention as well as I hoped. I guess in the end nothing will be able to compete with Morrowind.
I am, however, looking forward to the Elder Scrolls MMO release

Tyler R. said,
Wow. I haven't finished Skyrim yet---haven't bought Dawnguard either. I need to get crackin'

Me neither, but I lost my saves and Steam Cloud lost my saves *sigh*

But at least I'm about where I was originally, and moving on. Got both the DLC today since the other one is 33% off.

It's all over, lawbreaker! You spree is at an end.

- Go to Jail
- Resist Arrest
- Buy all the DLCs and start playing before an arrow hits you to the knee!

francescob said,
It's all over, lawbreaker! You spree is at an end.

- Go to Jail
- Resist Arrest
- Buy all the DLCs and start playing before an arrow hits you to the knee!


I once was a guardsman like you, but then I shot an adventurer in the knee.