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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim DLC coming first to Xbox 360

Bethesda will be giving Xbox 360 owners a sizeable jump on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim DLC when it begins arriving after the game's launch this November. Today, the studio confirmed it has partnered with Microsoft for a timed exclusive DLC deal that will see Xbox 360 RPG'ers enjoying Skyrim's add-ons 30 days before anyone else.

“Xbox LIVE will be the first to bring players the experience of Skyrim’s add-on content in this revolutionized open-world fantasy epic where players can explore any way they choose,” reads today's announcement, repeating, “If you’d like to be the first to break new ground in Skyrim, Xbox LIVE is the only destination that won’t keep you waiting.”

The release makes reference to “the first two add-on content drops” arriving first on Xbox 360, but offers no details on what they might be. In hisrecent interview with AUS Gamers, director Todd Howard did say the DLC will allow players to continue exploring Skyrim after completing the main mission. He also said while the team is still working on the expansions' specifics, they intend to make the add-ons a step above standard DLC, noting, “We’d like to do less DLC but bigger ones -- you know, more substantial. The Fallout 3 pace that we did was very chaotic. We did a lot of them -- we had two overlapping groups -- and we don’t know what we’re going to make yet, but we’d like them to be closer to an expansion pack feel.”

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - in all its pure, un-expanded form - arrives November 11 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Aug 26, 2011

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31 comments

  • brinnonfam - September 14, 2011 12:27 p.m.

    It really is entertaining how many different ways Microsoft tries to glorify their crap console. I'm sorry, but that is just my opinion. So what if I have to wait 30 days for DLC? I'd rather wait than rush out to buy it for a platform I find useless. On top of all of that, PC gamers have the edge. If you played Oblivion on the PC, you know full well that the console versions just aren't up to snuff. So go ahead, 360 fanboys, enjoy the hell out of it.
  • jackthemenace - August 28, 2011 1:10 a.m.

    Yep, glad I decided on 360 now instead of PS3. Aso, more DLC like Shivering Isles, please, and less like 'Spell Tomes'. Just to give the Horse Armour a break.
  • Yeager1122 - August 26, 2011 10:35 p.m.

    As long as the dlc is as good as Elder Scrolls and no not the goddamn horse armor.
  • ObliqueZombie - August 26, 2011 8:14 p.m.

    I really don't get why they do this. Am I complaining? No, and for two reasons: One, I own an Xbox and that's the platform I use to game on non-MMO games. Two, regardless of what platform I choose, I'm sure I'll be playing this game so damned much and exploring more than I can handle, I won't beat the main quest in time before the DLC comes out.
  • oni - August 26, 2011 7:09 p.m.

    I've just read from another site that Microsoft require all X Box games and DLC to have simultaneous releases and the same content for all platforms. Otherwise And here I read Microsoft will a timed exclusive DLC with Skyrim - 30 days before other platforms are able to. Hmm......
  • D0CCON - August 26, 2011 4:46 p.m.

    Sure, I'm getting the 360 version, but I'm more excited about how DLC has just been announced!!! Even if we don't know what it is yet!!! Hopefully there will be something as awesome as Shivering Isles.
  • ithurtstopoop - August 26, 2011 1:50 p.m.

    HORSE ARMORRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!
  • ithurtstopoop - August 26, 2011 1:50 p.m.

    HORSE ARMORRRRR!!!!!!!
  • lilspooky - August 26, 2011 1:49 p.m.

    As a PC Gamer, I dont really care. MODS > DLC. PC Gamers will gladly wait a month for the DLC, this wont get PC Gamers to buy an xbox. If you get this on console your missing out on a lot of free content. Oblivion, FO3, and FNV all good games, with mods they become great games.
  • ChickenFillet5140 - August 26, 2011 1:37 p.m.

    They can have their early DLC, doesn't bother me one bit. There's enough gameplay in Skyrim to keep me busy for months even after this arrives.
  • JoeMulvihill1 - August 26, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    wow. i don't think much people know what timed exclusives mean for a business stand point. it isn't for the users. it is for the companies. everyone accesses it but the consumer will choose the game on the console which gets the early content. they are appealing to the reasonably large margin of people that have both an xbox and a ps3. it won't matter to the users with PC because they'll be getting it on PC no matter what. in conclusion, if you just have a ps3, you will get the content eventually. if you have both you will get the xbox 360 version instead therefore more copies of the game will be sold for the xbox. microsoft wouldn't just be doing this for petty reasons. they're doing it to make money.
  • Tyrlanae - August 26, 2011 1:50 p.m.

    Or you could have both systems and still buy the PS3 version, completely negating the entire business standpoint. Gross generalizations are just that; Not everyone who owns both will be swayed by timed exclusivity. A lot of people see what you see as "smart business", which by all intents and purposes it is, as petty greed. Frankly, Microsoft's track record with customer service and responding to their demographic, combined with their utterly absurd stance on exclusivity (If anyone else has an exclusive title Microsoft will never let it touch the 360, so they essentially create a one way street; Their exclusives can go elsewhere but they won't accept anyone elses.) doesn't really credit in their favor when things like this happen. I almost want to retain my PS3 pre-order simply out of spite for things like this.
  • EBAX1 - August 26, 2011 1:08 p.m.

    I find it funny how Microsoft spends all thier money on timed dlc so they can only afford one real exclusive a year
  • EBAX1 - August 26, 2011 1:07 p.m.

    I find it stupid how microsoft spends all thier money on timed dlc so they can only afford 2 real exclusives a year...
  • Ilyere - August 26, 2011 1:07 p.m.

    Announcing DLC for a game that hasn't even come out yet? Hmm...
  • Meleedragon27 - August 26, 2011 1:04 p.m.

    What's with the people talking about paying for XBox Live? Okay, so you have pay a fee to upgrade to a premium account, but non-premium users can still access XBox Live (they just can't play online and are restricted to certain features). Anyway, I can't help but wonder how much bigger and more substantial these add-ons will be? I would be thrilled if they were anywhere close to a Shivering Isles level of big (though I'm not expecting anything exactly on that scale).
  • Yaro - August 26, 2011 12:52 p.m.

    Good thing I don't give a god damn about DLC. And timed exclusives are such a dumb idea anyway. You DON'T want EVERYONE people to buy your stupid DLC? Only SOME people? How many people will NOW buy 360 so they could get horse armor a month earlier? I totally fail to see the point :P
  • willbishop - August 26, 2011 12:47 p.m.

    I'm so tired of this exclusive DLC stuff. I bet you half of the DLC will blow anyway.
  • TheHolyHandGrenade - August 26, 2011 12:40 p.m.

    Damn it. Kinda surprised by this, and i would guess the PC users aren't too happy.

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