Skyrim Dawnguard DLC tentative release date revealed

According to Bethesda's executive producer and Game Director for the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Todd Howard, the first expansion for the universally hailed RPG will be coming on June 26. He said that with a qualification however, adding "as long as nothing goes wrong."

So while there's a chance we wont be seeing it arrive at exactly that date, it might be a good idea to clear out that entire week anyway. The first expansion will be called Dawnguard and casts players as defenders (or willing participants) against a tide of vampire-like creatures who wish to essentially kill the sun.

Apparently, this can have consequences for your game long-term, as players who destroy the sun may be plunged into perpetual darkness (as-in their save game is irrevocably immersed in night.)

This first DLC will be coming to the Xbox 360 (whenever it happens to launch.) We'll keep our eyes peeled for more Dawnguard info as E3 rages on.


  • aspiisd - June 26, 2012 8:17 a.m.

    Wasn't this same wait-a-month shit also with Oblivion's Knight of the Nine? Correct me if i'm wrong. Anyway, really interested to see what happens when/if you kill the sun.
  • kc2 - June 11, 2012 12:49 p.m.

    Wouldn't this have an effect on the inevitable Elder Scrolls 6? I feel like they've given us a DLC that they've already decided the canon. Isn't the point of an RPG like Skyrim to decide your own story? I kind of enjoy the last games events being a blur, although I would like mentions of future events by the Nevervine and the Champion of Cyrodill other than "oh the Nevervine went to Akiviri and was never heard from again"
  • db1331 - June 6, 2012 7:02 p.m.

    It probably is a month. I'm probably thinking about the 1 week exclusive deal Sony has with BF3. Even so, a month is no big deal when you have thousands of mods you can play with.
  • IceBlueKirby - June 6, 2012 5:01 p.m.

    I hope they release this on a disc like they have in the past, because I don't want to have to wait for the GOTY version of Skyrim to play this, and I can't download it.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - June 6, 2012 2:32 p.m.

    So if you destroy the sun... wouldn't that plunge Tamriel into a never ending ice age? You wouldn't even have light from the moon, because all that is reflected light from the sun. Better stock up on torches.
  • HitmanSB07 - June 6, 2012 2:17 p.m.

    Well after the problems with the PS3 version as well as having similar problems with all previous dlc from Bethesda, I won't be getting this for a good while. The game breaking lag, even though patched, really ruined this game for me.
  • SentientSquidMachine - June 6, 2012 10:03 p.m.

    a decent laptop can run this game with no problems, and the Steam summer sale isn't to far off.
  • jackthemenace - June 6, 2012 1:58 p.m.

    SUh-WEET. Oblivion's DLC's were amazing, as were a couple of the Fallout 3/New Vegas add-ons- this has got to be great. Especially if it adds new areas, even if it's not as expansive as the Shivering isles. That said, I DO want a Shivering Isles-style expansion for Skyrim. That'd cement it as one of the greatest games ever made.
  • robotdickens - June 6, 2012 1:47 p.m.

    Thank God for Todd Howard, seriously. This man is a God-send. And on the blog, they announced that there will be a second DLC, which will also be coming to the 360 30 days earlier too. You can't see it right now, but I am thanking God on my hands and knees hahaha
  • Shjonzo - June 6, 2012 1:47 p.m.

    Finally being a vampire can actually be baddass now.
  • SentientSquidMachine - June 6, 2012 9:58 a.m.

    Permanently destroying the sun sounds epic....but the woods around the south east are so pretty during the day. This is my most anticipated DLC release in quite some time.
  • ObliqueZombie - June 6, 2012 9:26 a.m.

    I seriously dislike Microsoft for being such dicks and trying to get first dibs on DLC releases. Seriously, who cares? Just release it for everyone. Pricks.
  • db1331 - June 6, 2012 9:42 a.m.

    The thing is, they aren't even paying to get it early. They're paying to make everyone else wait an extra week. Doesn't matter though. There are worse things than waiting an extra week for DLC. Like playing Skyrim on console.
  • Shadow Of Death - June 6, 2012 3:03 p.m.

    Extra week? Wasn't it a month? That's what we've been hearing for ages. Was that just a typo on your part, or have they changed the schedule?
  • ObliqueZombie - June 7, 2012 9:48 a.m.

    No no, I think it is a month wait. And db1331, I laughed.
  • db1331 - June 7, 2012 10:03 a.m.

    Yea I think I was thinking of the 1 week exclusive PS3 has with BF3. My point still stands though.
  • jonj107 - June 9, 2012 2:27 p.m.

    I'm hoping some other company will release some awesome RPG between Dawnguard for 360 and Dawnguard for pc/ps3 and cut their sales way down. Maybe then Bethesda would learn their lesson and get off Microsoft's nuts

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