As announced last week, the latest game add-on for Skyrim, Hearthfire, is available to download on Xbox LIVE for 400 Microsoft Points.
With Skyrim’s latest game add-on, players can build their own home from the ground up. Beginning with a small, one room cabin in The Pale, Falkreath, or Hjaalmarch, players can eventually construct a fully functioning home with more features than you could possibly expect.
In many ways, this house-building process is analogous to the evolution of Hearthfire’s development.
Like Dawnguard, Hearthfire’s inception came out of Bethesda Game Studios’ first-ever “Game Jam”, a weeklong exercise where members of the team shared in-game ideas for expanding Skyrim.
Read the full diary here.
In case you’ve missed them, here’s a look at some of the best new Skyrim videos to make their way on YouTube. Up top we the latest episode of Cops: Skryim.
Catch more videos after the break…
Hearthfire releases on Xbox LIVE next week (September 4th) for 400 Microsoft Points.
For an update on the status of PS3 game add-on content, visit our forums here.
Update 8/28: The 1.7 title update (1.06 when you download it) is now available for European PlayStation 3 players.
Earlier today Skyrim’s 1.7 update deployed on PlayStation 3 (North America) and Xbox LIVE (worldwide). Once we have news on the availability for PS3 players in Europe, we’ll share details here on the blog.
What’s in the title update? The PS3 update (labeled as 1.06 when you download it) provides the 1.6 title update features (including Mounted Combat), as as well the newest bug fixes introduced with 1.7.
Release notes below:
Update 1.7 (all platforms unless specified)
- General memory and stability optimizations
- Fixed crash related to new water shaders
- Fixed rare crash related to dragon landings
- Fixed logic error with loading screens from add-ons (Xbox 360)
- Using vampiric grip and swimming no longer prevents swimming animation from playing afterwards
- Improved recognition with Kinect voice commands (Xbox 360)
- Kinect-enabled dragon language shouts for French, German, Italian and Spanish work properly (Xbox 360)
- Fixed issue with Dawnguard Kinect-enabled dragon shouts for French, German, Italian and Spanish (Xbox 360)
- Ultimate Game of the Year – Skyrim
- Best RPG – Skyrim
- Top Gaming Moment – Skyrim, Throat of the World
- Best use of DLC – Dawnguard and the Creation Kit
- One to Watch – The Elder Scrolls Online
- Best Shooter – RAGE
Head over to the official page to cast your votes.
Watch John Carmack’s QuakeCon Keynote above.
The Game of Making Games features Todd Howard (Bethesda Game Studios), Jens Matthies (MachineGames), Raphael Colantonio (Arkane Studios), and Ted Price (Insomniac Games). Moderated by Blair Herter (G4TV).
As more of this year’s panels make their way online, we’ll update this post.
During today’s QuakeCon panel, “The Game of Making Games”, Todd Howard shared that his current favorite Skyrim video is Skyrim: 300 (Battle of Thermopylae). Created by Tyrannicon (maker of The Great Battles of Skyrim series), the video pays homage to the epic battle from Zach Snyder’s 300.
To create the video, Tyrannicon used the following mods:
Thermopylae by: vlad550077
Arrows Stick by: CA
Directors Tools by: Artisanix
Puppeteer Master by: JohnB
Leonidas by: Sutoko
Enhanced Blood Textures by: dDefinder
Review Studio With Green Screen Rooms by: KahjiitRaj
Remove Slow Time Screen Effect by: Lestat Viro
Spartan shield by: Davis237834
Spartan armour by: Solidus2845
Spears by: Hel Borne,ZuSkunks and Sushiyant
No Hair by: Galika
While many of us are in Dallas this weekend for QuakeCon, Skyrim’s Lead Environmental Artist, Noah Berry, and Visual Effects Artist, Mark Teare, will be discussing Skyrim’s Effects at the Los Angeles Film School tomorrow at noon.
This is a free event for students on a first come, first serve basis.
Get more details on the LA Film School website.
Join acclaimed game reviewer Conan O’Brien on his journey through Skyrim. Want more Skyrim on Conan? Check out this video from last moth.