Skyrim Podcast #5: Dawnguard

The latest episode of the Bethesda Podcast goes behind the scenes with the team at Bethesda Game Studios to learn more about the latest DLC for Skyrim, Dawnguard.

Warning: minor story beats are discussed, so if you haven’t played Dawnguard and like to remain 100% fresh, bookmark for later listening.

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Download Dawnguard today on Xbox LIVE

Bloodthirsty for new Skyrim content? Dawnguard, Skyrim’s first game add-on, is now available (!!) on Xbox LIVE in English for 1600 Microsoft Points.

Ready to discuss the new content? Visit our newly-opened Dawnguard forum.

Want to learn more on the game? Check out reviews at these sites:

Dawnguard Available Tomorrow

The release of Dawnguard is almost upon us, would-be Vamp Lords. But when are you, specifically, getting your taste of the new bloody Skyrim content? Here’s a quick summary of dates you should know.

If you own a FIGS copy of Skyrim — French, Italian, German or Spanish — you’ll be happy to note that your version of the 1.6 update, featuring mounted combat and Kinect support, is rolling out today on Xbox 360.

Tomorrow, June 26, the English language version of Dawnguard will be unleashed on Xbox 360, and our plan is to launch French, Italian, German, and Spanish versions in mid-July. If you haven’t already, make sure you grab the required 1.6 title update off Xbox LIVE.

So get ready to head back into Skyrim muy pronto. And as always, stay hooked to your Bethblog feed-drip for new Skyrim news.

Creation Kit Hot Loading

The latest update to Skyrim’s Creation Kit now allows for Hot Plugin Loading. So what does that mean? Here’s BGS level designer Joel Burgess to explain…

As you know, we recently released version 1.6.89 of the Creation Kit. As previously mentioned, the CK is the same toolset the developers use – and that means that the latest version comes with an experimental new dev feature – Hot Plugin Loading.

Simply put, hot loading allows you to save and update your plugin from the Creation Kit, and immediately view those results in-game. No need to restart the game to see your changes! This has had a huge impact on iteration time around Bethesda Game Studios, and we hope modders will find it just as beneficial.

Note: As mentioned, this is an experimental feature. Not everything will work as expected, and there may be crashes or other hiccups. Many thanks to programmer Jay Woodward (aka RadHamster) for his work on this awesome new feature!

  • Load the Creation Kit as normal.  Load your plugin (or create a new one)
  • In this example, we’ll pretend our active plugin is “nifty.esp”
  • Launch Skyrim as normal.
  • Make some changes in the Creation Kit, such as moving or adding a static.
  • In-game, open the console (~) and enter the command: “FCF”
    • This step only applies if you loaded nifty.esp in the Data files section of the launcher
    • This only has to be done once per boot of the game.
    • FCF is shorthand for “force close files”, and allows the Creation Kit to save a loaded plugin
  • Return to the creation kit and save nifty.esp
  • Return to the game.  If possible, position yourself where you’ll notice your changes.
  • Open the console and enter: “HLP nifty” (or the name of your .esp file)
    • HLP is shorthand for “Hotload plugin”
  • The scene will re-load.  Your changes show now be visible in-game!

For more on the Creation Kit, visit our official Wiki and forums.

E3 Wrap: BGS showcases Dawnguard and more

Encore! BGS’ Todd Howard, Matt Carofano, and Ashley Cheng returned to E3 last week to showcase Skyrim’s first game add-on, Dawnguard.

Before getting to Dawnguard, I encourage you to watch Todd’s interview with Wil Wheaton. In it, he discusses games that inspired him, Skyrim’s amazing mod community, and plenty more. Speaking of the mod community, you’ll want to read Todd’s interview with Kotaku, too.

As for Dawnguard, learn about Dragonbone weapons, Vampire Lords, and much more in the highlights below…

For more on Dawnguard, read previews at OXMUSA TodayJust Push Start, and Eurogamer.

Finally, hit the jump below to watch Todd Howard’s GameTrailers.com interview with Geoff Keighley.

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Cars in Skyrim?!?

Gamespot’s latest look Skyrim Mods brings the zany — squeaky toys, a tribute to Mortak Kombat’s Scorpion, and old clunkers to drive around. Watch the video above to learn about these mods…

New Skyrim Avatar items arrive on Xbox LIVE

Starting today on Xbox LIVE, you can download new Skyrim-based avatar items, as well as a new premium theme and picture pack. Details below…

Skyrim Elven Armor for Men/Women (400 Microsoft Points): Don this light armor crafted by the Elves of Summerset Isle.

Skyrim Daedric Armor for Men/Women (400 Microsoft Points): Intimidate your foes in this heavy armor crafted from smelted ebony ingots and Daedra hearts.

Skyrim Dragon Priest Face Mask (160 Microsoft Points): Summon the power of ancient dragon worshippers in this golden mask.

Skyrim Alduin’s Wall Premium Theme (240 Microsoft Points): Transform your Dashboard into the iconic ancient stone wall carved by the Blades.

Skyrim Arrow in the Knee Prop (240 Microsoft Points): Can your avatar dodge the horrible fate of many a guard in Skyrim? Find out with the Skyrim Arrow in the Knee prop!

Skyrim ‘Fus Ro Dah’ Prop (240 Microsoft Points): Mudcrabs beware! Now your avatar can summon the dragon shout of Unrelenting Force!

Skyrim Picture Pack (80 Microsoft Points): Argonian, Redguard, Khajiit – all the races in Skyrim are now yours in the official Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim gamerpic pack!

Visit Xbox.com and Xbox LIVE to see more Skyrim Avatar items

Check your inbox: Dawnguard beta keys deployed

An overwhelming number of fans signed up for our Skyrim Xbox 360 beta — so many that we’re only able to issue codes to .005 of the applicants.

Lucky fans began receiving emails tonight from “The Elder Scrolls”, and we’ll be done completing the deployment tomorrow. Within the email, users will receive an Xbox LIVE redemption code, as well as details on how to participate in our private feedback forum.

Thanks in advance for your comments and feedback. And for those that didn’t get in, we plan on doing this again.