Feb 17, 2012

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Bethesda Planning Large Expansion Packs for Skyrim

Bethesda Planning Large Expansion Packs for Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was developer Bethesda’s first big experiment with DLC, and over the course of its lifespan a number of content packs were released. These ran the gamut from simple additions like Horse Armor and Wizard’s Tower to more meaningful expansions like Shivering IslesFallout 3′s DLC packs were also something of an experiment, but it seems that Bethesda is committing to a certain vision for Skyrim  moving forward. Speaking with Kotaku at the 2012 DICE Summit, game director Todd Howard described the company’s focus for Skyrim DLC:

For Fallout 3 we did five DLCs. That was a very aggressive path for us. Our plan now is to take more time, to have more meat on them [for Skyrim]. They’ll feel closer to an expansion pack. With Fallout 3, it was, ‘Ten dollars is the sweet spot for us and we know we want to put out five of them. And we had overlapping teams. We were coming off Fallout 3 and right back in . . . we just think we can do better content if we approach it a different way.

If Bethesda is committed to fewer and more meaningful releases for Skyrim DLC, I’m all for it. Shivering Isles was a fantastic addition to Oblivion, and there’s little question that gamers would rather pay for DLC that could potentially add hundreds of hours of gameplay. What could make this deal sweeter? Howard also claims that Bethesda will be focusing on smaller free updates between big releases, such as the High-Resolution Texture Pack that recently launched through Steam.

Sound off in the comments and let us know what you want to see in Skyrim DLC.

[Source: Kotaku]