Six months after the game's initial release, the whispers of the first expansion pack for Bethesda Softworks' "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" have finally been
The pack is titled "Dawnguard." The name is, as far as we know, unique within the Elder Scrolls universe, and isn't referenced in any in-game literature (according to the very useful Elder Scrolls Wiki). If you consider the "Dawn" part of the name, the location immediately seems to point to the northern Skyrim city of Dawnstar, which is near the edge of the current playable map. Of course, "Dawn" could point to time, not location. We could be in for something at the dawn of one of the universe's four eras, or the dawn of a particular group or conflict.
With more details coming at the
This information is most interesting when held against what an enterprising Bethesda forum poster found in the most recent patch coding. Among other things, the files seem to reference crossbows, Snow Elves and vampires. The latter is already a large part of the game, but perhaps there will be expanded abilities associated with being vampiric, or even a new vampiric class? The crossbows and quiver in the teaser image obviously fit together nicely, which would freshen up ranged combat in conjunction with the latest patch's excellent new ranged killcams.
The Snow Elf references could be the best clues as to what the new story and quest content will entail. As referenced within in-game literature going back to "The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind," the conflict between the Nords and the Snow Elves was one that pushed the elves underground to live among the Dwemer, whose cavernous ruins pepper the Skyrim landscape. After being betrayed and slowly poisoned by the Dwemer, the Snow Elves eventually evolved into the Falmer, who occupy a good portion of Skyrim's caves. The only visual representation of a Snow Elf so far occurs in one of the Thieves' Guild quests in "Skyrim" in the form of a statue with huge crystal eyes, lootable as rare and valuable items. Perhaps there's some connection between the eyes and the glowing ones on the poster, or maybe it's just a coincidence.
It’s also safe to assume the expansion pack will take advantage of the 200 Kinect voice commands enabled in Tuesday's title update of the main game. In addition, the downloadable expansion will be exclusive to