UPDATE: Apologies all, we’ve reported amiss. A release window for the first Skyrim DLC pack has yet to be announced. The content slated for release in the week beginning 23rd April is, in fact, the English version of Bethesda’s Kinect add-on.
ORIGINAL STORY: Bethesda will release the first Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim DLC pack as a timed Xbox Live Marketplace exclusive in the week beginning 23rd April, according to reports.
The Imperial City, as featured beyond Skyrim’s playable borders. Skyrim Kinect has been on the cards since November, with Bethesda referring to the idea internally as “Project Adam”. Hines shed a bit more light on the implementation, describing how Kinect makes Skyrim world map navigation less fiddly. “When you do things, like when you are on the map, you uncover a lot of map markers and quests to go to a particular place. [With Kinect] you can use voice commands to do things very easily, to jump to different cities on the map.”
He also explained the lack of motion sensing functionality. “Totally replacing the handheld controller would be a whole other can of worms. Doing combat and swinging your sword and all that stuff without a controller would dramatically change the game. We’re trying to enhance the experience as we design it with some additional functionality.”
Skyrim Kinect was one of several alternative game features shown off in a Bethesda sizzle reel in February. The company has hinted that more of these ideas may surface in other Skyrim DLC packs or patches; killcams have already been added by way of a title update.
Bethesda parent ZeniMax trademarked “Dawnguard” – a possible Elder Scrolls lore reference – in March. The filing covers “computer game software for use with computers and video game consoles” and “downloadable computer game software offered via the internet and wireless devices”.
Hackers discovered models of Morrowind’s Vvardenfell, Solstheim and Oblivion’s Imperial City on the Skyrim disc last year. It’s suspected that they’ll play host to DLC quests.