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Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim's second downloadable content pack won't be extensive as the first. Instead of giving players a brand new campaign, Hearthfire lets them build their own custom homestead.
Players will be able to build a home in Hjaalmarch, Falkreath or The Pale. You can then customize it with multiple room types including an alchemy tower, kitchen, and kitchen. You can also fill out your property with a mill, greenhouse, fish hatchery and more.
The DLC has a MineCraft feel to it because you actually do the building yourself. You turn clay, logs and stones into structures using tools like the drafting table and carpenter's workbench. If this process seems too time-consuming, you can make it easier by appointing one of your followers as steward.
Bethesda wants this house to feel like a living part of the world. You can have your spouse live in the estate and even adopt a child together. You can also hire a bard and carriage driver. You'll have to protect your land and its inhabitants, though, from bandits, giants and other undesirables.
Hearthfire will arrive on September 4th exclusively through Xbox Live for 400 MS Points ($5). The first two downloadable content packs for Skyrim are timed exclusives for the Xbox 360. PS3 and PC players can expect to wait at least a month for the content. This might be less enticing for PC owners, though, considering there are multiple mods that have the same approximate content.