The first major expansion for the huge RPG hit The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is now available to PC players after more than a month of Xbox 360 exclusivity. The expansion is called Dawnguard, and you can download it for $20 on Steam today. How’s that for short notice?
The game’s creators also announced that they are working on a version for the PlayStation 3, but that it’s not quite ready yet. It’s good news for PS3 owners that it’s coming, though.
Dawnguard adds two new quest lines to the game — one in which you take the role of a Vampire Lord seeking to black out the sun, and another in which you play the role of a crossbow-wielding vampire hunter seeking to, well, stop the vampires you could have otherwise teamed up with.
It also adds new perks, new crafting items, a few addition side quests, and miscellaneous small improvements and features. However, there have been some complaints that the expansion is a bit buggy. There’s some hope, though, that before releasing it for PC and PS3, game developers Bethesda addressed some of the issues. The only way to find out is to give it a spin; or you could at least check out the trailer for the game.
If you’re not enamored with Dawnguard, there’s more The Elder Scrolls to come. Bethesda has suggested that it plans on releasing new DLC (downloadable content) expansions for Skyrim, and one if its studios is also working on The Elder Scrolls Online, with a 2013 release date.
We previewed The Elder Scrolls Online at the E3 2012 gaming industry convention and liked some things about it, but found it to be too similar in nature to World of Warcraft — a game built on a dying model for online play.