It looks like Bethesda is using footage of my Skyrim sessions for ideas of how to update the game, considering I spend most my time running out of things to do and yelling Dragon Shouts at my screen. Set to release this month is a free title update which will add “more than 200 voice commands” that work with your Kinect device. In addition, 360 owners will have exclusive access to the game’s first DLC, which will include “new quests, locations, features, and much more.”
If the idea of Kinect controls forced your eyes into a superfluous roll, don’t be too surprised. “Kinect-enabled shouts” were part of the game idea brainstorming session that took place internally at Bethesda following the game’s release. But, more than just for your living room Fus Ro Da’s, the voice system will also allow you to navigate in-game menus, activate hotkey items, give orders to followers, and create and load saves.
For those without a Kinect, the update will also provide “new functionality including special map functions, additional hotkey options, and the ability to sort inventory items by name, weight, and value.” Even if you’re grumpy about your downstairs neighbor screaming at dragons, you’ll at least be able to sort all those damned soul gems.
As for the upcoming DLC content, there isn’t much known other than a vague description and its console exclusivity. If the Kinect update is any indication, we can assume that some of that content will be inspired from that post-release creative idea session. Will that mean Goblin enemies? Moving platforms in dungeons? Spear weapons? Dragon mounts? I have no idea, but all of the above for me, please.