Despite the fact that the upcoming beta (Xbox 360 only) is due to release next week, the only things we’ve learned about the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim DLC, Dawnguard, comes from the official trailer released in late May. During E3 this week Bethesda finally revealed details on the game’s first expansion since its release in November last year.
In an interview with G4, Todd Howard (game director at Bethesda) explained that you’ll be able to either join the Dawnguard to hunt vampires, or become a vampire lord yourself. Becoming a vampire lord gives you new powers like turning into bats that allow you to dodge attacks, grabbing people and throwing them into the air, and summoning gargoyles. Additionally, sucking people’s blood and killing them increases your vampiric experience and gives you access to a brand new perk tree. Vampires will also have their own mount, summoned from dimension known as “Soul Cairn”.
Some new weapons from the DLC include dragon bone weapons and armor, which are better than their Daedric counterparts; crossbows; your own armored troll; and new shouts, including “Soul Tear” that lets you “rip the souls out of other people, collect their soul, and they become your undead minion.”
Dawnguard will also come with a perk tree for the werewolf, where mauling people increases your werewolf experience and allows you to gain bonuses and talents, including talents like “Totem of Terror,” where your howl of terror affects higher level enemies, “Gorging,” where eating people regenerates more health, and “Animal Vigor,” where you gain increased stamina and health while in werewolf mode.
Howard adds, “It’s a big DLC, you’re looking at 10 to 20 hours of new content. We really took our time with it, wanted to put something that felt like a complete package, a new experience for everybody who supported us.”
Look forward to downloading the DLC June 26th on the Xbox 360 for $20, though there is no official date yet for PS3 or PC releases.