New details have been released for the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim's forthcoming downloadable content (DLC) Dawnguard at this year's E3 event in Los Angeles.

Its plot will see players be able to pick between siding with a group of Dawnguard vampire hunter or with the vampire lords themselves who live in the Oblivion realm under their leader Harkan.

If they choose to side with the blood suckers, they have the ability to travel to Oblivion at will, although they may have some trouble heading outside during daylight.

The DLC is aimed at Skyrim players who are at level 10 or higher, but Bethesda Softwork's Todd Howard has warned that some areas of Dawnguard will be harder than the Skyrim main plot.

Vampire lords will have their own skill tree, which means those that choose to become one with the nightwalkers will have access to a lot of new abilities. One such skill is the Vampiric Grip, which allows gamers to pick up their enemy and throw them around with ease. They will also be able to have gruesome gargoyles as companions, fly and hover, and command a swarm of bats.

A new dragon shout is to be introduced for vampires called Soul Tear. When uttered at a foe it causes their soul to be ripped out, bringing the dead enemy back to life to fight alongside the protagonist.

Not that all the new content is for vampires either, the Dawnguard will be able do more crafting and exploring, wield crossbows, wear all-new armour and keep a troll for company.

Mr Howard also revealed that the DLC will add around ten to 20 hours of new content and cost around $20 (£12) when it comes out at the end of this month for Xbox 360. The release date for the PC version is yet to be announced.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801379664-ADNFCR
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