Bethesda Softworks, the developers behind hit role playing game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has revealed the details of a new downloadable content (DLC) entitled Hearthfire.

The update, which will cost around £3.50, steers away from any combat or story development and instead allows gamers to develop their own homestead.

Skyrim players will be able to purchase a plot of land, build a house, design its interior and even adopt children to live in it.

There are a variety of different locations to build a home, so if gamers have their heart set on spending their days in the salt marshes of Hjaalmarch or the forests of Falkreath, they can do so.

The actual process of building the property will involve making use of some crafting skills, but once its built players can begin filling it with trophies of their quests, including taxidermy creatures they have slain nailed to the walls.

Gamers can then create areas with specific functions in or around their property, including an armoury for their weapons, an alchemy tower to carry out some chemisty, a kitchen for cooking, a greenhouse to grow their plants, a fish hatchery to cultivate slaughterfish  and, of course, a stable for their mount.

Once players are happy with their property they will have to make sure it is secure from unwanted intruders, whether it is marauding kidnappers trying to run away with their kids or an infestation of skeevers, they will need to be prepared. Followers can be turned to personal stewards to protect the manor or help can be hired from a bard or carriage driver to ensure homeownership does not become a chore.

Hearthfire introduces the brand new adoption process that allows players to have their very own children who they can then play games with and allow to have pets, offering a number of new bonuses.

Hearthfire is set to be released for the Xbox 360 on September 4th, but there is no official news on the availability of the PC version, but it is expected to be around a month later.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801439067-ADNFCR
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