Monday, 3 December 2012

Skyrim: Dragonborn DLC achievements, plot and locations leaked

Leaks of upcoming projects, especially when it comes to stories and plotlines for popular media are a frequent occurrence these days. Doctor Who has had this happen much to the frustrations of head writer Steven Moffat, Mass Effect 3's infamous story leak for both its main plot and Leviathan DLC was well known prior to its launch, even Half Life has suffered from this. This is just the latest in a long line of spoilers, but damn if it doesn't give a lot of information away.

As posted on TheOuthousers, a truly titanic level of information has been leaked onto the internet revealing not only locations and achievements, but potentially key parts of the plot of the Skyrim's upcoming expansion. The list of the Dragonborn DLC's content is extensive. Going so far as to list characters, items, spells and even new shouts which will be available in the download. From what has been revealed, it has been estimated that the DLC would add up to thirty hours of additional gameplay onto the Elder Scrolls title and even just rushing the main quest would take up to ten.

Without going into spoilers, the leak does confirm a number of things from both the trailers and promotional material released by Bethesda. It confirms that the location of the new DLC will indeed be Solstheim from Morrowind's Bloodmoon DLC, now populated largely by Dark Elves, and the much desired ability to have dragons as mounts will be available to players. Many returning features of the island present in Bloodmoon will still be present such as Raven Rock.  It will even build upon previous achievements from the game with items such as new Thieves Guild armour being present and new special quests will be available to those who reach level 81.

It is currently unknown how much this leak of information may change the release of the DLC. Whether the release date of the new content will be pushed back to be changed from leaked information, an admittedly unlikely event, or the studio will release it tomorrow as planned. What can be told is that the DLC appears to be at least on par with Oblivion's Shivering Isles in terms of size and quality. Many owners of Skyrim disappointed with Hearthfire should find this to be more to their liking.


The Elder Scrolls, Skrym, Dragonborn and all related characters and media are owned by Bethesda.

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