The next Skyrim DLC release from Bethesda may be just a matter of months away – the company has trademarked the name Redguard, which led to expansion rumours hitting the Internet. Pete Hines took to Twitter to answer questions about the putative expansion pack. There’s nothing as yet to confirm anything – not even a name or release date, but Bethesda has previous for this, so we can guess what’s about to happen. It has trademarked its titles before announcing the DLC, and previous DLC launches suggest that we could see Redguard as soon as spring, as this would follow Dragonborn.
There’s little else known about Redguard, but this hasn’t silenced fans. However, Pete Hines hasn’t exactly encouraged them: “We haven’t announced one nor said we are doing one.”
Hines told another fan: “@LShankley just the three [DLCs] you know of. no other dlc has been announced for skyrim.”
So, Hines is schtum right now about Redguard, but this doesn’t mean we can’t make informed guesses.
Xbox 360: The Official Xbox Magazine was first to speculate about the Redguard release date. It said that Bethesda had TM-ed Redguard as “downloadable computer game software offered via the Internet and wireless devices.” This seems quite conclusive.
It also said that Redguard would take players to the home of the Redguards, Hammerfell: “You may already know from playing Skyrim that the Redguards are the fiercest warriors around. They also hate wizards and most types of magic.” Xbox mag also says that the Redguards are: ”reportedly skilled in the use of Destruction magic, the latter aren’t big fans of wizards in general — they regard any combat art that doesn’t deal out punishment directly as dangerously effete.”
Some say that the Redguard release date may be no more than a rumour – the trademarking might be just to prevent other companies using the name.
But – historically, Dragonborn, Dawnguard and Hearthfire all got trademarked before coming out as Skyrim DLC. Also, Bethesda hasn’t trademarked any other Elder Scrolls place names, factions or races…..
Xbox Magazine has also been speculating about the setting of the DLC, which could be Dragonstar, the city of the Redguards and the Nords.
According to the Elder Scrolls wiki, the city is (or at least, was) a hotbed of political contention, chopped up Berlin-Wall-style between the Nords and Redguards in the aftermath of a long-ceased war. Visit the site today (you’ll need access to a PC version and mod tools) and you’ll find only an oddly featureless, geometry-less stretch of land dotted with pine trees. Going on technological insight that I absolutely don’t have, this would seem a good foundation for an add-on: the less extant landscape there is to wrangle with, surely, the easier new assets are to install.
An expansion set partly or entirely within Dragonstar would be an interesting experience, thanks to the aforesaid rocky local politics, but after playing Dragonborn, I suspect the bulk of the pack may once again take place off-shore. Bethesda’s decision to revisit the isle of Solstheim in the most recent expansion was a stroke of genius… Skyrim’s expansions could serve as a means of publicising the game’s wider universe prior to the launch of the continent-spanning Elder Scrolls Online.
Elder Scrolls fans might recall that this rumoured DLC has been linked to a previous title, and fans will also know that one of the toughest enemies was the Ebony Warrior – a Redguard.
What do you think? Are we in for a Redguard DLC and will it be set in Hammerfell or Dragonstar?
“Oh what is this? New skyrim dlc rumored to be called redguard? ADVENTURES IN HAMMERFELL,” tweeted @GrandDukePain .
“Next Skyrim DLC. Redguard,” tweeted Paulo Liwanag.
“@DCDeacon will PS3 users be getting any more DLC’s in the future? and is there a new DLC in the workings as rumors are about a DLC redguard?” tweeted Rhys Davies .
“I don’t actually think Redguard is gonna be a DLC. I’m actually betting on a HD remake,” tweeted @Jay_in_a_boat .
“So how do you feel about the rumors or Redguard dlc for Skyrim?” tweeted Kyle Shanks .
“I wonder if the next DLC for skyrim is redguard and u get to explore in hammerfell,” tweeted @PROMINER54 .
“Next Skyrim DLC called Redguard?” tweeted IGN.