With the Dawnguard DLC out of the way, at least for XBox 360 and PC, it looks like Bethesda may have have some more content on the horizon. ZeniMax Media, Bethesda Softworks’ parent company, filed a trademark application back in May for the name Hearth Fire under the already existing trademark for The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. This most likely would apply to another expansion, as plans for Skyrim to be supporting by large-scale DLCs was revealed even before the game’s release. There’s always the possibility that this amounts to nothing more than Bethesda looking to protect their brand, but that kind of speculation is just no fun.
According to Elder Scrolls canon, Hearth Fire is the ninth month of the calendar year. It is also the name of one of the game’s Conjuration skill books. The fact that Conjuration magic can be used to summon the undead, as well as the fact that the DLC should land sometime around Halloween, makes us wonder if we have a zombie-themed expansion on our hands. While Skyrim already features zombie-like creatures, the Draugr, we’re hoping for something a little more substantial.
Perhaps players will be able to take on the role of a powerful Necromancer or will have to fight off hordes of shambling walkers. I’m personally hoping for a sort of Walking Dead scenario set in the Skyrim universe that will allow me to board up the windows of my castle – or just pull up the drawbridge. We’ll be on the lookout for more information on what exactly Hearth Fire might be. In the meantime, stay tuned to OnlySP for more news and make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute information.