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Skyrim – Hearthfire DLC to Hit XBL Next Week

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Confirming last week’s leaked info about the upcoming Skyrim DLC, Bethesda has officially announced and dated the next batch of content for their time-devouring RPG epic.  Hearthfire will be available on Xbox Live on Sept 4th for 400 MS ($5).  As indicated in the aforementioned leak, the DLC will allow players to build their own homes.  However, there is a lot more to this expansion than just plopping a building down on the landscape.

Players will first have to purchase a plot of land before going about the task of designing the house from the ground up, using materials that they have collected.  Function-specific rooms such as an armory, trophy room, or alchemy lab can be built.  Additions can also be made outside the home with features including a garden or bee hive.  Not into micro-managing the construction of your homestead?  Then hire a steward to purchase materials and furnish your home for you.

If your home if feeling a bit empty, invite your spouse to live with you.  You can even fill your home with the pitter-patter of childrens’ feet with the game’s new adoption system.  With a family to care for, you’ll have to raise your children and defend your abode from giants and other Skyrim nasties.  With many players putting hundreds of hours into developing their very own Dragonborn, they’ll most likely want to give their hero a comfortable home to call his/her own.  Check out the video below for an introduction to Hearthfire:

As expected, there is no release date for the Hearthfire DLC on PC or PS3.  As per Bethesda’s agreement with Microsoft, it will be at least 30 days before it becomes available on either platform.  That’s a reasonable timeframe for the PC, but PS3 owners will likely wait longer, as they have yet to receive the previous Dawngaurd expansion.

 

 

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Troy Baker Discusses His Return as Joel in The Last of Us Part II

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Troy Baker has spoken about his return to the role of Joel in Naughty Dog’s upcoming title The Last of Us Part II.

During an exclusive interview with OnlySP at Supanova Comic Con & Gaming, Baker was asked how he felt to return to the role alongside Ashley Johnson, who plays Ellie in the sequel to the acclaimed 2013 title.

“The first day we were on set was when we shot [the PSX reveal] trailer,” Baker revealed. “We go through rehearsals and stuff, and we walk through it, and things get real serious all of a sudden, when we heard both of our voices. When you put everything together, that’s when Ashley goes away and Troy goes away, and you’re left with Ellie and Joel.”

Baker noted that the first time creative director Neil Druckmann spoke to him about the potential of a sequel was during the British Academy Video Game Awards in March 2014.

Check out a clip from our exclusive interview with Troy Baker and Nolan North—including the revelation of North’s return as David and the significant musical numbers featured in the game—above, and stay tuned for the full interview.

Druckmann recently revealed that Baker and Johnson had completed their main work on the game, describing it as “the most ambitious cinematic shoot we’ve ever done.” Before that, he stated that the final scene of The Last of Us Part II has been shot, with Laura Bailey recently completing her performance capture for the title. Druckmann also revealed that the rapper Logic and actor Travis Willingham will also be appearing in the game.

Earlier this month, a screen of the game’s weapon upgrade system was leaked in a promotional video, with some noting that weapon variation may be present in the game’s revision of combat.

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