Skyrim DLC packs to be bigger, but not as numerous

Elder Scrolls 5 add-ons will be "closer to an expansion pack feel" - Bethesda

Bethesda wants to make fewer DLC packs for The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim than for its previous titles, but according to game director Todd Howard, those DLC packs will be "more substantial".

"We would like to do DLC; we don't have any specific plans yet, but they've been really successful and we like making them," Howard commented in an interview. "So right now I can say that we'd like to do less DLC but bigger ones - you know, more substantial."

Skyrim, of course, is already pretty substantial. The new game is reported to contain up to 300 hours of content, depending on how ardently you shun the main quest.

The Elder Scrolls developer has ridden a fine line between fame and infamy with its DLC packs. Fallout: New Vegas' Honest Hearts DLC was ridden with bugs when it launched earlier this year, though most reviewers agreed the content was worth the hassle. The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion's pricey Horse Armour needs no introduction.

"The Fallout 3 pace that we did was very chaotic," Howard admitted. "We did a lot of them - we had two overlapping groups - and we don't know what we're going to make yet, but we'd like them to be closer to an expansion pack feel."

Howard has advocated a laissez-faire approach to game design, suggesting that open world designers "give players the tools and let them run wild".

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[Source: Ausgamers]