Bethesda programmer Ricardo Gonzalez has shot down an interesting Reddit rumour about the nature of future Skyrim DLC, assuming there is any.
Yesterday, a user who claims to be speaking on behalf of a Bethesda employee declared that we can expect two more paid Skyrim expansions at least, both similar in size to Dragonborn, along with a number of smaller content add-ons such as a separate skill tree for spears.
One pack will allegedly delve into the origins of Nord, Snow Elf and Dwemer culture. The other involves choosing a new king of Skyrim and stomping on the Thalmor. Read the post in full at the bottom of this page.
"We're all excited for more news out of Skyrim, but let's not take advantage of the community's fervor to peddle silliness," he added. "Thanks, and have a good day."
Shame, because the rumoured DLC packs aren't unenticing. Those Thalmor deserve a good thrashing. Check out my Dragonborn Diaries for more on Skyrim's latest DLC pack, which is handily its best. Here's the bogus report in full:
I know anyone can post on reddit, so you can believe me on this or not. I've seen a lot of talk about Dragonborn, and some frustrated people out there about a lot of things. Like with any game, the Skyrim community is very vocal and very passionate about the game they like, unfortunately a lot of the conclusions being drawn are simply not true, or at least partially untrue.
I have a unique perspective as I went to college with someone who works for Bethesda, and we still see eachother quite a bit. In fact, I've been lucky enough to get into some Alpha testing for some of their games (sadly, not Skyrim). Here are a few tidbits of info that might help this community understand Bethesda a bit better:
Nothing is weighing down more heavily on their morale than the PS3 DLC issue. They aren't being bribed by Microsoft, and they are just simply thumbing their noses at PS3 users - they genuinely want to get the product out there and have simply been met with problem after problem. It isn't just one thing, it's a large number of issues that have acted as roadblocks to them releasing content on the PS3.
Once PS3 content is fixed and working (which is all but there), expect not just to see paid DLC but a few unpaid content enhancement packs (think along the same vein as mounted combat). A few specific things that were mentioned is a few follower enhancements, including a vendor that sells special gear for your followers, and a special April 1 content update that reaches back to one of their previous games and proves that they aren't above making fun of themselves.
Spears are coming. Something that frustrates him is that players datamined info about the Riekling spear attack and assumed spears were coming in Dragonborn, and the outcry of some in the community was predicted by him when we talked last week. Here's the thing - spears can't be added yet. At least not in the way they want to, which is to add an entirely new perk tree. Adding a perk tree means screwing over people with level 81 characters. So, they added the skill reset function in Dragonborn so that they can add spears in their next big DLC (Spears will make more sense in the context of that DLC anyway).
here are 2 more paid DLC expansions planned - both of them true expansions like Dragonborn (one is a bit smaller, one is larger). Without giving a lot away, the next DLC will explore the beginnings of the Nords and Skyrim's culture, as well as the Snow Elves and yes, even the Dwarves. The last DLC will involve the choosing of a new King of Skyrim and the war against the elves.
Werebears are another thing that frustrated him, though not as much. Werebears were put into the game as a treat for modders. In fact, much of the Dragonborn expansion was added in for the sake of the modders, and they fully expect mods to recreate Morrowind and Oblivion once all DLC is released.
In any case, take this how you will. Most of it can be confirmed if you read recent interviews, all except the DLC stuff (and let's face it - I'm not giving much away there). I just wanted to get this stuff off my chest - I may not have had experience with any other developer other than Bethesda, but seeing the work they do there and knowing how hard they try to please their customers, I can't help but wish they would come out and say this stuff themselves.