House-building Hearthfire DLC hits Skyrim today

Today is new house day in Skyrim, with Bethesda unleashing the second DLC pack for last year’s award-winning RPG. Hearthfire has been released onto the Xbox Live Marketplace, so for just 400 Microsoft Points, you’ll finally be able to build your own house and – to make it more like a home – adopt your own child.

In order to acquire a house, you have to follow a number of steps – buying a plot of land, finding and acquiring raw materials, and then customising the layout to suit your personal preferences. (Adopting children, on the other hand, is much easier.)

This is all out right now for Xbox 360, with a PC version promised for sometime in the future. The problem arises if you’re looking forward to playing a little Hearthfire on PS3 (or the previously-released Dawnguard, for that matter) – Bethesda says, at this point, you’re outta luck.

Bethesda global community lead, gstaff, explained:

The PS3 is a powerful system, and we’re working hard to deliver the content you guys want. Dawnguard is obviously not the only DLC we’ve been working on either, so the issues of adding content get even more complicated. This is not a problem we’re positive we can solve, but we are working together with Sony to try to bring you this content.

This is potentially related to the PS3 save-game frame-rate glitch that hit The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim soon after launch, but Bethesda isn’t commenting on the details.

In the meantime, as frustrating as it is, the new content will only be available on Xbox 360, and it’s a tiny little 75MB download that brings a whole bunch of goodies. Really, if you have the technology, you have no excuse.

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