Skyrim DLC to “feel closer to an expansion pack”

All done with your travels in Skyrim? Explored every nook and cranny of the landscape, cities and caves, taken in all the views? No worries, there should be plenty more in the future; the RPG’s add-ons will more resemble expansions packs than traditional DLC.

That’s according to Bethesda’s Todd Howard who says the downloadable releases will take longer to developer but that they will also have “more meat on them.”

“They’ll feel closer to an expansion pack,” Howard tells Kotaku.

“With Fallout 3, it was, ‘Ten dollars is the sweet spot for us and we know we want to put out five of them. And we had overlapping teams. We were coming off Fallout 3 and right back in.

“We just think we can do better content if we approach it a different way.”

There will be smaller releases between the large chunks as well: “Because that gap is going to be bigger, we want to put litle things out for free in between. We’ve already done that for PC with the high-res pack. We’re trying to figure out what those things are.”

Some of the things that came out of the studio’s Game Jam — watch the video here — could well be among them.

“There are definitely things in there that we are planning on exploring,” Howard said. “It looks like a ton of stuff that could ship right now, but it’s in a sizzle video. It’s, you know, it’s not bug-tested, polished, balanced.

“That wasn’t all of it. It’s probably 60% of it. The other 40% doesn’t show as well in a video or we didn’t have good footage.”