Skyrim DLC Update Hints at Dragon Riding and Morrowind

I should begin by saying that this is all complete rumours. The next expansion to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim may be called "Dragonborn" and could have gamers riding dragons and revisiting old locations such as Morrowind. A Bethesda forum user has dug through the source code for the game's new 1.8 patch and found several references to "Dragonborn" and "DLC2."

The user claims the Dragonborn expansion will add new armor types, and may even allow users to ride dragons in some fashion. The files suggest the Dragonborn DLC will be set in the island area of Solstheim, a land northwest of Wardenfell and east of Skyrim. According to the Elder Scrolls Wikia, its climate is cold and snowy and is home to the Ebony mines.

The 1.8 update also features files that hint at taking the player back to Morrowind. The files contain quest markers for Solstheim, Telvanni, Castle Karstaag, Raven Rock and Miraak Temple. It’s unknown if players will be able to freely explore the bits of Morrowind in this update, or if they will just go to certain closed off locations as part of the quest.

The DLC also references four new types of armor varieties – Bonemold, Chitin, Nordic and Stalhrim. Alongside the new armor, there are files for dragon riding animations including spell casting. Will the dragons be able to attack as well? There was a pretty amazing dragon mount mod for Oblivion that featured various elemental dragons with different attacks. Here’s hoping Bethesda took inspiration from that mod for their current dragon mounts.

In May, Bethesda parent company Zenimax Media sought a Dragonborn trademark through the United States Patent & Trademark Office. The mark was filed under the goods and services description of "Computer game software for use with computers and video game consoles; downloadable computer game software offered via the internet and wireless devices."