The next "Skyrim" DLC "Reguard" release date should arrive in 2013, but Bethesda is reportedly planning to launch plenty more expansion packs for the popular RPG. Read on for more Skyrim Redguard DLC release date news and rumors.

The next Skyrim DLC, "Redguard," release date could launch as early as 2013, and likely won't be delayed much longer than that based on Bethesda Softworks Skyrim DLC history. It makes sense to assume that with the next-gen gaming consoles from Sony and Microsoft coming out this fall "Redguard" might be the final Skyrim expansion before Bethesda releases the next title in the "Elder Scrolls" series, but according to a recent report from tech-blog SidhTech the gaming company has no intention of moving on any time soon.

The next Skyrim DLC release date (rumored to be called "Redguard") won't be the last one by a long shot, argues Chris Toberlake. The article goes on to explain that Bethesda isn't rushing to release "Elder Scrolls 6" for the Xbox 720 and PS4. Instead, the company intends to milk the massively popular Skyrim for all it's worth by release a "Handful more of Skyrim DLC packs."

"The company is not going to just stop making DLCs for the current consoles or Skyrim game; the move will be a slow one onto the next gen consoles," notes SidhTech. "This is down to them not wanting to take a gamble on moving to the newer consoles too early, especially when profits are still to be had with Skyrim."

We certainly don't blame Bethesda, considering how popular the current Elder Scrolls title is it just makes sense to keep going even after the Skyrim Redguard DLC release date arrives. Even after the Xbox 720 launches people will continue to use their 360s, and the next few Skyrim DLC will likely just as well as the first three have.

Furthermore, Toberlake notes that each next Skyrim DLC release date is a considerably easier way to make money as ocmpared to launching an entirely new "Elder Scrolls 6" game:

Typically DLCs are considered a low risk when moving to a new console is determined and are in what is called a state of flux. This may mean that there will be more DLCs coming our way for Skyrim before they will move onto an Elder Scrolls 6 release for the PS4 and Xbox 720.

You only need to compare the Wii U to see just how far off anticipated sales a console can get. Content for Skyrim would be a great way to train those just out of "school"on the team, before letting them loose on the Elder Scrolls 6 development. Or it could be that the heads who worked on Skyrim will work on Elder Scrolls 6 and that the DLCs could be handled by smaller teams so as to continue generating revenue for Bethesda as the make the big investment into PS4 and Xbox 720 game development.

After the Skyrim "Redguard" DLC release date how many expansion packs will Bethesda launch before moving on to the next title in the franchise altogether? Sidhtech notes that the earlier game "Elder Scrolls: Oblivion had 10 DLCs altogether, sort of."

The article also notes that waiting for the next Skyrim DLC release date will likely keep Elder Scrolls fans occupied while Bethesda works on the sixth game in the series:

Work on development of a DLC for Skyrim could be an ideal way to keep fans happy until a new game is released after the next gen consoles are readily available in all markets too," writes Toberlake.

When Elder Scrolls fans want to know about the Next Skyrim DLC Redguard release date they have two places online to turn. The first is BethBlog, which is often the first place news breaks but hasn't had much information on the upcoming expansion. The second place is actually a person, Bethesda VP Pete Hines uses his Twitter account to mediate between the company and its hoards of fans, often answering questions that gamers tweet at him.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the next Skyrim DLC Redguard release date Pete Hines isn't revealing much. Here's a recent tweet in response to a gamer's question:

His latest answer concerning the next Skyrim DLC Redguard release date is about as disappointing as the last few have been.

"We haven't announced one nor said we are doing one," Hines responded to one Skyrim fan anxious to learn the Redguard DLC release date last month.

Soon afterwards, Hines responded to another Skryim fan, tweeting, "@LShankley just the three [DLCs] you know of. no other dlc has been announced for skyrim."

If Hines is't revealing the next Skyrim DLC Redguard release date and there's nothing of note on BethBlog than our only other option is to check out what the blogs are saying.

An earlier article in Xbox 360: The Official Xbox Magazine was one of the first to publish rumors surrounding the next Skyrim "Redguard" DLC release date. The piece cited a recent trademark filing from Bethesda defining "Redguard" as "downloadable computer game software offered via the Internet and wireless devices." That's pretty much all the proof we need.

The article in Xbox Magazine suggests that the next Skyrim DLC "Redguard" release date could bring player to the fictional nation of Hammerfell, home to the "proud, warlike Redguards." The Redguards already exist in the Skyrim world, and are known as the fiercest warriors around. They hate wizards and most types of magic; Xbox Magazine notes that the warrior tribe is "skilled in the use of Destruction magic, the latter aren't big fans of wizards in general -- they regard any combat art that doesn't deal out punishment directly as dangerously effete."

Some have warned that the next Skyrim DLC "Redguard" release date may be nothing more than a pesky rumor, and it is possible that Bethesda trademarked the term simply to protect their brand from other companies, a sort of "legal land grabbing," as Xbox Magazine puts it.

However, this argument quickly unravels when you take a look at Bethesda's Skyrim DLC release date history. Each trademarked term ("Dragonborn," "Hearthfire" and "Dawnguard") becomes the next Skyrim DLC soon afterward.

"Bethesda has yet to trademark any other Elder Scrolls races, factions, placenames," notes Xbox Magazine, adding that they personally reached out to Hines but received no response.

Many gamers are already speculating that the next Skyrim DLC "Redguard" release date will bring us to Hammerfell. However, Xbox Magazine argues that the expansion's location could actually take place in Dragonstar, a city inhabited by both Redguards and Nords:

"According to the Elder Scrolls wiki, the city is (or at least, was) a hotbed of political contention, chopped up Berlin-Wall-style between the Nords and Redguards in the aftermath of a long-ceased war. Visit the site today (you'll need access to a PC version and mod tools) and you'll find only an oddly featureless, geometry-less stretch of land dotted with pine trees. Going on technological insight that I absolutely don't have, this would seem a good foundation for an add-on: the less extant landscape there is to wrangle with, surely, the easier new assets are to install.

"An expansion set partly or entirely within Dragonstar would be an interesting experience, thanks to the aforesaid rocky local politics, but after playing Dragonborn, I suspect the bulk of the pack may once again take place off-shore. Bethesda's decision to revisit the isle of Solstheim in the most recent expansion was a stroke of genius... Skyrim's expansions could serve as a means of publicising the game's wider universe prior to the launch of the continent-spanning Elder Scrolls Online."

True Elder Scrolls fans will remember the rumored next Skyrim DLC from a previous title in the franchise, but Skyrim players should also have experience interacting with Redguards. In the previous expansion, "Dragonborn," one of the most difficult enemies to defeat was a Redguard called Ebony Warrior.

Can't wait for the next Skyrim DLC Redguard release date? Neither can these tweeters:

"If you do get dlc don't get dawn guard , the new dlc redguard is coming out," tweeted @KiieranBagleyy.

"Yo spiffarino, did you hear about the next Skyrim DLC Redguard?" tweeted @foreverakevmon

"New DLC titled 'Redguard' rumored for a spring release!" tweeted Chris Cargill.

"Newest Skyrim DLC is called Redguard. Dawnguard. Red dawn. Wake up america," tweeted @BlaiddWolfe.