Fans of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim should start preparing for their inevitable return to Tamriel. Rumor has it that the game's next batch of DLC, reportedly called 'Dragonborn', will include at least one familiar location from Morrowind and the addition of dragon mounts.
As Eurogamer points out, early texture models for the Tamriel landmass could be found in Elder Scrolls V when the game was released last November, though Bethesda refused to comment on the textures' inclusion after their initial discovery. Approximately half of Morrowind could be seen with the enabling of no-clipping, and rumors circulated about possible plans for the included land masses. When nearly a year passed without any mention of Morrowind, many gamers assumed that the textures had been included for the benefit of the mod community and moved on. So, if the textures have been around for this long, how did the latest round of Skyrim DLC rumors get started?
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A member of the Bethesda forums, who goes by Mardoxx, unearthed what many people believe to be new information after digging through the Skyrim patch 1.8 beta source code. He's uploaded an image of various listings, pertaining to Skyrim's Dragonborn DLC, with direct reference to Solstheim, and some additional listings which he believes point to the inclusion of dragon mounts. Since his initial discovery, Mardoxx has created a second thread for additional finding and added additional information on referenced textures, animations, and the possible inclusion of mounted spell casting.
Based on the information he's discovered thus far, Mardoxx believes that the majority of the Dragonborn DLC will play out in Solstheim, with primary quest hubs located at Raven Rock, Miraak Temple, Castle Karstaag, and Telvanni Tower. New armor types appear to be making a debut, but there's no word on what types just yet. The game might even include new horse armor but, rest assured, this isn't another Elder Scrolls IV DLC situation. Your horse's fancy new duds will take a definite backseat to players' return to Morrowind and introduction of motherf---king dragon mounts.
Of course, as Mardoxx notes on his posts, this could all be a relatively elaborate hoax by Bethesda. After all, a low resolution version of Morrowind was also included in the texture files for Elder Scrolls IV, but the much loved locale never made an official appearance in 'Oblivion'. It's also possible that the referenced dragon riding could be part of a scripted event, quest on rails, etc.
All of that being said, even the slightest possibility of returning to Morrowind on the back of a dragon will likely be enough to leave many Elder Scrolls fans counting the minutes until Bethesda officially announces the next round of 'Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim' DLC.