Update on the latest news about the Skyrim:Dawnguard DLC for Sony's PS3 release.
PS3 owners have been left with an unfortunate wait for Skyrim's initial DLC release: Dawnguard. Though non-xbox players were initially unhappy about having to wait at least thirty days for XBox exclusivity to end and the DLC to come out on PC and PS3, playstation players were left hanging when Dawnguard finally launched for the PC and not their own platform.
What followed in the weeks after the non-PS3 release were comments from Bethesda that caused concern to grow:
Earlier in the month, we provided an update on Dawnguard’s status for PS3.
It’s been a few weeks, and we wanted to make sure everyone knows where we’re at with Dawnguard. Skyrim is a massive and dynamic game that requires a lot of resources, and things get much more complex when you’re talking about sizable content like Dawnguard. We have tried a number of things, but none of them solve the issue enough to make Dawnguard good for everyone. 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.
We wish we had a more definitive answer right now. We understand the frustration when the same content is not available on all platforms. When we have an update, we will certainly let you know. We deeply appreciate all the time and support you have given us, and we’ll keep doing our best to return that.
This has lead many fans to rightly believe that PS3 may never receive the Dawnguard DLC. Though Pete Hines, VP of marketing for Bethesda did answer "Yes, it’s just doesn’t perform well in all scenarios. Some folks would be fine, some would not." when asked about whether the DLC was working at all on the console. This should give fans some hope that PS3 could see the Dawnguard download one day.
To add to that hope, Sony reported yesterday that they have a large support team hard at work with developers at Bethesda to solve any issues they are having with getting the add-on to the PS3.
We work with all of our partners to try and solve their problems. We have a big, broad dev support team that works closely with Bethesda—and with all of our partners—to work with them to solve that any sort of issues they have along the way.
Of course, I always want everything to work always for everyone. I can’t promise any kind of resolution or timeline but can say that everyone involved is trying their best to get this stuff working.
So although neither team will give a definitive answer that the PS3 will see the Dawnguard DLC, it does seem everyone is hard at work to bring the add-on to the Playstation. After Skyrim's second DLC: Hearthfire was released for the XBox this past week, Bethesda again reassured fans they were still hard at work on the PS3 issue, explaining to fans that they have seperate developer teams working on different projects.
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Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea. Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California. When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead. Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim. If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: www.jeremyshane.info for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.
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