Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: DLC fallout – Bethesda chooses money over hardcore fans

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If you consider yourself to be an Elder Scrolls fanatic and don’t happen to own an Xbox 360, there is no doubt that you are feeling slightly aggrieved at the moment due to Bethesda’s somewhat ‘surprising’ decision to award Microsoft with timed-exclusive DLC content for the upcoming Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim game.

If you are not aware of the news yet, it has been confirmed that Xbox 360 owners of Skyrim will receive the first two DLC packs for Skyrim before anyone else, this will last for 30 days before PC and PS3 owners receive it in the respective Steam and PlayStation Store marketplaces.

The important factors to note here though, is that this DLC agreement between Microsoft and Bethesda only applies for the first two packs, so future packs after that should release simultaneously on all three platforms – we hope. At the moment, details of what the exclusive DLC actually is are unknown yet, as it may just turn out to be something minor such as horse armor, or it could turn out to be something huge like an equivalent of the Wizard’s Tower from Oblivion for example.

Regardless of what the content is though, we have a feeling that PC gamers are going to be the most frustrated with the move. After all, it is the PC community that first put the hours into games like Morrowind and Oblivion, and in turn put the Elder Scrolls series on the map, so the fact that Bethesda has taken the money from Microsoft in favor of rewarding their most loyal fan base is hardly going to cast the company in a good light.

Then of course we have the never-ending PS3 Vs Xbox 360 exclusivity war, and perhaps Xbox 360 owners will be feeling that this is payback time for PS3 gamers who previously enjoyed a PS3-favored Mortal Kombat game with extra character Kratos so it’s basically a case of swings and roundabouts here.

If you are a PC gamer and have previously played older gamers in the Elder Scrolls series, give us your thoughts on Bethesda’s decision to think with their bank balance first – do you feel hard done by over this or has the news been blown out of proportion in your opinion?

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  • Warthog2k

    “Huge like the Wizard’s Tower”?  Shivering Isles was huge expansion, the Knights of the Nine content was pretty decent.  The Wizard’s tower was just a shiny new house.

    • Guest

      He means huge as in useful: spellmaking and enchanting (though a true mage was already in the Guild…) working alchemy fortification and a garden, etc.

      And as a PS3 owner, i get the short end of the stick by having no TESIV plug-ins, no mods, no ability to transfer mods onto my saves, and have to wait 30 days for the DLC. that said, i dont really care, as i love my hardware and i love the bethesda games just the way they are.

  • http://twitter.com/Micael456 Micael

    While Bethesda could probably get away with peddling trivial things for their first two DLCs (they’ve already said they want TES:V DLCs to be similar to expansion packs anyway) as a PC gamer I really don’t care if Xbox players get any DLC a month before I do. If it gives Bethesda the money to create better DLC for Skyrim, and to give us better support, I’m all for it. I mean, we’ve waited 5 years for a new game, we can wait an extra month for the DLC.

  • Guest

    I’ve never played a Bethesda game on a console and I can tell you right now I could care less about the DLC deal. PC gamers have always had an advantage in that they get the mod community, so in my mind that more than makes up for any DLC the company releases being 30 days late.

  • ItsEminem

    Modding will always be better than any expansion Bethesda can make.

  • I_aimer_son_chien

    I’m new to PC gaming but I can already feel developers letting us down for mass market consoles. Games that are almost a copy from xbox games is ridiculous considering the time and money we put in PC’s

    • C_Strife

      Well maybe one day you’ll learn what a waste of money a powerfull pc is.The only people who buy/build them are sad nerds with no life, and no appreciation for what makes a good game, which by the way, is not graphics. You enjoy your Slightly, barely noticably better looking version of Skyrim, on your over-priced machine, and I’ll enjoy my copy of Skyrim on my £200 console :) using a proper control bad too.

      • ItsEminem

        A PC can do soo much more than just gaming. The only reason most people play on the PC is more choice and MODS and trainers. The PC is worth exactly what you pay for it. Nerds huh? It is peoples choice what they do with their lives, not yours. Nerds, you act like a 5 year old. People who buy expensive PC’s are people who have the success and money to do so. No graphics do not make a game, but they are a big part of it now. True Skyrim will look pretty much the same on all systems, but other games do not, also some games are pc exclusives

        and RTS and strategy games work much better on a comp. So grow up. 

      • FredtheFailLord

        I can’t imagine that you’re not a troll, but I’ll respond with the slight possibility of your non-troll-iness in mind.  
        Powerful PC’s aren’t a waste of money if you can afford them.  They bring mods, dedicated servers, and better graphics (though the last isn’t as important).  The quality of a PC game made for PC and not just ported far exceeds console games.  Also, game pads aren’t nearly as responsive or precise as a mouse and keyboard.  And there are the MMO and RTS genres in which game pads are just a crime.  They should be anyway.  And sad nerds with no life are the people who buy their macdonalds burgers from you.

      • FredtheFailLord

        I can’t imagine that you’re not a troll, but I’ll respond with the slight possibility of your non-troll-iness in mind.  
        Powerful PC’s aren’t a waste of money if you can afford them.  They bring mods, dedicated servers, and better graphics (though the last isn’t as important).  The quality of a PC game made for PC and not just ported far exceeds console games.  Also, game pads aren’t nearly as responsive or precise as a mouse and keyboard.  And there are the MMO and RTS genres in which game pads are just a crime.  They should be anyway.  And sad nerds with no life are the people who buy their macdonalds burgers from you.

      • Anonymous

        Tsk Tsk Tsk 28 year old  Alejandro. If I were you I would change my personal identity right now and move out of California before I even sell it in the Black Market. Yeah what a hypocrite Runescape fag. Oh and we “Nerds” irl are your bosses and the ones who create jobs. Your kind works for us.

      • Anonymous

        Tsk Tsk Tsk 28 year old  Alejandro. If I were you I would change my personal identity right now and move out of California before I even sell it in the Black Market. Yeah what a hypocrite Runescape fag. Oh and we “Nerds” irl are your bosses and the ones who create jobs. Your kind works for us.

      • SirrViking

        You are only talking about Skyrim, a game that isn’t out yet fool. Dont call us nerds cause deep down you want a high end pc. The games that are optimized are sooo much better, and you can use a ‘proper control pad’(spell correction) also.

    • deadlyb

      developers go were the money is Sam if it wasnt for the big money they make from console versions games like skyrim wouldnt get as much investment and so would not be as good on PC anyway.

  • Sam

    Anyway, DLC sucks, most of the time. Looking at mass effect, dragon age, fallout oblivion etc. Most of the dlc content is short, buggy and it sucks. It’s only a way to make money. Story sucks, maps are usually the same etc. So I don’t really care since I probably won’t buy it

    • Batman

      Oblivion DLC was long and awesome

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O6SOALYKDQW2WS5MGMBFFY3AVE ask me

    Xbox fans made Oblivion successful, why not award them with content first. If Oblivion would have failed on 360 who knows where Skyrim would be.

    • FredtheFailLord

      Sooner?

  • http://twitter.com/Xaxxus Brent Mifsud

    i really hope that they designed the interface with pc users in mind. Oblivion for the pc was just a console port.

    The world of PC gaming seems to be limited to MMOs nowadays. All games are being made cross platform, and the pc versions are being left all but ignored.

    Also, i hope they bring some of the depth that morrowind had back into this game. Oblivion was far too simplified for my taste. BRING BACK THE WEREWOLF DISEASE!  #1 most awsome feature from Morrowind.

  • Elc870

    As a long-time, hard-core builder of SERIOUSLY modded PC BethSoft RPG titles, I could care less about the console jockeys getting the DLC titles first. As someone else already said here…we’ve got the mod community, and they’re the ones who make the games worth playing a second, third, fourth, time.

    As long as Skyrim isn’t butchered to hell and back in the port-over, I’ll be happy to have it at all.

  • Elc870

    As a long-time, hard-core builder of SERIOUSLY modded PC BethSoft RPG titles, I could care less about the console jockeys getting the DLC titles first. As someone else already said here…we’ve got the mod community, and they’re the ones who make the games worth playing a second, third, fourth, time.

    As long as Skyrim isn’t butchered to hell and back in the port-over, I’ll be happy to have it at all.

  • Elc870

    As a long-time, hard-core builder of SERIOUSLY modded PC BethSoft RPG titles, I could care less about the console jockeys getting the DLC titles first. As someone else already said here…we’ve got the mod community, and they’re the ones who make the games worth playing a second, third, fourth, time.

    As long as Skyrim isn’t butchered to hell and back in the port-over, I’ll be happy to have it at all.

  • Heavenly_Demise

    I will vent a minor frustration at the console users getting first stab at the DLC content but as a matter of PC Vs. console only. Deep down, I’m really not bothered about it and I’ve been with the TES series since the beginning (Arena back in ’94), although I’m sure there will be a lot of folk who will be very annoyed by this but hopefully not for too long. I may change my tune a bit later on, depending on how long after the initial launch the DLC content is scheduled for. But that said, we always have the modding community, and if the sizes of the modding communities for Morrowind and Oblivion are anything to go by, we should be in for a lot of fun.

  • 9mmheater

    I can wait 30 days
    PSN hacking fiasco lasted longer then 30days!
    I can wait :)

  • Matt

    Oh no, 30 day exclusivity. Don’t get your panties in a bunch over 30 days, it’s no big deal!

  • The Patient Gamer

    I don’t know about you guys, but I have no problems waiting for the DLC to come on the PC (I have a low amount of spare money right now anyways, but still). As they say, “Good things come to those who wait.” So let the greedy company have their money, we only have to wait for a month anyways; anyone with their head screwed on stright will be able to wait for at least that long. :)

  • Wsosa904

     30 days is nothing!

  • Anonymous

    Lol no loss. In 15 days or less the Skyrim modding community would be releasing mods for PC anyways. I already created the Tyrael armor from Diablo II for Oblivion.

  • Reality-Bites

    As an Xbox player I seriously don’t care if the DLC content is released early, the only thing it would provide is bragging rights against a PS3 owner for a few weeks (big woop). As a former PC modder and builder I suggest the developer community will be far too busy creating their own custom content to care. Play on a high end graphics card/MB/Processor is going to look stunning in comparison to the now six year old console graphics but the trade off there is the constant urge to upgrade, cool, tweak and overclock, all of which takes a constant stream of capital, that is, unless you’re like the rat that stole my credit card number and ordered a high end server. All that said, I can’t wait for 11.11.11 when my life seriously goes into recluse mode.

  • Mandy692009

    30 days for the xbox is so thay can test the dlc befor the real plays get them 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=712736579 Oliver Towne Beech

    Seriously doesn’t matter at all. What’s 30 days to wait? Just gives Xbox owners and reviewers a chance to tell us if its worth buying and then us PS3 and PC players can save our money if it’s not so good. And to be honest, after November, I doubt I’ll be able to afford food let alone DLC.

  • Riley van Loon

    For me it doesn’t matter, i like to get settled in the game before adding dlc. So if xbox want to play and straightly add dlc to the game, so be it. And it will also be a bit buggy i guess when you get it 30 days earlier.

  • Vgamer247

    I dont think it really matters when the DLC comes out because I’ll still be enjoying Skyrim’s original content long after any DLC release.