After eight long months, the wait is finally over. Bethesda are putting the finishing touches on their first Skyrim expansion pack and Dawnguard is looking like an excellent addition to Bethesda’s successful post-release DLC packs – but only if you’re an Xbox 360 owner.
As you are well aware, all this excitement over Skyrim DLC can only be seen from one community of console owners. PS3 owners on the other hand will have to once again wait due to timed-exclusivity contracts and perhaps even more surprising, PC owners are also being hung out to dry despite being the lead platform.
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The excitement for Dawnguard is there for all to see, but it is perhaps a little disappointing that not all Skyrim players can enjoy it at the same time. We miss the days when anticipated DLC came out for all platforms at the same time, but those days seem to be gone, with the way the industry is moving at the moment.
Xbox 360 has the likes of Call of Duty and Skyrim DLC first, PS3 has Assassin’s Creed 3 and Battlefield 3 – what DLC can you think of right now that releases at exactly the same time on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC? Pretty hard isn’t it. Right now there still isn’t a confirmed release date for Dawnguard on PS3, but we imagine it will be before the end of July, after the 30 days of exclusivity on Xbox 360 runs out.
That is a whole month for PS3 users to wait and drool over 10-20 hours of brand new gameplay that will only be accessible on the Xbox 360. It is not just Dawnguard that receives this treatment remember – the second expansion for Skyrim will also release first on Xbox 360, but the content after this should be available on all platforms at the same time.
If you are an avid Skyrim player on PS3, how do you feel knowing you still have over a month to go until you can enjoy Dawnguard? Do you think this is a fair practice in the industry at the moment, or should the whole DLC exclusivity agreements be stopped for next-gen consoles?