Last month on June 26 we heard about Skyrim Dawnguard launching on Xbox 360, which some gamers totally forgot the Skyrim DLC had been promised to Microsoft as a timed exclusive. We had been reviewing Skyrim on the PS3, although considering this extra weight with no confirmed release date for the PS3 version of Dawnguard; we started fresh with the Xbox 360 version of Skyrim. This allowed us to bring hands-on reviews of Dawnguard, although this meant we missed out on what had been achieved with more than 500 hours on the PS3 version.
You can follow our detailed review of Dawnguard via this page, which also includes other news surrounding Skyrim and future DLC. Today we wanted to look at Dawnguard for the PS3 and our expectations for a release date, which is likely to be a silent release after a quick post on the official Bethesda blog.
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It had been known for a while that the Xbox 360 had a timed exclusive, although Bethesda didn’t highlight this much over the months, so considering this is a 30-day exclusive you can guess there will be silence leading up to the PlayStation 3 and PC release. Sony PS3 players should expect Skyrim patch 1.6 to land very soon, this is needed before you can download Dawnguard, and considering gamer frustration we should see PC and PS3 players getting hands-on with Dawnguard exactly 30 days after the Xbox 360 received the downloadable content. If this is not the case then expect some gamers to boycott Bethesda thanks to the reasons behind a timed exclusive, and an increased delay.
If Bethesda sticks to 30 days we’re looking at July 26 for the PS3/PC release date, which is just 8 days away at the time of writing. We have included a Dawnguard countdown timer below this article and this is set at Pacific Daylight Time. It’s worth noting this is counting down to the day and not the release time, although we will update you nearer the time when the DLC goes live.
Do you expect Bethesda to stick to the 30-day Skyrim DLC agreement, or drag the wait on longer for PC and PS3 owners?