Skyrim Dawnguard PC to precede PS3 launch

By Daniel Chubb - Jul 26, 2012

It is interesting to see a number of blogs only just realizing that Skyrim patch 1.7 will slow down the release of Skyrim Dawnguard on PC and PS3, which we reported 2 days ago. The news has hit home today considering the 30 days are up for the exclusive Xbox 360 owners have enjoyed all through July, and following on from our explanation of this the other day we can now confirm that the PC will receive the first Skyrim DLC before PS3 owners.

This news will upset some PS3 players, the platform we spent over 500 hours on when Skyrim first released, and means the PlayStation 3 platform will be last to get the Dawnguard download. This is thanks to Skyrim patch 1.7 being needed before you can install the add-on, and after the PC beta is finished the latest patch will go live on PC first and then a submission process delays the Xbox 360 and PS3 patch by 1-2 weeks.

Bethesda has also confirmed this delay for PS3 users – on one of the official Twitter channels we found a tweet confirming the delay for PS3 users, which came after someone directly asked when the Dawnguard DLC would arrive on PS3? This tweet explained that it would launch in the “coming weeks“, even though we are now past 30 days of Xbox 360 exclusive.

Some gamers are getting confused when Bethesda answered this question in relation to the Skyrim 1.7 update, but as we stated before this is due to that patch being needed before PS3 and PC users can install the DLC. It is worth noting that the Xbox 360 received patch 1.6, so the next patch will include these fixes and skip that version for PC and PS3.

If you own Skyrim on the PC and PS3, how do you feel now that the 30-day exclusive has past and there is no Dawnguard just yet? We know that we reported a delay thanks to patch 1.7 a couple of days ago, but today we have official confirmation from Bethesda. Any extra PS3 delay would be due to the approval process Sony puts in place, so some of the blame lies there once the beta has finished. You might also want to know that the patch notes don’t include a growing number of bugs in Dawnguard.

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