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Dawnguard PS3 farce mars PC release

Skyrim owners on PS3 and PC have been waiting a very long time for the first DLC expansion pack to arrive and this week at Quakecon, developers Bethesda delivered some crucial news. They announced that Dawnguard is now available for download and purchase on Steam, but at the same time sent a huge blow to PS3 gamers, by saying that their version isn’t ready yet.

If you have been playing on PC the whole time, your Dawnguard wait is finally over. Most of you probably haven’t even been too bothered by the wait with the sheer amount of custom mods available through the Creation Kit, but refresh your Steam browser now and you’ll see that Dawnguard is now available for $19.99.

That’s where the good news ends though sadly, as it isn’t good reading for the PS3 community who expected Dawnguard to be available this week at the very latest and as a simultaneous release with PC. Bethesda has put out a statement on their Blog explaining their reasons, as you’ll see in a portion of their quote below:

“We are not satisfied yet with Dawnguard’s performance on the PS3. We would like for everyone to have a chance to play Dawnguard, but we aren’t going to release it for PS3 knowing that some people’s experience in Skyrim will be worse.”

So there we have it. Our immediate thoughts on this are that the company are being extra careful in not having a repeat of the water freezing fiasco which greeted PS3 owners on a previous update. As you can imagine, some disgruntled fans have let their feelings be known through the comments on Bethesda’s blog, with one user now saying that ‘this is getting ridiculous’, with others agreeing.

Should we be too harsh on Bethesda though if Dawnguard just isn’t ready for technical reasons? Some people will just feel like it is better late than never, while others will just choose to vent their frustration by any means possible. The reality is though, there’s still no PS3 release date and it looks like Bethesda is having problems getting Dawnguard onto to PS3.

What are your thoughts on this – Are you angry or not?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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matt
matt

Why is it that whenever bethesda says that the will release content “30 days” after xbox and we wait patiently for thirty days after the xbox version comes out the they pull crap like this? Frankly they should atleast release an update that allows us to become a vampire lord and have the perk tres for the vampire lord and were wolf and use the dragonbone weapons

Anonymous
Anonymous

they were probably working on the pc version before ps3.They cant do both at the same time becuase Bethesda is a big company and they have other assets besides Skyrim.I mean,they are still working on Dishonored and ps3 has a different architecture than 360 or pc,and it would be easier if they did something with similar architecture first than doing something completely different and getting back.

b_alasdair
b_alasdair

At this point, the only thing that would please me would be to hear an announcement that all further DLC for Skyrim will be exclusive to the PS3 and PC, as well as a promise not to release any future TES games on the 360. It’s about time 360 owners suffer like PS3 owners do.

mikey_lolz
mikey_lolz

I am annoyed, they should easily have done it by now, but I dont want a crappy update that crashes all the time, and I want the experience to be awesome – if it lagged, crashed and was generally a bad experience then, in my opinion, I would be even angrier than I am now for it being late. Bethesda is a great company, it’s just harder to code it for the PS3.

Every little helps,
Anonymous.

Sean
Sean

What’s the big deal? I’d rather they left it until it can work properly…maybe in the meantime they can work on patching up the horrid pixellated shadow glitches which make being indoors with candlelight a lot uglier than it should be

Bonnie Daw

Jesus Christ these guys aren’t obligated to you to have a game out to you by such and such a time. You’d rather have it released broken? Like we didn’t get enough of that with Skyrim. I’d rather it be later and actually frigging working than just bitching and demanding it now.

Go outside or something in the meantime. <.<

Japrika
Japrika

I’m not angry, I’m worried. It sounds like they’re purposefully not confirming that it’ll EVER come out for PS3. If they weren’t sure they could manage it I wish they’d have said it from the start. I’ve been avoiding Dawnguard spoilers for over a month, which I expected, but now with PC users in the know it’ll become impossible. I want to know if I should give up and realize I’ll never play it myself. No company owes me anything, but I do think this one is being pretty weird as far as PR is concerned. Just frickin’ tell us… Read more »

cthulhuofrlyeh
cthulhuofrlyeh

As someone said previously “better late than on time and buggy as hell” (not said word for word). Playing Fallout 3 on my PS3, when I’m in Point Lookout the game lags unbelievably bad whenever I enter the exterior area around the secret entrance to Kenny’s Hideout, with the only fix being to save, exit out to the X-Media bar and load the save when I get back into the game. Then it’ll run fine in that area (until I return to it after going somewhere else… rinse, repeat).

Master555
Master555

Well since dawnguard has increased delay it could be out in a week or two so these could be release dates thursday 9th or Thursday 19th but I don’t know so wait till Bethesda confirmed the release date so sit don’t listen to Xbox 360 gloating and don’t spend your money on something else because Bethesda they will keep trying until dawnguard becomes a smooth version on PS3 but we will have to wait till Sony done the patch process.

Sedraen
Sedraen

I highly doubt it has anything to do with the DLC’s performance on the PS3. If it works decently on the 360, it’ll work decently on the PS3. This is obviously a ploy by Microsoft to hurt Sony, and judging by the 30-day exclusivity agreement, it’s not surprising, since they’re using Dawnguard as a marketing weapon. Screw you, Microsoft. And you, too, Bethesda, for letting this happen.

Kierstyn
Kierstyn

I am frustrated, but I’d probably be a lot more frustrated if they had released it with a lot of bugs. I don’t mind waiting.

PS3 User
PS3 User

here is the full blog that bethesda said ” We are not satisfied yet with Dawnguard’s performance on the PS3. We would like for everyone to have a chance to play Dawnguard, but we aren’t going to release it for PS3 knowing that some people’s experience in Skyrim will be worse. We do everything we can to have our content available to all; from our free updates, to user mods, to paid DLC. We’re as disappointed as our fans when that isn’t the case, but we’ll continue to push for that reality. ” i cant really guess how long when… Read more »

Kyvor
Kyvor

The DLC should be free on PS3, as far as I’m concerned.  Haven’t even seen an apology from Bethesda for the fact that it took them months after release date to make Skyrim playable on some PS3s

Michael
Michael

FINALLY! An update on what’s happening. That was one of the most frustrating things about this whole delay was the lack of information they were giving to us. The way they made it sound, it was like they were sitting around the Bethesda office not doing a thing for the 30 days of exclusivity for Xbox. If it’s to fix technical issues, this is a little bit more understandable. But I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: I better not see ONE glitch in my game when Dawnguard is finally released.

Chappers
Chappers

To be honest, i’m fine with there being a delay on the PS3 release date as long as it’s for improving gameplay and fixing any bugs. Yes, there are good reasons to be angry at Bethesda, since the succes of the Fallout series and Skyrim, the quality of graphics has greatly improved but the quality of gameplay such as quests, NPC’s and settlements has dropped significantly when compared to Oblivion. Bethesda, it would seem have become a more mainstream developer more orientated around sales than the games they release. As for the delayed release, when comparing with graphics, software and general… Read more »

RC
RC

Just please! release it bethesda. Come on…

RC
RC

Classic bethesda… you guys make me sick… Just release the dlc already. You guys have been telling us since February, and i was pumped for it to come out in summer. Now its probably going to come out when school starts. You guys suck.

Jsd27
Jsd27

i get that they have problems with different consoles but i get the impression that they have done no testing for other consoles until it was too late

Jaranbrown
Jaranbrown

Like said before the PS3 uses a different code to function than the Xbox 360 or PC, I minor PC or Xbox problem could be a big PS3 problem

VampiricNightmare
VampiricNightmare

Id rather just stay chilled and wait for it on ps3 becuase now we know its coming the console and when i comes out i know the i wont rage over the glitches

ReasonableRage
ReasonableRage

im done with this shit,screw you bethesda yeah thats right you are not the only one who can screw people!

Randomguy
Randomguy

The way i see it bethesda will take us ps3 users only by boycotting them.if the dlc isn’t at least 3$ cheaper dont buy it…then we see if they drop the price or not…

Fatal_Ghost503
Fatal_Ghost503

they should of told us they were trying to fix all the bugs so itll run great. The whole communication issue, is what was making everyone mad

Sneaky Hobo
Sneaky Hobo

Thank god their delaying due to preformance. Id hate to get another Operation Anchorage as first dlc.

Just tell us the truth next time, Bethesda. The community seriously concidered a boycott.

Jeraz...amataz

I’m pissed off. They had a whole month to work on it, and Xbox has now had it exclusive for longer than that. Great PC users get it, but as you say they had mods. PS3 users have yet to see any love from Bethesda starting way back with a shoddy Fallout 3 release. Their games have been buggy more on PS3 than they have been on other platforms and Bethesda has paid absolute minimum attention to the community that can’t help but throw money at their awesome games and content. But I think I speak for the rest of… Read more »

Mr Tuff_guy
Mr Tuff_guy

I think we’re better off getting a working product late than a glichy piece of crap early. I mean if they just said “fine, u want dawn guard, here it is!” Instead of people complaining that the dlc isn’t out, people will complain that everything about it is messed up.

NgTurbo
NgTurbo

Their explanation is debatable at best guys, I agree with you on this one. But to say it’s due to performance issues on the PS3 just opens up a new can of worms in my opinion.

PS3 User
PS3 User

i also think if they say that they are not satisfied with PS3 performance ?? im confuse bro ps3 performance out run xbox in every single way so how come you cant satisfied with it  if you can fix bug on xbox how come it so hard to fix it on ps3 it should have been easier because ps3 are better than xbox in every way  , So what now do we have to wait until patch 1.8 to come out before you guys bethesda are satisfied  and what is it that you are not satisfied with can you at… Read more »

Roaxian17
Roaxian17

id rather wait then get pissed maybe i can get a life in the meantime

Spiritreaver
Spiritreaver

I’m not going to rage over this, but i can’t be alone wondering what Bethesda was doing during that whole month of 360 exclusivity. I mean this isn’t a fledgling game company here and the PS3 has been around quite a bit; they don’t know its quirks and how to code for it by now?  That said.. Personally i think if they had simply diffused the issue straight away when the DLC went live on 360, by telling the customers and potential customers what was going on, all would have been well. Instead they went the route of silence for 30+… Read more »

TJ
TJ

Ok, up until now I was perfectly fine with Dawnguard being released a little bit earlier Xbox 360, after all Microsoft did pay for it, but that fact that now even PC has the expansion pack and us PS3 gamers are left with nothing really ticks me off. Now I will be expecting to recieve a little bit of compensation for this delay – at least $5.00 off the expansion pack. Expected better from you Bathesda but I still support you.

Patient
Patient

Don’t get it…coz PS3 is a superior machine to the XPox

PS3 User
PS3 User

Another bullshit excuse  Why didnt i surprise  BECAUSE I GET USE TO IT  PERIOD .

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