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Desperation for Skyrim Dawnguard PS3 release date

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.

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?

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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lukas
lukas

borderlands 2, aliens vs. predator, dead space 2, saints row the third, soul calibur 5… and the list goes on, i don’t see why they can’t do it at the same time.

romulus
romulus

here the deal plain and simple. Bethesda is going x-box exclusive. and all this rap we’ve been fussing about for so long is the long term goal of getting everyone more loyal to the series than the console to buy an x-box before they do it. use your head console differences didn’t delay ps3 release of dawnguard just the dlc. it’s right there if you stop to consider all the crappy excuses and why they were said invoke. think how many times someone posted “screw this I’m buying an x-box”. if you own a ps3 boycott Bethesda because very soon… Read more »

Jorbid
Jorbid

Why would Bethesda agree with Microsoft? They would have gain tons of profit from PC and PS3. Either Bethesda sees a potential advantage by using Xbox users as test subjects for future fixes or Microsoft persuaded and bribed them greatly.

Insomnia722
Insomnia722

I love how reading most these comments not a single pc gamer has out spoken a boo hoo about this…
Maybe because a month isn’t a big deal not to mention we are happy with our mods and extra content we get from mods. So it doesn’t matter to us.

Guest
Guest

Oh so PS3 has the rights to get the Assasins Creed III dlc’s first, damn i’m gonna enjoy it how the xbox users are beging for it 🙂

Stickyjamcams
Stickyjamcams

I for one am annoyed at many things: 1. Being kept in the dark. The whole thing might be less insulting if they told us what was happening and what problems they were facing, maybe even what price they were bought for (it better be f*cking worth it). Just ensuring that they’re working on it doesn’t cut it, especially when they’re releasing stuff like the Game Jam and other things at the same time, makes me think they’re sidelining it because they’ve got the money and they don’t care anymore (and thus what happened to the care and effort Bethesda used to… Read more »

Im really mad
Im really mad

Well, i am desperate. and bethesda is being a jerk by not emailing me back on my questions, i keep emailing them but nothing comes back, its been 3 weeks! And now, theres a week left till the “hoped for” released date, but still, no news. And in one video review with todd howard about the dlc, the reviewer asked about the pc and ps3, but all that a-hole said was ‘we’re still working on that”. It seemed like he didn’t give a damn about the fact. Ive lost hope, and bethesda should be ashamed, but in the end, all… Read more »

Kilted_Savage
Kilted_Savage

As an end user, I’m bloody well pissed off and tired of the total d-bags at Bethesda. I might be less annoyed if we, as PS3 users, weren’t ducked over when Skyrim was first released. It took MONTHS for them to get it right and when ps3 players complained on boards, other platform users mocked and called us whiners. Well, here we go again and no one is surprised. Maybe we ps3 users are to blame as well for sucking it up and taking it instead of making noise VIA email, Twitter and Facebook. I swoop this critics have a… Read more »

romulus
romulus

what a load. here’s why you should be mad. Microsoft an gate’s didn’t pay to get the dlc early they payed Bethesda to delay it release to other consoles for as long as possible. someone somewhere Bethesda maybe dropped some crap line about polish an it took. I read a post somewhere, kid had Xbox, fallout 3 and Pitt dlc. he said it was barely playable. that was no different. from the ps3 dlc that arrived much later. polish or tweaking is the line they use to quell the discontent. fact is everyone crooked wins. gates an Microsoft know that… Read more »

True Gamer
True Gamer

Also note   The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind was not sold on any playstation platforms. ONLY xbox and pc   The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion was made for all systems but DLC was not sold through the playstation store ( hint hint no ps3 dlc AT ALL )   I am just glad I will get dlc for skyrim this time around for my ps3. Not to mension microsoft has backed the elder scrolls from the begining so it is almost a favor in return.   Also if you haven’t played either of the two games I mensioned I highly recommend… Read more »

True Gamer
True Gamer

Honestly I can’t believe everyone is making a big deal out of this. So us ps3 users have to wait another month, it’s not a big deal. 360 users are getting screwed over aswell on dlc for other games. We don’t deserve cheaper anything just because we have to wait longer than the users for ONE other gaming platform. The only thing I believe Bethesda should have done is posted a clear release date for each of the platforms, that way we atleast have a confirmed release date. In the end you are getting the same dlc for the same… Read more »

Ericcarr4
Ericcarr4

Hey hey hey guys! Don’t get too angry! Ps3 and PC might get something extra that Xbox dosent get. also I know it would beless buggy due to one month wait.

Rwhitl1084
Rwhitl1084

Oh how I wish DLC would be released on all systems at the same time again, yet the evil ruler Microsoft has once again called in the coffers and paid off the peasants at Bethesda for first dibs….sad days ahead.

Sam Keller

Dawnguard will be less buggy but one thing is for sure. There will always be bugs with a huge game like this. It’s hard for one company to fix everything.

Sam Keller

I’m new to the elder scrolls series and I am in love with skyrim. I’ve played the game thrice over and now, I’m getting a little bored with the game I was so attached to. But when I heard about Dawnguard a new love was forged in me. However, I feared that it would follow the same trend as COD with the DLC. I love this game but it hurts to see that Microsoft doesn’t care about the public and only cares about their own gain and endorsement. Frankly, I am suffering with the lack of this DLC and especially… Read more »

SheLikes2Play
SheLikes2Play

I just want to play.  I’m OK with another month or 3 of playing COD on my PS3 until it is released.  Then again, I’m just a responsible adult so what do I know.

lol
lol

I’m a ps3 owner. I prefer Xbox get its full 30 exclusive. I say this because skyrim is a very glitchy game and we need TEST DUMMIES to find out what’s wrong with it

Jacob Bielema
Jacob Bielema

Bethesda, we wait, release it soon, later on with a patch, but don’t make me wait in the school year! God no, we are customers, too! Microsoft also doesn’t like competition, with us Sony guys and rival PC makers, Bethesda, don’t let us down, dammit!

Nathan Kinley

I honestly think there just trying to make us all pissed as in others they say it doesn’t matter waiting a month well i think they’re mad too that just means when it comes out for ps3 and pc about 50-80 percent of costumers will not buy it so its just Bethesda’s loss

Nathan Kinley

i agree 

Dmaul97
Dmaul97

So help Bethesda if Dawnguard doesn’t come out for everyone before kids go back to school. They will lose A LARGE percentage of customers. I can promise that.

Deedjay
Deedjay

 I dont think it matters ! all i want is the DLC and I can wait its only a little month !

Isleofjava
Isleofjava

I hate waiting for another Microsoft “buyout” and arrogant stand. I hate that Bethesda feels it must capitulate. Nevertheless, Bethesda is struggling. The question becomes this: Is Bethesda struggling because it’s been writing poorly executed games and behaving in an “unfair” manner to some platforms, or is it just because of the general gaming environment today? If they can’t make enough money fast enough, they can’t pay the staff to develop new games and other content. If they go belly up, there won’t be any more of these games — period. Is that good, or bad? Only each one of… Read more »

ConcernedBosmer
ConcernedBosmer

Well everyone in this discussion also needs to consider that there was no patch released with Dawnguard on Xbox. Watch a couple youtube walkthroughs and NPC’s are sliding with no walk animation down paths,Followers/dogs are disappearing through walls and the floor. It has already been announced that ps3 and PC will get the patch with release. So all in all I am relatively happy because I play on ps3 and PC. 

Bernie Surita

Does it really matter if it is fair practice or not?  All we care about is getting the game.  All the developers care about is making money.  Do they really care about us and what we want?  They care more about what is good for their pockets.

Johann Popper

Boycott Bethesda and every useless gaming website unless we get some actual journalism going on around here, like what Bethesda gets out of a totally bizarre “exclusivity” deal that breaks every rule of good business. Is Microsoft paying them? If so, we deserve to know. Quite frankly, if you’re publicly proud and secretive about screwing two-thirds of your customers, you’re either a total moron of a business man, or you’re getting a huge benefit. How could Microsoft possibly have any leverage over one of the most popular games of all time? Obviously, there’s much more to this story, but gamers… Read more »

Meanie
Meanie

We have mods on PC so I’m not bothered with this.

Derpfish
Derpfish

I haven’t played Skyrim in a while, but this DLC makes me want to. However, I can wait, besides, it’s just more time for bug fixing. But if there are major bugs in it, I’m gonna call my good friend Chuck Norris to smash their greedy fat faces in their keyboards.

Jacob Evans489
Jacob Evans489

Sorry did not see that the first one went through I apologize for acting like a dumbass 🙂

Jacob Evans489
Jacob Evans489

This kind of stuff is really sad because gameing is an art loved by meany people all over the world. And to see it cheapened lie this for more money is a let down. We are gamers be it PS3,PC,or Xbox this just causes damage to both the image and to our community. Its not like we are already excepted well into main stream world. And these petty fights don’t help and these things are the gasoline on the fire. Just think about us the gamers and less about the cash that’s all I have to say thanks for listening.… Read more »

Jacob Evans
Jacob Evans

It is safe that this kind of stuff happens. Company’s selling out to make more money video games aerial art and this does not help the gaming cause. This also fuels petty hate between PC, PS3, and Xbox gamers. I for one find this an annoying and potentially damaging thing to the gaming community.

AYE JAY 5oh2
AYE JAY 5oh2

Not to mention Fallout 4 will most likely be the same way on DLC, I mean I don’t mind waiting on it because we get free online and microsoft is butt hurt because there console STILL has a disktray. PS3 has everything I want in a console, I have other games so they can smoke a bloody black turd in hell, screw you Microsoft!

Samtut60
Samtut60

who honestly cares.  u guys act lik skyrim is the only game u can play for a month its not that big of a deal

Guest
Guest

B.S. man. I have a 360, I bought skyrim for ps3 because ps3 looks better on my TV with the HDMI hook up that isn’t compatible with my early gen 360. I hate stupid crap like this.

All it really means is that I’ll play the dlc on my friend’s 360 then pass up buying it all together by the time it hits for ps3.

Stevesmith89
Stevesmith89

If it wasn’t for the fact it’s more skyrim I would watch the whole dlc on YouTube and not buy it because I am sick of timed dlc it’s just a rubbish idea for one party to try and get you to buy their console over the other one, and does nothing but fuel fanboy wars…… But as its Skyrim I know if I watch it that will only make me want to buy it more

debenex
debenex

I don’t know why microsoft are just throwing their money around to get things early or exclusive its an outrage. I got skyrim the day it came out and wanted the dlc the day it came out but obviously xbox are so dumb they think they will earn extra money.

No matter what people will still have the same consle.

Christian Madarang
Christian Madarang

Goddamn it, I hate waiting, screw you microsoft. And yes I agree with some people here that us PS3 or PC users should get it cheaper.

DaEmOn77
DaEmOn77

What does it matter, these are totally separate consoles. Gameplay is not connected in anyway. Box buy some early exclusivity and so do ps3. I personally like the DLC way of doing things, it keeps a game alive until the release of the next game in series( .MW3 and Black Ops 2) paying an extra £35 for more than a games worth of DLC is cheap in my book. As for going back to the old days and playing old games on new consoles, well come on, who really wants to? There are thousands of games available for ps3/ xbox… Read more »

Luis
Luis

Since the PC and the PS3 have to wait longer we should get it cheaper or free

Socom_1_2_3&CA_Vet
Socom_1_2_3&CA_Vet

i can wait, ive been reading most of the comments, and i believe the gaming industry will go belly up soon. I mean remember the good old days when gaming companies would release a game that was complete. Now a days it seems like they release a game that is not finished and just gives the consumer patch after patch to fix it and DLC which should have came with game at launch, then to top it off companies like EA want to charge for online pass for used games.

Rayne Dae
Rayne Dae

I havn’t updated Skyrim at all since I bought it, should I wait for 1.6 and Dawnguard to release on PS3, I guess I’ve been lucky that I hav’nt had any glitchs or problems what so ever on my PS3. I’d like to avoid any of the problems that I’ve read about with the earlier updates. Does anyone know of a benefit that I might be missing out on, not updating my copy…I’ve found that updates ussually cause more problems then they fix!

Liam

Microsoft are increasingly buying exclusivity rites which is ruining the industry and also shame on the producers who are signing these contracts. 

Your Mom
Your Mom

the gaming industry is a joke today compared to what it back in the golden age of gaming 1991-94 (snes and genesis). as ive collected games over the years it disgusts me to know that i cant play old games on new systems. all systems seem to be removing backwards compatibility from their platforms. i used to be able to play my old game cube games and ps1 and ps2 games on wii and ps3 respectively. not anymore. its all a ploy to make more money off the gaming community. this delay for the ps3 release of the dlc for… Read more »

Robert
Robert

Stew Bethesda and microsoft

Some Guy
Some Guy

after waiting roughly 5 years for gran turismo 5 whats an extra month? dont get me wrong im dying to play this new dlc, but id rather play it as a polished gem rather than a glitchy turd.

Ta1nt3ds0ulz
Ta1nt3ds0ulz

Im pissed. i sold skyrim for 360. i have it for ps3. screw microsoft and their bribes for dlc…

Daireck
Daireck

as long as it comes onto ps3 platforns bug and glitch free im happy to wait skyrims huge sandbox world and hundred of thousands of freeform quests keeps me going but that does not mean i am unhappy about not getting the Dawnguard dlc at the same time as Xbox 360.

B!NXY
B!NXY

God Damn it….. i understand the whole testing it out first but still i dont see a point why xbox should get it fist why not make them wait too, another month of waiting it makes u think is really all worth it…..

David Orellana

honestly i’m not buying another Bethesda game again if they keep doing this

Dan Donovan McCormick

It makes me want to punch a bag of bricks repeatedly. I mean what is the point in making a certain few people wait? In a school you don’t say to half a class “You half are going to get a bag of sweets first, you others have to wait a month or so which by then will be ruined as the other half will have already enjoyed it and finished it”. I own both a ps3 and xbox, i bought Skyrim for ps3 cause i thought it would be superior. Total bullshit.  

X16900
X16900

Something else annoying… Looks like not only does Microsoft buy up exclusives for the most popular games, but I’m thinkin that its in the contract that the dlc for other platforms cannot be talked about or the release date announced until one month is up, which makes them release it like 35 days later.

Michael Taylor

Yeah, it’s pretty bullshit but there’s nothing PS3 owners can do but wait. Microsoft must offered them a fat paycheck to get dawngaurd first

musicman1234
musicman1234

I am very glad musical artist do not do this. Releasing their music first to only those who own a Sony CD player would cause the music to be pirated and would bring a frown on many fans faces and could even cause a carrer damaging backlash from their fans. To some of us,video games are an art form.Such a shame tho when you see people sell out like this…Just shows…it;s not art to them anymore..It’s about making a payday and being famous…Not genuine…The video game industry itslef is in for a very rude awakening…Mark my words.

Kjbrown972
Kjbrown972

I only got skyrim the other week, so I’m not too bothered. And there’s loads to do in the vanilla game anyways, especially with the games ability to generate new quests based upon your fighting style and quest preference

Yuma55
Yuma55

Meh, sold my piece of junk copy months ago. Wont be buying any Bethesda games anymore anyway. That studio and that scammy nerd who is running the place are obnoxious and pretentious and execute anything like an amateur while blaming “hardware”. Yea right, cya.

Guest
Guest

Personally I find the entire concept of timed releases to be stupid and obnoxious. I’m ticked at both Sony and Microsoft for being so petty and stupid. Nobody’s going to buy a console just because they get DLC earlier, and all it does for companies is cause the hype to die down before it’s available to other systems. Not that I really care if Xbox gets some new content a little earlier. I’ve been getting new content for free almost daily since I have the game for PC, so as long as I get a Dawnguard release soonish, I’m fine.

Emobaby9288_PSN_NATION
Emobaby9288_PSN_NATION

this is just a banter has a little to do with the dlc release yes but i have scrolled thru this whole article yes it is very upsetting and i for one am very extremely mad at Bethseda …. but has anyone in this whole comment war ever stated wat came out b4 our long w8 for the dlc …. hmmm let me refresh ur memorys a bit ELDER FUCKIN SCROLLS ONLINE … this game was not to be released until the first DLC was released ….. i am a big fan of Bethseda an thier works dont get me… Read more »

Ahf
Ahf

I stopped playing skyrim months ago. Once you have done everything twice it gets old. The dlc is making me pick it up again, that is if I have not sold it before that. Anyways, the ps3 timed exclusives are about two weeks, which is next to pointless. I hope they use that time to fix all of the ps3 issues. Dawngaurd better have a spotless release or else I will rage and boycott bethesda.

Nick
Nick

I don’t even care about the DLC.  I just want the original game to work!!  I encountered a game-breaking glitch that wouldn’t allow me to continue progress at all.  I’m willing to give it one final shot if 1.6 is ever released for PS3.

Christian von Uffel
Christian von Uffel

Game makers should cease this practice. It is harming the industry and their longer term profits. Short term gimmicks will only agitate the players who are already quite patient 

Seanobrienbyc
Seanobrienbyc

Timed exclusivity is wrong. I bought Skyrim for £39.99 just as all interested console owners did. It’s wrong that I don’t get access at the same time because of my console choice. It was the same with GTA4. The dlc was Xbox exclusive for ages and when the interest was gone they decided to port it. If I didn’t love Skyrim so much I would dodge the dlc. What are they doing anyway. Do you think a gamer will base their console selection of timed dlc? Of course not.

Chaserchim
Chaserchim

Psn has been games we should get it before 360

Chaserchim
Chaserchim

Its gay how they get it first we should sence PSN has been hacked before

Pally_spartan4
Pally_spartan4

PC users don’t even need the expansion, they can get all of the same features through the massive mod community.

That’s not to say I don’t want the expansion, I’m just saying I think the PC players will hold out better than the PS3 players

Dragon123203
Dragon123203

It would be better if it comes out on july because all the bugs will be fixed @#$%$&^*()_+

Aaoppe
Aaoppe

I’m definitely jumping the fence as far as the next generation of consoles goes. As much as I hate to admit it, Skyrim is the best game I’ve ever played – but I’m obviously playing it on the wrong system. My love/hate-relationship with Bethesda only deepens with each disappointment on the PS3. The 1.6-patch was released on Xbox nearly a month ago, yet still no sign of it on the PS3.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Bethesda decides to drop expansion packs altogether for the PS3, as it would most likely be a disaster – with a ton of bugs… Read more »

Hellyeah_59
Hellyeah_59

I love Skyrim but Xbox can have Dawnguard for an extra month, I can wait. I’m more hyped for the exclusive content the PS3 is getting for Assassin’s Creed 3. Finally we(PS3 owners) are getting some exclusive content from a major multiplatform game. So Xbox owners enjoy the extra month of Dawnguard.

Eric H

Oh, so you mean us PS3 users will benefit from an extra month of bug-fixing and playtesting thanks to our 360 bretheren?  Bring it on!  I’ll happily wait.

Darocoth
Darocoth

F*** the 360, this is just microsoft’s way of trying to create a reason for people to play the ESs on their consol beacuse there realy is no other reason than lack of reasorces for the player! mrrwaarra

Gary Kelly

here is the thing each system ps3 ,360, wii ,pc ,all have there own thing i mean hello pc gets all the freaking mmo they are getting the oblivion mmo and ps 3 have had exclusives for years i mean i would love to play uncharted ,metal gear solid thats just the nature of the beast

Pyra
Pyra

I can wait. I think it’s unfortunate we don’t get it at the same time, but Skyrim is such a huge game that I`m still enjoying it without the new DLC.

Molag the Bal
Molag the Bal

None to be rude or anything but i thought this  was going to be an article about the “Dawnguard” Dlc. But instead you talk about the difference in release dates. If you don’t like that you can do what i did and get all 3. Having a console for each DLC. Though i never intentionally got a 360 for dlc purposes i still find it to be quite useful

Dave! Yognaut
Dave! Yognaut

I’m looking forward to Dawnguard, but I frankly don’t care that Xbox is getting it early. As long as the main bugs are fixed before the PS3/ PC release that is.

Kytherus
Kytherus

I am not excited about it,i mean look at what a Buggy Glitchy mess Skyrim still is for the PS3.If its not PS3 Exclusive,Try before you buy.

kevin
kevin

I’m fine with the wait. I loved Skyrim and played for months to get my platinum for it, but playing for so long has left me quite happy to wait a bit before plunging into it again.

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