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Skyrim: Lack of PS3 Dawnguard is far reaching

The problems Bethesda are having with getting Skyrim’s Dawnguard on the PS3 are further reaching than some people might believe, and following a recent message from Bethesda’s staff we now know that the developers are not confident the first Skyrim DLC will ever arrive on the PlayStation 3 platform.

If you missed the latest update in regard to Dawnguard’s PS3 development, then you should see our earlier article that directly quotes what an admin and Community Lead said on the official forums. In a nutshell they’re not “positive” this issue will be fixed, so while they did confirm it is being worked on, you shouldn’t expect any DLC to arrive on the PS3 unless the unnamed problem is solved.

Skyrim Dawnguard and possibly Hearthfire giving the PS3 a miss — if this happens then it will be bad news for Sony, Microsoft, and Bethesda. Sony are directly affected thanks to Bethesda losing them customers and while this will only be a small number, we have heard about PS3 users jumping ship thanks to development problems on their platform. This is certainly giving Sony’s console a bad name thanks to what some developers say is a platform that’s “hard to create games on“.

Microsoft are affected thanks to the money they spent getting an exclusive deal with Bethesda, which doesn’t mean much if the PS3 can’t have Dawnguard, Hearthfire, or any future DLC. If this ends up being the case then Microsoft might want to consider getting a refund. What is the point of paying for a timed exclusive if the Xbox 360’s biggest competitor, the PS3, ends up not receiving the downloadable content?

Bethesda will see some fallout – If Bethesda fails to bring Skyrim’s Dawnguard to the PS3 then you can count on a backlash from PS3 owners, and as we noted in an earlier article, we’re already seeing some gamers avoiding all Bethesda developed and published titles thanks to the PS3 drama.

Written by Daniel Chubb

Daniel is the CEO of Dansway Communications LTD and founder of product-reviews.net; a top blog dedicated to breaking tech news, hands-on reviews and delivers real solutions to everyday consumer electronics hang-ups.

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Glamazonma
Glamazonma

I have been playing Skyrim on PS3 and it IS full of glitches, but despite this I have just about finished the main quest line and have fallen in love with this game. How bad could the problems be with “Dawnguard” and “Hearthfire”? Just get them playable and patch them later!

novawarier1000
novawarier1000

I gave up on the dlc Bethesda can burn in hell for all i care i have wow, 2w2, Mc, and loads of other games so f*** you bethesda you cant code for sh**. if they swallow their pride and ask a ps3 game company to help i might buy it but for now bethesda is dead to me and if an Xbox user tells me to get it for pc or Xbox i say f*** you why buy an Xbox and have to pay to play online and my pc cant run Skyrim and if it dose not come… Read more »

Bethesdaisgay
Bethesdaisgay

do i smell another knights of the nine bs bethesda is super gaaaaayyyyyyyyy

Oli Snowdon

lol, its pathetic to have a grudge against Bethesda because Sony PS3 consloes are harder to make games on :L Most people i know that have PS3’s are now selling up and buying Xbox 360’s because of this, and other mass games that are only for Xbox such as ‘Halo’ and ‘Left for dead’. Im not saying that PS3 dont have games that arnt for Xbox, im just saying no Xbox gamer is going to trade in his Xbox for a PS3 because of ‘Little big Planet’ 🙂

Trollificus Lagnificus
Trollificus Lagnificus

Still not out on Xbox yet….

Edward
Edward

It seems weird how Bethesda were quite capable of creating both Oblivion and Skyrim for the PS3, which contain the actual game world and are far bigger than expansions, and they created the expansion packs for Oblivion with little unheard of problem, yet they supposedly can’t create an expansion with a single quest? What’s wrong with them?! I’m an Xbox player, but own a PS3 but don’t play it often due to it being down my dad’s, but I still respect the PS3 due to it’s way better exclusives. This seems fishy to me, and somehow could work out that… Read more »

Doom
Doom

I’m ready to throw in the towel on Bethesda. seems like karmas a btch! By taking all this money from microsoft(xbox) just for an exclusive, its coming back to bite them. I can see it because I feel pissed off as a ps3 owner! Any smart person can see that microsoft is the problem by creating all this drama. I won’t switch to xbox just because of an exclusive; are they crazy?! I freakin absolutely despise Xbox as a gamer now, and the hate is growing for Bethesda now also…. I’m ready for a boycott.

senator476ad
senator476ad

I hate Microsoft with a passion, but I will get Skyrim on XBox if I have to. I love the game, and I have thoroughly enjoyed it, I would prefer to keep it on PS3 though.
Thankfully, I didn’t buy my XBox new, I bought it from my brother. So I haven’t given money to MS yet, and I won’t with getting Skyrim for it, I will buy it used. I will wait until they announce Dawnguard has been cancelled for PS3 though. I am loyal to PS3!!!

live
live

no more bethesda games for me thank you. Hell i thought of playing a game that they have had about too years too fix ( fall out new vegas) … 3 hours in and lag and crash, so what hope have we got for skyrim ( that deleted my lvl 78 orc of 200 hour with its last patch) as for hearthfire get the sims 3 the same great taste with none of the bugs 😉

Dan
Dan

Also my laptop definitely won’t be able to run Skyrim before it fries the hard drive and I don’t have an Xbox. So I’m pretty much screwed.

Dan
Dan

I’m pretty glad I haven’t completed Skyrim yet, otherwise I would have been board as hell waiting for some DLC’s that apparently won’t be coming!

Kepei
Kepei

Saying that the PS3 is “hard to create games on“ is a bull. You don’t see Mass Effect players (or the countless other cross-platform game players) having to deal with this crap. Bethesda’s inability to do their job is why soo many players just decided to PIRATE a copy for the PC. Then they get community that fixes problems before Beth (and some bethesda still haven’t fixed) and tons of mods (some better than the DLC from what I’ve heard). Downloading my copy right now because of this. They screwed us on Oblivion and they’re doing it again with Skyrim.… Read more »

FallingWolf
FallingWolf

if i don’t get dawngaurd by christmas then i’m done with bethesda!! i guess all the money i have spend on their DLC’s for the few years means nothing to them.. and if i don’t get dawngaurd i’m getting rid of all my games by them and going back to the FF’s! because i will never own anything but a PlayStation and the FF’s never have any probs WTF

Forrest
Forrest

This event is real ironic. This situation is much like the in game debate: Imperial legion or Stormcloacks. Basically Bethesda is the Imperial, influenced by Microsoft as Talmor. And the ps3 players are the stormcloacks. While the Imperials are wrong(not doing their best to release the DLC), Stormcloacks (you) are using this excuse to torrent Skyrim illegally. . You have the right to be angry, but don’t take this too far guys. And if you took offense from this, i meant no offense, just trying to point something out. Even though i use pc, i totally agree with the ps3… Read more »

ɪ_яɪʞʊ

I fail to understand how the bugs can be so cripplingly bad that it could prevent the DLC’s release entirely; The ps3 is a powerful system, the original game worked fine and other ps3 games have DLC features. What, about Dawnguard, is SO different from anything that has gone before? And why have we not been given any substantial info other than that they’re ‘not positive’? Bethesda better start explaining or they could loose a serious portion of fans, and their trust along with them. They shouldn’t leave us with nothing and continue making DLC for other consoles before this… Read more »

James Cregan

hhhhmmm after alot of taught ive decided to let bethesda off with this ONE THING if somthing like this happens agin ill abandon the company

Shade
Shade

so basically I was dumb enough to buy Skyrim on PS3 and now I have to give them MORE MONEY to get Dawnguard. F*** it, Im torrenting Skyrim on PC now. I have a right to.

now im angry
now im angry

So far Bethesda is the ONLY company that I’ve seen have trouble on the ps3 its unprofessional what they did and I’ve waited enough, other games without bug issues released dlc and now its too late, good bye Bethesda, I’m going to support a company that doesn’t make me deal with these things

Sukhdev-92
Sukhdev-92

Hard to create games for? What year are we in? 2006?

ReeceDevonport
ReeceDevonport

Any other games can be developed upon just fine, apart from bethesda’s. Their game engine that is used on the PS3 is a direct port from the Xbox 360 game, which has been modified to use the same graphic libraries that the PS3 system uses, which is vastly different to the PC and Xbox’s libraries. Because of this, adding new DLC to the PS3 version of the game is a tricky thing to do, rather than taking time with the game engine, optimising it for Playstation usage, they decided to release the game in a buggy state (For PS3). I… Read more »

annoyed
annoyed

what is really annoying about this is that literally every game producers i have known of that have released dlc for ps3 had no problem with it whatsoever for instance red dead redemption undead nightmare came out on PS store on the stated release date which is similar to dawnguard because it is a whole new storyline, new weapons etc, so if rockstar can do it no problem, why cant Bethesda? they are both equally large producers and this now is really unprofessional.

gdf
gdf

the worst part is that it is currently playable, if they dont release it it just proves that they dont care about ps3 owners. Just release the damn DLC
bethesada whatever bugs it has we dont care we just want to play it!

tom
tom

If it is such a problem for Bethesda, then why don’t you just hand data of both DLC’s to Sony and let them handle it.

Ron Abbott
Ron Abbott

This is classic foot-in-the-door technique. A lot of PS3 Skyrim players are already addicted to the game, so watch for xbox sales to increase (if not sky-rocket) in the coming weeks–if even 1% of PS3 users buy an xbox to access the new content, that’s significant $$ for both Bethesda and Microsoft. Money-wise, it’s a win-win. Personally, I think more than 1% would spring for an xbox, though. I could just picture how the deal went down at some fancy restaurant or during a game of golf at some upscale course: Microsoft guy: “So, about the exclusivity period…if there was… Read more »

mike
mike

If we dnt gt dawnguard they should ive ps3 users a exclusive dlc about i dont know the psjic order or somthng!!!!

Justin Atkinson

How exactly is this supposed to hurt Microsoft though? If I was on Xbox, I would feel pretty damn pleased about that fact right about now.

Mike Synnott

I’m not going to vilify Bethesda over this. The Dawnguard PS3 debacle is surely disappointing, but the sheer escapist entertainment I’ve had over the years from the Elder Scrolls and Fallout series is enough for me to cut them a break. What I *would* like is for them to explain to us what the problem is. Who knows, perhaps some of the software developers – both old, old hands like me, and the young geniuses out there – might be able to figure it out. Screw it, I’ll sign an NDA and I’ll give my time for free. Community is… Read more »

GokuMagus
GokuMagus

So, I am never going to get Dragonbone weapons? Bethesda, at least make a special DLC exclusive to PS3 that gives us the items/features from Dawnguard. Things like Arvak, the new Spell Tomes and Crossbows, the face changing person in Riften, the armor sets, pretty much everything else besides the quests and new areas. If you gave this to PS3 users as a free dlc, (Or at least WAY less than 20$) I think it could be an alright compromise to the fact that we PS3 users got screwed in the

Mous Fraoula

So first they make an exclusive deal with microsoft,hen they keep as in the dark considering dawnguard,then one nice morning they wake up and realise that dawnguard has problems and then after letting the skyrim fans wait all the summer they say that they might not even release it…even my 12 year old nephew would not do that..

DAWNguarDforPS3NOW!!
DAWNguarDforPS3NOW!!

Guys, I am having doubts about the release. Bethesda has picked favorites, that’s sure. Proof is Hines’ (I think) Tweet, “Xbox LIVE is the only place that won’t keep you waiting”.

scott
scott

In my opinion Bethesda should abandon skyrim and start on their next game so that they will actually have enough time to make a complete, finished and polished game for 2014. Skyrim was fun but it had a thrown together feel at times because they didn’t release everything they should have (like taking seven months to program your character to be able to draw a sword on a horse).

Dragonborn
Dragonborn

If it doesn’t come on PS3 I think i might have to get it on PC.

sarcasmic

if you constantly are getting screwed over by Bethesda then i suggest stop buying their products for the PS3 they obviously do not care if you purchase it so just don’t from now on. Also if the Xbox is so much better for them then why do they need to make a PS3 version of the game they could just go exclusive to one system and make fans have to choose whether to get a new system for the game or not. To me this story is more of PS3 fan boys whining over not getting exclusive content when we… Read more »

Dan Lordofthe Castle

bethesda are starting to look very amateurish, with their inability to get dawnguard working. i dont see how its the ps3 thats the whole problem when the other game devs can get their games working fine. im starting to think the former bethesda designer who called out bethesda’s terrible game engine might be right. Bethesda are already on boycott from me untill they sort this mess out! and if they do dawnguard better be way reduced in price.

Justin Atkinson

I’m a PS3 user and I’ll probably be buying Hearthfire first if it releases first. It’s only five bucks. Why should I punish myself from getting content I want just because they hit a snag and released it in the wrong order? I know I’m going to sound like a troll at this point, but hopefully my tone makes the point I keep making easier to hear. I will once again remind people that the only thing we were promised was a release. If we don’t see Dawnguard until GOTY, they’ll still be fulfilling the only promise they made about… Read more »

Jamie
Jamie

N if people remember skyrim was done on Xbox cause it was easier an more compatible rather than the ps3 problems from the word go

Bom Kitinan

Easy comparison between Gran turismo 5 and shitty Forza
That’s all you need to do to determine which Console is better
Spare us the BS bethesda

Jamie
Jamie

Well I’d love to see this to ps3 but we can’t blame Bethesda look at the track record for ps3 full stop problems after problems I do how ever reckon of the problem is fixed ps3 get a discounted price or a little extra I have it on Xbox n pc so I’m happy, just abit of bad luck still skyrim is a good game and ps3 u gamers should be glad cause the problem could leave future ps consoles without tea games due to the sheer haters and effort Bethesda are puttin to solve it.

Rob
Rob

I have to agree with some of the comments made on here. I love playing Skyrim but if Bethesda cannot bring those of us with a ps3 the same content that xbox and pc gamers are getting then I will not be buying one of their games again.

Bert
Bert

Im not angry at bethesda,im angry at sony cos bethesda are trying to release it but ps3 isnt good enough for bethesdas amazing games

A Angry Ps3 Player
A Angry Ps3 Player

On the last paragraph i completly agree with it!

InDIGnation
InDIGnation

Perhaps it’s time Bethesda worked with 4J studios again.

Whatthehellman
Whatthehellman

my main concern is the (unknown issue) that they refuse to tell anyone about maybe if they did like smart people would do. people would give them some ideas to figure out the issue but no stubborn asses apparently think we must do this on our own and i don’t even believe they asked sony for help to be honest it may be the fact they have made low done deals with microsoft which i bet many people believe or they just refuse to consider the fact of help for their own damn game which pisses people off when they… Read more »

Northrhino
Northrhino

It gone far enough bethseda, get some ps3 coders in that know how to fix this and rescue your floundering reputation while you still can.

jason bradley
jason bradley

things would have turned out fine for everyone if bethesda didn’t play favourites and let microsoft have a 30 day exclusivity they should have just released dawnguard to all consoles simultaniously and everything would have been hunk-dory but no we ps3 fans are STILL waiting and i’m starting to believe that dawnguard won’t come to ps3 and that will be a sad day indeed

Magusx2
Magusx2

Screw you Bethesda, “The Playstation 3 is a powerful system” is what they said in their post about being unsure if Dawnguard will release, I guess since the console is powerful, that means Bethesda is just stupid, and their game engine is a TERRIBLE one.

Y2Joris
Y2Joris

I personally find it inconcievable that a company with as much experience as Bethesda, A)Would find working on any platform a problem and B)Wouldn’t finish creating the DLC on all platforms before they release it even for one… makes the release on the next platform easier. All I will say as a PS3 user, is that I don’t mind the exclusivity period on the Xbox, but I do mind not being given a reason why I can’t have the DLC. ‘Performance issues’ is not an excuse, like I said 6 lines ago, a company with Bethesda’s experience should not be… Read more »

Michael
Michael

If we aren’t going to get the full DLC, I at least want some of the key features and game mechanics that were supposed to be in Dawnguard. These things include: The Dragon Bone weapons, Crossbows, the new enemies(including the dragons), the new spells and shouts, and pretty much anything else that wasn’t associated with the Dawnguard questline. I want all these things in a FREE update, not a DLC, an update. It really is the least you can do for all of your once-loyal PS3 players Bethesda. I mean really, months of DLC hype and build up to find… Read more »

Phil
Phil

It doesn’t bother me that Microsoft has the exclusives it’s just business and means Bethesda has more money to make more good games. That said it has really boiled my piss that Bethesda have been so tight lipped and had a serious lack of foresight, PS3 is hardly a new console and they clearly made the decision to release it on PS3 from the beginning so why all the BS. I find it strange that Bethesda have all this talent to produce an epic game like Skyrim and then they suddenly have issues when it comes to the DLC? This… Read more »

bamse000
bamse000

I have a feeling that tells me, that Microsoft paid Bethesda to get ps3 users to think PS3 is a problem-console (like hard to create games for, etc.).

I can’t see why Microsoft should pay for get time exclusivity DLC for a single player game, if it was DLC for an online game will it give sense.

Do you think that is possible?

michael
michael

meh are we really surprised the fact is ps3 users have been waiting 2 months for the dlc which i dont mind waiting for the only thing the has annoyed me is how bethesda has decide to keep the ps3 players in the dark for this amount of time apart form tiny bit information which doesnt tell anyone anything but it gonna have an impact alot of ps3 player are probably not gonna not buy anymore game publish by bethesda they need to pull something really big out of the bag

Bom Kitinan

Umm. if dawnguard not existed on ps3 then i will buy xbox i just waited for them to announce that there wont be dawnguard on PS3 just for sure then i will switch to Xbox and sold my PS3 : )

Tomtom
Tomtom

Ha! Serves bethesda right, the lazy good for nothing company, if dawnguard doesn’t get fixed then i hope their company comes crashing down! 😛

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