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.