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Skyrim's Dawnguard DLC "Unsatisfactory" on PS3

Posted by Sammy Barker

Long wait ahead

Most developers have come to terms with the PlayStation 3’s unique architecture. Unlike at the start of the generation, it's now rare for a multiplatform title to perform significantly worse on Sony’s black box of tricks – but Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim remains a notable exception.

The title launched in a questionable state back in November, and it sounds like the developer is still struggling with the platform. Writing on its official blog over night, the studio warned that its recent DLC expansion Dawnguard has been delayed on PS3 because it's not performing to a satisfactory standard.

The developer explained:

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.

Hopefully the studio can rectify the issues and release the expansion pack as soon as possible. Obviously it’s disappointing, but at least Bethesda has learned to hold back content that's in an unfinished state. We guess that’s something, right?


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User Comments (9)



The3DSisMINE said:

I actually got it on PC but it literally crashes after a few minutes. Its really sad when the expansion is there and you cant even play.



Splat said:

It's a official I'm not getting this game. I have been on the fence for awhile but have just heard to many bad thing to justify getting it. I'm not just talking PS3 I know people who have it on 360 and have had problems as well. It's just a broke game.



Kage_88 said:

@Splat - Now, I don't mean to play the role of Bethesda-hating fanboy...but I'm really happy with your decision, mate. At the risk of sounding meladromatic, the stunt they've pulled with Skyrim is criminal, in my eyes. Why should gamers accept such behaviour from a multi-billion dollar publisher like ZeniMax (who own Bethesda)? I mean, the game is STILL unplayable on my PS3...but what about the poor people that (for some reason or another) can't go online and download patches? Is it too much to ask for us to pay for a game, and have it - y'know - work?

Still, it's not as if this is all unprecedented - most of Bethesda's games have been glitchy messes. I still can't fathom how gamers STILL put up with such garbage...unfinished games that require innumerable patches, on-disc DLC, punishment for buying pre-owned, online-only multiplayer...

Yep, this generation has been a real doozy.



Swiket said:

"We aren’t going to release it for PS3 knowing that some people’s experience in Skyrim will be worse."

You've gone too far ahead Bethesda, no going back now.



ShogunRok said:

Hey, at least they're actually acknowledging the PS3 version is broken for once. But at this point I'm fine with it on PC... and even then, to be fair, modders are the ones who have fixed the game, not Bethesda.



Ginkgo said:

Personally very disappointed. I love this game. It is my only platinum and I have spent around 180 hours playing it.

For those saying it is broken, that is not really true, though I get the impression it was when originally released. From patch 3 it is playable on the PS3.

Yes, there are still some issues (I had 1 in particular, Markarth glitch, that was a pain and took a while to find a workaround) but what is good about this game far out ways the bad.
This game is the closest I have seen to the type of open world adventure that I have always want to play.You can walk in every building, pick up virtually every object etc. You can truly get absorbed and lost in the world.

Certainly a better game on PC by all accounts, but I like gaming in my living room, sitting on the couch. (My PC is in the office). The PS3 version is playable!

I hope they get the DLC working eventually...

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