The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’s second major expansion pack, Hearthfire, launched on PC this week – but the post-release discussion has been focused solely on the content’s absence on PlayStation 3. Bethesda admitted recently that it was struggling to get the expansion – and its predecessor, Dawnguard – to run on Sony’s home console, prompting the platform holder to reveal that it was helping out.
But, in a Twitter exchange overnight, Bethesda’s Pete Hines admitted that the onus was on the studio to resolve the issues. “The performance isn’t good enough in all cases,” he admitted when quizzed about the delay. “For most folks, it’d be fine. For some, it wouldn’t be.”
He added: “We’ve never blamed anyone or anything. It’s our problem, and it’s on us to solve it.”
In some ways, we’re quite pleased that Bethesda has learnt its lesson and decided not to release the content if it can’t achieve a high level of quality for all players. But then on the other hand, we can’t believe this kind of issue still exists almost six years into the PS3’s lifespan. It’s embarrassing for all involved.