It might be cool to hate on it now, but The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was a pretty damned exceptional game. That is, unless you played it on the PlayStation 3. While Bethesda-developed games do tend to have more bugs than you can shake a citronella-coated stick at, the PS3 version was notoriously bug-ridden, including a one that would slow the game down to longer you played. Nearly a year and a slew of patches later, the game might actually run properly on Playstations now – but the situation’s barely improved.
Xbox and PC gamers have already had their fill of vampirism in the game’s first DLC, Dawnguard and are looking forward (or possibly aren’t) to simming it up in the next one, Hearthfire. PS3 gamers? they’re still waiting for the first bit of DLC – which Bethesda’s said will come along “when it’s done,” which considering the company’s PS3 track record, could be never. Microsoft’s got 30 day timed exclusivity on Skyrim DLC – but those 30 days have long come and gone.
PS3 gamers are pissed – for good reason – and have taken to Twitter to digitally accost Bethesda’s Pete Hinds about the DLC.
@ElderScrollsOTR asked: "Fans are upset at the idea of Xbox getting a 2nd DLC when PS3 hasn’t had #dawnguard released yet. Any reaction?"
"We are working on multiple projects, even beyond those two things," Hines replied. "The entire team doesn’t work on one thing at a time."
Then, @ShiraiRyu0043 asked: "I’m a PS3 owner an I’m a little upset at the absence of Dawnguard. Is there any reason for the delay?"
Hines replied: "Understood. We’re disappointed too, but we’re keeping at it."
@ShiraiRyu0043 followed up with: "But is it going to be delayed because of Hearthfire being in development?" "No, they are separate things," Hines replied.
Skyrim for the PS3 will soon be receiving a patch – numbered 1.7 – that includes features, bugfixes and enhancements that Pc and Xbox gamers have had for months. to Bethesda’s credit, they’ve opted not to release Dawnguard for the Ps3 yet, because it isn’t running quite right – though really, they ought have had that attitude when it came to releasing Skyrim itself.
“We are not satisfied yet with Dawnguard’s performance on the PS3,” Bethesda said in a statement. “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.”
Skyrim’s not even the first PS3 game from Bethesda that just not worked very well. Oblivion, though it reached the PS3 a year after it graced PC’s and Xboxes was a terribly, buggy, poorly performing port – that also took months of patches to function as advertised on the box. Fallout 3 on the PS3, likewise, was a horrible port, with many complaining of random lock ups and various other issues, such as textures not loading, significant slowdowns and game-breaking bugs.
Many PS3 gamers have opted to boycott Bethesda developed games – and I can;t honestly say I blame them. I have, however, seen a number of you saying you’ll give Dishonored a miss, because it’s a Bethesda game. It’s not. It’s developed by Arkane studios and is being published by Bethesda publishing , which is rather separate from developer Bethesda Softworks – though they do all fall under the Zenimax banner.
Last Updated: August 30, 2012