On Tuesday, Bethesda announced a second lot of downloadable content for Skyrim. Hearthfire will add a whole set of house building and crafting options to the game. Because Microsoft paid Bethesda a ton of money for exclusivity, Hearthfire will first launch on Xbox 360 next week. It is assumed (although Bethesda has said nothing) that the content will then make its way to PC and PS3.
Unsurprisingly, this second set of DLC sparked a question (I asked the same thing in the original post): where is Dawnguard for PS3? A number of people took to Twitter to question Bethesda’s PR and marketing man Pete Hines about this issue. He basically said that there are different teams within Bethesda who are working on separate DLC packages, and that the announcement of a second batch of DLC does not mean that Bethesda has given up on Dawnguard for PS3.
Now, however, Bethesda has made an official statement regarding Dawnguard on PS3, and it’s not a very positive one. The statement came via the company’s official forums.
“Earlier in the month, we provided an update on Dawnguard’s status for PS3.
It’s been a few weeks, and we wanted to make sure everyone knows where we’re at with Dawnguard. Skyrim is a massive and dynamic game that requires a lot of resources, and things get much more complex when you’re talking about sizable content like Dawnguard. We have tried a number of things, but none of them solve the issue enough to make Dawnguard good for everyone. The PS3 is a powerful system, and we’re working hard to deliver the content you guys want. Dawnguard is obviously not the only DLC we’ve been working on either, so the issues of adding content get even more complicated. This is not a problem we’re positive we can solve, but we are working together with Sony to try to bring you this content.
We wish we had a more definitive answer right now. We understand the frustration when the same content is not available on all platforms. When we have an update, we will certainly let you know. We deeply appreciate all the time and support you have given us, and we’ll keep doing our best to return that.”
It’s the whole “this is not a problem we’re positive we can solve” bit that has me raising an eyebrow. Honestly, I would be livid if I was trying to play this game on a PS3. Talk about dropping the ball, Bethesda.