Quakecon 2012 is this weekend and I couldn't be more excited. All things id will be on display with John Carmack already announcing that Doom 4 is in development. More announcements are to come with id and their owners, Bethesda, both showing off new wares. One such announcement that's sure to delight Skyrim players was made late yesterday.
Bethesda announced late yesterday afternoon that Dawnguard, the first DLC for Skyrim, was on Steam for all to download. The DLC pack is $20 and promises a whole new faction campaign where you either join forces with vampires or the Dawnguard who seek to eradicate them. I played a bit myself last night and it's already shaping up to be a strong expansion.
Steam players are already enjoying Dawnguard and putting more time into their 2011 game of the year, but what about PS3 players? Skyrim on PS3 has already been plagued with enough problems so a punctual DLC release would go along to fix the already shaky relationship Bethesda has with PS3 players. Unfortunately, that is not the case as Dawnguard has been delayed for the platform. Here's what Bethesda had to say:
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.
Bethesda has traditionally had problems with performance with their games on the PS3. I remember Fallout 3 being an absolute mess even a year after launch on the platform. I can only hope that the delay means that they are actually putting more work into making it passable on the platform. I daresay PS3 players want to avoid a repeat of Fallout 3's DLC woes.