Skyrim’s Dawnguard DLC Might Not Make It To PS3 After All

By: Zach Walton - August 31, 2012

Skyrim’s first DLC expansion, Dawnguard, was a pretty fun experience. It wasn’t anything mind blowing, but Elder Scrolls fans would get a kick out of it. Dawnguard hit the Xbox 360 first in June and then the PC in early August. The PS3 version has been MIA due to a number of technical issues holding it back. Unfortunately, it looks like it might remain missing from the PS3.

Yesterday evening on the official Elder Scrolls forums, Bethesda updated everyone on the PS3 Dawnguard situation. Here’s the statement in full:

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.

The most important part is the last sentence in the second paragraph. The team outright admits that the DLC may never come to the PS3 due to the technical issues they’ve been running into. There is a glimmer of hope though. They’re working with Sony to get Dawnguard up and running. Hopefully they’ll be able to find a solution.

As for now, PS3 owners are going to have to wait a little longer or get Skyrim on another platform. I wouldn’t be surprised, nor would I blame them, if PS3 owners were to just give up on Bethesda. They haven’t been exactly the most supportive of the PS3 platform and their code always seems to perform poorly. The PS3 is a tricky console to code for, but it always seems like Bethesda has the worst luck when developing for it.

Here’s hoping that Dawnguard does eventually launch on the PS3. The next DLC pack, Hearthfire, was announced for Xbox 360 on Tuesday. It would be a nice gesture if Bethesda were to pack the two into one cheap pack as a way of mending the torn relationship with PS3 players. That’s if they’re able to actually get it running in the first place.

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  • Sigurd

    This is bullsh*t. They’ve had 6 years to figure out how to code for the ps3. And they don’t even have the common courtesy to tell us this BEFORE announcing Hearthfire on the Xbox? F*ck Bethesda.

  • Fukbethesda

    I gave up on these f***’s when they took microsoft exclusive 30 day bullsh*t. That go’s to show they care more about money then their loyal PS3 fans that they HAD.

    • Zach Walton

      In their defense, Bethesda has always han an exclusivity agreement with Microsoft for DLC. Fallout 3 DLC wasn’t even scheduled to appear on the PS3 for the same reason, but later made it the console almost a year after its release on the Xbox 360 and PC. It’s a terrible situation for sure, but Fallout 3 had it much worse.

      • bmadger

        What is particularly defensible about that fact? If you make exclusivity deals with one company, then just stick with that company and don’t put yourself out on a limb by porting an obviously buggy version to another company and their consumers. Just don’t even put yourself in that situation in the first place. However, if you were Bethesda and trying to make the most money of course you would sign an exclusivity deal with one company (to get more money), then just port that version to another console (minimizing work and…getting more money). It’s a win for them, and an obvious loss for the console that got the scraps. But who cares, if you’re Bethesda, right? Greed and laziness should not be compensated. A product being sold to a worldwide consumer base should be equal in quality all the way around. That is not what we have here at all. And in any case, just because Fallout 3 had it worse shouldn’t be a reason to defend a company. That just proves they have a record of doing some of their consumers dirty.

        • Zach Walton

          Unfortunately, dems the breaks in today’s market. It sucks, but we just have to put up with it until consumers begin speaking with their money, or lack thereof in this case. The PS3 version of Skyrim sold well and Bethesda has a commitment to do them right. DLC exclusivity deals should not get in the way of that. It’s commendable that they’re at least keeping people up to date on the latest developments instead of not commenting (like they did with Fallout 3).

  • xxdragonsourcexx

    it sucks that we have to wait but i know im going to buy it anyway because when something that we never got our hands on never comes out and finally comes out we get the content for some reason bethesda ruined my favorite rpg series now im sad most including me see bethesda as jerks

  • Ben

    Look i really can’t be angry at bethesda cause they put all the effort just to make a game like skyrim,and am giving them all the time they need to get this done.

  • Hearthfire I want..yes.

    I don’t really want dawnguard anymore. We Know all about it by now and it’s now going to be as fun for people. All I want is hearthfire and a patch that cleans up your save game by picking up all the swords/arrows that litter the world. If they say something about hearthfire ps3 I’ll be happy.

  • some person

    Forget bethesda, never buying another one of their games :)

  • serpentus

    Its true they had 6 years to learn to code for the ps3 and we all know the ps3 is more powerful than the 360 and its a more stable system, i think the problem here is that they do favor microsoft, or xbox, meaning that each game they make is tailered to xbox, not ps3 or pc, so they make it first for xbox, then port it over the the rest of us, but as you can see thats a problem??? hopefully they learn from this mistake becuz loyalist who stick with them this time will not next time!!!

  • Bro

    This is ridiculous. I have an Xbox so obviously I’m not mad, it’s just bad customer care to be announce multiple DLCs before even telling ps3 users what’s going on with the first one. I think ps3 users should get the DLC for free. If it ever gets finished.

  • Brandon

    Ps3 has no benefeits. Xbox has its early dlc and pc has the modding capabilities… Give the ps3 users something at least. Other than canceling dlc for disappointed

  • rebel

    For all the goofballs complaining about this issue, just remember that if Sony was more helpful to developers, this stuff wouldn’t be an issue. Sony keeps the architeture so bound up that they refuse to even help developers find solutions for problems like this. Look at most game cases and you’ll notice that most third party games on the PS3 don’t run 1080 (i or p) because Sony literally charges the developers more if they want to support those outputs! That is simply ridiculous! But then, are we really surprised at Sony not being customer oriented? PS3 backwards compatibility, PSP Go and the amazing PSP library are all great indicators of the support customers get from Sony. And the shameful part is that the PS3 is WAY more powerful than the 360, but Microsoft is willing to go the extra mile while Sony doesn’t want to move an inch.

  • mrpotatoehead

    I’ve had three xbox 360s in my past and all three were total crap and broke every week. I bought my ps3 so I would have a product that actually worked and I love my ps3 but I also love skyrym and elder scrolls in general so after being promised something to suddenly be told I’m getting buttf#$ked and given the short straw is unnaceptable. And as much as I would to just buy the pc version so I can mod the crap out of it I don’t have the money to blow on a fancy computer and badass graphics card

  • Brandon

    I am and have always been a sony fan to the heart. yes i’m highly disappointed with dawnguard not being released yet. but i do feel that we ps3 users should get “something” that’s exclusive for the ps3 version of skyrim. we dont have mods, we still dont have dawnguard, nor do we have hearthfire (dont really care bout hearthfire). if bethesda is smart they will do something for the ps3 users who have been getting the short end of the stick. But i am still a sony fan. so i’m just going to have to play something else and continue to hope they can fix the issues with the ps3 version of dawnguard. Sony you guys have been at the top of the gaming industry since playstation 1 if you ask me. please guys dont drop the ball now.