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

    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.