Over 30 days have elapsed since The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’s first DLC add-on, Dawnguard, released to Xbox 360 owners over Xbox Live on June 26th for 1600 Microsoft points. It was over this month-long window – a buffer period, of sorts – that Bethesda and Microsoft had arranged to keep Dawnguard an Xbox 360 exclusive; a release for the PC and PS3, or at the very least an announcement, was widely expected to arrive in late-July when the time expired.
But it hasn’t.
Pete Hines, Vice President of PR and Marketing at Bethesda, took to Twitter yesterday and – when many would have expected confirmation on Dawnguard’s PC/PS3 future – plainly stated that the developer wasn’t releasing news on the expansion at the present time. Nor, more confusingly, would he speculate on anything inbound in the future:
“We have not announced Dawnguard for any other platform, nor given a timeline for any such news. If we have news, I promise I’d tell you. “
Initially, the tweet generated a few responses surmising that Dawnguard was never releasing outside the Xbox 360 after all. Bethesda had us all played for fools. Hines later clarified the situation, however – “I was simply stating that expecting/demanding something today is unfounded. Not that news is never coming.” – but it still seems strange as to why any delay, not to mention silence would occur.
Many have proposed one logical explanation: updates. The Skyrim 1.7 beta update was released on Steam just this Tuesday. As we’ve seen before with consoles, it will release for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 after Bethesda feels its ready, and it will also combine the previous Skyrim 1.6 update. It just so happens that 1.6, for PS3 users, contains all the miniscule adjustments needed to support Dawnguard.
Considering how ambiguous the process can be with regards to specific dates and times, Hines justified agreeably why the studio is keeping everyone in the dark:
“Sometimes it’s better to say nothing until you can provide solid info than say something before you can.”
Fair enough. Six years of waiting for Skyrim and seven months for its first DLC have thought us that expediency is rarer than a Daedra Heart in Tamriel. Sometimes it’s for the better – our Skyrim review and Dawnguard review both produced fond words (though admittedly more often in the former) – but at a certain point, PC and PS3 users have a right to grow impatient.
Ranters, when do you think Bethesda will decide to release Dawnguard on the PlayStation 3 and PC?
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Source: Pete Hines – Twitter