PS3 Development for First Two ‘Skyrim’ Expansions Will Continue After Dragonborn

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Skyrim PS3 DLC Development After Dragonborn

Earlier this week Dragonborn, the third DLC offering for Bethesda‘s highly touted Skyrim, made its debut on the Xbox 360, bringing with it plenty of new quests and, more importantly, the ability to ride dragons. In addition to the release of Dragonborn in its Xbox-exclusive state Bethesda also revealed that the PS3 and PC versions of the DLC should hit their respective digital marketplaces early next year.

However, despite a confirmation that Dragonborn is headed to the PS3 there are still gamers out there wondering when the first two Skyrim DLC expansions, Dawnguard and Hearthfire, will make their way to Sony’s console. And finally, we have some clue as to Bethesda’s developmental plans behind the DLC, but unfortunately still no release dates.

What we now know is that Dragonborn is taking priority on the PS3-side of DLC development, and will be released first before anything else. The good news, however, is that Bethesda plans to go back to Dawnguard and Hearthfire once Dragonborn “ships” — they aren’t just skipping those two expansions altogether.

Here’s the direct quote from Bethesda’s blog:

“On PS3 in particular, we turned our attention to Dragonborn, as we thought it was the best content to release first, and we didn’t want folks to wait longer. Once it’s ready to go for everyone, we’ll continue our previous work on Hearthfire and Dawnguard for PS3. Each one takes a lot of time and attention to work well in all circumstances and all combinations of DLC. Once we have a better idea of release timing and pricing, we’ll let you know.”

It’s still the type of non-announcement that PS3 gamers have become accustomed to, but anytime Bethesda mentions the PS3 and Skyrim DLC, fans should take notice. Bethesda games and the PS3 have historically not played nicely together, but this lack of post-release content — and a huge save bug that appeared late last year — have assuredly made multiplatform owners gun shy about ever going PS3, or even PS4, with future purchases.

At this point, though, PS3 owners have made their bed and they’re forced to accept the decision they made. A smart move on Bethesda’s part would be to significantly discount Dawnguard and Hearthfire on the PS3, or better yet offer them for free as a goodwill gesture. Anyone that plays these DLC offerings is surely a die-hard Elder Scrolls/Bethesda fan, and stuck with the company after being essentially neglected, so why not reward their loyalty?

Are you happy to learn that Bethesda plans to go back to Dawnguard and Hearthfire once they’re done with Dragonborn? Or is it too little too late?

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim — Dragonborn is out now for the Xbox 360, and should be hitting the PS3 and PC early next year.

Source: Bethesda Blog

TAGS: Bethesda, PC, PS3, Skyrim, The Elder Scrolls, Xbox 360

  • Jellolord

    At the very least they definitely need to be severely discounted when they do finally release. And I am still very skeptical about dragonborn releasing on time. But as an avid TES fan and ps3 owner I have entirely given up hope yet.

  • Tremeos

    Oh, but they are being discounted…as something that’ll ever be released. 😛

    But in all seriousness, I hope they do manage to get it all working for PS3 users who are still interested in seeing that content.

  • Big Baby Jesus

    Sell both for a discount for ps3 users. Throw in something for their troubles as well, I’m not talking about horse armor either. Toss in being able to customize the color of your armor and weapons, maybe even the interior of their house as well?

    Something like that would get them excited, and if it would be exclusive to ps3 users, then maybe that would give them more faith in Bethesda and maybe, maybe, make up all the time they had to wait.

  • Dovahkiin

    So at some point they stopped ps3 development to work on more x-box dlc? bad form me says.

    • Daniel Carlson

      thats what i gathered from what bethesda said. usually its a good idea to put out the old fire before you start a new one. but thats what smart campers do

  • Ichibod

    I honestly don’t care at this point. I got my plantinum trophy a long time ago, I’ve moved on to 15 other games since then. Skyrim is still ranked one of my top 5 games of all time. I’ll still keep my eyes and ears open for any Skyrim news, but I could care less if nothing else comes out for the PS3 version. I feel I can still pick it up and play through with every race and gender without DLC. More is good, but after all this I really don’t give a damn. They could sell it at regular price when it’s available. Bethesda owes me properly working products when I pay for them, not the release of future content. I think they should go back and release a new Fallout 3 and New Vegas patch. That would be a proper penance for them right now.

    • ME!!

      Well, Ichibod, the problems with Fallout: New Vegas weren’t Bethesda Softworks’ problem or fault. That game was developed by Obsidian, the development team partially comprised of some of the people responsible for Fallout and Fallout 2. It was published by Bethesda, but not developed by the same developers of Fallout 3, Oblivion or Skyrim.

      Me, I don’t really care what they charge. I’m getting them anyway. While it would’ve been nice had they figured out how to deal with this stuff by now, it isn’t their fault that the PS3 is difficult to deal with in terms of a lack of memory which is, I believe, the problem with the save bug on Skyrim (and Fallout 3).

      A very nasty trend seems to be to assume that somehow these people “owe” all of us something. They don’t. They don’t owe us anything. They’re working as hard as they can to compensate for issues relating to the console in order for all of us to be able to partake in the DLC. I for one appreciate their efforts and am so relieved to hear that PS3 will be getting the DLC soon.

      As for the console itself, Sony should have increased the onboard memory, especially in the later versions of the console (along with LARGER hard drives than they’ve given us so far), so that games that really push the limits of the system, won’t when it comes to RAM.

      Kudos to the people at Bethesda Softworks!! I look forward to even more to do in Skyrim (on top of the tons of locations I have not explored as well as the umpteen of them I haven’t even discovered yet!).