Dawnguard, the first and highly anticipated piece of downloadable content for Bethesda’s Skyrim, is now available for the PC. The news was revealed at QuakeCon 2012, and ends weeks of questions in regards to the expansion’s PC release.
Players will now be able to choose a side in the war between the vampire lords and the titular Dawnguard, a group of vampire hunters bequeathed with a special set of skills and weapons. Our own Brian Sipple gave Dawnguard quite a favorable review, and the amount of content packaged in with the DLC, while not as substantial as Oblivion‘s Shivering Isles expansion, is staggering.
Along with a simple proclamation of availability, Bethesda also revealed that the DLC would be available in several languages including French, Italian, German, and Spanish.
Now that Dawnguard is finally available for the PC, it’s only a matter of time before players begin to dive headfirst into modding the game’s new skills and abilities. And that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter mod we told you about earlier will finally have some vampires to hunt.
We’re not making any promises, but hopefully an upcoming edition of Rebuilding Skyrim will feature some of the cooler Dawnguard mods when they start rolling in. It’s once again an exciting time for Skyrim, that is if you aren’t playing it on the PS3.
As we learned when Skyrim launched back in November, the game doesn’t seem to like to play nice with Sony’s PlayStation 3. Not only was it nigh impossible to play Skyrim for extended periods of time, players began reporting entire save files being wiped. Needless to say, it wasn’t good.
Those same problems, while fixed for the main game, now seem to have proliferated into Dawnguard. Bethesda is reporting that they are not happy with the state of the PS3 version of the DLC as it stands now, but are working diligently to rectify those problems. The exact quote from Bethesda’s Blog says that they “aren’t going to release it for PS3 knowing that people’s experience in Skyrim will be worse.” An odd choice of phrasing considering the numerous headaches brought on by the PS3 version of Skyrim.
We’ll, of course, keep gamers posted on any developments with the PS3 version of Dawnguard, but for now both Xbox 360 and PC players can enjoy the new quests.
What will be the first thing you do when you load up the PC version of Skyrim‘s Dawnguard? Should Bethesda release the DLC now and patch things later or wait until its perfect?