It’s a big week for longtime The Elder Scrolls fans who continue to enjoy the latest the franchise has to offer on the PC. The PC versions of each installment, specifically Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim have always benefited from the availability of toolkits and community modding, which not only make the player experience limitless with additional content, but improve it by offering tweaks, graphic upgrades and more features.
The other week we showcased screenshots and video of a community-driven project to recreate what some believe is the franchise’s best installment (The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind) using the Skyrim engine in a project dubbed Skywind. This weekend, the original recreation project had its latest version (Morrowind Overhaul 3.0) release, offering an updated collection of mods improving the game that began years ago.
On the official side of The Elder Scrolls additional content, the Hearthfire DLC which first released as a timed exclusive for Xbox 360 players of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim a month ago is now available for PC players via Steam at a price of $4.99. For PS3 players, the sad tale continues. Not only is there no date in sight for Hearthfire, but Bethesda and Sony (who are now working together on this issue) cannot get the previously released Dawnguard expansion to work with the console either.
Bethesda’s Pete Hines says there’s still no news for Skyrim DLC on PS3.
I don’t have any info on Hearthfire, Dawnguard, or DLC in general for PS3. We’re still on it. Will share update when I have one.
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) October 4, 2012
Some fans expressed their satisfaction that the multiplatform game hasn’t worked right for their console (the PS3) since the beginning with the game launching with massive bugs and issues that hinder gameplay performance. With some tweets directed at Hines out of the belief that Bethesda is blaming Sony for the issues, to which he responded “we’ve never blamed anyone or anything. It’s our problem, and it’s on us to solve it.” He then followed up with the explanation, ” the performance isn’t good enough in all cases. for most folks, it’d be fine. For some, it wouldn’t be.”
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is currently available for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 although we highly recommend the PC version.
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