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Skyrim: Dawnguard DLC may not hit PlayStation 3s

By: Musa Afridi

  |   August 31st, 2012   |  
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Bethesda may not be able to release the latest expansion of their latest entry in the Elder Scrolls series on Sony’s console as it struggles to find a way to make it work on the PS3.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the spiritual successor to Oblivion, the previous game in the long running, critically acclaimed series. The title has gone on to win numerous Game of the Year awards and garnered a huge following of gamers, both familiar with the series as well as first timers.

However, the game did not have the smoothest of releases as a number of bugs and glitches plagued the game from the onset and although the PC and Xbox 360 versions of the game were patched up rather quickly the PlayStation 3 version struggled for some time longer.

In fact, the version on Sony’s console continues to be facing problems as Bethesda is struggling to get their latest DLC for the game, Dawnguard, working consistently on the PlayStation 3.

A statement was released on the publisher’s official problems which brought gamers up to speed with the latest news on the DLC’s progress. It read:

“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.”

The statement continued by explaining that Bethesda had been chipping away at finding a solution with little success. “We have tried a number of things, but none of them solve the issue enough to make Dawnguard good for everyone.”

It went on to point out that the PlayStation 3 was able to cope with the demands of the studio in terms of development, however, the studio was also looking to develop further DLC for the game and that took a chunk of the development team as well. “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.”

There was a bit of daunting news as well, as the statement ended with what seemed like a message preparing PS3 gamers for the worst. It read: “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.”

If the DLC does not make it onto the PlayStation 3 then both Sony and Bethesda will have a problem, as it means the loss of a number of gamers and consumers for both parties. There has been talk throughout the PlayStation 3’s life that the console was more difficult to develop for and that seems to be the case this time around, or maybe Bethesda are just struggling to juggle so much around at the same time.