Earlier this week, we talked about why Bethesda might be keeping quiet about Skyrim‘s first expansion ,”Dawnguard,” for PC and PS3 players. One of the factors mentioned was QuakeCon, which is currently underway in Dallas, Texas. Sure enough, one of many surprise announcements today revealed the availability of the Vampire-focused expansion immediately on Steam. PC users can head on over to Valve’s money-making machine and drop $19.99 to see what Xbox 360 players have been smiling about.
Good surprise, right? Well, probably not if you are a PS3 owner that loves The Elder Scrolls. In a laudable, candid statement, Bethesda announced that, as of now, gamers playing on Sony’s platform shouldn’t expect the content. Here’s the note in its entirety:
We are not satisfied yet with Dawnguard’s performance on the PS3. We would like for everyone to have a chance to play Dawnguard, but we aren’t going to release it for PS3 knowing that some people’s experience in Skyrim will be worse. We do everything we can to have our content available to all; from our free updates, to user mods, to paid DLC. We’re as disappointed as our fans when that isn’t the case, but we’ll continue to push for that reality.
As our own readers have shared (and many, many stories around the web have detailed), the PS3 version of the game has had its share of problems. While this news will doubtlessly disappoint many, it is far better than the publisher kicking the can down the road and keeping hope alive. The tone seems clear. The development team will continue to work on bringing “Dawnguard” to PS3, but right now, it’s impossible to nail down a concrete launch window.
It’s regrettable, but again. This kind of raw honesty is rare. The situation is unfortunate, but Bethesda’s handling of it is classy.