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Oil and Water: Skyrim’s PS3 problems persist with Hearthfire – “It’s our problem,” says Bethesda

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In the red-hot run-up to the release of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and the massive action RPG’s launch in 2011, followed by a flood of ‘Game of the Year’ awards and accolades, who would have thought that almost a year later PlayStation 3 players would be having so many issues with the game?

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Perhaps some of you might have easily been able to predict this particular predicament, but the problems that Bethesda has been experiencing in releasing Skyrim’s downloadable content for the PlayStation 3 is still a surprise, and rather galling for those of us who are dedicated PS3 players still yearning to explore the vastness of the game’s epic fantasy setting.

Skyrim’s Dawnguard DLC is still not available for PS3 owners, despite becoming available for Xbox 360 and PC gamers months ago, while the more recent Hearthfire add-on is still non-existent on PlayStation Network, even though it was released for PC this past week, and for Xbox 360 over a month ago.

Bethesda’s Pete Hines has once again taken to Twitter to assuage fans, but with words that aren’t exactly brimming with promise:

“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.”

Asked why the DLC has been held back on PS3, Hines tweeted:

“the performance isn’t good enough in all cases. for most folks, it’d be fine. For some, it wouldn’t be.”

When a vehement fan tried to strong-arm Hines into taking the blame for Bethesda’s problems with the PS3, Hines replied:

“we’ve never blamed anyone or anything. It’s our problem, and it’s on us to solve it.”

True enough.

Will this debacle ever be solved? Is it in Bethesda’s best interests to simply move on and stop diverting valuable resources towards releasing ageing DLC for Skyrim? Or does the team owe it to its loyal PS3 fanbase to get the DLC out, and as soon as possible?

Let us know your thoughts.


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