Bethesda on Skyrim DLC: 'This is not a problem we're positive we can solve'
- Posted August 30th, 2012 at 20:05 EDT by Kyle Prahl
- 27 Comments
It has been troubled times for PS3 owners of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The game's rocky launch was plagued with framerate problems and glitches galore, and some problems persist to this day despite months of patching. Furthermore, PS3 owners have yet to see hide nor hair of Dawnguard, the game's first major content expansion. That's even after Hearthfire, the game's second expansion, was recently announced.
Bethesda has finally broken silence on Dawnguard development, and things do not look good at all. In a forum post, Global Community Lead Gstaff relays the following message to Skyrim players on PS3: (important points have been bolded)
"Earlier in the month, we provided an update on Dawnguard's status for PS3.
It's been a few weeks, and we wanted to make sure everyone knows where we're at with Dawnguard. 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. We have tried a number of things, but none of them solve the issue enough to make Dawnguard good for everyone. 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. 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.
We wish we had a more definitive answer right now. We understand the frustration when the same content is not available on all platforms. When we have an update, we will certainly let you know. We deeply appreciate all the time and support you have given us, and we’ll keep doing our best to return that."
So, let's get this straight. One of the world's largest video game developers and the biggest pioneer of open-world RPGs this generation isn't sure they can make an expansion to one of the biggest games of all time work on the most powerful home console ever made. Ok, yep - that still sounds ridiculous.
We'll update you on this travesty as we hear more. In the meantime, give us your argument for or against Bethesda's PS3 incompetency in the comments below.
AaronSOLDIER | AaronSOLDIER
- 8:11pm EDT - August 30th, 2012
Looks like they need to hire some ex Sony developers like Valve did.
- 8:18pm EDT - August 30th, 2012
Now I know what it feels like to drop the soap in a prison shower.
- 8:31pm EDT - August 30th, 2012
I feel ripped off
- 8:49pm EDT - August 30th, 2012
Bethesda should be embarrassed. This is the most pathetic response from a top-tier developer I can ever remember seeing.
- 8:57pm EDT - August 30th, 2012
i'm done supporting thid company until they get their act together
- 9:39pm EDT - August 30th, 2012
"most powerful home console ever made"? Then why do all multi-platform titles suck on the PS3? Buy a 360. Problem solved. I did.
AaronSOLDIER | AaronSOLDIER
- 10:32pm EDT - August 30th, 2012
He mispelt "this company" not "third party companies"
Gameoholic007 | Demented007
- 10:51pm EDT - August 30th, 2012
@6- What an idiot.
@7- Why are you talking to yourself? O_o
- 11:01pm EDT - August 30th, 2012
They lost my buisness. Yes I own both consoles, but if you cant make a decent product for both then just slap on "exclusive".
- 12:59am EDT - August 31st, 2012
They obviously said "PS3 is a powerful console" to keep the rabid fans at bay.....I bet that didn't work.
They are obviously having issues that many developers had with the PS3. Although, its really annoying that Skyrim is still bugged even after the "patches".
All I can say is, be grateful they haven't released the bugged DLC. They are doing the right thing IMO, as I would not buy it atm due to a bugged Skyrim (still).
- 1:03am EDT - August 31st, 2012
Is this a joke, Bethesda? I'm not wrong in thinking that Bethesda said prior to Skyrim's release that they got their stuff together, right? I'm not remembering that incorrectly, am I? Why does Bethesda seem to be the only developer that can't get itself together for the PS3? We've got maybe two years left until the next generation of consoles, and Bethesda still hasn't figured out how to use the PS3. Pathetic, Bethesda. Pathetic.
I feel really ripped off. I've been a loyal customer of Bethesda's since Morrowind, but I've lost all faith in a company that was once my favorite in the industry.
- 1:51am EDT - August 31st, 2012
Can they afford to lose all those sales? Microsoft hardly paid them that much for a sub-par DLC.
Raghnall83 | Raghnall83
- 2:21am EDT - August 31st, 2012
@TRF I am a loyal costumer since Morrowind as well but Fallout 3 CE, Fallout New Vegas CE, Oblivion and Skyrim are going straight in to the trash can! I hope Microsoft paid a lot to them. Because I will NOT be buying Bethesda products in the future!
Ajetuv | Ajetuv57
- 3:44am EDT - August 31st, 2012
@13 I couldn't agreed more with you.
I was waiting in line outside Gamestop to buy Skyrim on release. And now I feel like I've wasted time and money.
Bethesda, you were one of my favorite game developers. There we're buggs in Fallout 3 and there were buggs in Fallout NV. But I still loved those games and I managed to endure that. But this is just plain incompetance and a huge lack of consumer service on your part. And all the hype you made regarding how "great" this game was going to be before you released it, just turned out to be a big flop and you failed to deliver the expectations you created first hand.
Not gonna waste my money or support on buying your broken products in the future.
llSilkCutll | llSilk-Cutll
- 5:59am EDT - August 31st, 2012
That's a worse response from Bethesda than Square-Excuse!
Georges | Georges_2251
- 6:09am EDT - August 31st, 2012
They took an arrow to the knee apparently
- 6:20am EDT - August 31st, 2012
I agree with the general opinion here. This is the most pathetic and low statement by a developer EVER.
jrc1978 | SilentCivilian
- 8:37am EDT - August 31st, 2012
Just a personal observation, but when I played Oblivion on my PS3 (the GOTY edition) I didn't have one, not one glitch or problem with it ever. I played it all the way through...every single quest. I just don't understand how all of a sudden Skyrim takes a HUGE step backwards and has countless glitches. Isn't there some carry-over on the programming and coding (and employees for that matter?) *confused* *frustrated* *irritated* *sad*
- 9:36am EDT - August 31st, 2012
I hope Sony sort this problem out for the ps4. Getting inferior products is not acceptable anymore, feels like your getting an unfinished game with the hope of them fixing it somewere down the line. This happened all the time with pc's in the past but shouldnt happen to consoles. If Sony are claiming the ps3 is superior but then not putting enough memory in due to cost, which seems to be were most of the problems are coming from them the should make it upgradeable. If you can put a bigger hard drive in then why not let the consmer put more memory in if it will make a big difference to your gaming experience?
- 11:59am EDT - August 31st, 2012
@20 Completely agreed. Oblivion GOTY ran perfectly fine on my PS3 for the 200+ hours I put into it.
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