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Elder Scrolls Skyrim Dawnguard DLC may never release on the PS3 Console

Updated on September 1, 2012

Dawnguard was the first DLC expansion pack that released for Elder Scrolls Skyrim. It was first released on the Xbox 360 at the end of June 2012 then it was later released to the PC version. It was supposed to release on the PS3 as well. Unfortunately, however, Dawnguard may never release on the PS3. Bethesda is having technical issues with Dawnguard on the PS3 and will not release it unless the problem is solved. Bethesda posted on their official forum "this is a not problem we're positive we can solve." No specific details were given to why they are having problems with Dawnguard on the PS3 version.

"It's been a few weeks, and we wanted to make sure everyone knows where we're at with Dawnguard, the post Bethesda wrote. 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."

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In a way, perhaps it's better if Dawnguard is not released on the PS3 if they are having major issues. Dawnguard is not a cheap DLC, it costs $19.99 (1600 Microsoft points on Xbox 360). If people spent money on Dawnguard only to find it was unplayable or had major issues, they would not be happy campers. Players would essentially waste their money on Dawnguard. What really sucks for PS3 owners, however, is that they will not get to experience what Dawnguard has to offer. Bethesda did not say that this content would never be released, but it does not look like PS3 owners will be able to play this anytime soon (if ever).

Elder Scrolls Skyrim may not release on PS3

The PS3 has problems in the past running Skyrim. There was a save game frame rate glitch. This was an issue that plagued the PS3 version of Skyrim when the game first shipped to stores back in November 2011. Basically the more players played Skyrim, the more the game began to lag. Eventually, the game would be nearly impossible to play because you could not control the game. The problem had to due with the the size of the save file on the PS3. As soon as it gets larger than 5MB, the game would start to lag. It was reported that the lag would not even occur until 20-25 hours into the game -- which is quite a lot. This obviously upset many Skyrim players because they put so much time into the game just to find a glitch that made the game experience horrible. This problem has since been fixed.

There is a possibility that the save game glitch may be occuring on Dawnguard. Or at least there may be some similar lag problem on the PS3 version of Dawnguard that Bethesda is trying to fix. The xbox 360 version had it's problems with Dawnguard, but not to the point of it being unplayable. Some players may have experienced texture issues or problems where they would fall through the ground on the Xbox 360.

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