PlayStation 3 Dragonborns are hearing it again: Bethesda is diligently working and making progress towards releasing Skyrim DLC for Sony’s console. Over six months have transpired since the release of the Dawnguard DLC and PS3 players are still without vampire marauders and sun-expelling arrows. It has also been three months since the Hearthfire DLC was released, depriving PS3 Dovahkiin from building humble abodes and churning butter. Yet the cause of most irritation for PS3 players may not be the delay in DLC releases but the scant, vague, and unacceptable “information” periodically released by Bethesda.
Initially, PS3 owners tolerated Dawnguard’s Xbox 360 30-day exclusivity. But once that time frame expired and news on Dawnguard’s release became muddled and meek, patient players began to predict the worst. Days turned into weeks, weeks into months, and Bethesda provided little to no information on when the DLC would be available. Fans became outraged. Tweets and forum comments expressed feelings of betrayal and anger. Talk of abandoning the franchise, refusing to purchase the DLC when (or if) it became available, and resounding disappointment poured out from the once dedicated community. PS3 Skyrim players were without ancient prophecy, custom mansions, personal bards, and hope. If these recent tweets by Pete Hines–which hint at an inevitable and upcoming DLC release–fail to come to fruition, many PS3 owners may give up on Bethesda (if they haven’t already).
Considering none of the previous add-ons for Skyrim have been available to Sony, PS3 gamers don’t expect to revel in the glory of Dragonborn, the newest DLC due Dec. 4. For any PS3 readers, what are your thoughts on the DLC debacle if it’s even a debacle at all? Are you willing to purchase the DLC despite Bethesda’s handling of information? Should PS3 owners get any of the content at a discounted rate as a sign of goodwill? Or will you just wait for the inevitable “Game of the Year” edition of Skyrim?