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Dawnguard for PS3/PC not announced after 30 day Xbox exclusivity expires. 'WTF' says the collective PS3 and PC-owning world

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Xbox 360 owners have been enjoying Dawnguard for a month already. Meanwhile, PS3 and PC owners have been gritting their teeth and doing their best impression of patient people as they waited for the 30 day exclusivity deal to lift so they could get in on the action. Only... the time's up and there's no release date for either platform. Incredulous, they turned to Bethesda on Twitter and demanded to know when the expansion would be released for their machines. Here's what they were met with:

That's from Bethesda's own VP of PR and Marketing, Pete Hines, whose curt remark instantly sent said PS3 and PC owners into meltdown as they boggled at the thought of the expansion never actually coming to their platforms at all. And with good reason - look at that last bit. "If we had news, I promise I'd tell you". That's 'I'd' as in 'I would, not 'I'll' as in 'I will'. Surely the inference there is that there isn't any news but if there were any, we'd be the first to know?

Throwing a modest mugful of water on the blazing inferno, Pete then added:

Phew. But also, crikey. So the expansion hasn't been officially announced for PS3 and PC (though everyone assumed it had - surely that's the whole point of the reported 30-day exclusivity deal?) but will probably/possibly come along at some point. Just not right now.

Above: This is what you're missing out on. Getting smacked in the face by Mumm-ra

How do you feel about the wait? You'll either be jumping up and down in elation if you're from the Xbox 360 camp, or gnashing your teeth and saying 'bite me' in a clever, vampire-related insult if you're playing Skyrim on PS3 or PC. Let us know in the comments.

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  • Shadow Of Death - July 27, 2012 5:19 a.m.

    Well, any halfway mature 360 owner (all 5 of them....I kid, I kid) wouldn't be pleased about this either. It's not a very pleasant bit of business. Sure, Microsoft probably gave Bethesda a nice chunk of change for it (and Bethesda probably still thinks it's worth it), but it really isn't a good look for Bethesda. First they didn't even give PS3 owners all the DLC (and they generally had to wait longer for what they did get, as I remember it), now both PS3 and PC owners are being forced to wait for an unknown amount of time (the 30 day deal was just widely assumed, not official). Bethesda knows most of us will still buy the DLC anyway though.
  • Shadow Of Death - July 27, 2012 6:47 a.m.

    Oh yeah, the second bit (about 'all the DLC') was me referring to Oblivion.
  • justin1923 - July 27, 2012 5:25 a.m.

    I don’t understand the benefit of putting down 66.6% of gamers out to pasture because of some “exclusive agreement that has been made.” Does Microsoft own Bethesda? I don’t think so…so, why is this even in place? Why would Microsoft care to sell more Xbox games than PS3 games or PC games for that matter?
  • KA87 - July 27, 2012 5:35 a.m.

    1. No, if they did than it would not be on the PS3. 2. Money. Microsoft paid to have it be exclusive. 3. Really? PS3 and PC are there enemies. If Microxoft wants to stay in the gaming industry than they have to compete with them. The goal is to sell as much as you can and limit what your competition sells.
  • Desann - July 27, 2012 10:20 a.m.

    The PS3 is Microsoft's enemy, true, but not the PC. Microsoft makes Windows, remember? :P Is there a Mac version of Skyrim? Linux? Those would be their competitors, and it would make sense for Dawnguard to not come to those right away if Microsoft has an exclusivity deal, but there's no reason it couldn't have come to Windows as well as Xbox on day one.
  • Sinosaur - July 27, 2012 1:06 p.m.

    Microsoft doesn't get a cut of the PC version sales, so there's less of a reason for them to care about that. Having games on the PC is good for Microsoft, but it's not really as important to them financially as getting people to buy stuff on the 360.
  • A9entOfChaos - July 27, 2012 6:38 a.m.

    Um Justin your whole post makes no sense. So PS3 players and PC players make up 66.6% of the gamer population? No i don't think so. "Why would microsoft care to sell more Xbox games than Ps3 games..." Is this even a serious question? Of course Microsoft wants to sell more xbox games than PS3 games. Geez, i feel more stupid typing that then i did just reading your stupid comment. The one thing you did get right was microsoft not owning bethesda. But M$ ponies up the $$$$ for exclusive deals. PS 3 does it too. But Bethesda notoriously has had problems with the PS3 version runnign properly. So i wouldnt blame them for wasting money on trying to get a PS 3 version to work without crashing everything. And to top it all of, Dawnguard was boring as hell. Maybe the Vampire story line is ore engrossing but the the overall DLC was a borefest to me.
  • justin1923 - July 27, 2012 7 a.m.

    Your right, I'm wrong...I had no coffee yet!
  • robotdickens - July 27, 2012 5:56 p.m.

    Actually, us 360 users were the test group. There were a lot of minor bugs in the DLC, one most notably was the new summon shout in which it did nothing sometimes and other times it totally screwed up.
  • Rambo 11 - July 28, 2012 8:29 p.m.

    That summon dragon shout doesn't work unless you aim at the ground, aim anywhere else and the corsair goes red.
  • KnowYourPokemon - July 27, 2012 5:32 a.m.

    Just glad I got bored with Skyrim after the first month of release. Congrats microsoft, your exclusivity deals are one of the worst things to come to gaming.
  • gopher1369 - July 27, 2012 7:02 a.m.

    Meh, pretty irrelevant to us PC gamers. We all just spent a months wages buying an obscene amount of games in the Steam Summer sale which will keep us all very busy in the mean-time (Batmak Arkham Asylum for £3? Why yes please, thank you very much!).
  • SentientSquidMachine - July 27, 2012 7:33 a.m.

    Exactly what I was going to post. Seriously, I have over a dozen or so games, from this summer, and winter that I have yet to launch once. What a time to be a PC gamer.
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - July 27, 2012 7:10 a.m.

    hahaha :D just what i wanted to hear to shut those fanboys up once in a while!! i know i guess it isnt fair but we all have to have exclusives on our consoles and it happens that skyrim is more xbox worthy thanks to microsofts deal. thats just the way it is.
  • Hig1134 - July 27, 2012 8:41 a.m.

    LOL...PS3 still has boatloads more exclusive content than 360. This won't shut anyone up! XD
  • KnowYourPokemon - July 27, 2012 10:29 a.m.

    Lol the biggest irony from your post is that the only one it makes look like a fanboy is you with XBox...
  • SpiritTemple - July 27, 2012 4:33 p.m.

    Exactly what I was going to say.
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - July 27, 2012 6:25 p.m.

    glad i have someone on my side :)
  • ncurry2 - July 27, 2012 7:14 a.m.

    What a solid way to bolster support from a major chunk of fans who were completely slapped in the face with the whole PS3 Skyrim launch debacle. You're doing great, Bethesda! I won't be getting this dlc in any case. I played through the main story in Skyrim and quit. If I ever want to get back into it, I've still got hundreds of hours worth of content that I haven't touched yet. But I'm not sure I'll even do that.
  • Omrikon - July 27, 2012 8:49 a.m.

    The level of vagueness makes me think Bethesda has done exactly nothing as far as porting this DLC to PS3 and PC is concerned, but might consider it someday. Considering how long Skyrim has been out, any delays on releasing the DLC risks having a smaller pool of players interested in purchasing it. Hence, I think they should really finalize whether or not they're going to do it, so at least the players who might be considering it won't give up on it.

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