Skyrim patch incoming, will address “long-term play” on PS3

A fix is on its way for the now-infamous PS3 Skyrim bug that has made it virtually impossible for a majority of PlayStation Dragonborn to play the open world RPG for an extended period of time. This weekend, Bethesda confirmed to it has submitted its 1.2 patch to Sony and expects the problem to be fixed within a matter of weeks.

“[Bethesda] Wanted to let everyone know that the next PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 updates have been submitted for certification, and that the PC patch is coming too. The current estimate is that they will be live the week after Thanksgiving,” wrote Bethesda community manager Nick Breckon in a recent post.

The PS3 bug in question is a nasty glitch that slows gameplay to a crawl and makes a mess of one's quests once the save file climbs beyond the 5MB level.

Although Bethesda did not outright say if its latest patch would address this specific PS3 problem, Pete Hines, VP of Public Relations and Marketing, later tweeted: “On the list for this update is improved performance for long-term play on PS3.”

Hines added the patch will not force players to reset their characters, and that a complete list of tweaks and fixes for all version of Skyrim will be released soon once Bethesda is ready to go live with the update.

The "week after Thanksgiving" timeline is still vague, and it could mean fans affected by the glitch will have to wait another two weeks before they can dive back into what is otherwise a fantastic game (you know, when it's working). If you have yet to experience the issue on your PS3 run-through, consider yourself one of the lucky few. If, however, you're one of the countless adventurers who are currently using Skyrim as a decorative bookend, perhaps GR's latest rant on the issue will help you work out your frustrations.


  • anthonybonales - November 22, 2011 1:22 p.m.

    Good thing I also bought Assassins Creed and Saints Row. Not as great as Skyrim though
  • birdman1041 - November 22, 2011 4:43 a.m.

    Weird, that sounds a lot like what happened to my Fallout: New Vegas save file... oh wait
  • FauxFurry - November 21, 2011 6:57 p.m.

    Skyrim (on the PS3)is getting another patch yet Dark Souls has yet to receive patch 1(outside of Japan, anyway). That would be admirable if Dark Souls didn't have its issues that require correction as well.
  • closer2192 - November 21, 2011 1:33 p.m.

    This article should never have been written, as there shouldn't have been such a game-breaking bug in a game that they spent years constructing in the first place.
  • wkdtkd - November 21, 2011 1:02 p.m.

    Thanks for the suggestions @Bladed Falcon and @Evanseco I'll try out a few things and see if they least I know skyrim will be worth the effort :)
  • BladedFalcon - November 21, 2011 12:29 p.m.

    Well, those who DO have an Xbox maybe could let you borrow their connection if they have one? Your PS3 already has Internet capabilities and wifi integrated, all do. It's honestly not hard to get it working online and get the patch, the system immediately offers to install it for you as soon as you enter the game.
  • BladedFalcon - November 21, 2011 12:31 p.m.

    Crap, forgot to click reply before posting this, this was meant to be a reply to wkdtkd, and i already posted it there. And mods or regulators feel free to block or delete this two messages.
  • ArmTheBomb - November 21, 2011 12:27 p.m.

    Finally, I'm getting tired of Bethesda releasing their games THEN patching them afterwards. Who is play testing this stuff, anyways?
  • Chaseypoo21 - November 21, 2011 noon

    Im at 39 hours, and i havent had any real issues yet...*knock on wood.
  • EHyundai - November 21, 2011 11:51 a.m.

    they better hurry up. i already have a 47 hour save file thats unplayable. And im workin on another.
  • Y2Ken - November 21, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    Just been starting to really notice the framerate starting to chug (at about the 65 hour mark) so this is a welcome patch. Definitely sucks if you don't have internet access though, I wonder whether you can download it on PC and stick it on a USB like you do with the Sony firmware updates?
  • BladedFalcon - November 21, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    It's still disappointing and unforgivable that Bethesda released the game YET again with such kinds of issues. I'm glad I haven't gotten the game yet. But well... I will admit that once the patch is released, and it's confirmed that playing it on the PS3 is mostly smooth sailing, I would give the game a free pass. Which is partly wrong because I know I shouldn't condone such kind of fuck ups from developers... But Godammit, Elder scrolls games are too fun to play that I can't help it. It's the conflict of making a game that overall is very good and fun but unpolished a broken. That despite my indignation at this happen it, I'm still gonna fork my money to it eventually.
  • Jayseph - November 21, 2011 11:15 a.m.

    Exactly, all those folks have basically bought a game that's not fit for purpose.
  • wkdtkd - November 21, 2011 11:11 a.m.

    How can you fix this if you dont have your playstation online? :(
  • BladedFalcon - November 21, 2011 11:26 a.m.

    I don't honestly know of a way without internet aside from waiting for later editions of the game to come out. But well, if you don't have internet, you could try asking someone who does just borrow it for half an hour or so? At least creating an account and downloading the patch is free. I know it's not an ideal solution, but i am not sure how else you could get the patch once it's released.
  • wkdtkd - November 21, 2011 11:33 a.m.

    Unfortunately I already bought the game (completely the wrong thing to do I know but I couldnt wait - also didnt figure there'd be anything this game-breaking)To make it worse, everyone I know either owns an x-box or doesnt have their ps3 online either :( Thanks for your help anyway
  • BladedFalcon - November 21, 2011 12:30 p.m.

    Well, those who DO have an Xbox maybe could let you borrow their connection if they have one? Your PS3 already has Internet capabilities and wifi integrated, all do. It's honestly not hard to get it working online and get the patch, the system immediately offers to install it for you as soon as you enter the game.
  • Evanesco - November 21, 2011 12:38 p.m.

    I've never done it, but see if you can download the patch online onto an external drive or memory stick, then plug it into your PS3 and transfer it.
  • BladedFalcon - November 21, 2011 1:19 p.m.

    Huh... I hadn't thought of that, if the PS3 can recognize the file, it could probably work, neat!

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