As of Tuesday, February 26th, Dawnguard is available to PS3 users in North America. Just like the first two DLCs - Dragonborn and Hearthfire - Dawnguard is on sale for 50% off ($9.99) during it's first week of availability. There's not going to be a better time to buy if you're planning on it!
The following have also been released today...
- French versions of Dragonborn, Hearthfire, and Dawnguard released in Canada
- Spanish versions of Dragonborn, Hearthfire, and Dawnguard released in Latin American markets.
- Feb 26 2013 08:28 PM
- by David
As soon as the PlayStation Network updates later this evening, Hearthfire will finally be made available to PS3 users in North America. The release dates for other languages and territories are as follows...
English (North America)
- Dawnguard - Tuesday, February 26th
- Hearthfire - Wednesday, February 20nd
- Dawnguard - Wednesday, February 27th
- 1.8 Update - Tuesday, February 19th
- Dragonborn, Hearthfire, and Dawnguard - Wednesday, February 27th
- Feb 19 2013 12:31 PM
- by David
PS3 users who have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Skyrim's DLC are now able to download the first of the three upcoming installments. Patch version 1.8 (1.08 in-game) was also launched alongside Dragonborn earlier today, and introduces the following bug fixes alongside prepping the console for the much anticipated DLC.
Patch 1.8 Bug Fixes
- General memory and stability improvements
- Fixed rare crash when using vampiric grip
- Fixed issue where Arnleif and Sons Trading Company could become permanently locked
- Fixed issue related to duplicate NPCs
- Fixed rare issue where exterior door would not open properly
Following the release of Dragonborn are Hearthfire and Dawnguard, each staggered from the other by a week.
Release Dates (North America)
- Hearthfire releases Tuesday, February, 19
- Dawnguard releases Tuesday, February, 26
- Dragonborn releases Wednesday, February 13
- Hearthfire releases Wednesday, February 20
- Dawnguard releases Wednesday, February 27
- Feb 12 2013 04:03 PM
- by David
Following their official announcement of Skyrim's upcoming DLC, Bethesda has released new never-before-seen gameplay-images of Dragonborn.
The first features a burly Nord braving the harsh winter elements with a companion.
Frank looked out over the majestic rocky hilltops bathed in the grandeur of the falling snow... And he thought of nothing, because he is a pixels. Wait, what?
Image number two features a bustling community we've never seen before. Boy, doesn't that architecture remind you of a previous TES game?
Don't worry, I'm sure Dragonborn isn't all about the scenery. What would the TES series be without eccentric, non-human NPC's? I can feel the glare from this guy right through my screen.
Dragons. Dragon Priests. Dragon Priest shrines. At this point it's all so old, yet looking at this next image brings me right back to the first time I watched the original Skyrim trailer.
The eccentric looking monsters may make you look around for Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning.
HOLY SHIT YOU CAN RIDE DRAGONS. But that's old news. You already knew that. Right? I hope so. Either way, this screen shot has us excited.
I'm not positive what this mutated cockroach has to do with anything, but I can't wait to find out! Please have a voice actor.
That's it for this series of screenshots! Stay tuned, we'll keep you up to date with the latest news all the way up to Dragonborn's release!
- Feb 02 2013 05:51 PM
- by David
They say where there's smoke, there's fire. The old adage couldn't have been more correct, as rumors we reported several weeks ago have been confirmed: Skyrim's next DLC installment is Dragonborn.
Bethesda officially announced the new DLC on their blog, along with this trailer.
Dragonborn is reportedly rather substantial, and will be priced at $20. This is the same as the original price for Dawnguard, and four times as much as the smaller Hearthfire DLC. What makes this DLC so substantial, you ask? The following can be seen rather plainly in the trailer.
- Dragon Mounts - Yeah, it would appear as though you are finally able to ride dragons!
- The "original Dragonborn" is going to be the main subject of the plot. Yep, you're not the only one.
- New armor and weapons, including spears.
- New, exotic looking enemies.
- Several new locations. One rumor has the DLC set in Solstheim, a location in Morrowind.
The DLC is due out on December 4th on the 360. There's no official word on when the PC or PS3 are expected to see the additional content, but the PC has regularly followed the 360 by a couple weeks. Although PS3 users have yet to get their hands on either Hearthfire or Dawnguard, rumors claim that the upcoming 1.8 patch introduces several fixes that will prep the PS3 for compatibility with all DLC. Stay tuned! We'll keep you posted.
- Feb 02 2013 05:51 PM
- by David
Bethesda has released some new information concerning PS3's Dawnguard status, and it's not exactly looking good for PS3 players. Their statement...
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.
The announcement sheds some light on the train wreck that has been the PS3-Dawnguard saga.
Although Skyrim's first DLC, Dawnguard, hit the Xbox 360 in June and the PC in early August, PS3 users are still without even a tentative release date. As the weeks have worn on, PS3 gamers have become increasingly disgruntled with the poor communication and handling of the situation by Bethesda (Skyrim's developer).
Following the announcement that Hearthfire will be released on the 360 September 4th, tempers flared as PS3 users flocked to leave angry remarks regarding the situation on Bethesda's blog and forums. Following the quickly increasing amount of consumer backlash, Peter Hines of Bethesda released a statement via twitter:
We are working on multiple projects, even beyond those two things [Dawnguard/Hearthfire]. We're disappointed too, but we're keeping at it. I continue to do my best to get info and something to update folks with. When I get something I can share, I will.
Microsoft's exclusivity agreement with Bethesda guarantees a one-month early-release on the 360 for Skyrim's first two DLC packs. Dawnguard's exclusivity ended July 26th, and Hearthfire's will end October 4th. Should more DLC be released, Bethesda will be legally able (though not obligated) to release it concurrently on all systems.
Those who have been paying attention to Bethesda's trademarking history are aware that one of the newest names to come up is Hearthfire, prompting new DLC rumors to begin circulating on message boards.
Reddit user derptemp6698, who correctly leaked the Mass Effect 3 DLC, allegedly had this to say...
"Hearthfire, the next official game-add on for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®, has arrived. For the first time in the Elder Scrolls universe, purchase land and build your own home from the ground up - from a simple one-room cottage to a sprawling compound complete with armory, alchemy laboratory, trophy room, and more! With Hearthfire, the possibilities of what you can build are endless."
That seems to make sense, as the word "hearth" generally refers to either the area in front of a fireplace or home. It certainly conjures up home-esque images, at any rate.
Despite all of the rumors and excitement surrounding the potential new DLC, expectations should be held in check as PS3 users have yet to even get their hands on the first Dawnguard DLC. In fact, PS3 players in Europe have yet to get either the 1.6 or 1.7 patch updates necessary for preparing Skyrim for Dawnguard; these same patches were released in early July for the 360 and PC.
Whatever the new DLC contains, Microsoft still has a 30 day exclusivity contract in place with Bethesda that will withhold the DLC from other platforms for at least that long, and likely (if Dawnguard is any indication) longer. The deal covers the first two Skyrim DLC's, so perhaps after "Hearthfire" (if it exists), the other platforms will see same-day releases for the following DLC (if there is any).