30 Aug 2012
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Bethesda games continue PS3 delays

By Brendan Kelly

New DLC has been announced for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, but, surprise surprise, you’ll be waiting a whole month longer if you don’t have an Xbox 360.

Hearthfire, the second DLC pack for Skyrim, will release on September 4 for Xbox 360, costing the meagre sum of 400 MS points.

A fact sheet released by Bethesda, the game’s publisher, says that the new content will let players build and decorate their own houses similar to The Elder Scrolls: Sims Edition.

“You can purchase land and build your own home from the ground up – from a simple one-room cottage to a sprawling compound complete with an armory, alchemy laboratory, stable, garden, and more.”

Land can be purchased from various areas, including “the salt marshes of Hjaalmarch, the forests of Falkreath, or the vast tundra of the Pale.”

Houses can then be customised, plants grown, trophies displayed and children adopted into your home.

It sounds like a fairly minor piece of DLC after the still-fresh release of Dawnguard, but the fact PS3 users are still waiting to see the light of that dawn (I am so, so sorry for that pun) will grate with some people. Including me.

But according to Bethesda vice-president Pete Hines this latest DLC has not affected the already-delayed content for the PS3.

“We are working on multiple projects, even beyond those two things. The entire team doesn’t work on one thing at a time,” he told the Examiner.So far the delay has been attributed to performance issues, which is an easy explanation when it comes to Skyrim as the game has had a notoriously glitchy life on the PS3.

But, seeing as patch 1.7 for the game has now brought PS3 versions of the game up-to-date with other platforms, it is possible Hearthfire and Dawnguard might become available for the PS3 at the same time. Fingers crossed, anyway.

Will you be purchasing Hearthfire? Are you annoyed at the way Bethesda seems to hate PS3 users? Vent your wrath in the comments section below!

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