Despite the popularity of Bethesda’s Skyrim as a multi-platform title, it doesn’t appear too likely that we’ll be seeing Dawnguard, the first-ever Skyrim DLC, for the PC anytime soon.
According to Pete Hines, Bethesda Vice President of PR and Marketing, “We have not announced Dawnguard for any other platform, nor given a timeline for any such news. If we have news, I promise I’d tell you.” Hines tweeted this unfortunate piece of information on Thursday morning, and a few days later, PC gamers all over the world are wondering what’s taking Bethesda so long in making this DLC available on other platforms. Reaction to Hines’ tweet has been, quite understandably, very negative – PC and PS3 gamers haven’t been shy about giving Hines a piece of their minds on the issue. Dawnguard was released last month for the Xbox 360, the same time Microsoft was granted 30-day exclusivity for Skyrim downloadable content on the Microsoft gaming console.
We feel it’s about time Bethesda realized that there are a whole lot of PC gamers who enjoy playing Skyrim. The personal computer, after all, is far from dead as a video game platform, despite the popularity of consoles and mobile phone-based games. With the 30-day period of exclusivity now history, it stands to reason that the PC gaming community should have Dawnguard all ready to download by now. Based on Hines’ tweet, it doesn’t even seem like a certainty that Dawnguard will be available for PC and PS3 users. We’re figuring that Bethesda will release a version for the PS3 first, and make sure users of the other leading gaming console don’t get left out of the party. Then it may be a while – perhaps months and months from now – before PC users get to experience Dawnguard. Of course this isn’t what we want to happen, but there’s a good chance that just might be the case.