We’ve been glued to the continuing saga of Skyrim’s Dawnguard expansion since last week, when Bethesda’s Vice President of PR and Marketing Pete Hines made an announcement that suggested PC and PS3 gamers may have to wait a long time for the DLC. Then a few days after that, Hines was back on his Twitter feed, allaying the concerns of angry gamers who felt Bethesda was leaving them hanging by releasing Dawnguard outside of the Microsoft Xbox 360 platform. Back then he tweeted that information should be available “later this week.” Well, today IS “later this week” and we’ve got good news courtesy of the Steam store – and Hines’ Twitter.
Last night, Hines made it official via a tweet that read “Dawnguard available for PC on Steam today. Update on Dawnguard PS3 status here.” As per the company blog, Bethesda is “not satisfied yet with Dawnguard’s performance on the PS3,” which suggests it may indeed be a while for the PS3 crowd. But for PC gamers, everything appears to be ready for this pioneering piece of Skyrim downloadable content. So who would you rather be – Edward or Jacob? As you’ll find out in the next paragraph, there’s going to be a lot of vampires (and werewolves) in this expansion, and you can play as either.
In Dawnguard, players will have the choice to either join the fight against main antagonist Vampire Lord Harkon or “become a Vampire Lord yourself.” Several new weapons, armors, spells and shouts will be available, and those who choose to play as werewolves have new skills, namely Animal Vigor, Bestial Strength and Savage Feeding. You can even change the way you look in the game if you drop by Riften’s Ratway. If you drop by the Steam Store within the next seven hours (that’s until 1 PM EDT, August 3), you can grab the Elder Scrolls Collection (Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim and Dawnguard) for $63.56, which is 47 percent off the usual selling price. But if you already have Skyrim on your PC, Dawnguard is available stand-alone for $19.99.