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Fallout: New Vegas expansion announced as an Xbox exclusive

Bethesda has announced that that the first downloadable content for Fallout: New Vegas will be available this holiday season exclusively for the Xbox 360. This does not mean that the PS3 will not receive the same DLC, it just isn’t clear when the expansions might hit the PlayStation Network.

“We’re excited to continue the partnership between Bethesda and Microsoft, and build on the success of the game add-ons released for Fallout 3 on Xbox LIVE,” said Pete Hines, VP of Marketing and PR of Bethesda Softworks said in the press release. “Fans will once again be able to continue their experience in the Fallout universe with the add-on packs planned for after the launch of the game.”

The deal seems similar to one that the Call of Duty games have with Microsoft, which will give Xbox 360 users first dibs on map packs for any upcoming Call of Duty games through 2012. Typically this means that the PS3 will receive the maps about a month later, but that could change.

Fallout 3 made big business of the expansion packs, releasing five different game add-ons before issuing a “Game of the Year” edition that contained the game and all DLCs. If Bethesda follows suit, expect multiple Fallout: New Vegas expansions in the coming months, all of which should hit the Xbox 360 first.

“Bethesda set a high bar with the quality of the Fallout game add-ons,” said Matt Barlow, General Manager, IEB Product Marketing for Microsoft. “We have no doubt that gamers will be thrilled with seeing a new add-on pack extend their adventures with Fallout: New Vegas on Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE.”

More details on the map packs is expected in the coming weeks. Fallout: New Vegas releases for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow.