The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim update, Hearthfire, will let you build a house to lay your weary Dragonborn head to rest, cry no more, and even raise a family. Up until today, that house could only exist in the universe of Microsoft’s Xbox 360, but Bethesda Softworks finally released the PC edition of the update via Valve’s Steam. For $5, PC owners can build a homestead and fill it with arcane weapons with which to fight off legions of resurrected dragons. PlayStation 3 owners will unfortunately have to keep waiting, and from the sound of things at Bethesda, they may have to wait forever.
Following the announcement, Bethesda’s Pete Hines was quick to say that there is no new information about either Hearthfire or the large Dawnguard expansion for Skyrim on PlayStation 3. “I don’t have any info on Hearthfire, Dawnguard, or DLC in general for PS3,” Hines said via Twitter, “We’re still on it. Will share update when I have one.”
When one user followed up asking what the problem is getting the updates working on Sony’s console, Hines reiterated that technical issues are keeping the game off the machine. “Performance isn’t good enough in all cases. For most folks, it’d be fine. For some, it wouldn’t be.”
Following Dawnguard’s announcement at the beginning of summer and its subsequent release on Xbox 360, Bethesda was standoffish about if and when the content would come to PlayStation 3, making it seem at first that the delay was related to a content deal with Microsoft. As time went on though, it was revealed that Bethesda simply cannot get Dawnguard and other expansions working on PS3.
“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,” read a statement from the studio released in August, “We have tried a number of things, but none 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 this issue of adding content gets even more complicated.” It did say at that time that it’s working with Sony directly to try and get Skyrim’s expansions working right on the system.
The PlayStation 3 represents a huge portion of Skyrim’s audience. More than 4 million copies of that version of the game have been sold since last November.