Bethesda posted a new blog post about the DLC situation for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, namely the Dragonborn expansion which was just released for Xbox users. The DLC expansion is set to come to PC and PS3 users is planned for early 2013, but Bethesda revealed that until that time, works on Dawnguard and Hearthfire DLC are put on hold.
“We’re hard at work to make this content available early next year on PS3 and PC. On PS3 in particular, we turned our attention to Dragonborn, as we thought it was the best content to release first, and we didn’t want folks to wait longer,” the blog writes. “Once it’s ready to go for everyone, we’ll continue our previous work on Hearthfire and Dawnguard for PS3.”
While currently Dragonborn is not without bugs, Bethesda is looking to it as the crutch to alleviate their problems with Skyrim for the PS3 in particular. Dragonborn is regarded more as an expansion than DLC, as it includes significant changes such as a new area, raising the level cap, and adding dragon-flying functionality, in addition to bringing in new objects into the game.
The blog writes: “This isn’t DLC. This is an expansion, like in the good old days. It’s an entirely new area, a blank map waiting to be filled in as you roam, packed with new quests, miscellaneous tasks, dungeons, barrows, ruins and crypts. It’s an absolute beast, with a main storyline that lasts a good few hours and enough supporting content to keep you playing for weeks more.”
The specific date for PC and PS3 releases is not currently known but is slated for early 2013.