Bethesda Announces that They’re Not Making a Dawnguard Announcement
Back in May, Bethesda announced the first (and so far only) DLC for Skyrim: “Dawnguard,” an exclusive expansion for the Xbox 360 version of the game. Part of the original deal, it seems, was that “Dawnguard” would be exclusive for the first thirty days, after which many assumed that Bethesda would make an announcement regarding the PS3 and PC versions of the game.
But today Pete Hines, Bethesda’s VP, offered some information about that on Twitter—specifically, that’ there isn’t any information:
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.
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) July 26, 2012
Following that, one fan asked Hines why Bethesda didn’t just come out and say that, uh, well, that they wouldn’t be saying anything. His answer was pretty logical: “I was simply stating that expecting/demanding something today is unfounded. Not that news is never coming.” Hines responded to yet another critique of Bethesda’s handling of the “Dawnguard” announcement situation, saying, “Sometimes it’s better to say nothing until you can provide solid info than say something before you can.”
So there you go. All in all, Hines says that there will, in fact, be an announcement…he just can’t tell us when it will come. Clearly the lack of information is all part of the exclusivity deal Bethesda has with Microsoft over “Dawnguard,” though the fact that they can’t even talk about the other platforms receiving the DLC is just plain cold.
This also isn’t the first time in recent memory that an exclusivity deal has left a game-maker sounding unhappy with the situation. If you’ll remember last week’s story about Polytron’s FEZ, and the fact that they couldn’t afford to release a new patch. Not only that, but the developer explained that if the game had been released on Steam, this would never have been an issue.