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Fallout 3 Downloadable Content on PSN

Ashley Cheng's Avatar + Posted by Ashley Cheng on Jul 13, 2009 // Production Director, Bethesda Softworks

Hello PlayStation fans. I’m Ashley Cheng, a producer at Bethesda Game Studios, here to give everyone an update on when Fallout 3 DLC will be available via PlayStation Network.

Fallout 3 Anchorage PS3

We’re excited and eager to bring Fallout 3 DLC to PSN. Unfortunately, the content is going to be releasing later than originally expected. Our DLC expands on the original game tremendously — each DLC offering 4-6 hours of additional content — and is no trivial undertaking. Here’s a brief look at the DLC you’ll be able to play.

  • Operation: Anchorage (pictured above) – Enter a military simulation and fight in one of the greatest battles of the Fallout universe – the liberation of Anchorage, Alaska from its Chinese Communist invaders.
  • The Pitt (pictured below) – Journey to the industrial raider town called The Pitt, located in the remains of Pittsburgh and choose sides in the battle between the slaves and the slavers.
  • Broken Steel (pictured below) – Join the ranks of the Brotherhood of Steel and rid the Capital Wasteland of the Enclave remnants once and for all. Continues the adventure past the main quest and raises the game’s level cap to 30.
  • Point Lookout – Explore a massive new swampland area filled with new quests and content.
  • Mothership Zeta – The aliens have returned, and they’re pissed. Experience an alien abduction first hand and find out if you’re tough enough to survive.

Fallout 3 Broken Steel PS3 Fallout 3 - Pitt PS3

What can you expect from our DLC?

  • More Fallout 3 Goodness – More weapons, more creatures, more armor and outfits, more characters to interact with, and more loot. You’ll find all of these within the unique new locations of Broken Steel, Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Point Lookout, and Mothership Zeta.
  • DLC Trophies – Did I mention we’re supporting trophies in each DLC? This was a big priority for us and one of the reasons for the extra time needed. In the end, we think it’s worth the effort to bring trophies to the DLC.
  • Support for existing characters and saves – Once you’ve downloaded and installed the DLC, the content is accessible at anytime (once you leave Vault 101). You can play the DLC whenever you want — with one exception (see Broken Steel below).

So when can you expect Fallout 3 DLC? We are knee deep in testing at the moment, and we’re hoping to have the first DLC out by the end of September. That long? Keep in mind that not only do we need to test each DLC on PS3, we also need to test each DLC when used in conjunction with each of the other DLC, as well as all of them together, along with the entire original game.

I do have good news! We have decided that Broken Steel will be the first release since it is easily the most requested DLC from our fans. Broken Steel allows you to continue playing the game after completing the Main Quest, raises the level cap to 30, and includes 4-6 hours of additional gameplay. It is also the one DLC that requires you to finish the Main Quest from the game to play the new content. Regardless of whether you’ve completed the Main Quest, the level cap will already be raised and higher level characters will begin encountering some of the new enemies in the Capital Wasteland. For the release of Broken Steel and the other DLCs, we’ll release a new update for the game.

After Broken Steel, we’ll be releasing Operation: Anchorage and The Pitt shortly thereafter, probably at the same time – just to get them out to you as soon as we can. After that we’ll have Point Lookout and Mothership Zeta available as soon as we can, so that the wait between DLC is as short as possible. Once we release Broken Steel, we’ll have a better idea when the other DLC will be coming and will let you know specifics.

We hope you enjoy Fallout 3’s DLC. Thank you for your patience. They’ll be here before you know it.

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+ KILLZONE79 on July 13th, 2009 at 12:44 pm said:

Good to see this is no longer a Microsoft Exclusive as it orginally was, right bethesda im pointing at you! also im guessing microsoft didnt throw enough money at you either. Sony probably threw tons more money at you then microsoft. way to go to make it come to PSN finally!


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+ unworthyBOZO on July 13th, 2009 at 12:45 pm said:

@BlooodyCOw
Amen

look at the bethesda forums they don’t give a S*** about the playstation community and treat us like second class citizens that’s why I’m not buying this DLC


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+ BoobooJones on July 13th, 2009 at 12:47 pm said:

Sorry but I sold this crappy game along time ago. Oh and a Side note:Take notes from GG.


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+ Chas19 on July 13th, 2009 at 12:47 pm said:

Ignore these fools Bethesda, especially MAGNUM-RAM. Its quite pathetic the level these people go to just because you realesed the DLC on another platform first. They are nothing but pathetic fanboys.

Keep on working on PS3, thats all I say. There are a load of PS3 bethesda fans, and you make the best games. Oblivion and Fallout 3 are amazing and are probably 2 of the best PS3 games, whether people like it or not…


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+ The_X_Factor_9 on July 13th, 2009 at 12:48 pm said:

The news is disappointing, but seriously people…don’t you have better things to do till September?
Bethesda, you guys made a GREAT GAME! I would advise you don’t repeat this “Exclusive” nonsense next time around though. You’re getting a lot of bad press for it. In the long run that’s even worse than losing money…


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+ jdizzle84 on July 13th, 2009 at 12:48 pm said:

I’m glad the comments have been justifiably critical up to this point. The PS3 does not need developers like Bethesda who just use the PS3 userbase as extra money in its coffers. I hope no one buys the crappy DLC.


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+ Chas19 on July 13th, 2009 at 12:52 pm said:

@ jdizzle84

How can you accuse bethesda of trying to get extra money from DLC, when you got people like Media Molecule, and Sony charging stupid money for crappy LBP costumes every week…


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+ zombie_56 on July 13th, 2009 at 12:53 pm said:

@ 21 slant six is working on dlc for socom!


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+ rchsux on July 13th, 2009 at 12:54 pm said:

Look, you guys need to relax. The delay does suck, but swearing at developers doesn’t do anything to change the delay. So chill.

However, voicing your concerns with the proper language does serve a point and will hopefully remind Bethesda not to do the same thing again. It may even convince them to come clean about some of the bugs and the real reason for the PC/360 timed exclusivity (it was NOT to test the waters).

On a side note, I have two questions for Bethesda that I hope can be answered:

1) Does this DLC delay impact the release of the GotY edition for the PS3? I ask this because time and time again, it has been shown that when on version of a multiplatform game does not ship on time, that version of the game performs horrendously. Hopefully Bethesda takes this into consideration and will put the effort into making sure that the PS3 sku ships day and date with the PC and 360 versions.

2) Second, are you looking into any kind of extra incentives for the PS3 users? For example, if you buy both Operation Anchorage and the Pitt, you get a $5 discount? Doing so would make up for the lengthy wait between the PS3 dlc and the other skus and would help to quell much of the anger.


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+ frobro109 on July 13th, 2009 at 12:55 pm said:

Its about time ive replayed the game through like 6 times and i almost got bored of it so thank you bethesda for saving my games life from being sold to gamestop hell. lol


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+ afdgsfdgnb on July 13th, 2009 at 12:55 pm said:

Realistically, why would you buy more content for a game that was unfinished?

DLC is just an excuse for developers to hold back content that should have been on the disc in the first place anyway.

Don’t buy DLC. Make developers release full, complete games.


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+ renanzerox on July 13th, 2009 at 12:59 pm said:

so seriously i bought the game nearly a month after it came out.. and man ive never loved a game soooo much i enjoyed every single bit of all the quests and weapons, everything, but now you would tell us that DLC’s are coming, man i was so exited, but then it says its exclusive for PC and Xbox360 i seriously dont think thats fair… but now i really hate you.. i mean.. you guys lied to us.. i had great hopes for this game.. but now september..? i really hope that what ur saying about us not waiting that much to get each DLC is true so what do you say? how long will we wait after BS gets its release to get O:A and the pitt? 1 week? 2 weeks? a year?


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+ zombie_56 on July 13th, 2009 at 1:03 pm said:

theirs so much ps3 exclusives comming out in fall i dont think lots of people will buy the dlc. next time try to release it at the same time so ppl dont buy it on 360 first


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+ niall077 on July 13th, 2009 at 1:03 pm said:

will they be released on the EU PSN?

you didn’t release Shivering isles on the EU store if I remember.


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+ RagnarokWarrior on July 13th, 2009 at 1:04 pm said:

Stuff like this happens. As long as the DLc is gotten to us. Infact if it is glitch free or better than it would have ben if it were released this week then I am happy.


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+ MAGNUM-RAM on July 13th, 2009 at 1:07 pm said:

its a joke.
Theyre jerking us except they want us to pay for it.

Im looking around at people who are litterally bending over in here to pay for some not all DLC and happily pay for it.

most of us got glitched out of the game and couldnt even beat it and everyone here had freezing when a notification popped up for months.

THey couldnt even tell us the price of the DLC as they said ” ITs the same as other Platforms”. Hello, this is the playstationBlog. we got ps3′s in here stupid. what am i supposed to do find out myself? they just asked you a question.

Oblivian was great. sure they hoared it out to consoles and it did come a year later for ps3 but it was great. Fallout 3: IS A SKAM.


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+ DonnyG on July 13th, 2009 at 1:07 pm said:

@BlooodyCow. My beef isn’t with Bethesdas’ poor PS3 support. I agree that it’s less than stellar. My beef is with the immature way most commenters go about voicing their concerns. Don’t assume I’m on Bethesdas’ side 100%. I’d just like to see a more civilized approach from the blog community. Acting like an intenet [DELETED] doesn’t help anything. By the way I’m not trying to single anyone out including you.

Did anyone notice how crazy things got when Konami would post? Yes some of that ire was deserved but where have they been lately? Will they ever post here again?

The Bionic Cammando Rearmed outrage was noted by Capcom and I quote John Diamonon.

“I hope all of you recognize the important role you play in helping us make better games. Our dialogues on PlayStation Blog and the Capcom Unity forums were the primary motivators for this update, and as long as this open communication is done constructively, good things can and will happen (Honestly, all the Eff Crapcom stuff didn’t help the process, lol).

Just sayin’


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+ geekdadcanada on July 13th, 2009 at 1:08 pm said:

“DLC is just an excuse for developers to hold back content that should have been on the disc in the first place anyway.

Don’t buy DLC. Make developers release full, complete games.”

What an idiotic statement.

Look at what Bethesda did for Oblivion, or what Criterion has done for Burnout Paradise. These are not items that were held back, but additions to a great game.

If you don’t want to buy the extra content, fine, but these games stand by themselves without it. DLC only adds to the experience, and the developers deserve to be paid for the extra development time.

Maybe Sony should care enough about selling consoles by getting a few exclusive DLCs themselves.


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+ jdizzle84 on July 13th, 2009 at 1:11 pm said:

@Chaz19

It’s not about if the content is good or not. But the content is not fairly priced when the original product is a multiplatform game that was released concurrently on both the 360 and the PS3, but yet owners of the PS3 have to wait months and months before playing the DLC.

On top of that, Bethesda has lied twice, once about the DLC never making it to the PS3 and once about the date of the DLC’s release.

With the extra time to develop, there should be added content, or else you offer a discount or incentive for all the inconvenience.

Media Molecule is not “throwing us a bone” when it offers its DLC. It’s not like they released a game that was multiplatform, but gave preference to one platform, while only supporting the other platform months later when sales start to dry up and the money from exclusive deals is used up.


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+ MAGNUM-RAM on July 13th, 2009 at 1:12 pm said:

you got it twisted young man.
First of all criterion deserved to add a price tag to thier dlc because they supported the ps3 version with free stuff, added browser support and made it fully downloadable.

bethesda charge more than half price for thier mini expansions and more than $10 dollars for horse armor. HORSE ARMOR !

Scale back on the comments here and read it to yourself slowly. Bethesda held back purposely for a microsoft exclusivity deal, the game is broken and unfinished and they are making you wait longer for DLC you are going to be paying for. Understand? Now keep it spread out for them, bethesda thinks its bigger than PS3.


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+ Utmost-Nutszo on July 13th, 2009 at 1:13 pm said:

I’m so tired of Bethesda’s excuses about PS3 DLC. I’m sorry but you guys will be lucky if I’m still interested in Fallout 3 by the time this DLC actually releases.


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+ enshk79 on July 13th, 2009 at 1:14 pm said:

As a loyal Playstation owner, I want to thank you for taking the time to bring your wonderful DLC to the PS3. I don’t mind the delays in the slightest. Keep up the great work!


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+ Stoffinator on July 13th, 2009 at 1:15 pm said:

@Chas19

Funny being I am a Bethesda fan, I bought the game twice plus the DLC! But that doesn’t mean we are happy that they are finally porting it to the PS3. And more then anything it will be a bad port. Just like the main game is. If they do take the time and fix the issues in both the main game and DLC, then great! It may make it worth while, but you know they are not going to do that.

This is a money grab, simple as that.


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+ MAGNUM-RAM on July 13th, 2009 at 1:16 pm said:

They should scrap it.
I already know they are going to use its sales as a excuse of our gaming habits. Go right ahead, just keep that company far and away from the PS3. There are way better devs on board that deserve my hard earned money. I still havent bought my motorstorm pacific rift add ons yet and they really worked hard for it. Dont worry motorstorm, MAGNUM-RAM is coming for you baby.


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+ Andorski on July 13th, 2009 at 1:17 pm said:

@127 BlooodyCow

How does it even make sense to postponed the release of something unnecessarily if prior content sold well? An even bigger question is how do low sales make a publisher consider doing more for that market, especially when other userbases (PC, 360) are doing well?

As for being lied to about the DLC’s exclusivity… every publisher using that term has been caught turning back on that statement. It sucks that it has happens… but I don’t remember people being bummed out when Bioshock came out on PS3 with exclusive content.

@137 KidCommando

You’re right, as many developers have given ample support for their games with content that is actually worth the money. /sarcasm

The only people that I would put over Bethesda is Criterion Games, since they released their DLC for free until BSI. If only Bioware gave that kind of support (I liked Mass Effect more than Fallout 3, but their post-launch DLC sucks).


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+ jdizzle84 on July 13th, 2009 at 1:19 pm said:

Honestly, I hope Bethesda loses a lot of fans over this. It has certainly lost this one. I understand that video game developers need to sign exclusivity deals sometimes as it’s smart business. However, if the company benefited from the exclusivity money, it can’t still expect to charge FULL PRICE when it tries to also make money off the fanbase it shafted. You cannot have your cake and eat it too.

Bethesda, you had the chance to make money by selling DLC at the same time to both PS3 and 360 fans, but you passed on that to take exclusivity money from Microsoft. To come back now and sell the DLC at FULL PRICE as if this was coming out day 1, is RIDICULOUS.


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+ jameskukuk on July 13th, 2009 at 1:21 pm said:

Holy crap, late September? Why is it taking like, just as long to port the DLC as it took to originally make it?

Eh, I guess if it’s not the 360 version it’s not worth doing in time…


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+ Stoffinator on July 13th, 2009 at 1:22 pm said:

@225

“but I don’t remember people being bummed out when Bioshock came out on PS3 with exclusive content.”

I believe many did. But it was more over being charged for it when it was told it would be part of the game. But again, that is different then this case.


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+ jdizzle84 on July 13th, 2009 at 1:22 pm said:

@ Andorski

Regarding your comment about Bioshock with exclusive content. The distinction you are missing is that, Bioshock was delayed because of the exclusive deal with MS, but to make up for the time PS3 owners had to wait for the game, 2K appeased the PS3 fans with some extra content. Here, Bethesda is offering nothing new, not even a minor discount of $5 for the long time PS3 owners had to wait.


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+ MAGNUM-RAM on July 13th, 2009 at 1:25 pm said:

whats even worse is that its most likely will be released almost exactly side by side with the goty version of fallout 3.

they really think they are funny?!?


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+ Rinaldus91 on July 13th, 2009 at 1:27 pm said:

September? SEPTEMBER?
I usually don’t get angry with this type of news, but what the hell was that June release tease all about?

Don’t make commitments if you’re not going to follow through with them Bethesda. You’ll be lucky if I’m still willing to pay full price for DLC that should have been out months ago.

Waiting until PS3 owners are angry with the way you do business is a piss-poor strategy to up sales.


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+ BlooodyCow on July 13th, 2009 at 1:28 pm said:

@225 Andorski
I am guessing you did not know that Microsoft game them a big fat check for time exclusives, am I right? Install base have nothing to do with it. The could have just come out and said that the DLC will be time and will be on the PS3 at a later date. Many people would not be pissed at them for that because we know MS buys time DLC exclusive. If install base had anything to do with DLC, then Dead Space nor Mirror Edge wouldn’t have exclusive DLC on the PS3.

Oh and I agree with Mass Effect. I love that game and it my favorite game on the xbox 360. I hope bioware release some DLC soon.


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+ MAGNUM-RAM on July 13th, 2009 at 1:29 pm said:

You know, then people want to dismiss this whole thing of fanboyism too. Im sure that little man boy TODD is reading this like; Oh okay is that how you ps3 fanboys wanna act? Next bethesda game is exclusive to the pc/360. yeah take that fanboys.

Hey Toddy, its a relief man. do us all a favor and shove it. were grown men over here bro, my money isnt with mommy and daddy. Its in my wallet bro.


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+ satcong on July 13th, 2009 at 1:31 pm said:

i spent the same amount of money as MS users so its a little shady to be denied DLC. i don’t think its fair to consumers. the PS3 version should at least be cheaper so it balances out the lack and now delay of DLC. i know the DLC release is close for SONY but still… its just plain corporate greed no matter how you cut it.


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+ MazzingerZ on July 13th, 2009 at 1:31 pm said:

You got payed by MSFT to hold the DLC for the PS3 and now you come here to sell it a year later at the same price…didn’t include trophies at launch and never(?) patched the freezing issues in the game…

I purchased the game at release and sold it after restarting 3 times due to glitches…after 15 minutes of gameplay each time…I sold it to EB games by the way

There are a lot of people that owns both platforms and those chose the X360 version due to DLC but I know a lot of PS3-only owners that didn’t get the game precisely because of that, it didn’t feel as the PS3 was getting the real deal and of course they wouldn’t buy a X360 just to play the game

Today I and those have other NEW games in mind, Uncharted 2, MAG, Ratchet and Clank and so on…

I’m actually getting instead Demon’s Souls, those developers don’t lie, they tell you the game is hard and not for everybody, you should take note.

And by the way, the real GOTY 2008 is MGS4


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+ MAGNUM-RAM on July 13th, 2009 at 1:32 pm said:

yup.


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+ xSBomb- on July 13th, 2009 at 1:33 pm said:

@MAGNUM-RAM

100% right


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+ MAGNUM-RAM on July 13th, 2009 at 1:34 pm said:

MGS4 GOTY 2008 !


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+ musashi1290 on July 13th, 2009 at 1:34 pm said:

Sold this game. Sorry a bit late. Plus Uncharted 2 is coming so I will not have time to play this.


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+ BoobooJones on July 13th, 2009 at 1:36 pm said:

I was considereing getting the GOTY addition,but Uncharted 2 comes out in sept SO [DELETED] YOU


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+ BlooodyCow on July 13th, 2009 at 1:38 pm said:

I have to agree. MGS4 was and should been the game of the year for last year. But no, the media is unwilling to give a PS3 exclusive game of the year honor. MGS4 did not have pop-up, freezing issue, glitches like no tomorrow and crappy AI.


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+ bobthebuilder789 on July 13th, 2009 at 1:39 pm said:

i will not be buying this dlc because i sold the game for 25 cents”


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+ FromYesterday on July 13th, 2009 at 1:39 pm said:

I’m actually glad they’re taking their time to test the DLC before releasing it. I’m looking forward to buy and download each new ”chapters”. I’m concerned though, about how much space I will need on my HDD to install all 5. Any word on this?

And to the people complaining about Bethesda’s lack of support for the ps3, it couldn’t be further from the truth. They released Oblivion on ps3, with improved graphics and load times, they took the time to patch Fallout 3 to fix some glitches and add trophy support. A lot of AAA companies (Ubisoft, Konami) never did this. Where are the trophies for Assassin’s Creed 1? Metal Gear Solid IV?


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+ Fr0ZzZeN on July 13th, 2009 at 1:39 pm said:

Did Microsoft not pay you off this month?

And we pay the same price for something released ages ago on other formats, nice going Bethesda. Not buying anything from you again :)


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+ MAGNUM-RAM on July 13th, 2009 at 1:40 pm said:

Seriously.

I live in new york city & I know a skam when I see one.
I have crackheads, hustlemen at canal street selling gold watches and as always the 5 finger discount.
I’ve met salemen that are 1000x better than the shamwow/slap chop guy.

My father taught me a long time ago something that helped me from getting gypted by grimy salesman. He said; If there is DOUBT then there is No DOUBT.

Meaning: If it doesnt feel right it just isnt. Bethesda knows its shafting fans and customers into a corner & it is possible to enjoy it. Its called power tripping and someone over there needs a smack in the face.


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+ jdizzle84 on July 13th, 2009 at 1:41 pm said:

Drop the price of the old DLC. Charging full price for the new DLC is fine as long as it’s day and date with the 360 DLC. Almost nothing in retail stores sells for full price 6 months after its release!


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+ dong29 on July 13th, 2009 at 1:41 pm said:

You announced on May 19th that the PS3 DLC will arrive in “late June”, and now it’s pushed to “late September.” That seems like a poor job of planning and communicating. An announcement so close to launch should never see a 3 month delay. No trophies at launch, extremely buggy port, and announced DLC exclusivity for the 360. This is a very strange way to market a product to PS3 owners.


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+ NathanJ_ on July 13th, 2009 at 1:42 pm said:

Well it seems like there are some ps3 owners who will never buy anything from Bethesda Softworks and some ps3 owners who will bend over and take whatever leftovers Bethesda Softworks throws their way. I guess this means Bethesda should just continue to treat the ps3 as the 3rd place system it is, toss them some sloppy fourths, but charge double if not triple the amount others payed for it. It won’t be a problem for you guys at Bethesda since there will always be some ps3 users grateful enough to take anything, in anywhere, at anytime.


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+ neosk on July 13th, 2009 at 1:43 pm said:

Why does it take so long is it because of bluray? Is it because it’s harder to put games on blueray than standard DVD? I’m just asking!! I don’t know the answer


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+ FFObsessed on July 13th, 2009 at 1:45 pm said:

Is the DLC region free? If it’s not I wont be able to buy & play it.


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