Around the web: Dragonborn PS3 Countdown Edition (Updated)

Updated: Wait is over! If you visit PSN and search “Skyrim” you’ll be able to find Dragonborn!

As you wait for the North American PlayStation Store update, here’s some fun links to check out from around the web.

In a recent fan poll at Gametrailers, Skyrim and Fallout 3 were named the #1 and #2 fan favorite RPGs of this generation. See the full list here, and let us know how it stacks up with your top five.

Elsewhere…

  • Pixar animator Austin Madison recaps this year’s NFL season with some hilarious drawings that tie-in pop culture. We all got a kick out of the Vikings-Rams imagery posted above.
  • AnimBowz popular Dovahbear video has inspired an in-game Skyrim mod.
  • Kotaku shares a Skyrim performance by the legendary creator of Chocolate Rain.
  • The popular Christopher Walkenthrough Machinima series explores the Super Skyrim Bros. mod.
  • PC Gamer previews Enderal: The Shards of Order — a total conversion mod from the makers of Nehrim.

And in quick Dishonored news, the 2012 BAFTA Award nominees were announced earlier today and we’re pleased to share news that Dishonored received three nominations: Best Game Design, Best Story, and Best Game. Read the full nominee list at Guardian UK. Congrats to the team at Arkane Studios!

And now back to the countdown…

Skyrim 1.8 Update (English) Deploys on PSN

In preparation for tomorrow’s North American release of Dragonborn on PlayStation Store, the English 1.8 title update (listed as 1.08 in the US and 2.08 in Europe) has been deployed.

Insert your Skyrim game disc to begin downloading the update. Release notes below:

Skyrim Update 1.8

BUG FIXES

  • General memory and stability improvements
  • Fixed rare crash when using vampiric grip
  • Fixed issue where Arnleif and Sons Trading Company could become permanently locked
  • Fixed issue related to duplicate NPCs
  • Fixed rare issue where exterior door would not open properly

PSN release dates for Dragonborn/Dawnguard/Hearthfire (Updated)

Update (2/19): We’re happy to announce that Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn will be releasing in FIGS territories next Tuesday, February 27th.

Update (2/4): We now have European release dates for the English versions of Dragonborn, Hearthfire, and Dawnguard. They are:

  • Dragonborn releases Wednesday, February 13
    • Regular Price: £12.99, € 16.99, AUS $24.95; First Week Pricing: £6.49, € 7.99, AUS $11.75
  • Hearthfire releases Wednesday, February 20
    • Regular Price: £3.99, € 4.99, AUS $7.35; First Week Pricing: £1.99, € 2.49, AUS $3.65
  • Dawnguard releases Wednesday, February 27
    • Regular Price: £12.99, € 16.99, AUS $24.95; First Week Pricing: £6.49, € 7.99, AUS $11.75

For folks with the French, Italian, German, or Spanish release of the game, we continue to work with Sony to finalize these dates. All three titles are with Sony certification and we anticipate their release by the end of the month. We will confirm dates as soon as we can.

Original Post: Let the official countdown to Dragonborn, Dawnguard, and Hearthfire on PS3 begin.

This week Dragonborn, Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and the 1.8 title update have all cleared certification with SCEA. As we speak, we’re working with Sony Europe to finalize certification for other territories.

What does this mean? It means we now have the official release dates for Skyrim add on content in North America. They are:

  • Dragonborn releases Tuesday, February, 12
  • Hearthfire releases Tuesday, February, 19
  • Dawnguard releases Tuesday, February, 26

Don’t forget: all three add-ons will be marked down to 50% during their first week of release. As soon as we have final dates for Europe, we will post an update here. Stay tuned.

The Dragonborn Comes in February (and Dawnguard & Hearthfire, too)

PC and PS3 fans, prepare to cast off. Next month, you will travel to Solstheim, home of Skyrim’s latest add-on, Dragonborn. PS3 fans can expect an expanded itinerary – with stops at Fort Dawnguard and Castle Volkihar – before heading back to the home of your dreams. Details below:

PC: On Tuesday, February 5th, Dragonborn will be available on Steam, including the English, French, Italian, Spanish and German versions of the content.

PlayStation 3: Dragonborn will be the first add-on arriving on PSN in February. Hearthfire will release next, followed by Dawnguard, and all three should be out in February. The 1.8 update will also release, just prior to Dragonborn. We’ll keep you posted as release dates get finalized both on our end and with Sony for each and its various languages. Last but not least, each one will be 50% off during their launch week on PSN.

Over the last year, it’s been a treat for us to work on new content for Skyrim, and we’re excited that it will soon be available for everyone to explore. Thanks for all your support and sharing your adventures with us.

RAGE DLC arrives next week on PS3, 360, and PC!

Return to the Wasteland in The Scorchers, an all-new RAGE add-on from id Software – arriving on 360, PC, and PS3 next week for $4.99 (or 400 Microsoft Points).

In this brand-new adventure spanning six all-new areas, you will fight alongside new allies to defend the Hager Settlment from a maniacal bandit clan known as The Scorchers. Along the way, you’ll participate in a new season of Mutant Bash TV, encounter new mini-games, and wield the overpowering and brutal Nailgun.

In addition to the new content, this DLC includes ‘Ultra-Nightmare’, a new high difficulty mode, as well as an ‘Extended Play’ option that allows you to play past the original ending of the game – giving you the opportunity to finish collecting items and achievements.

Dragonborn’s Release

Dragonborn is our favorite Skyrim add-on to date, and with reviews making their way online, it appears the gaming press shares that sentiment. In Eurogamer’s review from Dan Whitehead, he likens the content to a full-on expansion that was just what he needed to come back to Skyrim. Here’s an excerpt:

“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.”

Early reviews include:

  • Attack of the Fanboy (Loved It) – Dragonborn is the best Skyrim Expansion to date because it gets back to the roots of what made Skyrim fun in the first place.
  • Xbox 360 Achievements (9/10) – “… Bethesda have created here is exactly what Skyrim fans would have been crying out for… and that’s an experience that captures the brilliance of the main game but in a much more bitesize manner.”
  • Videogamer.com (8/10) — “After completing the main quest in 11-12 hours, I still have a lot of side quests to complete, a majority of the map lies undiscovered and I haven’t even begun gathering all the new loot.”
  • Kotaku – “Worth playing, worth exploring, worth leaping into like you’re starting Skyrim all over again.”
  • While OXM UK and CVG haven’t completed their reviews, they’re already sharing live impressions from their experience.

For those that are playing the content already, we hope you’re having a blast in Solstheim. And as noted in Monday’s blog post, 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. Once it’s ready to go for everyone, we’ll continue our previous work on Hearthfire and Dawnguard for PS3. Each one takes a lot of time and attention to work well in all circumstances and all combinations of DLC. Once we have a better idea of release timing and pricing, we’ll let you know.

And we also have some more stuff planned for everyone next year as well.  We do everything we can to return the support you have given us, whether it’s The Creation Kit, Steam Workshop, game updates, or DLC. Thanks for your continued support and for sharing your adventures with us!

Dragonborn coming tomorrow to Xbox LIVE. Coming to PS3 and PC early 2013.

We’re less than 24 hours away from unleashing Skyrim’s next add-on Dragonborn on Xbox LIVE.  It’s one of our most ambitious add-ons ever and we’re excited for everyone to play it.

We’re also happy to announce Dragonborn will be available on PS3 and PC early next year.

The support from Skyrim fans over the last year has been amazing, and it’s driven us to support Skyrim more than any game we’ve ever released – including free content updates, modding tools like the Creation Kit and the Skyrim Workshop, and our add-ons, Dawnguard and Hearthfire.

And we’re still not done – we look forward to sharing more Skyrim news next year!

Dishonored and DOOM 3 BFG Edition Featured in ‘PSN Day 1′ Program

Announced earlier today on the PlayStation Blog, both Dishonored and DOOM 3 BFG Edition will be available for purchase on PSN on the same day they’re available in stores.

Dishonored will be available in North America on October 9, 2012, while DOOM 3 BFG Edition arrives in North America on October 16th.

For more details, visit the PlayStation Blog.