When it’s working properly, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is not only Bethesda’s greatest work, but also one of the very best RPGs ever put together.
When it’s working.
Bethesda is known for making brilliant, yet bug-addled games that the masses enjoy nonetheless, and Skyrim is no different. There was a patch ready for the game on day-one, and last week brought news of another patch on the way. The latest update has been submitted to Sony and Microsoft for their respective certification processes, and Bethesda community manager Nick Breckon went on the game’s official forums to say that “the current estimate is that they will be live the week after Thanksgiving.”
PS3 users have had it particularly rough, with the game being bogged down by serious performance issues the longer they play and the larger their save file gets. On his Twitter, Bethesda’s VP of Public Relations and Marketing Pete Hines assures them that the patch includes “improved performance for long-term play on PS3″.
The comfort afforded by having to wait at least one more week to make your game playable is cold at best, but it’s better than nothing. Let’s just hope that this update takes care of the most egregious bugs without adding new ones.