Bethesda was one of the first major companies to adopt downloadable add-ons to their games in the console space. Yes, I’m talking about horse armor, but ever since that debacle, Bethesda has stuck with it, releasing numerous packs for “Oblivion,” “Fallout 3” and “New Vegas.” The common thread between all of those games is that the DLC packs all released on Xbox 360 first, due to a likely-lucrative agreement with Microsoft. That agreement will continue with Bethesda’s next release, a little game called “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.”
Microsoft announced today that the first two DLC packs for “Skyrim” will come to Xbox 360 first, beating other platforms by at least 30 days. It’s not really a surprise, but it is important if you’re wondering which copy you should buy. Granted, if you have a monster PC and want “Skyrim” to look as good as possible, that’s going to be your best bet, but for console gamers hoping to get their hands on the DLC as early as possible, they should probably opt for the 360 version.
It’ll be interesting to see how Bethesda plans on rolling out the “Skyrim” DLC. The “Oblivion” DLC was a bit disjointed until the release of the massive and excellente “Shivering Isles” expansion pack. For the “Fallout” games, Bethesda opted for smaller, more frequent expansions, and it seemed to work out well for them. That trend will likely continue with “Skyrim,” with five or six DLC packs releasing over the course of 2012. I try not to think that far ahead, though. The key is November 11, when “Skyrim” launches. After that, it’s all gravy.