Just more than a month after the second Fallout 3 expansion was recalled from Xbox Live, the third appears to have stumbled on the PC. According to widespread reports on both the official Bethesda Softworks and Games for Windows forums, those downloading the PC edition of Fallout 3: Broken Steel have encountered the following error while installing:
"Install of Broken Steel failed. Not a cryptographic message or the cryptographic message is not formatted correctly. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x8009200D)."
As a result, the add-on has been pulled from the Games for Windows Live Marketplace, whose digital-rights management software is being fingered as the culprit. Speaking to Shacknews, Bethesda reps said that the problem is "a games for Windows Live DRM Install error... Microsoft is working on fixing it, and we'll let everyone know once we've verified it."
Apparently the problems with Broken Steel are not limited to the PC edition of Fallout 3. Bethesda has also said that it is looking into Xbox Live server synchronization issues that are reportedly preventing players of the 360 edition from earning their much-coveted achievement points. "We are also looking into achievement/gamerscore issue, and the correct channels have been contacted and informed," the company divulged on a forum post. No PlayStation 3 issues have been reported--as Fallout 3's DLC is exclusive to the 360 and PC.