Last week, BioWare offered news both good and not-so-good to those not ready to put down the war banner in Dragon Age: Origins. On the positive side, BioWare announced Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening, a new, $40 campaign that sees players rebuilding the Grey Warden order following the events of the original game. However, the news came alongside BioWare's decision to postpone the imminent launch of the Return to Ostagar add-on.
[UPDATE] Whatever the problem holding up Return to Ostagar may have been, BioWare has apparently now rectified it--on the PC, at least. After releasing the game for Windows and the Xbox 360 for $5/MSP 400, BioWare quickly pulled the console version due to an unforseen bug.
"This morning a title update on the Xbox 360 for Dragon Age: Origins was made available in preparation for the release of Return to Ostagar," wrote BioWare staffer Chris Priestly on the official BioWare forums. "This title update introduced a previously undetected issue that causes specialization classes to not work correctly in Dragon Age: Origins. We are removing Return to Ostagar from Xbox Live until the issue is resolved and are recommending that you do not download the title update. If you have already performed the update, we apologize for this and are working hard to ensure a fix is available as soon as possible."
SPOILER WARNING - Also expected soon on the PlayStation 3, Return to Ostagar sees players adventuring back to one of the integral early battles in Dragon Age, where King Cailan and Grey Warden mentor Duncan and are massacred after being treacherously betrayed. Now a darkspawn hub, Ostagar contains the armaments of Ferelden's fallen ruler, which players can procure, as well as additional backstory.
The add-on complements a handful of other previously released extensions for Dragon Age, including The Stone Prisoner and Warden's Keep. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Dragon Age: Origins.