Skyrim Dawnguard beta keys given to under 1 percent of applicants

Bethesda says an "overwhelming" number of Elder Scrolls V gamers applied for the DLC's Xbox 360 beta, with half of one percent awarded keys; 1.6 update for PC now live.

Gamers who applied for the Xbox 360 Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Dawnguard beta period will want to do two things today: check their inboxes and cross their fingers. Bethesda Game Studios has announced that it has admitted .005 of the applicants, with successful gamers receiving their invitations to try out the new downloadable content today.

Lucky gamers can try out Dawnguard today.

Writing on its official blog, Bethesda said an "overwhelming" number of gamers applied for the Skyrim Xbox 360 beta, and as a result, the company was able to hand out codes to only half of one percent of applicants.

Those accepted into the beta will receive an email bearing an Xbox Live redemption code for Dawnguard, as well as information regarding how to take part in Bethesda's private feedback forum. No mention was made whether a beta for the DLC will also come to the PlayStation 3 or PC.

Gamers who didn't score early access to the Dawnguard content for Skyrim may be able to try their luck again with a future DLC release for the role-playing game. A statement on the blog teases, "And for those that didn't get in, we plan on doing this again."

Skyrim's Dawnguard is scheduled to arrive on the Xbox 360 on June 26. No price for the DLC has been announced, and no mention has yet been made concerning a release for the PS3 or PC. For more on Dawnguard, check out GameSpot's E3 2012 stage show demo with Bethesda, embedded below.

Separately, Bethesda announced that Skyrim's 1.6 update for the PC is now available to download through Steam. This update adds mounted combat to the role-playing game, as well as a host of bug fixes. Information regarding update 1.6 for consoles will be announced at a later date.

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redness19
redness19

I just re-installed Skyrim for the PC recently and wow, what a great game. When properly modded, I don't think many games could touch it in terms of quality.

OGKNav
OGKNav

I'm sure everyone of those people thought "Yeah, I get to play a DEMO!".

Dasim64
Dasim64

I don't think the testers did their job very well. I've already seen several things in the expansion that should have been easy to detect just by a simple play through. Nothing too major but still issues that could have been resolved.

Johnny-n-Roger
Johnny-n-Roger

 @muggers227 

 

That sounds exactly like the type of generic response I'd expect from someone who hasn't played the game.

guildclaws
guildclaws

We are the 99% percent! #OccupyDawnguard.

muggers227
muggers227

OMG AFTER I READ THIS I CHECKED MY EMAIL... I GOT IT!!! AND IT'S ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! THE STORY IS INTERESTING AND THE NEW GAMEPLAY CHANGES ARE WORTH YOUR $20!

DaedraLord01
DaedraLord01

I only hope that they are going to release it on ps3

mick1500
mick1500

They announced it will be $20

buying1999
buying1999

oo bad for the over priced internet ready blu ray player owners. NO beta for you. :-(

But given the difficulty that the over priced internet ready blu ray player hardware has running this massive open world masterpiece, I can see why the beta wouldn't be offer on it. Well eventually they'll get the dlc, abiet with shorter draw distances, inferior shadows, inferior anti-aliasing, inferior textures. But at least they'll get it....eventually.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

I feel very fortunate and special now! Skyrim just got bumped back up in my game queue. 

gix47
gix47

don't need 100,000+ beta testers...am looking at you Blizzard!

RYPER
RYPER

I can't wait to see what the modding community will do with horseback riding. Proper first person while riding maybe? Pegasus? Anyway, here's hoping the next update/DLC will let us ride dragons.

strayfies
strayfies

I'm still opposed to gamers' money going to pay for other gamers not having access to their games - and in this case, Microsoft and Bethesda are both to blame - but I have to say I'm glad I have this on the PC.  I think the real victims are the PS3 owners, who have had to deal with goofy savegame bugs, a later expansion and no mods.

 

I do like what I'm seeing for the DLC, and I hope the X360 players are gonna enjoy it.  That vampire lord form looks awesome, but in daylight it's really out of style.  They shoulda demoed some nighttime footage first.

TheGenereux
TheGenereux

Dang. What am I suppose to do for 14 days!!??! ugh, man I wish time would fly by.

HiroArka
HiroArka

I have it for PC so I guess I have to wait till July or August to play Dawngaurd.

Iffy350
Iffy350

I don't want horse combat! **** you!

Legend002
Legend002

Fortunately, I got in the beta.

killerlavaman
killerlavaman

under 1% thats crazy, maybe 50 or so lucky people might get it.

JAB20
JAB20

It's not about getting early access to the beta or full version its about the 1.6 update taking so long for ps3 and the fact that no one for the company will speak about the dlc or patch for ps3

mrtisbac0
mrtisbac0

I'm pretty sure that betas will not appear for PC or PS3 as that would be giving those gamers the DLC before Xbox gamers. Bethesda agreed to give the Xbox gamers the DLC before anyone else.

mrtisbac0
mrtisbac0

My guess is that no beta will come for PS3 or PC as that would be giving those gamers the DLC before Xbox gamers, and Bethesda promised Xbox gamers the DLC a month in advance.

JAB20
JAB20

I'm a great fan of Bethesda's work and love skyrim. When they stated that they would be supporting the game across all platforms I was really pleased. However I'm also not shock to find they haven't lived up to that because currently there letting down the ps3 version. It is a bit rubbish about the dlc but I'm not to bothered about that. No it's the fact that where have to wait so long for a update that everyone else is getting before us with no word for them about us. I don't like Bit*hing about it but I'm not the only one to feel like they've lied and are going to pull oblivion on the ps3 users, release the two biggest dlcs' and then forget about the rest for ps3 because when question about the dlc Todd Howard would say a thing. Any one else feel a bit worried about that ?

okassar
okassar

No surprise. There was a thread for beta signup on Slickdeals lol. Thousands probably came from there alone.

LordSaulot
LordSaulot

"Information regarding update 1.6 for consoles will be announced at a later date."

 

Actually, update 1.6 was relased on X-Box 360 already - on Friday, I believe.  As of now, it has released on both X-Box 360 and PC.  It is only regarding the PS3 version that information needs to be released.

sideshowboots
sideshowboots

I got the 1.6 update on xbox live last Friday, don't know what they're talking about.

slippyblade
slippyblade

Math is wrong here.  .005 is the correct multiplier to use to get half of a percent but the language used says .005 percent.  Which is 5 thousandths of a percent which would be .00005 of the whole.  I know, it's nitpicky.

johnnydonovan
johnnydonovan

what the fuck i signed up on june 2 and dident get a code this is BS