PlayStation 3 owners who’ve felt left out the “Fallout 3” fun the past few months can smile. The exclusive deal that gave “Operation: Anchorage,” “The Pitt” and “Broken Steel” to PC and Xbox 360 players but not those on Sony’s console appears to have been a timed deal, as Bethesda Softworks announced Tuesday that all three episodes will be coming to the PlayStation Network.
Starting in late June, the three episodes will be dolloped out to PS3 owners at the rate of one about every four to six weeks. The news release from Bethesda indicates the expansions will be released in the same order they appeared on the Xbox 360 and PC, but I think they’re making a mistake. Most gamers would surely prefer the release cycle begin with “Broken Steel.” That game’s raising of the level cap from 20 to 30 means gamers might prefer to play that expansion first, so that the experience points they earn completing the other two adventures don’t go to waste. Then again, Bethesda has between now and late June to figure out a way to raise the level cap in an earlier expansion. Maybe they’ll do that.
There’s good news for 360 and PC players, as well. At the same time “Operation: Anchorage” hits the PS3, a new adventure, “Point Lookout” will hit the PC and Microsoft’s console. The $10 add-on will allow players to explore the swampy Maryland state park. A fifth expansion, “Mothership Zeta,” is set to arrive in late July. In this adventure, the player is abducted by aliens. Both “Point Lookout” and “Mothership Zeta” will arrive on the PS3 sometime after “Broken Steel.”
In other words, PlayStation 3 owners will finally get the same great experience their counterparts on the 360 and PC have been getting, just a little later. What’s more, those with ultimate patience will be able to snap up a “Game of the Year” edition of “Fallout 3” in October. That bundle will include the original game, plus all five add-ons, for $60. Pick up that, and you may never need to buy another game again.
Lastly, gamers who own “Fallout 3” but who are wary of downloadable purchases will be able to pick up “Fallout 3 Game Add-on Packs” Nos. 1 and 2. Each will contain two expansions, with no word yet on price. The first pack will contain “Operation: Anchorage” and “The Pitt,” while the second will feature “Broken Steel” and “Point Lookout.” These disc-based releases will be exclusive to the 360 and PC. At this time, “Mothership Zeta” is planned for download only.