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New Bethesda Softworks "Fallout" Content: A Little Glitchy

Mike Musgrove

(Update: Bethesda Softworks has fixed this issue, as of Wednesday afternoon....)

Some videogame fans are a bit cranky with Rockville-based game developer Bethesda Softworks today.

Seems that some new downloadable content designed to expand the studio's bestselling game Fallout 3 comes with some serious bugs that are now causing the game to freeze and crash. The expansion software went on sale, via Microsoft's download service for the Xbox 360, this morning at a price of about $10.

Called "The Pitt," Bethesda's latest addition to the Fallout world take the action from a post-apocalyptic version of Washington, DC to a bombed-out version of Pittsburgh.

"I've been a strong supporter of Bethesda but something like this is unforgivable," grumbled one fan, who said that he'd taken the day off from work to check out the fresh content, at the game studio's Web site, where many users were complaining about the the donwnload's bugs. By some accounts, one glitch in the new software causes a wave of red exclamation marks to hover over the game's virtual version of Pittsburgh.

Bethesda's vice president of public relations and marketing released a statement on the matter this morning, saying that a fixed version of the software is on the way:

"We are continuing to look into the issues people are experiencing with The Pitt for Xbox 360. As of now it looks like the file for the English version on Xbox Live was somehow corrupted. We are currently working with Microsoft to remove the existing file off of Live to prevent any further downloads. Our plan is to replace it with a new file as soon as possible. We hope to have another update for you shortly."

By Mike Musgrove  |  March 24, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  | Category:  Mike Musgrove
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