Bethesda calls for patience from unhappy Skyrim players

Pete Hines, Bethesda's VP of PR and marketing, has asked for players to give the publisher time as it works on patching out problems with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Yesterday we reported that Bethesda had acknowledged texture scaling issues on the Xbox 360 version of the game. Since then, PS3 players have reported texture streaming problems and stuttering framerates, while those with the PC version are complaining of freezes of several seconds in outdoor areas. Hines, an active presence on Twitter, has borne the brunt of criticism from disgruntled players.

Over the course of several Tweets, he writes: "We are continuing to work on an update for all platforms to address issues. Patches/updates take a little time. We can't turn it around quite that fast. It's been three days. Calm down, we're working on it.

"We will fix as much as we can for your platform. I don't know if it will fix "your" bug. [It] takes a while to fix/test/regress. Hang in there."

Despite the issues, Skyrim is proving enormously popular. Steam stats show that the PC version has been played by over 230,000 people today, more than three times as many as its nearest competitor, Modern Warfare 3.