Skyrim patches due next week

Bethesda Softworks plans to release a patch for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, addressing numerous issues on all platforms, next week.

Pete Hines, VP of PR and marketing for Bethesda, wrote on Twitter: "PS3 and [Xbox] 360 updates have been submitted for certification. PC coming too. Current estimate is they will be live the week after Thanksgiving."

With Thanksgiving falling this Thursday, the patches should roll out in the week beginning November 28. Bethesda's fixes will be eagerly awaited by those playing on all platforms: Xbox 360 players are experiencing texture scaling issues when the game is installed to the console's hard drive; PlayStation 3 owners have encountered severe framerate problems once their save files pass 5MB in size; and PC players have complained of freezes of up to seven seconds in outdoor areas.

Despite the problems, Skyrim has been an immediate success. Bethesda shipped seven million copies to retailers in the game's first week on sale, with more than half of those sold in the first 48 hours.