Bethesda blames Microsoft for Broken Steel snafu

Chicago (IL) –  Bethesda Softworks has reportedly blamed Microsoft for a critical error affecting Broken Steel, the latest expansion pack for Fallout 3.

According to Joystiq, PC gamers received a “cryptic” error message during the installation process.

“We’re seeing the same error, which is a Games for Windows Live DRM Install error. Microsoft is working on fixing it, and we’ll let everyone know once we’ve verified it,” Bethesda told the gaming site.

Meanwhile, Xbox 360 owners have experienced a slew of problems, including glitches affecting the game’s dialogue and proper accumulation of achievement points.

Fallout 3 takes place in the year 2277, 200 years after a nuclear war devastates the virtual world. The protagonist is an inhabitant of Vault 101, a shelter designed to protect survivors from dangerous fallout. After a short training session, the player leaves the vault and travels through the ruins of Washington, DC.

Game designers Jeff Browne and Alan Nanes explained that Broken Steel was designed to “begin a new chapter” in the saga.

“Once an author puts the last piece of punctuation on the final sentence of his creation, the story is traditionally over,” the designers wrote in a blog post. “However, with our latest downloadable content project, we were determined to break with this tradition by taking the ending of Fallout 3 beyond that epic moment in the purifier and beginning a new chapter in the saga of the Dweller from Vault 101. We had to revisit old locations and characters, change plot elements and yet still keep the tone and consistency accurate while at the same time provide an entertaining and rewarding experience for the player.”

Fallout 3 has been nominated for the Golden Joystick Awards in five categories: Ultimate Game of the Year, PC Game of the Year, PlayStation Game of the Year, Xbox Game of the Year and Soundtrack of the Year.