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article imageNew Fallout 3 Edition Bugged For Canadian PS3 Owners

By Wayne Santos     Oct 14, 2009 in Technology
Bethesda's Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition hit Canadian retailers, but there's a major error in the game that seems to be affecting only Canadian Playstation 3 gamers.
The Game of the Year Edition of Fallout 3 is a repackaging of last year's hit, now bundled with the five expansions available previously available for purchase online. However, there is an error in the game that is hitting a very specific segment of Canadian gamers. Players who previously owned the earlier title and have an existing game file are finding that the new edition will not read their existing file, forcing them to start over and potentially lose hundreds of hours of progress. Bethesda has acknowledged the problem exists on their official forums, but have yet to issue a formal statement. One possible theory is that there is a conflict in file recognition as Canadian gamers who purchased the title last year may have received American retail copies, while the latest version is a "proper" regional version.
The problem is not an issue for gamers who are coming to the title for the first time. But many previous players of Bethesda's games regularly take the route of waiting for a "GOTY Edition" of a title to release, selling their original title and purchasing the new one as it is cheaper to buy all the expansions bundled together than it would be to buy each individual one online. With the exception of a few isolated cases in Europe, this specific problem of new games being unable to read old game files seems confined largely to Canada, and only for owners of the Playstation 3 version.
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