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Title: A rampant problem
Post by: beavobeave on August 20, 2011, 12:19:49 AM
So, Battlefield 3 is coming out soon. EA already has DLC ready for it.  Here's my question: Why in holy hell could that DLC not have been included in the stock game? It's all finished in fact.  To me, that means that they where working on it at the SAME TIME as the rest of the game, and thus CHOSE to leave it a separate DLC package on purpose.  Now, I'm all for DLC.  It can expand the longevity of the game with new features and stuff.  But, when the game's not even out yet, and they release DLC within the first week of a games release, I can't help but say that that is a total ripoff and a slap in the face to an audience.

This is something that is becoming all to common.  The most popular games seem to have DLC ready to buy and download before you even get the shrink rap off the game case.  EA is the worst with this, but they aren't alone.

I've said what I wanted to say, I just felt it had to be said.
Title: Re: A rampant problem
Post by: RoninFox on August 20, 2011, 12:29:55 AM
It could be that the DLC was started while the manufacturing on the physical discs was beginning, and was finished ahead of schedule. I don't see something like that as a problem unless the DLC is really expensive or somehow necessary for the game. If it's free, cheap, or a small extra than it's no big deal.
Title: Re: A rampant problem
Post by: Pak-Man on August 20, 2011, 01:11:16 AM
It cuts both ways. I've seen people complain when a game comes out and there isn't any DLC available at all.

Really there's no law that says that everything that's available for the game has to be included on the disk when it ships. The dialogue goes something like:

Gamer: Hey Game company! If you had this content all ready when it was time to ship, why didn't you include it with the game?

Game Company: Because we thought people might want to pay money for it instead.


There's nothing sinister about that, really. It's how the game is played. If it turns out people don't want to pay money for it, it won't sell.
Title: Re: A rampant problem
Post by: RoninFox on August 20, 2011, 01:35:43 AM
Plus manufacturing the discs takes time and with how fast paced the business is they aren't going to stop developing content while the discs are being made. So the question of "why wasn't that on the disc" might be answered by "we started making the discs two months ago and this content was finished last week. Did you want us to delay and make a new disc for the next two months?"
Title: Re: A rampant problem
Post by: mrbasehart on August 20, 2011, 02:53:06 AM
Plus manufacturing the discs takes time and with how fast paced the business is they aren't going to stop developing content while the discs are being made. So the question of "why wasn't that on the disc" might be answered by "we started making the discs two months ago and this content was finished last week. Did you want us to delay and make a new disc for the next two months?"

That's the reason I've heard before, too.  There's usually quite a bit of time in between when the game is finished, to the time it goes through its certification and manufacturing processes before it comes out.  And you still have your entire development team still there, basically doing nothing - so why not get them on DLC for release as soon as possible? As long as the main game is as full-featured and satisfying as a game should be, then I don't see anything wrong with day one DLC.
Title: Re: A rampant problem
Post by: Sideswipe on August 20, 2011, 09:17:52 AM
More money!  The almighty dollar rules all with an iron fist!