Just Cause 2 dev blasts 'crap DLC'

by Gaetano 'Xbot' Prestia Featured 8 Comments 23 Votes 1915 Views 27/07/2012 Back to News

Just Cause 2 developer, Avalanche Studios, has blasted downloadable content that is only offered when the developer wants to keep people playing the game.

Studio boss, Christofer Sundberg, said publishers and developers “run around as headless chickens” in trying to make more money with DLC.

"DLC is not needed to keep players engaged if the game is well executed," he said.

"We create a game allowing players to properly explore and have fun and not focusing so much on the actual end goal of the game," he continued. "As most publishers and developers have run around as headless chickens the last three years looking for a way to make money DLC was definitively a tool to try to keep players engaged, but how many games have been truly successful with DLC? Not that many.”

Mr Sundberg said he liked DLC, but that all Just Cause 2 DLC was “standard stuff”, and that it was “the game itself” that kept people playing, not the extra content.

He was also critical of developers that “force multiplayer” into games that are “really single-player gamers”. This was done “just to combat second hand sales”.

"Proper DLC that adds VALUE is great but so far very few games have motivated me to actually pay for the DLC. I've just paid for the crap that developers decided to cut because they didn't have the time to get into the game. 'We save that for DLC' - famous last words."

Avalanche Studios is currently working on a current and next-gen console project, due for release in 2013 and 2014.

Source: Eurogamer

By Gaetano Prestia

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can't agree more with this guy. end of the day, dlc makes money so they release dlc - these days more and more because they can and 'premium service' is a nice coined phrase now which means 'pay for the game again but only get terrible bs dlc in return'
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rancid13 said: can't agree more with this guy. end of the day, dlc makes money so they release dlc - these days more and more because they can and 'premium service' is a nice coined phrase now which means 'pay for the game again but only get terrible bs dlc in return'



Bioshock 2 comes to mind as having pointless multiplayer. DLC, too.

EA seems to love adding DLC to things when it's not needed...
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We say we hate DLC and the price they offer but at the end we still buy them. :S

LMA0 said: We say we hate DLC and the price they offer but at the end we still buy them.



'Tis the truth.
Gone are the days of expansion packs :(
I like this guy.

LMA0 said: We say we hate DLC and the price they offer but at the end we still buy them.



i see what you're saying, but i don't
agreed 100%... look at the wii, which doesnt have DLC at all, look at the mario and zelda games which people are STILL playing. if there is no DLC, it will motivate the developers to actually make a COMPLETE game, and not a "oh, lets release the game half finished, and make people pay even more to unlock the full game, or add on content later".

when there is no DLC, the developers will put as much as they possibly can into the game to please fans, who then in turn will buy future games from the same company. i mean, i dont know about u guys, but mario games, rockstar, etc have built up a certain reputation and when they make a game, i KNOW its going to be a quality game

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