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CD Projekt: Customers "Shouldn't Be Forced To Pay" For Small DLC

Matt Gardner
CD Projekt, Development, DLC, The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings

CD Projekt: Customers "Shouldn't Be Forced To Pay" For Small DLC

One of The Witcher II's designers has spoken out about monetising DLC, suggesting that although charging fair money for expansive additional content is fine, consumers shouldn't be charged for small, individual items.

"I think all of the smaller DLCs should be free," said Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz, lead quest designer on The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

"In my opinion, you shouldn’t pay for such small packs for to the game. I have no problem with buying an add-on to a game which adds a lot of hours of gameplay and a lot of new content, like expansions used to be in the past. But small DLCs, such as individual items – a customer shouldn’t be forced to pay for that."

With price models in a state of enormous flux, and with 69p stretching much further than it used to, thanks to the likes of iOS and Android, value is important. We rather think Tomaszkiewicz has a point: in a world where you can buy whole games for under £1, justifying double that expense for individual items seems wrong.

Then again, it wouldn't happen if people stopped actually paying for them. Sigh. [MCV Pacific]

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DivideByZero  Mar. 7, 2012 at 11:58

I remember back in the day when patches for big games like call of duty came out and included free map packs. You could tell the devs wanted their game to be the best and that they loved doing it... now it just feels like a money machine that doesn't give a damn about the players just as long as they can leech as much cash out of us as possible. Look at CoD MW3, same old engine, poor maps and yet still massive price tag... no soul cash vampire. People will get sick of this and if other companies are offering up better support then they will do well.

phil16  Mar. 7, 2012 at 12:06

I've only ever bought once DLC - BFBC2's Vietnam. I felt happy paying £9 because it was almost a new game. Paying for extra missions and map packs is pointless. I just move onto a new game. Its just COD'ers who don't realise how much they get ripped off paying for same maps with every new release!

DivideByZero  Mar. 7, 2012 at 12:17

That's not true. Black Ops gave you good maps for both MP and Zombies and I think you did actually get some good DLC for that... but it was over-priced for sure. I certainly wont be buying DLC for MW3, they should have made a better game.

I would pay for stuff on BF3 as a lot of effort went in to the main game and therefore I expect a lot would go in to any DLC.


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