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CD Projekt RED: "DLC Shouldn't Be Priced"

Matt Gardner
CD Projekt, CD Projekt RED, DLC, Expansion packs

CD Projekt RED: "DLC Shouldn't Be Priced"

Have we mentioned that we love CD Projekt here on Dealspwn? Maybe. Anyway, they're back doing what they do best once again - defending consumer interests. In a recent interview, CD Projekt RED’s Konrad Tomaszkiewicz has suggested that DLC is a "post-release service" that shouldn't cost gamers a penny.

"We’ve always believed in free DLCs," Tomaszkiewicz told VG247. "The thing is that we consider DLCs as a normal post sale service, which shouldn’t be priced. Back when retail games were dominant, we had expansion packs. These were really large chunks of content, which were worth their price

He went on to underline that the imbalance between content offerings of the past and today's downloadable bitesized chunks of gameplay had led to disillusionment amongst gamers. For CD Projekt, at least, free DLC is a way of saying "thank you".

“If today’s DLCs offered the same amount of content they would be worth paying for, but in most cases players think they are overcharged for what they receive,” he continued. "That’s why we offer expansions to our game for free. This is also a way of saying 'thank you' to the people who decided to buy our game instead of copying it from an unauthorised source.”

Our views on modern DLC models are fairly well documented.

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gunnx  Aug. 9, 2012 at 12:03

Might it also mean people would be more likely to hold onto their games instead of trading them in soon after release.

phil16  Aug. 9, 2012 at 12:18

At last some sense! I haven't bought a single bit of DLC except Battlefield Bad company 2: Vietnam as it was an expansion and a few game bundles on steam where the DLC was included within the game price as a very cheap offer when buying the game. DLC has pushed me away from BF3 and ME3 - two series I really loved...

Shadowmancer88  Aug. 9, 2012 at 12:40

At least Valve and CD Project Red have brains in the games industry and won't try to rob their customers of more money.

Quietus  Aug. 9, 2012 at 12:42

I think it depends entirely on size. A few new fighters in a fighting game should not have a price. Some extra guns or skins for a shooter should not be priced. Extra maps should not be priced. A full single player adventure, which is 2/3 the length of the original game would warrant a price.



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