What If Expansion Packs Were Free?

It's a gamer's dream come true: you pay for a shiny new product, then weeks, months, or even years later, all of its subsequent content, from level packs to characters and costumes, finds its way to your hard drive free of charge. Is this a small slice of nirvana? Perhaps, but there are two things that we must first consider before we can truly assess how great it would be to never again pay for an expansion pack.

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-Alpha2418d ago (Edited 2418d ago )

The ones that are actually of good quality would probably suck like the rest

Yi-Long2417d ago (Edited 2417d ago )

... less gamers would sell their game, cause they know more good free stuff will follow, thus it would battle the 2nd hand market.

Also, It would breed LOYALTY and respect from gamers, which means they will be more enclined to buy future products.

If Developer A releases a game, then proceeds to announce it will have 20 DLC-packs coming out in the next 9 months, all of which will cost money... then they can kiss my loyalty and future purchases goodbuy.

If developer B releases a game and announces that it will get some free DLC after a few months to reward and thank those who bought and enjoyed the game, then that means that next year I can trust them that they won't be nickel-and-diming me, so I will be eager to buy their new games!

Vortex3D2417d ago (Edited 2417d ago )

But more developers choose "A" today because it's all about try to sell as many copies as possible (look good for the quarter sales report) and then try to milk as hard as possible on the paid DLCs (look good for total profit made). With enough marketing hypes, plenty of buyers will buy the next game again even they complained about the previous game.

Even you are willing to pay for DLCs, not every DLC is worth buying or playing. For a game with 4 DLCs. Often only 1-2 DLCs are worth buying.

This is where "season pass" DLC got introduced recently. Get the gamer to blindly pay for unreleased DLCs for a small discount. This ensures more profit even only half of the DLCs are worth playing. In the end, the gamers still wasted more money.

As for free DLCs. Look at a game that gives some free DLCs and paid DLCs. You can tell free DLCs have less efforts put into developing them.

Yi-Long2417d ago

... and nickel-and-dime their customers/fans.

I just don't think it's a smart move in the long run.

Take Capcom for example, and what they did with Streetfighter 4 and Marvel vs Capcom 3.

As a gamer, you'd have to either be a huge fan, or pretty damn thick, if you're gonna buy their next fighter SF vs. Tekken for full price when it comes out. Why? Cause within a year there will be a cheaper and better version with more content. Including the DLC they'll be milking for the first release.

I think, in the long run, gamers will 'wise' up, and will partly stop supporting developers on day 1 releases if they know they'll be nickel and dimed shortly after.

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Hufandpuf2417d ago

Then any sort of dlc should be free. Since an expansion contains a collection of content, not just one specific item.

Bladesfist2417d ago

portal 2 and bad company 2 and the best one is witcher 2 for giving free stuff. Thanks devs.

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