Downloadable content ,or DLC as it’s commonly referred as, can be a double edge sword for developers. If done properly, players won’t hesitate to open their wallets just for a chance to extend play time of their favorite game.
But what happens when said content is promised in the game’s accompanying Bradygames Official Strategy Guide, proven to be on the game disc but only to be labeled as ‘Japan Only’ by said game’s publisher?
This happens to be the case with Level-5’s PlayStation 3 exclusive online rpg, White Knight Chronicles II. Published by D3Publisher in North America and by Sony Computer Entertainment in other regions, the lies surrounding WKC II’s DLC debacle began nearly a year ago when D3P announced on FaceBook that it’s impossible for them to release any further content for the game due to it being Japan Only.
Since its release in Japan nearly three years ago, WKC II has received a plethora of new content in the form of quests, armor, a story based on your created character and more, while its western counterpart has only received a single update in over a year.
As mentioned above, the so-called Japan Only DLC can be found in the game’s official strategy guide while much of it has been unearth by hackers who cracked the game’s disc. In an email response, developer Level-5 has reportedly stated that whether or not the content they created makes its way overseas is up to the game’s publisher(s) who was given the rights to it by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan. Level-5’s response means that the Japan Only excuse made by D3P is just that.
When confronted with much of the above information, D3P has kept to its original JP Only statement and without pressure from the appropriate parties ( be it Sony or major media outlets ) nothing will change.
One has to wonder if this practice would be acceptable if it happened to a bigger franchise like Final Fantasy, Metal Gear or Resident Evil.