Published on December 23rd, 2010 | by CodCom
Is It Worth Paying For Downloadable Content?
A few days ago we wrote about Major Nelson announcing the new downloadable content (DLC) for Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Activision is no stranger to DLC’s and has been applying this model for a long time now. Why change something when it works just fine right? I don’t expect to see Activision change anything to this model, but having read about Assassin’s Creed’s DLC made me look at DLC’s from an other point of view.
Currently we have to pay $15 for Black Ops’ latest DLC, which will arrive come February 1, 2011. This DLC includes 5 maps. 4 multiplayer maps and 1 zombie map. Some of these maps could even be previously cancelled maps. When the extra maps are purchased, they will most probably be played till the next Call of Duty game. To add up, you have to pay about $50 for the game and then $15 for the first DLC and probably $15 for the second DLC. This means that you will pay $80 for a game which you will most definitely play for less than a year.
Now lets look at Assassin’s Creed’s DLC. The DLC included a brand-new game mode and a new multiplayer map. And how much do you think Ubisoft charges for this DLC? Absolutely nothing. This is a free DLC and is released on the Xbox 360 and PS3 at the same time.
To make it clear for everyone. Activision makes you pay $15 for a DLC and releases it on different dates for different consoles due to contractual obligations. Ubisoft gives you a free DLC and releases it at the same time for both consoles. See the difference?
This made me wonder, is it worth paying for downloadable content?
I would have to say it depends on the size of the content. If you are going to include previously cancelled maps in the DLC and charge $15 for it, I’d say hell no it’s not worth it. If on the other hand you decide to spend time, money and resources into a DLC and you deliver a DLC of a considerable size. Then my answer would be yes, it would be worth paying for downloadable content.
What do you think. Should you pay for downloadable content? When should you and when shouldn’t you?