I genuinely dislike DLC. The principle of providing additional content for a title post-launch is sound on paper, but more often than not developers abuse this method to milk money out of the player. I often find myself pining for the Super Nintendo era, where the only two options were to ship a game completed or to not ship it at all.
TotalBiscuit, overseas game commentator extraordinaire, has called attention to the most recent example of DLC-gone-wrong in his latest video. Bioware announced this week that it’s planning to release a DLC pack for Mass Effect 3 the day the game launches. This additional content will be complimentary for those who bought the pricey collector’s edition of the game, but everyone else will have to pay 10 dollars.
Why is this unacceptable? TotalBiscuit points out that if the DLC pack is ready on launch day, it was developed simultaneously with the rest of the game. That means Bioware is charging extra for a piece of content they’ve carved out of the vanilla release. Adding insult to injury, the DLC pack will contain a playable Prothean character. I’m not a Mass Effect lore buff, but apparently having a Prothean in your party is a huge deal.
TotalBiscuit has called for a boycott of the game, and I’ll be joining him. This is more an act of solidarity than anything else; I’ve been lukewarm on Bioware’s fare of late and was never planning on buying Mass Effect 3 in the first place. Still, I encourage any one of you who were planning on purchasing the title to watch the attached video and reconsider. If we don’t take a stand on this sort of thing, it’s only going to get worse.