If anyone in the gaming community deserves a virtual fist bump today, it's Marcin Iwiński, co-founder and joint CEO of CD Projekt Red. In an open letter to gamers, Iwiński revealed that there will be 16 pieces of DLC for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and that each one will be free. It doesn't matter what platform you buy the game for, nor do you have to pre-order the game or pick up a special edition to qualify for the free DLC.
BioShock Infinite’s first story-driven DLC is hitting the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC on Nov. 12. BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode 1 will give you the opportunity to explore Rapture “on the eve of its fall from grace.” Think of it as a prequel to BioShock and BioShock 2.
Barring something completely unexpected, Deep Silver's Saints Row IV will launch on time next month, The upcoming open-world action game has gone gold, the publisher said, and gamers are now able to pre-order a Season Pass for the planned downloadable content (DLC) for $10 at select retailers. It will include new mission packs and a gnarly weapon we hope to never go up against in real life.
A class action lawsuit has put the onus on GameStop, not videogame publishers, to warn buyers of used games that they will be unable to access certain downloadable content (DLC) and online features unless they pony up an additional $15 for an online pass. GameStop could have fought against the measure, but opted for a settlement that requires the world's largest games retailer to post warning signs on shelves where used games are sold in California stores, as well as online, for the next two years.
The Internet as a whole agrees on very few things: basically, Nazis are bad (and often invoked), SOPA/PIPA was bad, and man, the Mass Effect 3 ending was bad.* Showing that Hell has no wrath like an e-horde scorned, Bioware announced today that it would be releasing a new, totally free "Extended Cut" DLC this summer that adds new cinematic ending sequences and scenes to give disgruntled ME3 fans "deeper insights into how their personal journey concludes."
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced a new digital network for the 3DS handheld and upcoming Wii U consoles that will finally bring the company's online operations up to par with its competitors, or so Nintendo hopes. It's called the "Nintendo Network" service, a platform that, among other things, will let gamers grab hold of gamertags. Welcome to the Internet, Nintendo, do stay awhile, would you?
Skyrim's got more adventure in one Mudcrab than most games have in their entire worlds, but that hasn't stopped some players from clamoring for a second absurdly heaping helping. Fortunately – equine fashion faux pas aside – Bethesda's DLC track record is more hit than miss. Skyrim, the developer assures, won't be bucking that trend.
While we were still bumming about the PC snub EA delivered with its Battlefield 3 tournament, we ran across an interview with Adam Badowski, the development director at CD Projeckt – i.e., the makers of The Witcher 2. All the DLC for The Witcher 2 is supplied absolutely free, no strings attached. CDP would like to make DLC free for owners of the upcoming Xbox 360 version of the game as well, but Microsoft just won’t let them.
I’m going to put this right up front: you’re about to dive into my wholly biased opinion. I try to remain as open as I can when covering these types of news bits on a daily basis. This one, however, hits a little too close to home to slap a fair dose of discussion on and call it a day. EA has forced pre-order exclusive DLC on a franchise that’s been widely known for fantastic customer service and satisfaction, DICE’s Battlefield 3.
We're all for robust single-player DLC, but we can't help but feel like Dead Space 2's first batch of the stuff is missing something. Oh, right: a way for us to play it.
Titled Dead Space: Severed, the new episode will run (or rather, slither unsettlingly on its belly because you, you know, severed its legs) parallel to Dead Space 2's main plot, but will instead star Gabe Weller and Lexine Murdock as they attempt to survive the Necromorph invasion of Ye Future Human Lande, aka The Sprawl.
Unfortunately, the initial announcement failed to make any mention of a PC version, and an Electronic Arts rep went on to hammer a nice, long nail into its coffin by telling The Escapist that the downloadable episode's skipping PC entirely.
This isn't the first time EA's given our favorite platform the cold shoulder when it comes to DLC. Late last year, the publisher put a stop to Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit's PC DLC due to a “lack of resources.”
So yeah, it seems we have the beginnings of a disturbing little trend here. And – knowing PC gaming's seedier side – the unfortunate continuance of another.