"in the near future" prices of games will go down, with launch titles being shorter in trade.
These titles will then be bolstered by "episodic material" like DLC - think Burnout Paradise. Already Dragon Age has 2 years of content planned.
"I think that we’re going to start to see – maybe not in the next year, but in the near future – games go down the route of smaller up-front experiences and lower prices at the beginning," EA Canada's DeLong told .
"...and then the ability to extend the game through episodic material or future feature material. I think that’s a direction we’re probably heading in." It would help out us consumers and be a better move for the big studio companies as well.
"Games are getting more expensive, and times are tough, and it’s getting harder to purchase every game you want. So, how can we keep people playing and offer them more but not have to make them break the bank to do it? It’s going to be an interesting creative problem for us to solve." BioWare appears to be EA's lead on DLC heavy titles.
Dragon Age has a lot of future content plans and this month's Mass Effect 2 is following suit. Criterion has already unleashed a ton of new content for Burnout Paradise. DLC is profitable as we want more of the stuff we love, and can't wait for a sequel.
Prices to fall in favour of "smaller up-front experiences" and DLC
06 January 2010 | By Simon Priest