Assassin’s Creed DLC Was Meant for Disc

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Ubisoft has confirmed that the upcoming downloadable content (DLC) for its massively successful Assassin’s Creed 2 was originally meant to be part of the game itself, but was cut due to time constraints.

Word of the confirmation comes from an interview between the developers and gaming blog Kotaku, where Assassin’s Creed 2’s creative director, Patrice Desilets was unusually open about the content, given the stir that admissions like this have made in the past. Desilet said of the downloadable content for Assassin’s Creed 2,

“I felt that, ‘Okay, there were too many things to do and to finish.’ So we said, ‘let’s take a portion of the game that was planned and we’ll give it in as DLC.”

Certainly the game has been well received by fans and even by those who had been critical of its predecessor for being too repetitive, with the general feeling being that Assassin’s Creed 2 deals neatly with the problems that the first game encountered. Still, downloadable content is a sore spot for many gamers, who see the offering of extra content through “microtransactions” as a way for publishers to eke a little extra money from customers who feel they’ve already paid for something.

Strangely enough, when talking with a group about downloadable content earlier in the week, many of whom were enraged by the fact that so many games have been revealed to have “downloadble content” that simply unlocks content already on the disc, Assassin’s Creed 2 came up twice as an example of a game so very well made that it entirely justified the asking price, and one which those present would be happy to pay for a little more of.

More power to them, I suppose.

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3 Responses to “Assassin’s Creed DLC Was Meant for Disc”

  1. Wizartar Says:

    I like the option of downloadable content if a game is good and worth playing a bit more of, rather then just replaying it. But when the downloadable content is already available on the disk and you have to pay more to unlock it, well that’s screw the customer territory and not cool.

    Fifa 10 does a good job with its up to date teams & league stuff; that’s worth the extra cash, but buying in game items with real cash is just ripping me off.

  2. Three Hawks Says:

    Map Packs for FPS games and Forza 3’s Car and Track Packs are great examples of good DLC. Forza 3 has already released 2 free car packs and 2 5$ car packs. Theres no saying it was on the disc either, the game comes with a second disc with just cars and tracks on it that you have to install to your hardrive because it wouldnt fit on the game disc.

  3. joe Says:

    nice

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