It seems that BioWare’s upcoming sequel to is hit role playing game, Mass Effect, could well see some free downloadable content made available at launch.
It might seem a strange thing to announce, but according to BioWare’s official twitter feed, the company won’t be charging for any launch day downloadable content available for the upcoming Xbox 360 exclusive. To quote the tweet that manages to have stirred people up so much, “Addressing rumours: BioWare will not be charging extra for any Mass Effect 2 content on launch day. More DLC details next week.”
The rumours the tweet is addressing are likely those who had intimated that content originally meant to be on the game disc itself might be spun out as downloadable content for those willing to pay for it. With so many soured by the prospect of paying for downloadable content that, in some alternate timeline, could have been on the disc BioWare clearly felt the need to get a message out on the topic to quell the rumour rebellion.
Still, it’s not as though there’s no precedent for launch-day downloadable content, nor even content that should have been in the game. While it may not have made it in time for release on launch day, the lead developer from Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed 2 was more than happy to admit in a recent interview that the downloadable content the game would see was, originally, intended to be part of the main campaign, but ended up being dropped due to concerns about the game shipping on time.
We’ll be curious to see if BioWare means that it’ll be releasing its downloadable content for free or if there will simply be no downloadable content available on launch day. Alternatively, there’s always the chance that the tweet simply means that there won’t be any downloadable content made available for the game on launch day… we’ll have to wait and see.