Mass Effect 2 to see Free DLC?

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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.

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5 Responses to “Mass Effect 2 to see Free DLC?”

  1. Wizartar Says:

    IMO if there was download content on day one you’d to pay for I’d be sooo pissed, I wouldn’t buy anything from those guys again! Seriously that’s just ripping off the consumer. It will happen, it’s just a question of who’ll do it first!

    Mass Effect 2 is the highlight of the gaming year for me! While I’ll more then lightly get BioShock 2 I expect it to be weak compared to the first. Also surprise of the years has to be Bayonetta! It’s actually a really fun button basher with a little bit of saucy thrown in!

  2. Brian Bambrick Says:

    They’ve already said that there will be DLC on launch day… there’s an extra character, a new planet, and some armour. If you bought Dragon Age: Origins you get an extra piece too.

    They did the same thing with DA: O in that you get “extra” content if you’re the first purchaser of the game. If you then sell that copy back to somewhere like GameStop then the guy who picks it up secondhand will have to pay for the free extras the original buyer got.

    It’s an interesting way to try and discourage the secondhand market 🙂

    @wizartar yeah, Bayonetta kicks ass, but I’m not so sure I’d call it a button basher – there’s a hell of a good combo system strung in there and you get punished brutally for mistakes once you go past normal mode 😀

    • komplettie Says:

      I guess that means I’m buying on launch day so… sadly, I have Dragon Age on the PS3, and I somehow doubt I’ll be getting my free bits and pieces for that 😦

      Still, looking forward to it a log. It’s really lovely to see that some of you guys reading the blog have similar game tastes to me… looking forward to a new Bioshock myself 😉

    • Wizartar Says:

      True the combo system is awesome, its button bashing with skill 🙂 All I know is the X button is going to be dead before the end of the month!

      Beat it on normal in 17 hours, very easy in about 4 and still have to start easy. Want to get some more cash to unlock those goodies! Tried Hard and was fighting Grace & Glory out the bat! I hate those guys, still don’t have a good strategy. Tend to just stay in the air and use the whip.

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