Way Of The Samurai 4 DLC Starts Off Free, A Month Later It’s Paid DLC

By Spencer . March 10, 2011 . 12:46am

way403Spike is trying a different strategy for downloadable content distribution. The publisher is giving away the first Way of the Samurai 4 customization pack for free, but only for a limited time.


The Shinesengumi set has costumes based off members in the historical shogunate police force. You can get original weapons and outfits to style your samurai as Isami Kondo and Toshizo Hijikata. Spike will release the Shinsengumi on March 24 and it will be free to download until April 27. The customization pack will cost 500 yen ($6) afterwards.


Players will need to apply a patch before using any downloadable content, which Spike plans soon.


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    Now this is smart on there part opo; I mean really what can you say to that, they GAVE you a chance for free DLC, it’s not there fault you missed it, or are a late adopter. If anything this’d be a good route to maybe close the gap in used games sales or something opo;

    • Yes, very clever, other companies I’ve seen on PSN have some DLC free and other DLC priced, like for example MVC3. Spike’s approach would make me think “better buy the game as the DLC is free for a limted time” but my “dark/goodside” thinks if the game drops in price then it will be cheaper buying the game and DLC a later date (i.e. Dante’s Inferno), that’s what I sometimes do anyway being a gamer on a budget :)

  • That’s…actually not a bad idea. I think this should be embraced by other studios.

  • Chow

    So… what’s stopping you from simply downloading the DLC immediately and buying the game a year down the road? I pretty much did that with the North American version of BrĂ¼tal Legend, albeit inadvertently.

    • neo_firenze

      Lack of foresight is really the only thing preventing you from getting it soon. That being said, I would imagine that most people who don’t get around to buying the game right away aren’t going to be on top of it and download the DLC in advance.

    • It depends how they set things up.
      There are some games who’s DLC only appears if the playstation reads the game’s installation / data / presence.
      I believe the Magic: the Gathering game is an example of this.

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