Expect More Paid DLC From Square Enix’s Console Games

By Spencer . May 26, 2011 . 4:48am

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A common theme in the video game industry, a Square Enix financial report mentions, is how to gain additional revenue from network or online services.

 

Square Enix dabbled with paid downloadable content for some of their console games. Nier, Front Mission Evolved, and Mindjack had extra items to purchase online. Final Fantasy XIII, one of their top selling titles, did not.

 

The next wave of console games from Square Enix will have paid downloadable content. Their investor’s briefing notes to strengthen paid downloadable content for future console titles. Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Hitman Absolution, Tomb Raider, and Final Fantasy XIII-2 are some of Square Enix’s near-future console releases.


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  • blah blah

    Yeah, go with an option that we hate and something that Mindjack, Nier, and FME (each one did badly btw) all had in common.
    That plan is absolutely genius and will most definitely be a success.

    • RagnaXBL

      i hate SE So much right now

    • http://twitter.com/Paradox_me Paradox me

      Correlation ≠ causation. The fact that Mindjack, Nier and Front Mission sold poorly has next to nothing to do with DLC. Countless other titles manage to sell well and offer ridiculous amounts of DLC.

    • Hraesvelgr

      I really don’t think paid DLC is the reason behind game failures, considering hardly anyone liked Mindjack or FME. Nier, however, was fairly well-liked by the people that actually played it. Either way, I don’t think paid DLC is really helping or hurting their games much.

      • blah blah

        Exactly, it just alienates people.
        I’d think Squeenix would pick up on it being a possible (long term) cause and maybe at least not charge so much on DLC.

  • katamari

    DLC is the future, if we like it or not. EVERY developer will jump on it eventually.

    • Hraesvelgr

      Sadly true. I’m not against DLC in principle, but I am against the way most developers handle it, putting out small amounts of content (costumes, etc.) as paid DLC that costs nearly a tenth of a game’s retail price.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Yes, but parts costing more than the whole is pretty much universal. Enhancement products of any ilk (down down you sick minds) also have ‘enhancements’ to their price structure. The market is declaring the $10-15 window a fair price, so one really can’t fault the industry for taking advantage of that fact.

        • Ryos

          When we’re talking about DLC akin to an expansion, I’m all for paying a decent amount for that.  $1.89 for mount armor?  Yeeeeah, I’m not down for that.  While DLC may be the way of the future for companies, it doesn’t present a good future for gamers.

    • PrinceHeir

      agree.

      i just hope they don’t abuse it like Capcom “-____-

  • urbanscholar

    Hmm paid DLC is something people are willing to be on board for. The issue I’m concerned with is the nature of what they’ll try to offer us. Will it be a sleu of missions, stages? In that case I can see that happening. However cosmetics are the worst of paid DLC.

    Forking over $5 for a costume that serves no purpose is when you realize something isn’t right with this current generation’s business choices.

    • http://twitter.com/Paradox_me Paradox me

      All DLC looks bad when compared to the price/content ratio of a traditional sequel or expansion pack of yore. Even an hour or two worth of content for $10 feels like a complete and utter ripoff.

      What’s more, you’re now tied to a handful of downloads that must be in place to experience the “full” game. I find it annoying having to hunt down or keep backups (on PC) of all of these micro expansions.

      Simply put, I loathe the concept of DLC.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      I’m a bit funny on this one. I’d prefer to see DLC for games be more along the lines of cosmetic, because otherwise I am seeing my actual game limited in a more meaningful way. 

      Lets look at the Tales costumes another way. If I choose to play with Patty in a bathing suit or some other kawaii getup, I’m actually enhancing every hour of time I spend playing with something I personally will find fun and get enjoyment from. That kind of changes the cost-benefit discussion. But if I must spend $15 to get some side quest that explains events or provides the gear I need to proceed past a level, then that is a DLC built wall between me and the game.

      Then again, I also come from a gaming background where one ‘paid as you went’ all the time — the collectable card game, so I know darn well this is nothing more than the same uniform on a different pig.

      • Suicunesol

        I agree with you. I prefer cosmetic DLC too. While it’s completely unnecessary in order to enjoy the game itself, a lot of people love cosmetic changes to shake things up. People will pay to see Lightning in a chainmail bikini, for example. But those that don’t care won’t miss out if they don’t buy it, and it won’t effect their overall experience in any way.

      • Joanna

        I also agree with you. I’m not against picking up a costume or two for a favourite of character of mine, even special equipment that’s not really necessary is fine too. It’s when there are expansions or added levels/stages/characters that I feel like I need to buy them or else I don’t get the full experience and it leaves a sour taste in my mouth. Theoretically DLC is great because added replayability but when each little expansion is like 6$ or so (plus tax over here), it really starts to bother me. Either the developers need to make some of it free, lower the price, or make a few (2-3) big additions at 10$ or so a piece.

  • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

    They are kind of lttp. Anyway, downloadable scenario missions in FFXIII-2 would be nice or additional characters to use, of course that would make the game vastly different than its previous version. 

  • eilegz

    just no for “true” ending style of DLC a la prince of persia and bioshock

  • z_merquise

    Don’t you love the good ol’ days when we get to unlock extra stuff not by paying them with credit cards but by playing the game itself?

    Concept of DLC was actually good but most companies were using it in the wrong ways. Yeah, their reason mostly because of extra profit since developing a game is too expensive but, if you ask me, I just don’t like how it was handled.

  • xxx128

    DLC only gets as far as YOU as a customer support it. Dont pay money for a bunch or zero’s and one’s. Afterall YOU pay with REAL money, they dont take virtual money, do they :) The big corporations already fooked our hobby badly up enough. Dont let them get away with all this bs which is clearly in their favor and not in ours!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Leafy_Cam Leafhopper

    “Whats that you want the other half of this 60 dollar Final Fantasy game? Oh thats an extra 30 dollars of DLC. We need money” -Square

  • noctis_nox

    Well, I understand that devs or SE need to do this because of how costly to create games nowadays but just like the others have said they are doing it the wrong way. I don’t want this to happen on the near future for FF titles. Get the X uber weapon for $4.99, Get the X uber summon for $6.99, etc. etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000301072427 Mark Shaver

    Before I can bother get upset about this, I want to see how this unfolds. Let’s not forget that, with their most recent trip into DLC, their Paid DLC was very nicely priced. I believe before it went down, costumes/music packs were only $.79 or$.99, right? Considering that the game itself cost ~30-$34 after tax, and there are 30 Playable characters, you’re potentially paying 1/30 of the price of the game for whatever DLC you choose to buy (DLC that, might i mention, does not detract from the game by existing and only enhances it).

    I’m willing to see what they have in store before I can make proper judgement here or their.

    PS If Duodecim becomes part of the PSP Remaster series, you know what that potentially means, right? Ps3 allows dlable patches and how do fighting games on consoles go about adding DLC characters to people who haven’t bought them but still want to play online that PSPs can’t do? :D

  • Yukito

    Haha….. try as you might Square, but I am one that won’t buy into this crap. You guys would have more money and care if you….. I dunno, made games for the fans from the heart, rather than pulling out every damn game you guys make, and say “Which title should this game have? Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, or new IP?” AFTER it has been made.

    I have loved your games for a while, but seriously, enough is enough. It isn’t like you are supporting the RPG/JRPG genre much anymore outside of portable 15-20 year old remakes. Seems everyone already has 40 copies of Final Fantasy 4, and no one is buying them anymore? Tough luck. Why not make a NEW DS/PSP game, LIKE the ones on the SNES, but you know….NEW? Old FF games were good, but when you have played them over so many times now, so one wants to go out and buy it, yet again.

    Anywho, yay, I wonder if this means DLC for FF4: Super Complete Collection to get Cecil a new sword!

    • http://twitter.com/mniscariot mniscariot

      THIS.

      A thousand times THIS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eduard.lerperger Eduard Andreas Lerperger

    I’d GLADLY pay more for anything NieR related as it is pretty much my favourite video game. EVAR.

  • http://twitter.com/mniscariot mniscariot

    Read: Expect more incomplete games rushed out the door. 

    • http://twitter.com/arlrex Jesus A. Roman

      Sadly is starting to feel more like this every year. I think the games my brothers and myself have spend more time trying to unlock stuff recently have been Nintendo, and downloadable games. Retail ones are usually a one play-through game now… -_-

  • AzureNova

    For the love of God Square-Enix, please read our posts and start future projects based on what the people want!!!!! >__<

  • https://twitter.com/kcgst Karu

    People actually bought Front Mission Evolved DLC? Oh god …

  • JustaGenericUser

    Oh goody, I sure can’t wait to play 10% of a game and being forced to buy the rest of the 90%!

  • PrinceHeir

    can we have a taste DLC for Verusus XIII.

    Paid…..

    BETA!!!!!!!!!

  • PrinceHeir

    “Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Hitman Absolution, Tomb Raider, and Final Fantasy XIII-2 are some of Square Enix’s near-future console releases.”

    woot cannot wait for theses games :P

    hey square i wonder if there’s gonna be a DLC for Dragon Quest X also?

    i just hope they use their money for good use.

    idk maybe FFV and FFVI enhanced version, new Legacy of Kain, completion of Versus XIII and DQ X, Kingdom Hearts 3 would be a good start :P

  • http://twitter.com/puzzzl Andy D

    Expect me to continue not buying them. What the hell is wrong with this company? Shouldn’t they concentrate on making a *good game* first? 

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