The news hit a few weeks back that Titanfall 2 DLC will be free. Yep, you read that right; free. This is awesome news, not only as Titanfall 2 is a brilliant game which should be played by as many people as possible (review coming very shortly) but also that it’s also surprising given that it is published by Electronic Arts.

I play a lot of EA games (and I even love some of them); it’s difficult not to these days given how big they are and the width of titles they cover but reasonably priced DLC is not necessarily the MO of a company that charged £12 for a 3 hour long DLC pack for Mass Effect 3 or made the only Star Wars: Battlefront DLC anyone wanted to play (The Deathstar) part of the season pass only.

I hope you have the season pass...

I hope you have the season pass…

Star Wars is a great example of why people dislike EA generally. For all its verisimilitude and fan service to the captivating Star Wars universe and solid core mechanics which the game presents, Battlefront is a thin layer of content spread over a full game like veneer over a shitty MDF chest of drawers. As such, it’s fun for about 10 hours then you have literally played everything 15 thousand times over; and no amazing recreation of blaster sound effects can cover that up. EA and DICE wasted possibly the best film license on a game with the depth of a chaffinches flaccid member.

EA and DICE wasted possible the best film license on a game with the depth of a chaffinches flaccid member.

I mean honestly can you imagine how awesome it would have been to have a DLC pack for each film? A Clone Wars pack with the fighters, planets and characters from that film, a Force Awakens pack with new X-wings and Poe Dameron? What do we get though? Stuff like a bounty hunter who says nothing in his film, who only card carrying Extended Universe fans know about and a Simpson’s handful of maps for £11. It’s like EA and DICE were so scared of using too much of the good content and not having anything for inevitable sequels, that the content was deliberately held back or removed….and anyone who makes what is basically a half completed game just to tease a second game is a (insert your own expletives here).

Good news everyone!

Good news everyone!

Anyway, The Death Star DLC move is (IMO) one of the most cynical ploys by a games company in a while; a depressing reminder that games company’s have very little respect for the audience they cater for these days. No-one is expecting EA to wine and dine you but, I personally at least, like a steak dinner and glass of well aged Rioja before I am bent over the kitchen worktop and shafted.

To those who say, “just buy it or don’t it… no-one is making you“, seriously consider how little you get for your money and if this is right way to treat a respected license and fanbase.  So yeah, they slapped Star Wars on it and chumps like me bought half a game (thankfully not the pass). I have a part to play but I now feel a dirty for doing so, like finding a used condom in your rectum after a bad night out.

But you know how a terrible commute to work in the rain after dropping your exploding smart phone on your puppy’s face can be totally redeemed by someone offering you a Jammy Dodger and a cup of tea? That was the effect Respawn’s announcement about the Titanfall 2 DLC to me. It suddenly reminded me that somewhere out there in the Hinterland of corporate scum-baggerey and consumer fleecing, real humanity and love for games actually exists.

How much DLC will be free is up for debate but the words used by Respawn (see tweet) would seem to indicate a willingness not to split the online community which to my (perhaps over-analysing eye) seems like everything will be free. I could be wrong…. If I am come round a slap me and call me a silly, presumptive sausage.

But you know how a terrible commute to work in the rain, after dropping your exploding smart phone on your puppy’s face can be totally redeemed by someone offering you a Jammy Dodger and a cup of tea? That was the effect Respawn’s announcement about the Titanfall 2 DLC to me.

Yeah fair enough, this point is slightly undermined by the fact Titanfall 2 needs more maps; and pronto. It’s a fantastic vibrant shooter (review up soon) which is better than 95% of the stolid, 15th sequel dreck out there (games which are doing/will be doing much much better in sales too).

But whilst it needs more maps, they will come and they will be free. Star Wars: Battlefront needed more maps, had no single player to speak of (Titanfall 2’s is surprisingly good) and it charged you princely sum for the DLC; so whilst it isn’t a perfect situation, it is fat lot better already.

Titanfall 2 would be worth your time if the maps were not free.

Titanfall 2 would be worth your time if the maps were not free.

So basically, EA/ Respawn, thanks very much; your efforts are appreciated in this case. Keep up the good work…and don’t leave me looking silly in 3 months when your only free DLC is some pink weapon skins and one map recreation of Pat Sharps Funhouse.

So basically, EA/ Respawn, thanks very much; your efforts are appreciated in this case.

What do you think about the news? Too good to be true, or a cause for celebration? Maybe only time will tell? Comment below, no registration is required. Just keep it civil please.

 

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on RedditEmail this to someone
Share this Article

Ed F

I am a keen amateur gamer who has always found himself slightly behind the times. My interest in gaming piqued with jealous looks at my friends copy of Duck Hunt on the NES all the way back in the early 90’s. Since then I graduated to a Sega Mega Drive of my own, a late 90s obsession with PlayStation One and then an ill-advised GameCube phase in the early noughties. Since my relatively late introduction to the Xbox360 in early 2009, I have being playing catch up. Among my other interests are comics, movies and boring my wife to death with talk of ‘cinematic tropes’ and ‘narrative arcs’. I am currently gorging myself on the next gen whilst keeping one foot in the previous one.

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>