CD Projekt speaks out about not being able to offer free DLC on 360.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings development director Adam Badowski has said that the game’s free DLC on PC is unlikely to arrive on 360 without a price tag thanks to “certain Microsoft policies”.
He went on to say that looking at games from a purely business angle “can leave a bad taste in one’s mouth” and that he doesn’t like “to see gamers treat like dairy cows.”
“We don’t see [DLC] as wrong, but we definitely don’t like to see gamers treated like dairy cows that are primed for milking,” Badowski told RPS. “All too often, DLC is seen as an additional revenue opportunity. That’s not bad in itself – we’re not only in this industry to make games, we’re also here to do business. But we shouldn’t look at it exclusively from the latter angle, because that sometimes leads to decisions that could leave a bad taste in one’s mouth.
“If you only think about the business in terms of the money it can generate, I think you could come awfully close to forcing players to buy something additional in order to enjoy fully a game they just bought. And that’s simply not fair.”
Speaking about future DLC for The Witcher 2:
“All DLC for the PC version is and will remain free,” Badowski said. “That’s not likely to be the story for the Xbox version, because of certain Microsoft policies that need to be followed. But on PC, once you buy our game, you don’t need to worry about any additional costs – we will provide all updates, including those featuring new content, for free.”