Dark Souls Tears Apart Lame DLC Trends with Heaps of Content and No Gouging

September 2, 2011Written by Jonathan Leack

During Gamescom this year, Namco Bandai shared with the public for the first time that it doesn’t plan to implement post-launch downloadable content for Dark Souls, something that these days, is becoming rare for such a high profile game. Now the game’s publisher has commented on why the upcoming action role-playing game will stray from the pack.

Daisuke Uchiyama, Chief Publishing Producer for Namco Bandai, has a sound argument for not making Dark Souls the next DLC clown. He shared:

It will be such a great pleasure if there are many voices from fans asking for DLC, but I am very confident that the game is fully complete and everyone will be satisfied with the game without any additional contents.

He continued:

In addition, we have emphasized RPG elements so that players have multiple ways of enjoying the game and exploring the vast world we have created. Depending on the role a player takes in the game will impact the actions carried out in the game and the different RPG elements will bring many variations towards how a player can play their own roles. This is another reason why we think we do not need DLC.

It’s extremely rare to see this kind of attitude from either a developer or publisher, especially when games like Call of Duty: Black Ops have generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue from DLC alone. It’s a testament to the confidence of the development team and what they’ve been able to create, which, like Demon’s Souls before it, will have plenty of content to match its high level of polish. Games are pricey at $59.99 in the United States, and even higher elsewhere, and knowing that you’re receiving a full product is a good feeling. With that said, it’s worth mentioning that patches will be released after the game launches to help with balance and stability, but the Blu-ray you pay for will provide everything Dark Souls has to offer, and you won’t have to pay to access something on the disk. Let’s just hope other companies follow suit.

If you’re more excited than ever to play this game, feel free to view the latest trailer.