Dark Souls is “Too Young” to go the F2P Route: “Pay Per Death? That Would be Terrible”
It may have taken some time, but the original Dark Souls did receive some DLC with Artorias of the Abyss. When it comes to Dark Souls 2 though, Producer Takeshi Miyazoe revealed to Edge that they aren’t expecting to do any DLC for the upcoming title:
For Dark Souls 2, we don’t even expect any additional downloadable content because we want to deliver a full game, the full experience, to fans who purchase the package from day one.
We did do additional content for Dark Souls, but generally downloadable content for Dark Souls 2 is not really being considered. Buy the package and you’ll get the full experience, and you’ll have as much fun as anybody else. Spending a couple dollars on certain items does not help the experience. So no free-to-play yet!
Speaking about F2P, Miyazoe said he thinks “it’s too young” to go that route, “and with Dark Souls I think it would be hard to monetize in that way. Pay per death? That would be terrible. From Software especially don’t want to allow players to pay for an advantage.”
As well, if you were hoping to see a Wii U version of Dark Souls 2, Miyazoe shot that down, with a Vita version also ruled out as “it’s not a handheld game, because of the network functionality.”
Dark Souls 2 releases for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC on March 11th in North America and March 14th in Europe.