Takeshi Miyazoe made a few comments in regards to the potential of DLC for the upcoming multiplatform video game, “Dark Souls 2.” According to a report from Video Gamer on Dec. 19, the Namco Bandai Games representative disclosed that the sequel won’t feature any downloadable content expansions as the publisher wants players to experience the full game. You can find his statement below:
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.
The first “Dark Souls” video game received a DLC expansion called “Artorias of the Abyss” nearly a year after its initial release on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. It appears that the sequel won’t be following the same strategy.
Takeshi Miyazoe also talked a little bit about the possibility of making a free-to-play version of “Dark Souls.” He mentioned that the intellectual property is too new to be considered making free. Furthermore, the representative added that the action role-playing series will be hard to monetize for several reasons. You can find some screenshots of “Dark Souls 2” in the slideshow to the left of this article and his comments below (courtesy of Edge Online and Video Gamer):
Not yet, and not for a while I think. It's one of our bigger IPs right now, but it's a new IP, so I think it's too young to go free-to-play. And with Dark Souls I think it would be hard to monetise in that way. Pay per death? That would be terrible. From Software especially don't want to allow players to pay for an advantage.
“Dark Souls 2” will be released for the PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms in the month of March for $59.99. The open-world action role-playing game can also be bought part as part of a collector’s edition for $119.99.