Resident Evil 5 DLC can be yours on April 7th, 2009 for a price.
Capcom announced that the add-on content for their newest release, Resident Evil 5, will be coming to the PSN on April 7th for the price of $4.99. It will include two game types: a versus co-op mode called Slayers, and a competitive mode called Survivors. This will be Resident Evil's first attempt at online multiplayer and it has been receiving its fair share of opinions.
One on side, you have the developer saying that the multiplayer content was created with a separate budget and the price is justified to recoup the costs of said budget.
Christian Svensson, Vice President of Strategic Planning & Business Development, at Capcom said this about the upcoming DLC, "...whenever we do PDLC (Paid Downloadable Content), that content exists with its own budgets, it’s own profit and loss analysis with its own forecasts. If it didn’t, that extra content wouldn’t have been put into production, because it did not fit within the production budget of the base product...."
Then on the other side, you have gamers who believe that the multiplayer should have been part of the game's retail price.
What Capcom should have done with this content is follow a plan in the style of Criterion Games' title, Burnout Paradise. Capcom should release the multiplayer feature of the game at no cost, make it the best as they can, and build a strong community of gamers who will come back to this mode time and time again. Once things are solid with the content, Capcom could come out with some extra DLC, perhaps make a small package of items for free (extra weapons or an additional map or two) then could bring in paid content for $4.99 for more maps, a set of new characters from the Resident Evil universe to play as in the multiplayer games, etc.
It could be bold that Capcom decided to charge for a game mode such as this, but we shall see if the decision to charge for it will come back to haunt them. Stayed tuned for future sales numbers.