Naughty Dog Won't Travel Down A Dangerous DLC Road
Call us biased, but just about everything we hear from Naughty Dog impresses us.
As you may or may not know, the developer doesn't plan to offer any single-player downloadable content for Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. Why? They'd rather work on a whole new game.
Game director Justin Richmond told Eurogamer that every time they tried to come up with a campaign expansion, they'd always devise a "five-hour level." Naughty Dog community strategist added- "Dialing back our ambition is difficult." And Richmond finished:
"We'd rather build out another game than we would do episodic content. We're so small that we can't afford to have a whole team working on DLC."
Naughty Dog remains small in comparison; they have a team of about 90 people, which is especially tiny when compared with other teams working on blockbuster projects. But the reason we say single-player DLC is a dangerous road should be obvious: it's a slippery slope; developers might start leaving out more and more content to release it later as paid DLC.
Some have accused designers and publishers of doing this before, but it's mostly limited to the multiplayer modes, which are ever-evolving experiences anyway. When it comes to single-player, no gamer wants a gimped adventure because the game makers got this episodic idea in their heads. No, we'll get the full entertainment package with Uncharted 3 and we appreciate that.
Related Game(s): Uncharted 3
10/15/2011 4:45:48 PM Ben Dutka