Assassin's Creed II DLC Was Originally Included In Game
Before you all freak out over the title and start shrieking that developers and publishers are ripping you off, please read the actual article below.
The concept of downloadable content isn't a 100% positive in everyone's eyes. While extra stuff is typically embraced with open arms, the idea that game designers may be withholding certain content in order to cash in later when they release it as DLC is starting to chafe. But there are other reasons why some content, initially slated to be included in the project, eventually got lifted in favor of becoming additional add-ons. Take Ubisoft and Assassin's Creed II, for instance: according to a Kotaku interview with lead Patrice Desilets, the upcoming downloadable packs featuring the Battle of Forli and the Bonfire of the Vanities had originally been included in the game. But then, like movie editors deciding what's best to remove, they decided to make the necessary adjustments. Said Desilets:
"I felt that, 'Okay, there were too many things to do and to finish.' So we said, 'Okay, let's take a portion of the game that was planned and we'll give it in DLC.' We'll remove some stress to the team while giving more to fans and people who like Assassin's Creed. I think we gave them so much content that they cannot say that we owe them, that we didn't give them a lot for their 60 bucks."
If you haven't been following along, the two extra episodes will be available in January and February for $4 and $5 respectively, and they will essentially fillin the "Sequence gaps" in the storyline. Furthermore, Desilets and Co. are apparently toying with the idea of another feature that got lifted from the original product: the option to replay any mission. "Eventually, maybe we'll come out with some way to do it somehow," added Desilets. I'm fine with most all of this and Assassin's Creed II in no way felt stripped-down or lacking, but if the content was going to contribute to the story...shouldn't that have been included? I'm just wondering...bear in mind that I have nothing bad to say about ACII in general; it's certainly one of the year's best.
12/22/2009 9:07:44 PM Ben Dutka