Content In New RE5 Edition Was Cut From Original
Earlier this week, we learned that the upcoming DLC packages for Assassin's Creed II were initially scheduled to be included in the game but Ubisoft removed the content for their own reasons.
Despite the apparent legitimacy of those reasons, it still caused a bit of a stir and this new bit of information isn't going to help much. You're probably already aware of Resident Evil 5: Alternative Edition (gamers in North America will know it as the "Gold Edition") that is slated to drop in spring; it'll boast "extensive use of the PS3 motion controls" plus two entirely new scenarios that weren't featured in the original RE5 released earlier this year. However, according to PS3Center citing a recent Dengeki PlayStation interview with RE5 assistant producer Mie Suzuki, those two new scenarios were also originally in the game. Both "Desperate Escape" and "Lost in Nightmares" were there but were then removed by the developers "to improve the pacing of the narrative." Each of these pieces were worth about 1-2 hours of play time apiece, which could've significantly lengthened the gameplay, but Suzuki insists it was a matter of pacing. Now, this is bound to promote the ire of many a gamer, especially those who are already inclined to believe the worst of devs and publishers, in that they wish to rip us off at every turn.
Personally, I'm not quite ready to believe that. Games these days are just like movies; they must go through a zillion editing processes before they're finally complete and the sheer amount of content that must've been eliminated before DLC is probably mind-boggling. We just never heard about it because publishers didn't have the option of releasing the dropped material for the fans at a later date. I really think this is the case; designers are gamers, too, and if you talk to any of them, you'll know they're as hardcore as you and I are, and they wish to deliver the best experience possible. Hence, I'm willing to believe them if they say the content was removed for such-and-such a reason. This is just my two cents on the issue.
Related Game(s): Resident Evil 5
12/25/2009 10:06:11 PM Ben Dutka