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59. Re: Borderlands 2 Captain Scarlett DLC Next Week Oct 11, 2012, 19:43 Beamer
Jerykk wrote on Oct 11, 2012, 18:42:
Bhruic wrote on Oct 11, 2012, 18:12:
Jerykk wrote on Oct 11, 2012, 17:30:
DLC isn't always withheld content. In some cases, it is (like with ME3's From Ashes DLC) but in many cases, the DLC has a completely separate budget and dev cycle from the main game. Once a game reaches beta, the artists and designers aren't really generating any new content for the main game. They're just fixing bugs and doing general polish tasks. As such, it makes sense for them to start working on DLC during this period. That's how they can release DLC so soon after the main game's release.

You're making a distinction that I don't count. Yes, it's not always stuff they physically removed ala ME3's Ashes. But it's still often stuff that was planned out well before the game was shipped, let alone finalized. Even the Mechromancer DLC was planned before the game hit gold. They might not have started working on it, but they'd already effectively separated it from the game ahead of time. That's what I'm talking about by "withheld".

Well, yeah, of course it was planned out before the game's release but that doesn't mean it was originally going to be part of the game. Games have budgets and deadlines and at a certain point in development (beta), you just can't create any new content without putting the game's stability (and thus deadlines and budget) at risk. Were it not for the DLC model, this Captain Scarlett content simply wouldn't be made.

You're the only person that ever agrees with me when I say this.

Features that were cut at some point in the process, either because of budget or time, can be added back in as DLC. It isn't "oh, we can monetize this," it's "oh, we can manage to get that cool thing back!"

Yes, this isn't always true. Capcom's palette changes and the Gears of War 3 gun colors were obviously withheld content - someone could have made those in 20 minutes.

Something like this? It's bonus content. Maybe it was planned to be included and wasn't. Maybe the idea came during development, too late to actually add it. Whatever the case, it isn't as if the game is incomplete without it.
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