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On BioShock 2 DLC's Tiny Download

A post to the 2K Forums explains why the just-released Sinclair Solutions Tester Pack DLC for BioShock 2 was already present on the game discs, saying this was to ensure multiplayer compatibility (thanks Shacknews). Word is:

I noticed there was a bit of confusion about our Sinclair Solutions Tester Pack file size, and I wanted to clear things up for you. The way our engine and game structure works is that people need to have the exact same content for people to play together. One of the challenges with post launch content for MP is that it can split the player base, and we want to avoid that whenever possible. For this content, creating the DLC package the way we did allowed for us to not split the player base so whether you purchase the new content or not, you can still play with your friends.

I know some of you have strong beliefs about DLC, and I'm not here to sway your opinion or convince you to buy our stuff - if you like what we're offering, I hope you get it and enjoy it. If it's not your speed, enjoy BioShock 2 as we released it.

I want to let you know that DLC is not interfering with our patching capabilities, which are a top priority and are still being actively worked on. We're committed to supporting you and making BioShock 2 the best experience possible.

I hope this clears up a lot of the questions and confusion in this thread!

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5. Re: On BioShock 2 DLC's Tiny Download Mar 12, 2010, 17:12 Flatline
 
finga wrote on Mar 12, 2010, 16:08:
It's also based on the limitations of DLC on the 360. The content that the 360 can show to players must be present on the disc or on the HD, but the 360 doesn't let you download DLC if you didn't buy it. So if they want all players, even those who didn't buy the DLC to see those assets like graphics and sound, they'll need to put them on the disc. (I think they can also issue a title update, but as anyone who's gotten a little close to 360 development goes, it's not worth releasing a title update for this if the assets are finished before the game's release - just put it on the disc.)

Then I imagine they also brought that system over to the PC to make it easy on themselves.

So how come I can download, say, Boarderlands DLC and play the game with someone who doesn't have that DLC? I can't go to the DLC obviously with my friend, but everything else works just fine. I promise my friend hasn't downloaded 3 gigs of data just so he can play with me.
 
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