Timed exclusivity eventually frustrates gamers on all sides of the console wars. Knowing that a game would be ready for one’s console of choice except that publishers and console developers made a deal to delay the delivery of the game to all other consoles just makes gamers angry.
So when BioWare and Electronic Arts announced that Dragon Age: Inquisition’s first DLC expansion, Jaws of Hakkon would be released for PC and Xbox One on March 24th, and that all other systems would have to wait for Jaws of Hakkon until sometime in May, many gamers became extremely upset. Since then, no further updates have been provided on when exactly gamers could expect the DLC for their systems, until today.
The official Dragon Age: Inquisition Twitter feed posted a promotional image for Jaws of Hakkon today, announcing that the game would be available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360 starting on May 26th.
No further information has been released from BioWare or Electronic Arts, but the response from fans has been generally negative. Telling gamers that they can expect the Jaws of Hakkon DLC in May and then later noting that it’s in the last full week of the month feels adding insult to injury for many.
While Jaws of Hakkon‘s timed exclusivity is probably intended to improve sales on the systems that get it first, the DLC sales for the other systems may not quite live up to BioWare’s expectations. After all, many fans of Dragon Age: Inquisition are RPG fans in general, and also like The Witcher. The Witcher 3 is coming out for PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One one week before Jaws of Hakkon, so it’s likely that many angry PlayStation fans will have moved on to newer things, at least for a while.
Exclusive deals among publishers and platforms is one of the most frustrating things about being a gamer. If gamers have to wait because the game needs to be reprogrammed for another console, that’s understandable and acceptable. In the old days, this would often be mitigated with an extra game mode that only the later system would get, too. But these days, knowing that you can’t get your hands on a game purely because of timed exclusivity is rage-inducing. It’s doubtful that it’s a great sales technique, too- most of us won’t be racing out the door to buy a new console just because we want a game now, and not in a month or two.
Dragon Age Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon is currently available for PC and Xbox One; PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360 will get it on May 26th.
Source: Dragon Age Twitter