Bandai Namco updates Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2‘s Steam listing, replacing the DLC plans that were originally promised with something much less exciting.
The release of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 today marks publisher Bandai Namco’s first attempt at following up the unexpected western success of Dragon Ball Xenoverse. What many gamers originally assumed to be a niche offering quickly became a surprise hit, and the announcement of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 left many fans salivating at the prospect of a more refined Xenoverse experience.
While it’s still too early to tell just how enjoyable that experience is – Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 has only been available for less than twenty-four hours – there is some concerning behavior outside of the game that could point towards internal problems. Bandai Namco and developer Dimps were very clear about plans for DLC in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 in the months leading up to the game’s launch, promising free DLC to those who purchased the title and a year of support following its release. Now, however, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2‘s Steam listing has changed on the day of the game’s release, and it’s not an encouraging adjustment.
A redditor named Mkilbride posted an image earlier today expressing concerns over a change they noticed in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2‘s Steam listing. As shown above, the listing has changed to make no mention of the free content that Bandai Namco and Dimps originally promised, and the publisher is now promising only six months of support instead of the previous year.
Bandai Namco has yet to comment on the situation, but as it stands now, things certainly don’t look good for the publisher, as it appears the company is breaking its promise to fans only after they have purchased the game already. It’s a move without much precedent in modern gaming, and given the extended universe support for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, it’s also a baffling one – Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 had all the makings of the first instalment in what could be a long line of sequels given its predecessor’s success, and it would be odd for Bandai Namco to get cold feet about supporting it as much as the publisher had first promised.
It’s probably a little too early to break out the pitchforks, but the situation regarding Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is certainly one to keep an eye on. If Bandai Namco really did go back on the promises it made to support its newest game, it’s a serious breach of trust that fans will inevitably feel cheated and betrayed by, and winning back the trust of gamers is a tall order that many companies inevitably fall short of.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is available now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.