If you liked Fallout 3 chances are you found something to enjoy in last month's Fallout: New Vegas. While the Bethesda published and Obsidian Entertainment developed New Vegas isn't without its share of issues, it was still a solid and well reviewed game. If you have put in the large time investment necessary to complete the main story and side quests and are wanting more, there is some good news if you own an Xbox 360. Bethesda has announced that on December 21st, the first expansion DLC for the game will be made available exclusively for 360 owners.
This new add-on pack is called Dead Money and appears to be focused on group of individuals hunting for treasure. In the press release Bethesda describes what the main mission of this add-on will be:
"As the victim of a raw deal you must work alongside three other captured wastelanders to recover the legendary treasure of the Sierra Madre Casino. In Dead Money, your life hangs in the balance as you face new terrain, foes, and choices. It is up to you how you play your cards in the quest to survive."
Dead Money will hit the Xbox Live Marketplace and will be priced at 800 Microsoft Points ($10). One curious aspect of this announcement is a complete lack of information on a PlayStation 3 or PC version of the add-on. We previously reported on Microsoft's exclusivity for these add-on packs, and it remains to be seen if the exclusivity is complete or just timed. Given how these add-on eventually came to all systems for Fallout 3, it wouldn't be surprising if to see this and other DLC packs making their way to all platforms eventually.
As someone who primarily games on the PS3, it is very disappointing that companies continue to do this exclusive DLC stuff. Is the amount of money to be made by making this exclusive worth the ill feelings of the PS3 and PC player base? While it is probably not as large of an audience as the 360 crowd, it was still big enough to warrant releasing the game on the platform. Wouldn't companies want to maximize profits buy selling to the largest group possible? Could Microsoft have possibly cut a big enough paycheck to alienate two out of the three audiences for your game? These are all questions that are brought up by this exclusivity practice that do not do either side any favors.
Readers, what are you thoughts on this DLC? Are you 360 owners looking forward to more Fallout, or did you already get your fill with the on-disc content? All you PS3 and PC owners, how does this exclusive stuff make you feel?
Fallout: New Vegas Dead Money will be available December 21st on the Xbox Live Marketplace for 800 MS Points.