Titanfall 2 developer Respawn Entertainment confirms its reasoning behind the game’s free DLC, stating that it does not want to ‘split the community.’
As it stands, players of Titanfall 2 are going to get plenty of bang for their buck. Although the original game only offered up multiplayer modes for users, the sequel is going to receive the first single player campaign in the franchise – a move that could potentially even improve the multiplayer experience. What’s more, the title is also going to be on the receiving end of a glut of free DLC, and Respawn’s reason behind this choice is certainly refreshing.
Speaking with Games Radar, Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella reiterated the developer’s business model for Titanfall 2, stating that the studio will be "giving away all the maps and modes." The reason behind this? The developer does not want to "split the community."
As it turns out, Respawn wants to develop a strong relationship with the player, building trust with the game’s users. "We need to trust the player and they need to trust us," said Zampella. "Trust that if we do the right thing – not sell maps and modes – we’ll get more people investing with us, investing with the game as a whole." It certainly seems like a sound strategy to help keep gamers happy, and given that the game is set to include a standard AAA price point at launch, it seems apt that Respawn should be aiming for players to be "happy with their $60 versions."
However, exactly where the financial clout comes from to make additional content for the game remains to be seen. Zampella stated that the company certainly intends to keep players occupied with extra maps and modes, but the plan of action to implement these is still up in the air, with the studio co-founder stating that “we haven’t got everything solved yet.” With that in mind, there could potentially be the potential for cosmetic DLC to be paid-for content.
Delivering a large amount of free DLC is something that has certainly proved popular among fans of numerous games. Halo 5 continues to offer free support for players, with the upcoming Warzone Firefight update set to be the game’s largest to date, while The Witcher 3 and GTA 5 have also given fans plenty of content at no extra cost. However, if Respawn goes too far down the cosmetic DLC front, it could certainly work against the popularity of Titanfall 2 – after all, the wide array of DLC was one of the reasons that players turned off Evolve so quickly.
That said, this attitude is still likely to be a positive one in the eyes of many. Titanfall 2 was one of the games that came out of E3 2016 the strongest, with fans excited to see more after the debut story trailer and multiplayer trailer. Hopefully, Respawn will be able to deliver on this promise when the game sees release.
Titanfall 2 will launch on October 28, 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Source: Games Radar