Timed BF3 and Skyrim DLC arrangements
We now know when Skyrim DLC is coming and while a rough month gives some satisfaction to gamers it also raises many more questions, which includes those that touch on the issue of timed exclusive content for not only Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim but also other games like Battlefield 3. What does Sony or Microsoft gain from getting DLC a little sooner?
Plenty of Dawnguard opinion has already been given – around this time last week we looked at the gamers attitude to Skyrim downloadable content on the PS3, and also the possibilities of Vampires, which showed opinions from both Xbox 360 and PS3 gamers. It seems that plenty of Skyrim users are not bothered with timed exclusive content, and some of those that are cannot understand why it benefits consoles?
One article seen here takes a look at this very idea in detail and considers the gains for platforms, developers, and also wonders how timed exclusive content can benefit the player. It seems the author of this article considers most of the risks being taken are on the developer/publisher side, and we certainly agree that most Skyrim users are not concerned with waiting a month longer for DLC. Having invested over 400 hours in Skyrim ourselves and waited many months for Skyrim’s first DLC, we’d also like to point out that another month is no big deal in our opinion.
Feedback we’ve had from our readers clearly show a lack of understanding about timed exclusive deals for both Skyrim and BF3, and some gamers have stated they “can’t think of any logical reasons” for this kind of exclusivity. Others rightly point out that people don’t base the version of the game they get on timed exclusive content, which again doesn’t benefit Microsoft or Sony.
So if timed Skyrim DLC is ridiculous and useless, then why is it happening? We’d say in a nutshell it is about throwing money around, although we wonder if brands (Microsoft especially) will ever grow tired of spending money on timed exclusive content?