Square Enix: No Plans for Final Fantasy XIII DLC at This Time

by Christian Witka, posted on 15 February 2010 / 1,038 Views

In an interview with the Playstation Blog, Final Fantasy XIII producer Yoshinori Kitase and director Motomu Toriyama finally confirmed there are no plans for DLC at the time, regardless of various rumors bouncing around the internet. Here's the information in their own words:

 

Question: I heard there was content removed from the original game? Could it possibly resurface as DLC?

Answer: Regarding the DLC content, we feel that the final product is 100% enjoyable…it’s the complete package. So we’re not planning any DLC at this time. In regard to the rumored cut content, we feel it was taken out of context. There are a lot of ideas that are brought to the table, and then the team takes the best ideas out of those, and the final product is polished that way. There was content that were “ideas” that didn’t make the final content, but the team isn’t looking to release that as downloadable content.

 

So, it means that when a company releases DLC for their games, it means their games are not 100% enjoyable, and perhaps on purpose? Maybe not having DLC are good news after all.

 

Source: E4G


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10 Comments

AugustusBot (on 15 February 2010)

pretty lame. i hate when the worlds most worthless games get "Special Editions" and tons of DLC bonus content, but one of the most anticipated titles of this generation gets neither. Fail.


deus837 (on 15 February 2010)

"So, it means that when a company releases DLC for their games, it means their games are not 100% enjoyable, and perhaps on purpose? Maybe not having DLC are good news after all." Exactly. There are some exceptions though. I don't think anyone is blaming Valkyria Chronicles, for example, which introduced 5 new missions and a very hard mode several months after the game came out. Or hell, even map packs are fine. Things like Dragon Age, RE5 vs mode, etc. Those are despicable.


loves2splooge (on 15 February 2010)

I'm not fond of the DLC model. I can understand jacking the prices for retail games to $60 due to inflation. Optical disc games (PS1, Saturn, Dreamcast, PS2, Xbox, GC) have been at the $50 price point for 2 full generations. So the bump to $60 was coming. But DLC indirectly inflates the price of games even more than that. Games are pretty much at a tiered model now. You get an incomplete game for $60 and a complete game (added DLC) for X amount more. It's a way for game publishers to jack up the prices in a sneaky and indirect manner. I understand that HD development is expensive but considering that many game publishers (including EA) are losing money despite charging for DLC, I think it's quite apparent that customers are saying no to getting ripped and the game publishers are paying the price. If game publishers want to make money, they need to cut back on development costs for games that aren't likely to sell a whole lot in the first place. Companies like EA invest these big budgets into so many HD games, thinking that everyone of them is going to be a blockbuster. And they believe that if they fail, the second-hand and rental markets as well sa the pirates are to blame. Instead of accepting responsibility for their own poor financial planning. Leave the big budgets to blockbuster hits like Call of Duty and Assassin's Creed. Gamers have limited budgets so they're not going to pay $60 for every game they think is interesting and then pay for DLC on top of that. Wasn't there a survey done not long ago showing that only a small percentage of gamers are willing to buy DLC? Valve is known for offering great prices on Steam on a consistent basis and they're a profitable company (not to mention some free DLC too). I think unprofitable companies like EA have a lot to learn from companies like Valve.


Carl2291 (on 15 February 2010)

"At this time"


heywoodjablome (on 15 February 2010)

DLC is just a way for a company to make more money by leaving features out of a game and then making you pay to unlock them. but you cant blame them because its a genius idea and it helps them from getting screwed over when people buy their games used from gamestop


Flow (on 15 February 2010)

@Simulacrum Your link says: He gave no details on what or when, but told OPM Benelux (via VG247) that "we did prepare a DLC but it will arrive a little later in the West". Follow the VG247 link and you will see it's a rumor


Simulacrum (on 15 February 2010)

Eurogamer has confirmed that there will be dlc for FF XIII. http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/ffxiii-will-get-dlc-kitase


IvorEvilen (on 15 February 2010)

This is one of the few statements from Square Enix recently that is truly reassuring. I'm glad that they have confidence in their product.


rccsetzer (on 15 February 2010)

Proof that PS3 version was cut out?


Wagram (on 15 February 2010)

I'm glad they are doing this. We don't need DLC. Put it all on the damned disk. or disks for people who get the X360 version.