Steam Adds In-Game DLC Support

Steam Adds In-Game DLC Support

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Yes, even you, the stalwart Steam gamer, can purchase horse armor in Oblivion for just $1.99 now that Valve has started supporting in-game sales of downloadable content in all Steam titles past, present and future.

"In-game DLC allows developers and publishers to use their own games as a platform for selling additional content to gamers," Valve's Doug Lombardi said. Yes, that means that paying for new content like stages, extra missions, and horse armor is no longer just something that people who trade dollars for MS Bucks on Xbox Live can talk about. Steam users too can now fully know the joy of shelling out a few bucks for content that, some will no doubt say in their most curmudgeonly voice, used to be free and was called "a patch."

"DLC can now be added to any game on Steam, regardless of whether it was originally purchased via Steam, at retail, or via other digital outlets," Lombardi continued. "It is also a feature of Steamworks, the suite of free tools and services available to game developers and publishers."

The first game to take advantage of the new system will be Twisted Pixel's The Maw, which was available initially only on Xbox Live. The Maw is offering two new levels, titled Brute Force and River Assault, on Steam at the price point of $1.25 each. "We're happy that we can now offer Steam customers significant expansions to the Maw story, delivering more Maw directly to gamers while they're still playing the game," Twisted Pixel CEO, Michael Wilford said.

Don't think this means Valve's going to start charging for TF2 class packs, though, as it sounds like this is mostly a strategy they're setting up to let other publishers do the DLC thing some of them are so fond of and that they can already do on Games for Windows Live.

Perhaps this means we'll start seeing some third-party publishers changing their tune regarding post-launch content that makes it to consoles but not the PC. Now that, say, Ubisoft can charge for the console-exclusive Prince of Persia Epilogue DLC and do it by way of an extremely popular platform like Steam, PC gamers might be seeing more previously console-only content coming their way. Just not for free.

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I can't decide whether this is a win or a lose. It wins cause some of those console exclusive packs will come to PC it is a lose cause some companies will more then likely take advantage of it and charge for stuff we are used to getting completely free.(Map packs etc etc.) Guess will just have to wait and see how it pans out.

Another lose situation for gamers. Damn Microsoft and their creation of microtransactions! Curse their creation of Xbox live taking a previously free service and now charging the gamer base for all the money that they are worth.

No amount of extra content is worth it if gamers will have to constantly pay for add-ons that should of been put in with the game or not made at all. That is what made the difference between limited edition and regular editions and pre-orders versus standard orders.

I am seriously not a fan of this. I think I am one of those voices who will grumble, say it used to be a patch and free.
I hope Valve doesn't start with pricing DLC.

Tenmar:
Damn Microsoft and their creation of microtransactions!

Microtransactions existed far earlier than Microsoft's XBox live system. Indeed, I believe they stretch back in origin to the original MUDs (the forerunners in the 1970's to now of MMO's)

From the sounds of it, the PC community at large won't be affected, unless you want to buy the new stuff. It sounds like things that were originally only for consoles at a price are being brought to the PC, for a price.

I like it.

Oh no please don't start charging for COD Map packs! If not then go steam, another thing PC gamers can gloat upon (yay!).

megapenguinx:
I am seriously not a fan of this. I think I am one of those voices who will grumble, say it used to be a patch and free.
I hope Valve doesn't start with pricing DLC.

They love to much their playerbase to do that. And the fact that most DLC they release you need to have in game.(TF2 class updates)

Anyway DLC alwasy existed they just came with a diferent name Patch!

Hang on, does this mean that I may be able to get the Fallout 3 DLC without having to use that god awful Microsoft-poiint system? Or will that still be in place?

Nuts. That means Activision will start charging us PC players for our Call of Duty maps.

now were gonna have to pay for a new HEV suit

that is cool, something like the one they have on the iphone...

carenebeth:
now were gonna have to pay for a new HEV suit

Epic Failure. I don't think that Valve would do that. They make enough money as is.

whyarecarrots:
Hang on, does this mean that I may be able to get the Fallout 3 DLC without having to use that god awful Microsoft-poiint system? Or will that still be in place?

As far as I know, the Fallout 3 DLC are all Xbox Live / Games for Windows exclusive, for now. So no, but if the contract runs out (or if I'm just stupid and wrong), then yeah I'd imagine they'd be on Steam. I hope I'm stupid and wrong.

Keane Ng:

whyarecarrots:
Hang on, does this mean that I may be able to get the Fallout 3 DLC without having to use that god awful Microsoft-poiint system? Or will that still be in place?

As far as I know, the Fallout 3 DLC are all Xbox Live / Games for Windows exclusive, for now. So no, but if the contract runs out (or if I'm just stupid and wrong), then yeah I'd imagine they'd be on Steam. I hope I'm stupid and wrong.

WOuld you be offended if I also hoped you were wrong: Windows Live for PC is a heap of junk, and if the DLC for fallout 3 were on steam I'd probably get it...

If correctly implemented, this could be a boon for PC gamers. Holding breath patiently to see how it turns out.

Keane Ng:

whyarecarrots:
Hang on, does this mean that I may be able to get the Fallout 3 DLC without having to use that god awful Microsoft-poiint system? Or will that still be in place?

As far as I know, the Fallout 3 DLC are all Xbox Live / Games for Windows exclusive, for now. So no, but if the contract runs out (or if I'm just stupid and wrong), then yeah I'd imagine they'd be on Steam. I hope I'm stupid and wrong.

Huh. You make an excellent point: MS points are a pain to think about.

I've started going of DLC nowadays.
It used to be that they tried hard to fit all of things they wanted in a game onto the disc/cartridge before release. Now they can release a half finished game for full price, then charge you extra to get stuff that they should have just put in from the start.

But Im a sucker for map packs so Ill still buy them :(

oliveira8:

megapenguinx:
I am seriously not a fan of this. I think I am one of those voices who will grumble, say it used to be a patch and free.
I hope Valve doesn't start with pricing DLC.

They love to much their playerbase to do that. And the fact that most DLC they release you need to have in game.(TF2 class updates)

Anyway DLC alwasy existed they just came with a diferent name Patch!

True true, but the horse armor pic basically sums up my feelings.
I meant I hope they don't start that kind of DLC.

megapenguinx:

oliveira8:

megapenguinx:
I am seriously not a fan of this. I think I am one of those voices who will grumble, say it used to be a patch and free.
I hope Valve doesn't start with pricing DLC.

They love to much their playerbase to do that. And the fact that most DLC they release you need to have in game.(TF2 class updates)

Anyway DLC alwasy existed they just came with a diferent name Patch!

True true, but the horse armor pic basically sums up my feelings.
I meant I hope they don't start that kind of DLC.

And yes....urg...people that buy those things *no offense really* deserve to burn in hell. Fork out money just to get Horse armour...When theres probably mods that do that for free.

oliveira8:

megapenguinx:

oliveira8:

megapenguinx:
I am seriously not a fan of this. I think I am one of those voices who will grumble, say it used to be a patch and free.
I hope Valve doesn't start with pricing DLC.

They love to much their playerbase to do that. And the fact that most DLC they release you need to have in game.(TF2 class updates)

Anyway DLC alwasy existed they just came with a diferent name Patch!

True true, but the horse armor pic basically sums up my feelings.
I meant I hope they don't start that kind of DLC.

And yes....urg...people that buy those things *no offense really* deserve to burn in hell. Fork out money just to get Horse armour...When theres probably mods that do that for free.

Especially on PC.
Also the whole charging for alternate costumes bit I never really understood either.

Yes! I was so disappointed I couldn't download that armor!

I just see it as another way Steam will attract more games to it, only to have the numbers from their sales come back to them and have the developers/publishers of those games realize they are losing sales to other games that don't charge for that content.

It is only slightly surprising now how many new players show up on TF2 content patch weekends. Valve probably has a great big grin on their faces thinking about how outdated and obsolete other business models are compared to theirs.

*Developer Achievement Unlocked: Lamb To The Slaughter*

Well, there you have it. Steam officially added the last feature GFWL had over it. Now can we please put GFWL into the graveyard and make Steam the standard instead?

This could be good or bad. If Steam continues to offer DLC for their own games for free, then it won't be that bad, but if we start getting charged for things we could get before for free, then that will be epic fail. The OP is right though, a lot of stuff that is now labelled "microtransactions" used to be called "patches".

I foresee alot of people charging for pointless things, like they do for xbox live now. However I do not think this will be very well received with pc gamers, and there will probably be mods shortly after that do much the same thing. So they won't do it for long I don't think, though game publishers have done stupider things before.

 

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