The recently released DLC for Bioshock 2
has upset users on the 2K
Forums. Entitled Sinclair Solutions
and costing $5, users noticed that the content is incredibly small: 24KB on the PC
and 108KB on the Xbox 360
. 2K Games
responded with a post explaining that the decision was made in order to keep the player base in tact, without splitting it between the haves and have-nots.
"The way our engine and game structure works is that people need to have the exact same content for people to play together," wrote community manager 2K Elizabeth. "One of the challenges with post launch content for MP is that it can split the player base, and we want to avoid that whenever possible. For this content, creating the DLC package the way we did allowed for us to not split the player base - so whether you purchase the new content or not, you can still play with your friends."
This might be enough of an explanation for some fans, but some are sure to feel disgruntled that part of the game has been locked. So the DLC seems more of an unlock then it does a download and it will only ever be available for those willing to pay.
2k Elizabaeth also writes "I know some of you have strong beliefs about DLC, and I'm not here to sway your opinion or convince you to buy our stuff." She concludes "If you like what we're offering, I hope you get it and enjoy it. If it's not your speed, enjoy BioShock 2 as we released it."
If you have time, take a look at the 2K forum and over 100 pages of comments! http://forums.2kgames.com/forums/showthread.php?t=63853