It was discovered today that EA’s Dead Space 3 will launch with approximately 11 day one pieces of DLC. These DLC packs are separate from the micro-transactions that were found out last week. However, they have similar purposes as both the micro-transactions and the 11 DLC packs are mainly focused on weapon creation.
The DLC packs allow you to collect loot faster to upgrade Isaac, the loot can also be used in the crafting of weapons as well. You will basically be upgrading scavenger bots, capacity ($4.99), personality ($4.99), and speed up loot collection ($4.99). There are also other DLC packs that will allow you to upgrade Isaac’s weapons and suits as well.
EA and Visceral made a statement about the DLC, but all they did was describe the scavenger bots purpose and encourage people who want to loot faster to buy the DLC. To top all this off EA confirmed there will be a online pass to activate the multiplayer section of the game.
At this point I can’t recommend anyone buy this game, in fact I would argue that buying Dead Space 3 would be a detriment to our industry. If you buy Dead Space 3 now, EA will take it as people will tolerate this behavior and will continue doing this. EA got away with doing this for Mass Effect 3 because the game sold so well and now they are trying to push the day one DLC even further. The more people tolerate this behavior the worse it is going to get.
Micro-transactions and DLC are fine, but this is still a boxed $60 game and there is no way that people should be having to pay for content like this. EA has taken the free-to-play model and moved it over to $60 a game which is unacceptable.