Dragon Age: Origins' Release Day DLC Media

With BioWare's Dragon Age: Origins slated to receive two downloadable expansions at launch, the company has now issued screenshots and trailers...

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With BioWare's Dragon Age: Origins slated to receive two downloadable expansions at launch, the company has now issued screenshots and trailers detailing the add-ons.

All new copies of Dragon Age: Origins--due on PC and Xbox 360 come November 3, then PlayStation 3 later in the month--will include free codes for both the "Stone Prisoner" expansion and "Blood Dragon Armor" also wearable in Mass Effect 2. "Prisoner" will also be available as a $15 (1200 MS Point) download for those that buy used.

The "Warden's Keep" expansion--priced at $7 (560 MS Points)--will also be available at release, though only those who buy the PC Digital Deluxe Edition will get it free.

"Warden's Keep" Trailer

Stone Prisoner" Trailer

From The Chatty
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    October 12, 2009 11:50 AM

    In spite of the DLC shenanigans, I've decided to pre-order DA:O instead of the other big name releases this holiday. I appreciate the risk Bioware is taking trying to cater to the fans of their classic games. That, and I'm just sick of playing shooters.

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      October 12, 2009 11:59 AM

      What shenanigans? There's DLC in the form of content that was unfinished when the game was content-locked and has since been finished and is now included for free, and there's DLC that's included in a special edition, but will also be available to others for a price.

      I don't see how the DLC could be more reasonable.

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        October 12, 2009 12:06 PM

        Day 1 DLC is always suspicious to me. If you want to give the benefit of a doubt to EA without question, thats fine. I just have the aching suspicion that we're being taken advantaged of. Not that its anything new or anything.

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          October 13, 2009 1:17 AM

          it's not day 1 DLC.

          it's day 90 DLC. the game was "content complete" a while back while the console versions were being readied for simultaneous launch.

          that allowed :
          1) fucktons of polishing and bug fixing for the pc version
          2) the creative people to move on to creating dlc while the main game was getting qa'd / ported to consoles.

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      October 12, 2009 12:05 PM

      Shenanigans? This is the best idea I've seen yet to counter piracy (which is just encouraging purchasing as opposed to punishments with DRM). I think its a fantastic move and I'm going to pre-order, too.

      Bioware has to do something; if Blizzard or Bioware start going console-only because of piracy, I'm going to find those damn pirates and appeasers and do house-calls like Jay and Silent Bob.

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        October 12, 2009 12:15 PM

        Well, its more of an anti-used sales tactic. Not really that effective against pirates. Those rascals will find a way to procure the DLC some way or another.

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        October 12, 2009 12:15 PM

        Agreed. Yet another example of how gamers are overly cynical and jaded, where even giving away DLC for free makes people upset.

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        October 12, 2009 12:17 PM

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        October 12, 2009 12:24 PM

        Seems Blizzard didn't have bad earnings with their games in the past, with or without piracy.

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      October 12, 2009 12:07 PM

      I noticed that Biowares approach to DLC induces console gamers to pay over some cash to the developers, instead of just buying used. I think its a nifty approach to the problem used console game sales poses to developers, a problem that I used to be very envious of since I'm a pc gamer.

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        October 12, 2009 12:26 PM

        I still wonder how "the used market" poses such a big threat to the video game industry, but I didn't see the music/book/movie/furniture industry complain about it. Isn't it just the same there?

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          October 12, 2009 12:46 PM

          I could be wrong, but I doubt the music/book/movie/furniture industry has a company that can compare to Gamestop(or whatever they're called now) when it comes to making so much money from used sales that likely would have otherwise gone to a new copy. (45 dollar used vs 49 dollar new and such)

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        October 12, 2009 1:21 PM

        If I was getting this for the xbox 360, I would've gotten it used. I haven't bought any dlc, not going to start.

        However, I'm getting this for pc, which means I pretty much can't get it used (from stores).

        Basically it boils down to the fact that,

        If I"m forced to buy the game new (their decision or my own), then free "extra" content is welcomed. However, If I can get the game at a reduced cost without the "extra" stuff but still have the entire game, then I would prefer this method.

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