Dead Rising 4's real ending appears to be locked behind paid DLC [Update]

There's a reason the base game ends so abruptly.


Dead Rising 4 offers multiple endings, but the canonical one ends on a cliffhanger you can only resolve by purchasing the "Frank Rising" DLC expansion.

The DLC's official description indicates that it picks up where the base game leaves off.

Be warned: spoilers follow.

Dead Rising 4: Frank Rising: In this DLC, Frank West is freshly infected and needs to find a cure before he becomes a zombie and is lost forever. While searching for a cure, Frank discovers that everything is not the same as it was; zombies are getting smarter, people cannot be trusted and paramilitary forces are plotting to wipe out Willamette. Frank has a limited time before he reverts to the full zombie state and the city is wiped out. Frank will have to get to the truth first… or die trying.

Ubisoft's 2008 reboot of Prince of Persia is another, semi-recent example of a game that saved its denouement for a paid DLC.

Dead Rising 4 released today for Xbox One and Windows 10 via Microsoft's Play Anywhere initiative. Shacknews editor-in-chief Steve Watts found the game an uneven mix of the franchise's trademark creative weapons and witty writing, juxtaposed against tedium and glitches.

"Dead Rising 4 is uneven and less polished than many other games this fall," he concluded. "It's the kind of light, airy game I would have expected earlier in the year, when it wouldn't risk being swallowed up by the holiday season. At its core it's a pulp adventure, with winking witticisms and bloody messes strewn throughout. That makes it, if not entirely memorable, at least a bloody good time that understands the ephemeral nature of camp."


After some deliberation among the Shacknews team, we decided to hedge our bets and adjust the headline to illustrate that the Frank Rising DLC might be the canonical continuation of the core game's story. Steve Watts' explained that his experience with the game serves as evidence that cliffhanger ending is the "real" ending. However, Frank Rising isn't available to play just yet. Until a Shack editor can play through the DLC to verify whether it is canon or a standalone experience, our headline reflects that as a possibility rather than a certainty.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at and @davidlcraddock.

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    December 6, 2016 1:51 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Dead Rising 4's real ending is locked behind paid DLC

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      December 6, 2016 1:54 PM

      Can it be considered the real ending then?

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        December 6, 2016 2:03 PM

        It can, because the DLC treats it as the canonical ending out of all possible endings.

        If I can bring up a weird example, consider Mortal Kombat. Each game had multiple endings, but they were really what-if scenarios for each character. If Reptile wins, he usurps Shao Kahn's throne! If Mileena wins, she kills Kitana! When the next game comes out, players got to see which of those endings, if any, was the "real" ending based on the new game's lore. Did Mileena kill Kitana? No, so that ending is effectively fan fiction.

        Dead Rising 4 works more or less the same way. There are multiple endings, but Capcom's official DLC chose the cliffhanger as the true one.

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      December 6, 2016 1:58 PM

      As a true fan of DR and DR2, this makes me so angry. The people making this game keep lying about it, crowbcat did an excellent video showing how much of a blatant cash-grab it already is:

      GOING BACK TO THE ROOTS GUYS. Dead Rising. ITS FRANK WEST. It's just like the old games except... its the exact opposite in every way possible and now the ending is locked behind DLC!

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      December 6, 2016 2:09 PM

      At this point I'm not really surprised they'd try to pull something like this.

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      December 6, 2016 3:56 PM

      I'm already quite pissed that the game has a 11GB day-one patch and takes ages to download on Microsoft's shit slow network.

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        December 6, 2016 4:05 PM

        Wowwwww what the

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        December 6, 2016 5:09 PM

        Man I never have issues downloading anything from Microsoft, that sucks.

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          December 6, 2016 5:20 PM

          Yeah, I know it's obviously regional, but I get some of the fastest downloads from microsoft's servers. Downloading games off xbox live usually caps my bandwidth.

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          December 6, 2016 5:50 PM

          It's horrible on PC. Pray to god that you don't have to pause the download or your connection drops for some reason. I had to download Gears of War 4 four times, Forza Horizon 3 twice.

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            December 6, 2016 5:54 PM

            Yeah, I had to download many games many time over.

            Also, couldn't play the Recore demo. Launched it the first time and ALT-F4'd. Apparently, it ate up all my demo time. Nothing could fix that issue.

            What a way to instill confidence in the platform.

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      December 6, 2016 4:04 PM

      If only capcom were to have these issues with actual great games.

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      December 6, 2016 4:48 PM

      I think I did an accidental wtf of this, but now reading it, seems warranted.

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