Free Chromehounds content on the way

From Software mech shooter set to get first downloadable add-on next week; three new parts, one new color pattern included.

From Software's Chromehounds just came out in the US last week, but the tactical mech shooter is already due for a downloadable content pack, according to an announcement on publisher Sega's official forums for the game.

The downloadable content pack contains four items: three new Chromehound parts (two new arms and an armor upgrade) and a new color scheme. It isn't an overwhelming amount of extra content, but it will be free. Sega and From Software had server issues around the time of the game's US launch, and according to the announcement, making this download free is one way of thanking players for sticking with the game.

According to the post, the content pack will be available at midnight GMT on Wednesday (5 p.m. PDT on Tuesday). For more on Chromehounds, check out GameSpot's full review.

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60 comments
Xenos-Fear
Xenos-Fear

Really good game ! At first impression, seems to be a normal Mech game... but the fact that you can built up a mech from your own... and also, do a war on Xbox live is truly amazing !

DoE_bOi
DoE_bOi

AWESEOME!!!!! Cant wait to DL!!!

awia
awia

I would Loosenut if my game stopped freezing every 5 minutes. what a rip-off. I should have bought Prey

Loosenut
Loosenut

I wouyld like to see more people online doing clan vs. clan fighting. C'mon guys...join a clan and let's get in on!!

danthekilla
danthekilla

they only gave this game a 7.9 WTF its worth at least 9/10 the online is 2nd only to halo

elementjdg06
elementjdg06

yay u get new armor new cannon new armor and new color lol

lil_phamtom_boi
lil_phamtom_boi

sweet, wanna know what kind of parts are they giving us. hope its more of a sniper parts

evilyoda861
evilyoda861

This game kicks ass once you get a solid mech that you are good with, the mp is exellent!

TeTBCN
TeTBCN

Download Contend free is good. But in the game the objects of Hounds too are free, it no is good.

Ultimate7777777
Ultimate7777777

I cant wait to get this game, it sounds really good. Im a fan of From Software's Armored Core series, so I should enjoy Chromehounds. Also, free downloadable content? That sounds like its gonna be good too. I cant wait to get the game!

VolcanoMan001
VolcanoMan001

I think it is an outstanding game, with outstanding visuals. Online play is especially great as well. When you see the game in action it looks like those PS3 prerendered video sequences that Sony passing off as "gameplay" last year. This gives me great expectations about the untapped capability of the X360. And speaking of offline vs. online play... the reviewers and most everyone else do not understand the purpose of offline play. It is not so much to provide an in depth campaign, rather, it is merely to "train" the player in the different RTs and to also have the player accumulate parts to use online. The better the rating you get in each single player scenario, the more parts you unlock to built a new Hound.

Echo13791
Echo13791

anyone can have their opinion, but don't call this game sub par if you haven't played the online. The ONLY, or at least main that it got low scores was because the single player, not the online. Basically, soclologist, you are prevoking everyone else to attack you. If you are gunna be soo negative and keep calling it a sub par game (which is fine cause its ur opinion), but then saying its funny that we defend it.

GCN49
GCN49

i'm glad to be getting some new parts... it also seems that there are "new" parts being released in game ever so often... i really like this game for a few reasons... first, I've enjoyed From Software's Armored Core: Master of Arena, and I just think mechs are cool... another thing is that the online community for this game actually care about playing the game... they are respectful to others, well the majority of the time, and you can actually get into a serious conversation about the game's depth of play... put this into juxtaposition with playing Call of Duty 2, or even Halo 2 at times, where nearly everyone are jerks, cuss constantly, think they're all that till you cap 'em, then they blame it on lag or some other nonsense... maybe it's because Chromehounds is more of an MMO than any other shooter type game, mech or not, out there right now... i like this game so much in fact that even though i've only had it for a week, i've played for almost 20 hours... and that's with taking classes at school... so I don't know who's saying Chromehounds is "sub-par", but it sure isn't anyone i've played the game with or against...

alexisonfire828
alexisonfire828

mandibles is right dude, that game is sweet, maybe not so much story mode but the online play is fun...like really really fun. give it some more time and for it to catch on and yes this game will be the next XBL hit.

Mandibles
Mandibles

all i can say is socioligist u are retarted this game is fun i love it u obviously dont like mech games.and this game does have alot of people playing pretty constantly....socioligist ur an idiot this game wont b forgotten i guarantee u an if im wrong then mayb its just my wishfull thinking but i like this game an so do ALOT of other ppl so screw u buddy!!...=p

Allan_X
Allan_X

You're just making appeals to emotion, Sociologist. You probably never even played MechWarrior. And, even so, THAT series' graphics and customization features are so dated by modern-day standards, it only stands to reason that even the lowliest of offerings can knock it off the throne. Since Chromehounds far exceeds such thresholds, I assure you that it's already done exactly that. In MechWarrior, can you mount a weapon, on a weapon, on a weapon? Maybe even mount the cockpit to the side of a giant turret? Of course not. In MechWarrior, you simply switched around what weapons you wanted to use in pre-defined slots on a pre-defined chassis. And in MechAssault, you can't even do THAT much! Perhaps you don't get it. Half of what makes Chromehounds a great game is the ability to build your own war machine from the ground up; to have your own persona, your ego represented in the form of a terrifying armored vehicle riding into battle. The other half? Doing battle alongside your squad. Making friends. Getting absorbed in the conflict of the Neroimus region. That's what it's all about. If you can't find enjoyment in that, then fine. Your loss. I think the rest of us will be content to launch the mission, ready up, and deploy to the battlefield.

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

Sociologist- I apologize if I misinterpret what you were saying. Basically all I'm saying is you really don't know if movie, game,..etc is poor or not until you try it yourself and if you dislike it, does that means it's a poor game? ALL reviews are base on someones opinion. Since we are all individuals there is truly no RIGHT or WRONG answer. That's what makes the world "cool", because what some people dislike others love. Even on these so called "poorly" made titles there are actually people who really enjoyed it. Are they to be ridiculed because they don't share "majority" or "game raters" view? That's what you appeared to be saying in your previous statements, but I apologize if I'm wrong regarding that. And once again, I put this question out for you or anyone else on this forum, how does gaming sales have any meaning to a gamer that doesn't directly benefit or hinder them in some way? Most of us are gamers who not apart of the marketing, developing, or investment end of business but act very strongly on something that they had absolutely nothing to do with it.( if you are then congrats! makes perfect sense why sales numbers would interest you}

Sociologist
Sociologist

soulknight63133, you need to read more carefully. I never said that all niche games are poor, (i.e. Phantom Dust was excellent), but that some games that are shunned are simply poor. Chromehounds received fairly poor reviews all around and is largely considered to be a poor quality game. If you are having fun playing a mediocre game, then more power to you. All I'm saying is that I find it humorous that some people defend mediocrity; particularly when they spent 60$ on a game that is lacking in quality. It reminds me of when some people were calling Bloodwake and Azurick 'underrated' back when the Xbox launched. I enjoy the 360 like anybody else, but why would you encourage others to support a subpar game, dry season (i.e. low summer release schedule) or not. Moreover, no one has a monopoly on what games are of high quality and what games are poor, but if you look at the compiled statistics (gamerankings), the majority view is that Chromehounds is a disappointment. I played it, and must admit that I happen to agree with many of the reviewers. Please don't even compare Chromehounds to Mech Warrior, because it DOES NOT hold a candle to that series at all... Chromehounds is fun online for a short while, but in a few months, this game will largely be forgotten.

smiley17O
smiley17O

weet new parts i dont have to pay for

makemeweak
makemeweak

Chromehounds is a great game, but I don't care if the downloadable content is free or not as long as it doesn't give a strategic advantage to players who chose to download it. It's good to see strategy back in mech games.

juvinwo1
juvinwo1

great stuff for the players. w00t!!!!

SpecOpsHoov
SpecOpsHoov

@PythiaArgead You only need squads for the war. Granted, it's a much more satisfying experience with a squad than without, but you can still play regular online modes (DM, Team DM, CTF, etc) under the Free Battle menu. That said, I love this game!

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

Sociologist_ what you said doesn't make sense. If a person likes a particular game it doesn't matter if it's a huge hit in the gaming community. I love the title Phantom Dust and still play it today and have alot of fun with it, why should it matter to me whether or not if a million other people hate the title or if it sold millions? I don't have any financial gains regardless how much or little it sells. What DOES matter if I have fun with a title I purchased regardless if others buy the title or not. Another thing I just don't get is how people look at the "sales chart" and argue and brag on a title that's selling well and they are not getting one "red cent" from the company. I'll never understand that. Why get interested in gaming sales if you're not personally profitting from it? Can anyone give me a legitimate answer for that? There's nothing wrong favoring a system or title. But to watch people get into a "heated" debate over a company or game and not get compensation for it is just a big waste of time. It's almost as bad as walking in on a huge arguement between two people debating who's the better hero Batman or Superman...lol

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

Chromehound online is a blast {literally}. It's more strategic so people who expect to "run and gun" Rambo style will be disappointed. This games requires you to THINK and act as a squad. So if you're not the "team strategy" type of person the game is not for you. (FOR MATURE PLAYERS ONLY}

Allan_X
Allan_X

Sociologist wrote: "This isn't to say that niche titles are always disappointing, but why such an ardent defense of a poor title?" That's because most of us don't think that it's a poor title at all. It's a matter of opinion, not fact. Are you forgetting MechWarrior? Chromehounds has similar pacing and gameplay, but everybody keeps saying that it's "Boring" or "Too Slow"... as if mechs are supposed to be gliding along at three hundred miles per hour with energy-skates and nuclear-powered jet backpacks! Chromehounds' online mode is fun. That's a fact.

Mr_Bodywave
Mr_Bodywave

I think the free online stuff is for several reasons--to get people on Live, to get interest in Japan (Chromhounds actually placed in top 20) adn to get more interest in 360 in Japan.

The_Great_Gabbo
The_Great_Gabbo

Sweet... After going through the single player, I've played the online stuff in this game, and it's freaking incredible. In my opinion, online, Chromehounds blows GRAW out of the water. Unless you can't stand sims, (apparently EGM can't) then you need this game.

GCN49
GCN49

cool... i have yet to try the online portion... i have fun just messing around with different Hound designs...

The_X_Factor_69
The_X_Factor_69

i like the free part...but i just rented Chromehounds and i must say, im dissapointed. im planning on writing a review later.

Sociologist
Sociologist

Will this help to garner interest in a sub-par title that is about as exciting as watching paint dry? I highly doubt it, bu we shall see. Like the uninspired and weak release "Over G Fighters" there are some people out there who defend these titles saying that these are good games, but are "not for everyone." Let's face it, both of these games are mediocre and will only appeal to a very small niche segment of gamers. No amount of free content can boost the sales of a weak title such as Chromehounds. This isn't to say that niche titles are always disappointing, but why such an ardent defense of a poor title?

samekila
samekila

I still got to buy the game I like mechassault so I have to give it a try and free content is great good move for the SEGA team

Justlink619
Justlink619

lol ok cool this a first step to keep players coming back but how about fix that horrible glitch that makes ur money go to -999,999,999 dollars!

rykh
rykh

I hope other developers see this. Its FREE, like other stuff should be

shockwave04
shockwave04

"Free stuff" is the best kind of "stuff".

PringerOtaku
PringerOtaku

Yeah, I'd like to see more free content too, and not the buy more own more issues that are bound to pop up soon.

Maui00
Maui00

free you say?? allright

BetMonty
BetMonty

I picked up the game on Friday and played a lot during the weekend. It's definitely not an arcade shooter, but calling the action "slow" is downright strange. I rack up 15 kills in 2 and half minutes in the earlier sorties, so I don't think slow fits at all. Perhaps "strategic" would be better. It's definitely rough around the edges though, like they focused on specific elements (e.g. online play and mech construction) and let other aspects of the game sort of fall by the wayside (UI being the big, the single player campaign being next in line). Online is definitely where the game shines - I can't express how surprised and impressed I was when I started to get involved on XboxLive.

agent401
agent401

That's cool. It isn't much but it's free, and you can't complain about anything when it's free.

DDX2
DDX2

nice, Chromehounds is a great game. Game developers are giving gamers what they want: FREE STUFF

darthfrag
darthfrag

I'm unimpressed with the game, as well as this free content pack. Granted, I'm not really a mech game fan, but this game is really, really dull. The execution is uninspired, the action slow, the story a total bore, and zzzzzzzzzzz........ Sorry, dozed off there for a second just thinking about it. The fact that this tiny content pack is free should be a given, seeing how the game has been out less than a week. If they start shipping games with the expectation that we're going to be happy to buy add-ons less than a week after shelling out $60 for the main game, I'm finding a new hobby.

T1Panda
T1Panda

That's cool that it's free.

Fragmaster3000
Fragmaster3000

Awsome, and BTW this game is not mediocre, is Battlefield 2 mediocre? It's the same type of game, albeit not for everyone.