Is this an EA game? what nooo??? and still you have incorporated the DLC's? Your games are good ... don't try to milk it this way... I would rather prefer to buy expansions that DLC's ... stop right now! FIRE your production manager and hire a new one... as this decision is stupid. Weak games need DLC's to promote sales not the Total War Series. When this game comes out you will face multiple bugs cuz of DLC's and will lose the initial sales. DLC's will mean people without internet connection cannot buy the extra content. You are only making your customer base smaller by having DLC's ... I don't like DLC's and I believe there are more like me. Witcher 2 had DLC's ...never bought any of them. Reason you ask why? Cuz it does not fit into the whole gaming experience.
Its like this:
Gamer: Woah! Total War 2 ...super awesome! I am gonna get it today!
He goes and buys the game (Digital / Disk) inserts disk -> Installs game -> Starts Playing.
Plays for 10 days nonstop!
Finishes the map... awesome!
Time for another Map...
Hmm pestering DLC screens... damn I need my Credit card ... but but I have to pay for it again why????? I just paid 60$ 10 days back! The Frustration ..the anger! How much more do you want!!! ARRRGH!
That there is what you achieve by having DLC's ... the gamer just loved the game.. and yet you managed to annoy him ...
This is the state of DLC's ... In my point of view you are only annoying the player base.
I understand game development is not charity, so if you really wanted to make money make an EXPANSION and make another product like you did with Rome Total War Alexander , Barbarian etc... I purchased them ... but I wont buy a stupid DLC which has NO content and is pretty irritating to know that even though you paid 60$ on a game you still did not buy the FULL game.
So, in my view, make a new expansion DISK/ Digital Product. I will buy that Expansion and the FULL Total Rome 2 Game. At the least I will know that I don't have to pay more and more and more. Remember it is a game not a real estate investment that a gamer is making ... keep it that way.
Marketing strikes back, expect a shit load DLC already made for this title. But hey the first one was free, now pay for the rest suckers. As much as i love total war, DLC is out of the question. All i can think with this statement is that this game is going to be milked for DLC. "Day 1 free DLC" ahhhh ! Call it whatever you want, i call it BS. ballzy move there.
Not sure why its DLC why not just include it in the game at launch, but at least its free otherwise I would chucking all my toys out of my pram.
@avengerb ....now, you do know it's free, right?
its free for the first one... not for the ones that are coming... thats how they are testing DLC's ... after this test they will launch about 5 more DLC packs... for which we will have to pay again and again.