Gamers 'overcharged' for modern DLC, says Witcher dev
CD Projekt Red game director says add-on content should be seen as a free "post-sale service."
CD Projekt Red game director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz claims gamers are being "overcharged for what they receive" from modern downloadable content. Speaking to VG247, the Witcher developer said DLC today does not offer as much content as it did in the past.
"If today's DLCs offered the same amount of content they would be worth paying for, but in most cases players think they are overcharged for what they receive," Tomaszkiewicz said. "That’s why we offer expansions to our game for free. This is also a way of saying 'thank you' to the people who decided to buy our game instead of copying it from an unauthorized source."
Elsewhere in the interview, Tomaszkiewicz explained that CD Projekt Red has "always believed in free DLC" and that DLC should be seen as a "normal post-sale service that shouldn't be priced."
"Back when retail games were dominant, we had expansion packs," he continued. "These were really large chunks of content, which were worth their price."
Tomaszkiewicz's comments follow a statement from CD Projekt Red co-founder and joint CEO Marcin Iwinski, who said last month that the current industry trend is to "overexploit" gamers. He suggested publishers will lose business if they continue to charge for DLC and can actually stand to benefit from offering such add-ons for free.