Naughty Dog has been very clear about the fact that with Uncharted 3 they definitely plan on providing additional content for the game’s co-op and competitive multiplayer modes, but they recently confirmed in an interview that they aren’t planning to do any DLC for the game’s single player campaign. Now I am sure this will sadden a few of you, I have to say that I think it’s exactly the right thing to do. In a game like Uncharted, beating the game feels like an accomplishment and extending that story through DLC would lower the satisfaction that players get from doing it.
Now I am sure some folks at Naughty Dog feel the same way but that isn’t why the single player won’t have any DLC. According to game director Justin Richmond, the small but talented team would much rather spend their time working on a completely new game than putting in the effort that it would require to make a complete and satisfying DLC extension for Uncharted 3 and I can’t disagree with that. He went to say:
There’s a very specific reason. Whenever we sit down and think we should do some single-player DLC, someone pitches something and we realize – that’s a five hour level.
We’d rather build out another game than we would do episodic content. We’re so small that we can’t afford to have a whole team working on DLC.
It’s nice to see a developer not trying to pull even more money out of gamer just because they could, this way I think they don’t split their time thus making sure the actual game is as polished as it can be. I also think it benefits the folks with multiplayer and co-op as it should mean the content they eventually get is up to the standards that they expect since Naught Dog’s attention won’t be split.
But that’s just me, what do you think?