"We don't ever want to charge for our maps and insisted to EA that this attitude was crucial when it came to keeping our community happy and playing together," DICE senior producer Patrick Bach said in 2010, about Battlefield Bad Company 2. In 2012, Battlefield Premium became a thing – charging gamers an extra $50 for maps above the $60 they paid for the game. Expect more of that sort, because it’s worked incredibly well for EA and DICE.
One of the best inventions of this generation is the ability to developers to part a fool from his money in the form of useless DLC.
Iâ€™m talking about things like overpriced Street Fighter outfits and skins for your weapons that do nothing but change the look of them.
Activision has been chatting to analysts ahead of the release of MW3 in a few weeks time and a certain slide was shown that is pretty incredible to look at really.
As we can see from the image above World at War sold 9 million HD copies to an install base of 38 million, MW2 managed to beat that by 10 million and then Black Ops went on to beat MW2 by an extra 4 million.
Major Nelson has tweeted overnight that all three of the Call of Duty World at War map packs have received a 50% price cut until the 1st of November.
Obviously the idea is to get you to splurge your last remaining points on World at War before Modern Warfare 2 comes out and that is not an entirely bad idea at all.
Itâ€™s weird thinking back now to previous console generations when the idea of what you bought is all you get was normal. If you picked up a game you never expected it to be enhanced in any way and you never even thought about playing online against millions of people.
Well all that has changed and Activision has now announced that their COD World at War map packs have now been downloaded over four million times since their release.
A few days ago I noticed that an old story about the Call of Duty: World at War map pack was suddenly receiving a huge amount of hits.
A lot of the visitors were leaving comments asking when the Map Pack 1 would become available and I just presumed the PSN store was slow in updating as all the visitors were coming from outside of the States and mainly from the EU and Australia.
Well I shot of an email to Treyarch (the developers) but unfortunately itâ€™s the weekend and I havenâ€™t received a response yet so here is what I have been able to piece together from some research on the Internet.
1. The Map Pack 1 is out and available for most people
2. To find it you must go to [Add Ons] â€“> [Disc-Based Games] â€“> itâ€™s the 6th one down.
3. If you live in Australia the maps have been delayed by a week, I canâ€™t find any reason for this. Same story for Ireland.
4. Donâ€™t download the US one as it is also apparently region locked.
Okay thatâ€™s it, if I find any more information or some official comment I will let you know.