In an interview with Destructoid, Torn Banner, developers of Chivalry: Medievil Warfare, admitted they are going to offer as much free content as paid DLC going forward.
A huge content patch was recently released for the game. The patch added a whopping 13 new maps to the game. It also added a brand new arena mode and a sea of new weapons to take into battle.
The best part? The patch was entirely free. In contrast, many major games will charge you at least £15 for the same level of content.
So why have Torn Banner chosen to go the free route? Steve Piggot tries to explain.
“People love all this kind of nickle-and-dime DLC, and everyone finds something that works for their business — that’s fine. I just think for us it’s more important that people are happy than they are constantly paying for this subscription model. We are still planning to do expansion packs that cost money, but we’ll always have free stuff for the community.”
“You need to balance that stuff out,” Piggot adds. “If you day one DLC people, they feel lied to and mistreated. We want people to be pumped up. We worked four months to do that thing, that would have made more money if we charged for it, but we are investing in the long term by investing in our fans.”
It’s an interesting stance. Despite huge gains, the gaming industry still struggles financially, so the gesture is refreshing one. We wonder if others will come forward saying similar things in the coming months. We also wonder if these guys are like a needle in a haystack and things are only going to get worse.
What are your thoughts?