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The recent trend of studios and publishers electing not to make available all of the downloadable content that they are releasing on console platforms will continue. That is the word we are hearing from industry insiders that tell us that the PC gaming market space continues to be very challenging for publishers.

Most recently, Electronic Arts announced that DLC content for Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 would not be arriving for the PC versions of these titles. While it might sound as if we are picking on EA, they are not the only publisher that has canceled DLC content for PC releases that were also released on consoles as well.

The reason why this is happening is complicated and is dependent on the actual publisher as well as the studio. While in many cases, the company line seems to be that they don’t have the resources available to get this done because they are engaged in working on other things, this seems to only be a half truth based on discussions we have had with those in the industry.

Apparently, there are multiple reasons that the downloadable content is canceled, but it does seem that potential sales are the biggest factor. While we all know that the console market is much larger than the PC gaming market, it does seem that the potential return on investment is so much less that it just does not make sense to convert it to the PC platform for sale.

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While Microsoft has again launched a new initiative to promote gaming on the Windows 7 platform, it remains to be seen if it will attract more gamers, many of which have left the PC for the console systems due to the fact of a wider number of gaming offerings for the console platforms over the PC.
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Game publishers are going to kill the PC market. They are hurting themselves by doing this. This is going to cause more people to not want to game on the PC which will result in even further drop in sales. Just a never ending circle.
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What BC2 DLC is this article even referring to? All DLC for BC2 so far has been free, minus the SPECACT kit which isn't really DLC.

Edit: Oh, Onslaught. Rofl. I forgot that even existed. BC2 on PC outsold both consoles, kind of negating what this article is saying.

It's been said thousands of times on this forum. Develop and price your game fairly for the PC community and you'll be rewarded. Developers don't pay licensing fees on PC games like they have to for for console games. It should be pretty clear to these developers that PC games that sell for $60 don't do well, regardless of them dropping the price a few months later. Many, including myself, refuse to support the company at all if they are supporting the move towards higher prices. $60 launch game miraculously on sale for $40 (obviously due to poor sales?) Not buying.

All in all, I feel the PC market will soon get the push it needs. The consoles will soon bore the developers abilities and they will turn back towards quality PC development. Hopefully, Crysis 2, Battlefield 3, and whatever Valve has in store for us will start that push. I've given up on the Call of Duty doing anything for the PC community.
Edited by Stealth Pyros - 2/7/11 at 5:16pm
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Opinion articles aren't news. Moved.
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necessity's the mother of invention. pc gamers will step up and create something.
    
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Funny opinions presented here...

I don't agree.
    
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necessity's the mother of invention. pc gamers will step up and create something.
Or pirate it.
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[QUOTE=Stealth Pyros;12301711]What BC2 DLC is this article even referring to? All DLC for BC2 so far has been free, minus the SPECACT kit which isn't really DLC.


They had an expansion pak for BadCo that was leaked then cancelled.



"We know some of you eagerly have been awaiting Battlefield 1943 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Onslaught on PC. I'm sad to say that these two titles are now officially cancelled," he stated. "Instead, our talented teams will focus on delivering the greatest possible gaming experience in our next behemoth release.

"We're confident this will lead to an even better experience in Battlefield 3, not only on PC, but on all platforms."
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I wish the pc gaming market was as big as consoles , would be epic having exclusives and releases every month . Though i guess not everyone can afford a gaming pc or know how to use one .
    
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I wish the pc gaming market was as big as consoles , would be epic having exclusives and releases every month . Though i guess not everyone can afford a gaming pc or know how to use one .
No, most people can afford a gaming PC, just most of them don't realize it.

Think they spend 300 on the console and probably another 300 on accesories. For 600 dollars you can have a decent computer to play games on. Plus upgrading from one console to the next isn't nearly as cheap as upgrading a video card.
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