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Posted by patrickklepek

When you think about some of 2011’s best downloadable games, Bastion immediately comes to mind, and if you’ve been hoping to scratch that itch again, Supergiant Games has what you need.

On December 14, Supergiant Games is launching the Stranger’s Dream downloadable content, which includes a new “Who Knows Where” section, complete with new voice overs, and two new modes. Score Attack Mode starts players at level one with all spirits and idols unlocked, and No-Sweat Mode is the equivalent of very, very easy--you can continue where you die.

Stranger’s Dream won’t cost a dime on PC, but you’ll have to pay $1 on Xbox Live, as Microsoft has some very strange, inconsistent policies when it comes to offering free content on its service. Supergiant Games alluded to wanting to make the content free in its announcement post.

“The Stranger’s Dream DLC will be available for 80 Microsoft Points ($1) on XBLA, which we can’t make free due to Microsoft policy, so it’s about as close as we could get,” said the company. “Though, since you’ll be getting a good chunk of new content, we think you’ll be satisfied with your purchase.”

That content will also come to the Google Chrome, which may come as a shock if you haven’t heard that Bastion is also fully playable through Google Chrome now. Yes, the browser! It means Mac owners can check out this spectacular action RPG. That version is available right now, and if you want to see how well it does/doesn’t work, you can play the prologue for free.

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Posted by RadleyDuder

WOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Posted by Milkman

That's incredibly stupid but I have no problem giving Supergiant Games more money.

Posted by DrFlapjack

I've been waiting for an excuse to play this again!

Posted by Tan

Whatever, a dollar is totally worth getting to play more Bastion,

Posted by thellama042

Why must Microsoft have such crap policies that dictates what developers can/can't do with their own content?

The only lame thing about really cheap DLC is that you have to put out a minimum $5 order to your wallet (PS3) or MS Points.

Posted by NMC2008

What happened to you Microsoft, you used to be cool.

Posted by Dany

God damn you Microsoft.

Posted by Sweep

Microsoft are so full of shit that my xbox is turning brown.

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Posted by Olivaw

I tried the Chrome version earlier.

I don't know how they did it, I don't know how it works, but it's magic. Bastion barely downloaded for a minute before I was up and playing the prologue.

Posted by Tesla

I just beat Bastion last night too, great timing.

Posted by Napalm
@Sweep said:

Microsoft are so full of shit that my xbox is turning brown.

Greatest, yet most disgusting quote.
Posted by AwesomeAquaman

One dollar.

Posted by autobzooty

was hoping for whip

Posted by Vexxan

I think I can afford one buck.

Posted by X19

Please make a PS3 version -_-

Posted by vonFlampanker

Wish they'd announced this before it went off-sale on Steam. Would have been better off just getting a PC copy and having some versatility in my game library. I know it's just $1 but Microsoft's policy is asinine.

Posted by ariskany_evan
That content will also come to the Google Chrome, which may come as a shock if you haven’t heard that Bastion is also fully playable through Google Chrome now. Yes, the browser! It means Mac owners can check out this spectacular action RPG. That version is available right now, and if you want to see how well it does/doesn’t work, you can play the prologue for free.

It's been out on Onlive for a couple of weeks at this point, toooooo. So Mac peeps have a couple of options, especially if your computing power isn't enough to run it in Chrome. You can even play it on Android tablets using touch controls with Onlive (free iPad player app is still in certification with apple). I'm hoping that the Onlive version is considered "PC" and thus will be getting the free content too.

Posted by MasturbatingestBear

Will it add more achievements? I hope not. I got my S-Rank in it already.

Posted by avidwriter

Wait. I thought this game was not getting DLC? Yea it's great it's free but doesn't this kinda lean toward more DLC that'll be paid? I don't know.

Posted by Sword5

Happy to give the $1 for more of that game. Free would have been nice, but at least some amount of cents are going towards the next game from Supergiant

Posted by BeachThunder

Alright, sure, I'll fight more waves of enemies in exchange for backstory.

Posted by sirdesmond

I was worried about this at first since I own it on Xbox, but then I saw it was just $1 and didn't mind. That said, Microsoft has some dumb policies that will hopefully be gone when it comes to the next generation.

Edited by Hurricrane

@NMC2008 said:

What happened to you Microsoft, you used to be cool.

I don't ever recall that.

Also it hurts me that the larger chunk of that dollar will go to M$ rather than Supergiant. :(

Posted by Trilogy

At first I was pissed off but that sounds fine to me. 1 dollar is like no dollars. Thanks for at least trying Supergiant. Microsoft... get your head out of your asses please.

Posted by Phatmac

I'd buy that for a dollar.

Posted by I_smell

What's fun about this to me is that I released a game a day after Bastion came out, and our free DLC's comin out the day after theirs aswel!

I dunno, just sayin

Posted by Firecreed17

man I would give them 5 dollars, love this game.

Posted by smitty86

@X19 said:

Please make a PS3 version -_-

I suggest just getting if off steam and downloading motioninjoy. Otherwise, you'll be waiting forever.

Posted by copax

Would it be "legal" from Microsoft's perspective if SuperGiant charged people a dollar, and they gave out "free" codes for the dlc? I'd much rather SuperGiant get the buck than Microsoft get any of it.

Posted by DarthB

Agreed that it's dumb that it can be free on another system. Get your shit together Microsoft!

Posted by JackSukeru

Sure, I'll play some more Bastion.

Posted by punisherkaos

I'd buy that for a dollar!!!

Posted by polyorpheus

$1 is the next best thing to free. Unobtrusive and some of it will go to Supergiant Games

Posted by ItsAJackal

@Grimluck343 said:

@patrickklepek You really can't resist stirring shit up can you? Here's a great announcement, more Bastion to play, but instead you turn this into another "fuck Microsoft, everyone should get really angry" article.

Between this, the UMD passport article, and the Microsoft ToS article, you're batting .000 on mobilizing your personal Giant Bomb army.

Seriously? None of this stuff bothers you? It's attitudes like this that are the reason they can nickel and dime the industry with no repercussions.

Edited by ProfessorEss

@punisherkaos said:

I'd buy that for a dollar!!!

Nice.

I'm kinda surprised MS would even allow the $1 price tag, I assumed their policies would insist it be higher. Regardless, from what I've seen of Bastion's fans I don't see this $1 fee holding many of them back.

Posted by Porkellain

@verysexypotato: you made me lol at work and now i'm in a lot of trouble :(

Posted by phish09

Couldn't they have just called it a patch to address this issue?

Posted by Ventilaator

But I already don't want to finish the Bastion that exists already :(

Posted by BeachThunder

@MasturbatingestBear said:

Will it add more achievements? I hope not. I got my S-Rank in it already.

It probably will; all of the other Who Knows Wheres have achievements attached to them (well, at least in the Steam version)

Posted by Metric_Outlaw

That's awesome of them not to overcharge anyone for this DLC.

Posted by RahRahRobot

@punisherkaos: hahaha awesome

Posted by BananaHace

The title is kind of misleading, at first I was thinking that the 360 wasn't getting Bastion DLC at all.

Edited by BisonHero

@phish09 said:

Couldn't they have just called it a patch to address this issue?

Microsoft isn't stupid. They would be able to tell that the "patch" contains a suspicious amount of new audio files, and way too many level assets and new mode assets to possibly just be a balance patch or a bug fix.

Posted by xbob42

@Grimluck343 said:

@patrickklepek You really can't resist stirring shit up can you? Here's a great announcement, more Bastion to play, but instead you turn this into another "fuck Microsoft, everyone should get really angry" article.

Between this, the UMD passport article, and the Microsoft ToS article, you're batting .000 on mobilizing your personal Giant Bomb army.

Patrick doesn't want to see consumers getting fucked over on stupid policies. If you have no problem with getting fucked over (Microsoft INSISTING that you pay for free content is the definition of fucking you over, by the way, dollar or not.) then you shouldn't have any problem with Patrick stating his opinion. Then again, he could charge you a dollar for this article and you'd totally be cool with it.

I fully support Patrick's defense of consumers. We're not fucking monkeys for the industry to take advantage of at every turn -- but as long as people like you exist, they'll continue to think we are.

Hell, if I could get away with charging you a dime for every letter I typed in this reply, I would -- unless you punched me in the face and said "Get your fucking hands out of my wallet!"

That's pretty much what MS is forcing SGG to do here, making them charge for content they want to release for free... The fucking nerve of MS. I'd be pissed. I'd have just kept the content off of XBL and encouraged others to do the same. MS would ease up on this stupid fucking policy if it meant they kept getting inferior versions.

Posted by DharmaBum

How did Valve get away with free co-op DLC for Portal 2?

Posted by Afroman269

@punisherkaos said:

I'd buy that for a dollar!!!
Posted by phish09

@BisonHero: Burnout Paradise patched a bunch of free shit into that game and MS never seemed to have a problem with it.

Posted by Taklulas

@xbob42 said:

@Grimluck343 said:

@patrickklepek You really can't resist stirring shit up can you? Here's a great announcement, more Bastion to play, but instead you turn this into another "fuck Microsoft, everyone should get really angry" article.

Between this, the UMD passport article, and the Microsoft ToS article, you're batting .000 on mobilizing your personal Giant Bomb army.

Patrick doesn't want to see consumers getting fucked over on stupid policies. If you have no problem with getting fucked over (Microsoft INSISTING that you pay for free content is the definition of fucking you over, by the way, dollar or not.) then you shouldn't have any problem with Patrick stating his opinion. Then again, he could charge you a dollar for this article and you'd totally be cool with it.

I fully support Patrick's defense of consumers. We're not fucking monkeys for the industry to take advantage of at every turn -- but as long as people like you exist, they'll continue to think we are.

Hell, if I could get away with charging you a dime for every letter I typed in this reply, I would -- unless you punched me in the face and said "Get your fucking hands out of my wallet!"

That's pretty much what MS is forcing SGG to do here, making them charge for content they want to release for free... The fucking nerve of MS. I'd be pissed. I'd have just kept the content off of XBL and encouraged others to do the same. MS would ease up on this stupid fucking policy if it meant they kept getting inferior versions.

Well played sir. you show them trolls.

Posted by Taklulas
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