Seriously messed up DLC plan!

#1 Edited by animateria (3252 posts) -
Via Kotaku 

 During my play through of role-playing game Hyperdimension Neptunia I am delighted to welcome a new character into my party, but the NIS America-inspired Nisa won't fight with me or gain experience. She just sits there, until I pay.

Nisa is one of two game developer-inspired characters (along with Gust) that join your party on a pay-to-play basis in Hyperdimension Neptunia, a role-playing collaboration by some of Japan's top RPG makers for the PlayStation 3. After running into the characters on several occasions, both eventually decide to join up, accompanied by one of every RPG fans' favorite phrases, "XXX has joined your party."

But they aren't actually joining. Sure, they're both listed in your party roster, but you can't do anything with them until you go to the PlayStation store and buy their activation packs for $1.99 apiece. Until then they sit in your start menu, not doing a damn thing.

I'm not knocking on the game itself since I haven't played it yet, and probably never will.  
 
But that type of nickel and dime DLC planning is too messed up to ignore. I hope this is the only game that ever does it to that extent. I'm actually worried that they might pull this shit on the next Disgaea game.  
 
I will not buy that Disgaea game if NIS pulls this kind of shit. 
 
 
[UPDATE] 
 
NISA has replied to Kotaku's inquiries about their DLC plan. 
 
 

Unlocking characters through DLC is nothing new to our games. The difference for this time is that the additional characters are already in the game. Having these characters already in the game will help players attach to the characters, and if the players would like to play the characters they have options to download the DLC to unlock them. 
 
Having these characters in the party is like a tease."  

#2 Posted by buft (3301 posts) -

next generation Microsoft nickel and sony dimestation, this kind of crap is just the warm up act

#3 Posted by Catolf (2653 posts) -

wow that is kinda messed up.. i was wondering what NISA actually did as well as Gust, but i'll have to pay to find out.. ;_;

#4 Posted by Hailinel (23927 posts) -

This is not unusual for NISA releases.  Games like Disgaea 3 and Cross Edge have extensive nickel-and-dime DLC offerings ranging from item packs to characters to dungeons.

#5 Posted by ShadowKnight508 (659 posts) -
@animateria:   They are also selling stat "Booster" packs for each character for $0.99 (grants 20 or so additional points to each character's main stats) as well. At least there was those free DLC packs that add new missions to the game and have rare items at the end of each of those quests.   
#6 Posted by JoyfullOFrockets (1177 posts) -

Man, those Japanese are really learning well.

#7 Posted by JJOR64 (18911 posts) -

Wow.  Fuck that game.

#8 Posted by animateria (3252 posts) -

 NISA replied back to Kotaku.

"Unlocking characters through DLC is nothing new to our games. The difference for this time is that the additional characters are already in the game. Having these characters already in the game will help players attach to the characters, and if the players would like to play the characters they have options to download the DLC to unlock them.
Having these characters in the party is like a tease."    

It's not a tease making people pay for characters that are in the story. It's just fucking sleazy.
   
There's a difference between bonus DLC characters and characters already in game. 
  
It's like if Final Fantasy 13 let you see Fang do her stuff then put her in your party and then say. "Well you gotta pay to play Fang even though she's already in the party. She's only an additional character. Fuck you, we like money."  
#9 Edited by mutha3 (4985 posts) -

Woowww
 
 
 
Wwwooooowowwww
 
that's fucking atrocious.
 
Like, 
 
holy shit
 
this....how do you even get away with....i don't...wow
 
@animateria said:

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"Unlocking characters through DLC is nothing new to our games. The difference for this time is that the additional characters are already in the game. Having these characters already in the game will help players attach to the characters, and if the players would like to play the characters they have options to download the DLC to unlock them.
Having these characters in the party is like a tease."    



shut up NISA
#10 Posted by Beforet (2912 posts) -

That is fucked. This just furthers my commitment to buy the game used at cost.

#11 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6094 posts) -

The sad thing is, this shit will only get worse as time goes on.

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#12 Posted by Driadon (2995 posts) -

Here's hoping that this is the only game that they make that tries this. Gotta let publishers and developers know that adding a 'tease' like that puts off sales, not makes them.

#13 Posted by metalsnakezero (2288 posts) -

It isn't too bad but only because the characters are useful. The additional stats are the problem here.

#14 Posted by NoCookiesForYou (756 posts) -

Dude that is just fucked up. DLC is alright when it's done well, but this is just ripoff.

#15 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

For the handful of weirdos who play this game, it makes sense to pepper out content like that. The idea is to get a small number of people to buy a lot of extra crap, not to get everyone to buy some of it. Fact is, people will pay for this.  Creepy people.

#16 Posted by Rolyatkcinmai (2682 posts) -

@ryanwho said:

For the handful of weirdos who play this game, it makes sense to pepper out content like that. The idea is to get a small number of people to buy a lot of extra crap, not to get everyone to buy some of it. Fact is, people will pay for this. Creepy people.

Kind of what I was thinking. Niche audiences will buy anything.

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