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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag's PS4 Exclusive DLC Will Sail to Other Shores

Posted by Sammy Barker

You'll need to wait six months for it to arrive, though

Timed exclusive DLC has always struck us as strange. We understand that it distinguishes a particular version of a multiformat game, but it just seems like such a waste of money on the platform holder’s part. Essentially, cash is being exchanged in order to prevent owners of another system from playing a specific mission or on a particular map. Is such a thing really that appealing?

With its Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, and FIFA 14 deals – among others – Microsoft takes advantage of this model much more than Sony, but the Japanese giant does tend to dabble in the practice from time to time. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Watch Dogs, for example, are two titles that pledge 60 minutes of additional PlayStation content. It sounds like this will only remain exclusive for six months, though.

The eagle eyed editors over at Shacknews spotted some small print in the North American version of yesterday’s ‘4 The Players’ commercial. It mentions that the additional content in both Ubisoft published titles will remain that way for just half a year. This is not unusual, as the French company often releases ‘Game of the Year’ editions around six months after launch, with all of the DLC bundled on a single disc. With previous Assassin’s Creed games, that has allowed Xbox owners to access ex-PlayStation exclusive content.

We just wonder if any of this actually tempts you to buy a specific version of a game. It’s obviously always nice to get something extra, but we never base our purchasing decisions on this stuff. Have you been tempted to switch platform due to timed exclusive map packs or missions in the past? Let us know in the comments section below.

[via shacknews.com, eurogamer.net]

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User Comments (6)

Malouff

#1

Malouff said:

Kind of off topic but has Ubisoft released the rest of the Vita levels for Rayman Legends game yet?

Cyrso

#3

Cyrso said:

Why does everyone call this DLC when it's bonus content that comes with the disc at no extra charge? DLC stands for downloadable. :p

Anyway I'm a bit indifferent about this, but to be honest I think timed exclusive bonus content / DLC is not really necessary, it doesn't really serve much prupose I think, especially if it comes at a high price for the platform holder.

Would this DLC be paid on other platforms after those 6 months of expired btw?

Gamer83

#4

Gamer83 said:

If it's a game I'm looking forward to and one version is getting extra content first, even if just by a few months, it can sometimes sway my decision depending on the content of course. Otherwise, for sequels anyway, it comes down to which system I played previous games on. For new IPs, it depends on the genre really. I've generally preferrred fighters on PS because of the d-pad and shooters on Xbox because of the triggers.

Ginkgo

#5

Ginkgo said:

It is very rare that DLC sways me at all and only then if it is extended gameplay for a game I love. There have been exception and 60 minutes of Aveline is one that I would consider. Generally though, I think DLC exclusivity is money poorly spent.

Thevulture

#6

Thevulture said:

Well I was going to switch to the new PS4 but if the exclusive DLC is coming to the 360 or the X1 then I'm going to stay with Microsoft. However if not then I might give up on games. I remember when games were first coming out I didn't have to bother with dlc. Though some companies like Nintendo would give exclusives like for Pokemon. But that didn't bother me. But what bothers me is having to buy more of a game. The gaming world has been and still is changing. I miss the days of waiting for sequels to come out as I never had a disappointment. I'm disappointed as I bought the multiplayer dlc for AC3 and no one plays them. I love the dlc characters but I love the environments more. Though I'm just ranting on, I fear I'll have to join an exclusive club just to buy games.

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