Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

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.

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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.

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