In a surprising decision, Dontnod Entertainment has chosen not to create any downloadable content for the upcoming RPG, Vampyr.
MCVUK recently interviewed the president of the game’s publisher Focus Home Interactive, Cédric Lagarrigue, about the game. The choice not to expand the title after release was made by both the developers and publisher:
“This is a purely solo experience; we did not plan DLC. We would prefer, if the reception of the game justifies it, to think about a sequel…”
– Cédric Lagarrigue, President at Focus Home Interactive
This news comes at a time when DLC and expansions are expected for any newly-released game, and this bold choice not to include post-launch content could either attract or dissuade players. Lagarrigue goes on to explain that the studio would rather focus on delivering a complete experience and then, if demand is present, expand the game’s universe further in the future.
The game is described as a mid-budget project that falls between triple-A and independent by offering a high quality experience without the hefty price tag. Dontnod is not the only developer this year to experiment with a mid-budget game, as Ninja Theory released the well-received Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. By releasing a less-costly title, Dontnod will be able make a profit after selling only 500,000 copies but will only class the release as a success after one million.
Vampyr is set to be released in early 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.