Re: DICE: modding is a declining trend
I don't see how developers and modders see that MODs or other content created by the community will harm DLC.
Only very few people buy DLC for games that have full fledged modding support, at last for games that lock out people who don't have it. Now, there is a way to do it right, see ArmA 2, where the content packs contain roughly the content of an individual CoD and which don't lock you out.
People will still buy DLC from the developer because developers can probably produce the content quicker in the time it takes for a modder.
Only if the developers artificially hold back the mod tools. An SDK is rather easy to produce and push out. For games that had the SDK released on launch or very shortly after (something that was the norm a couple of years back) high quality community maps started popping up within 2-3 weeks.
You know why the CoD community received the map packs of CoD4 for free? Because there already were tons of community maps and nobody would have bought 5 pathetic maps for 12-15$. Releasing no SDK at all removes this problem. Now ask yourself why you guys didn't receive the Blops mod tools yet?
Developers work on the game day-in day-out where as your modder will probably work on content in their spare time. Plus the fact by the time they release tools they could have had content pack out anyway. People would still buy it.
Uh, the best of the community maps are often times tenfold better in quality than official maps. Not because they're ALL better, but because there's HUNDREDS of maps made by the community, and some are simply brilliant.
As for overprice map-packs I tend to disagree with that statement. BO was sold for about £10 here in the UK. It had 4 MP maps and a zombie map. So that works out at about £2 per map. That isn't a bad deal at all.
You DO realise that in the past we recieved maps for FREE?
And in addition to that we had mod tools that allowed the community to pump out hundreds of maps!
Tell me about overpriced, most developers have the DLC ready at launch and even include the files on the disc.
Even BC2 NAM expansion pack was a good price as well.
That's because it was an EXPANSION PACK, not a DLC with 5 maps. I don't oppose real expansion packs ala BC2 NAM, CoD UO, etc.
Yes. One or the other. Or if not, then some other time.