The more cynical gamers often wonder: how much content is kept out of games for the sake of paid downloadable content?
Quite a few publishers and developers have been accused of this practice in the past, but Bethesda makes it plain: they won't do any such thing with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
While the team has some idea of the extra content they'll deliver, they're not about to gimp the full game. According to Bethesda PR boss Pete Hines, any "good content" they create will make it until the retail production . After admitting they leave themselves "some wriggle room" just so they don't create something "so rigid" that nothing else can be done, Hines added:
"If you are nine months out and you are still thinking of good content, then that probably goes into the game, right? We have designers and artists and content people focusing on the base product until it is done. And once it is done and they have had the chance to catch their breath, then they can look at the other things that they might do."
As he says, there's no point in planning DLC content during the development process, because what if that "extra" content would make the game better? Why not just put it in from the start? Hines finished by making a statement that should encourage gamers:
"We don't believe in carving out a little part to sell as DLC later."
Related Game(s): The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim