Oblivion’s horse armour still selling

Thursday, 17 March 2011 00:11 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Players are still buying Oblivion’s first and most famous piece of DLC, the notorious horse armour, Bethesda’s Pete Hines has said.

“In one respect everything we’ve done has done well, including the much maligned horse armour,” Hines said, speaking to OXM.

“I swear to you – I don’t have the report in front of me, but multiple people bought horse armour yesterday! For some inexplicable reason. It happened, I promise.”

Hines said so that what matters most to players is value, but timing can be vital to the success or failure of DLC.

“Really what we try to find the sweet spot for is: what does it cost, what do they get, and – something that’s not often talked about, but that’s important to us – how long will it take us to get it out?

“We don’t want them having to wait forever to get something, so we try to find the right mix of time and expense and content that works, and what that formula will be down the road, I can’t say today for sure.”

The horse armour, a minor upgrade for mounts which cost 200 MS Points, was the first piece of DLC released for Oblivion. Its trivial nature, combined with fan expectation for large expansions and modules, was a byword in anti-Bethesda feeling for several years.

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