Bleszinski: On-disc DLC is an “unfortunate reality” of games business

Tuesday, 10th April 2012 00:37 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski has said he isn’t a fan of on-disc DLC, but considers it a necessary by product of the way the games industry functions.

Speaking to Gamespot, Bleszinski said early DLC solves a logistic problem with studios which only work on one title at a time; a large portion of a game’s development team finds itself at a loose end approaching release date.

“When you’re making a game, and you’re getting into a ship cycle, there’s often three or four months where the game is basically done. And you have an idle team that needs to be working on things,” he said.

Unfortunately, day-one DLC releases create their own problems.

“Often for compatibility issues, day one, some of that content does need to be on-disc,” he said.

“It’s an ugly truth of the gaming industry.”

Bleszinski described himself as “not the biggest fan of having to do” on-disc DLC, but said that the solution is “one of the unfortunate realities” of the trade.

“If we can get to fully downloadable games, then you can just buy a $30 horror game and just have it, and that stuff will thankfully go away,” he added.

On-disc DLC has been the subject of much debate and controversy lately, with Capcom’s Street Fighter x Tekken in particular raising gamers’ ire.



  1. frostquake

    He really, REALLY thinks the Gaming Industry is going to sell any Game in this new Console Model, at $30!! I call BS!! Maybe $30 and then hounding you every few seconds to recommend the game to your friends, or having “EVERYTHING” costing a small price, via micro transactions like the Facebook model! The $30 model with NEVER happen!!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. LOLshock94

    The fucking irony coming from this is unreal.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Johanz

    Actually, it isn’t unreal. It’s Epic.


    #3 3 years ago
  4. minxamo

    Fucking hypocrite.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. unacomn

    This guy really grinds my gears.

    (Couldn’t find a Jazz Jackrabbit pun)

    #5 3 years ago
  6. DuckOfDestiny

    Did Bethesda ever have on-disc DLC content for their games?

    #6 3 years ago
  7. endgame

    “Bleszinski: On-disc DLC is an “unfortunate reality” of games business” Actually, HE is the unfortunate reality.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Ge0force

    Gamers should stop buying on-disc DLC, and it will go away eventually.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. ManuOtaku

    #8 i think thats not as easy as it sounds, because in the end theres one game you will need to have and that you will buy regardless this issue, i mean if borderlands 2, max payne 3 and/or bioshoc infinite have this i know i will be picking this tittles, because as much i dislike this, and thats the reason i didnt bought the newest street fighter game, eventually it will be a game i will love to buy that will use it, therefore like i said most of the time is not as easy as it looks, but i agree with you dont get me wrong.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. LOLshock94


    #10 3 years ago

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