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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow producer regrets DLC expansions

Friday, 29th June 2012 03:59 GMT By Matt Williams

The producer behind Castlevania: Lords of Shadow has spoken out about the game’s critically panned DLC expansions “Reverie” and “Resurrection”, admitting that their release was both “rushed” and “a mistake”.

Dave Cox, who also serves as head of product planning at Konami, explained to Gameranx that the game had never been designed with DLC in mind.

“We never planned to do DLC, so we ended up doing DLC after the fact and in hindsight that was a mistake,” Cox confessed. “It was rushed. We had to rush it to market.”

Cox clarified that while the production team were not compelled to produce DLC for the title, they felt pressured to do so following the title’s positive reception.

“When you have success there’s pressure on you to bring something else to market very quickly, and I think it was wrong of us to do that,” he explained.

Despite his bad experiences with Lords of Shadow, Cox has not been put off the idea of incorporating DLC in future titles.

“I think we enriched the story that we wanted to tell, but I think if we were going to do DLC again it would have to be planned right from the get go. And it wouldn’t be something that would try to build upon an ending—it would be something that’s perhaps a side story that enriches the original story. If we were going to do DLC again it would be something much more carefully considered.”

“Instead of giving players a part of the story and giving them the other part as DLC, I think the DLC has to expand the universe of an already whole product,” Cox said praising the likes of Skyrim. “It should add to the experience, not take away from it.”

Thanks, GameIndustry International.

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5 Comments

  1. KAP

    Well if he called it “rushed” I’d like to see his planned DLC because I found LOS DLC to be important to the overstory of LOS.. not to mention great.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. kazeumi

    Both dlcs was great! Did not feel rushed at all.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Custard Ganet

    What Gort said in her CLOS post.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. AHA-Lambda

    Damn right you should regret it! The first dlc was bad, but the second? Christ one of the worst pieces of dlc I’ve ever played!! >:(

    #4 2 years ago
  5. xino

    not only was it a bad regret but stupid DLC were split!:/

    Resurrection was a waste of money. and both were very short!

    #5 2 years ago

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