Valve has made a major update to the way game store pages on Steam display DLC.
It’s no secret that DLC organisation, and the way add-ons in general are displayed on the Steam store, has been a mess pretty much since the feature was first introduced.
It always felt like an ad hoc solution that was never really updated in a meaningful way to cope with the massive increase in DLC content for games. Valve seemingly agrees, because the Steam steward has finally made a few key changes to make browsing DLC much less of a hassle.
For starters, all games that sell DLC content now have a dedicated page for all of their add-on content. You’re longer confided to the long list on the main store page. This already makes browsing add-ons more convenient, but there’s another, equally important change.
Developers now have the ability to label and sort the many pieces of content into different lists. For example, a game could have a DLC list for characters, another for cosmetic content, and a list for things like 4K texture packs and other freebies.
At the bottom of the new DLC page, you’ll find other ways of filtering through the content, but the filters themselves look out of place for a DLC page. The engine reuses the same layout found on the Steam homepage, so it doesn’t quite fit.
For example, in Siege’s DLC page, you’re able to filter add-ons by genres like Strategy, Horror, Tactical etc. This obviously doesn’t make sense given the context, but the updated page is overall infinitely easier to navigate, so there’s that.