Would you rather pay $10 each for 50 DLCs or $100 each for 5 DLCs?
This is a very hypothetical question based on two separate pieces of news happening concurrently, as well as that classic question: would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?
American Truck Simulator launched its Kansas DLC November 30. This new DLC will allow players at long last to truck their way through a map of Kansas, seeing all the landmarks and varied landscape Kansas has to offer a long-haul trucker. Not to disparage Kansas or anything, but that state isn’t known for its thrilling driving landscape — especially considering its also mostly rectangular neighboring state Oklahoma had its DLC launch in August. If you remember your geography of the USA, this release model means that ATS fans are likely facing down 50 state-by-state DLC entries at $10 a pop, and that’s just on maps alone. SCS Software also releases other small DLC from time to time, ranging from cosmetic options for trucks to new cargo to haul.
There’s also a rumor of a leaked survey from the Diablo 4 team, asking whether players would be alright with paying a few different prices ranging from $50 to $100 for expansions for that game. Thus far the community’s reaction to that price point has been mostly negative. It’s likely that we’ll see expansions in a range of costs, with extra perks and cosmetics for players paying out the extra dough, the same way WoW players get neat hearthstones and mounts with their more expensive expansion bundles. Also, for the sake of comparison, the scope of Diablo 4′s expansions will be orders of magnitude more wide-ranging than any expansion of ATS could ever be, with new classes, new maps, new story developments, and new mechanics we have yet to even think of. Even with engine tweaks and fun rear view mirror ornaments, there’s only so much they can add to ATS — trucking is still trucking. They can’t add a Witch Doctor truck with the ability to throw poison frogs at cars that try to break check you, unfortunately. It’s also unlikely that, even with a $100 price point, we’ll be seeing five wholly realized expansions for D4 — but then, the parallel between the ATS appearance packs and the ongoing D4 cosmetics shop bears pointing out, too.
So, in internet question style: which one would you prefer: more frequent micro DLC, or less frequent but far more expansive — and expensive — DLC? Which have you been more likely to actually purchase over time? Or are you, like me, just completely skipping the Midwest until they offer a deeply discounted bundle option?
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