Somehow I missed this during the blizzard of news at E3, but I have just found it this afternoon, having given up on the England game shortly after half time, so thought I would share. I have made no secret of the fact that despite being a big fan of Dragon Age and having put around 300 hours into the game I found the Awakening DLC on the PS3 criminally overpriced compared to the cost on all other platforms.
I was sufficiently incensed that my Dragon Age Blu-ray disc has not been near my PS3 since. Having also skipped the more recent Darkspawn Chronicles DLC BioWare have now come up with some DLC that might just tempt me back. Might.
Announced back on the 17th June while I was suffering from E3-fatigue and distracted writing about 3D video the new DLC gives you the chance to play as my favourite NPC, Leliana. The Dragon Age website says:
Assume the role of Leliana, a young bard involved in a criminal ring that deals in political secrets. Accompanying her mentor Marjolaine on a high-risk mission, Leliana soon finds herself entangled in a game of intrigue that she cannot escape with just her beauty, charm, or stealth. The only way out of this game is to kill or be killed.
- Explore Leliana’s dangerous past and why she joined the Chantry
- Fully voiced cinematic experience brings the characters to life
- Unlock a unique reward that transfers into your Awakening and Origins campaign
The DLC arrives, in the US at least, on the 6th July. Of course, you will not expect me to let this go without saying something about the price, which is 560 Microsoft Points. That means it as a fair bet that in the UK it will £5.59 as EA are continuing under the impression that one Microsoft Point (MSP) is one penny in UK currency.
We know it is not as the cost of one MSP purchased from Microsoft on Xbox LIVE is 0.85p. That has not stopped EA setting the price of the PS3 DLC according to the 1p = 1MSP rule. Awakening was 3,200MSP or £31.99 on PSN. Darkspawn Chronicles was 400MSP and £3.99 on PSN. That EA are still keeping to that pricing rule suggests that enough gamers are willing to pay the price.
We also should not forget that if the stories from over a year ago are true and Sony do charge publishers for PSN downloads perhaps this is just EA covering those costs? Or perhaps their price-setting department are just lazy? We are never likely to find out of course, but would it not be great to have one of the big publishers open up about how they set prices?