During a recent chat with Videogamer, Disney Infinity executive producer John Vignocchi revealed that Disney Interactive’s take on the Skylander’s formula will (unsurprisingly) be a franchise with yearly installments, and that the first entry will have 12 months worth of DLC… Scrooge McDuck’s money vault is about to become a very real thing.
Speaking of which, it turns out the first entry in the series will contain DLC data on the game disc itself. Vignocchi said that while hackers could unfortunately discover the content and reveal it before the start of each pack’s PR campaign, thus ruining “the magic for the consumer"; this decision had to be greenlit.
"In the future, as we move on to new versions of consoles we're going to be able to digitally deliver that content, and the figurines themselves will simply be dongles that allow us to then instantigate a download of that content. But given the current generation of consoles, the content needs to be on the disc. But in the future we'll be able to push all that digitally so we don't run into that problem."
Oh boy. I’m going to come out and say this: I hate on-disc DLC… when it’s completed or at least highly functional. My opinion is that when you pay (sometimes $60+) for a game, you should have access to the completed content. However, DI is a unique example.
First off, I’m not quite sure we’re going be seeing a SFxT situation here. Think about it. Could Disney really complete the 12 months worth of DLC content by the June launch date? Considering the amount of toys the company is going to want to sell, not likely. So most of the DLC (if not all of it) will probably be incomplete. The reason for putting it on the disc is probably to make the download of the complete data fast enough to not upset the child audience, which is a decision I can fully agree with.
Besides, whether the full DLC data is on the disc or not, separate toys do need to be purchased in order to unlock these specific aspects of the game anyway, which is a fact Disney fans and parents already knew before this info was revealed. So it can’t really be said that the devs are cheating anyone when there’s this much transparency about the business model.
I really don’t know how to feel about this one. The kid in me thinks the toy idea is awesome, and rad, and magical, and all that good stuff but as an adult, I feel for the parents who’ll be buying this one for their kids, as it’s going to be an expensive package when all is said and done. Especially when you consider there’s going to be yearly sequels. Yikes.
All I can say is that both sides of the on-disc DLC debate probably should wait it out until the game’s lunch to see how much of the game is available without the need for extra toys, and if the DLC data that’s on the disc is actually complete, before digging too deeply into the situation.
Game Informer’s Jeff Cook
made some solid points in favor of this business model, if you want to head on over there and give it a look.