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Assassin's Creed 2 DLC was cut from full game

Assassin's Creed 2 DLC was cut from full game

The content included in upcoming DLC packs for Assassin's Creed 2 was cut from the full game, apparently.

Assassin's Creed 2 head Patrice Desilets has confirmed that the content included in the upcoming downloadable content packs for AC2 was originally included in the full game.

Speaking to Kotaku, Desilets said that the amount of content included in the core game made him feel justified in culling features and turning it into DLC.

"I felt that, 'Okay, there were too many things to do and to finish.' So we said, 'Okay, let's take a portion of the game that was planned and we'll give it in DLC.' We'll remove some stress to the team while giving more to fans and people who like Assassin's Creed," he said.

"I think we gave them so much content that they cannot say that we owe them, that we didn't give them a lot for their 60 bucks."

The DLC that's currently planned includes two separate packs priced at around £5 and which are planned for release in January and February. Each one will fill in explicit gaps in the sequence of genetic memories seen in Assassin's Creed 2.

Desilets also hinted that currently unannounced DLC packs may be released that restore more features that were cut from the full game too, such as the ability to replay any mission.

We reviewed Assassin's Creed 2 earlier this year and really quite liked it. Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Slepnyrl 23rd December 2009, 12:27 Quote
As long as they are all included in the PC version that will come out in spring, they'll make the wait worthwhile!
The Jambo 23rd December 2009, 12:29 Quote
Perfectly Reasonable to be honest. Either delay the game, and don't deliver any DLC, or send it out with a few parts missing.

At least they're priced well.
DragunovHUN 23rd December 2009, 12:36 Quote
DLC is DLC, it doesn't matter if they create it before or after the release.
Veles 23rd December 2009, 12:52 Quote
Stuff gets cut from games all the time, at least now with DLC we get to see that cut content, so it's not exactly like they made a full game, cut bits out, then released it later so they could get more money. At least I hope not.
mikeuk2004 23rd December 2009, 12:55 Quote
Whats next, you buy a digital movie and you have parts cut from the middle and charged extra to download it later on in a few months time?
[GAH] Cheesey 23rd December 2009, 13:17 Quote
Good job guys and girls at Assassins Creed 2. Nice to see that they're giving gamers what they want and making the game more playable.

Unlike other games out there *cough* left 4 dead *cough* !
steveo_mcg 23rd December 2009, 13:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by mikeuk2004
Whats next, you buy a digital movie and you have parts cut from the middle and charged extra to download it later on in a few months time?

Just ask the folk with a half dozen DVD's of Blade Runner...
Morrius 23rd December 2009, 13:43 Quote
The game was massive, I ploughed 30-something hours into it and I still have more to find when I go back. This seems reasonable, I can imagine it would have started to drag somewhat if it had another ten or so hours to play through.
Almightyrastus 23rd December 2009, 13:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Morrius
The game was massive, I ploughed 30-something hours into it and I still have more to find when I go back. This seems reasonable, I can imagine it would have started to drag somewhat if it had another ten or so hours to play through.

Don't they already do this though with 'directors cuts' and 'special extended edition'?
Unknownsock 23rd December 2009, 13:47 Quote
Don't agree on this at all.
I can see some developers, making a game, and then taking stuff out as DLC, just to make more money...
Morrius 23rd December 2009, 14:00 Quote
Well of course some developers do. But having played Assassins Creed 2 all the way through, I can confirm it doesn't feel short or lacking in content.
Skiddywinks 23rd December 2009, 14:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Morrius
The game was massive, I ploughed 30-something hours into it and I still have more to find when I go back. This seems reasonable, I can imagine it would have started to drag somewhat if it had another ten or so hours to play through.

So, what, you would rather pay for it than have it included, in case you got bored of it?

If It was planned to be in the game, it should be free. Give the first two packs out for free, increasing the value and sales, and then when you come up with genuinely new ideas, I would be more than happy to pay for them. Cutting things out to hit a corporate deadline, intended to maximise profits, only to then charge people for it just reeks of greed.
fatty beef 23rd December 2009, 14:12 Quote
Blade runner is a brilliant movie - to bad it was never realized on the big screen the way it should have been.

DLC = pure profit especially if the designs, voice overs and all that other stuff was done already. So instead of paying $60usd for a game you pay $65. Multiply that extra $5.00 times 60% of the copies sold 3 or 4 times over the next year and KAPOW all of a sudden they are profitable again : ).
hexx 23rd December 2009, 15:23 Quote
hmm not sure i like it...considering the fact that you get roughly 25hrs of gameplay i don't believe that it's good thing to say to public. they should keep it as a secret - 25hrs sucks - baaaadly
mrbens 23rd December 2009, 18:42 Quote
Why have they been openly admitting to this? I think taking bits out and charging us an extra £5 later for it is ridiculous, expecially charging extra for an option to "replay any mission"!

They should have just kept quiet then nobody would know or care, or say they would be providing a series of free of charge extras.
Elton 23rd December 2009, 19:40 Quote
I'm happy they mention this, but really this is setting a disturbing trend to make an excuse for developers to cut out certain items and then throw it in there as an afterthought for a bit of extra cash.

Still though, there are DLC's worth buying.
Veles 23rd December 2009, 20:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by mikeuk2004
Whats next, you buy a digital movie and you have parts cut from the middle and charged extra to download it later on in a few months time?

Those are called the deleted scenes you see on DVDs :p
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Originally Posted by hexx
hmm not sure i like it...considering the fact that you get roughly 25hrs of gameplay i don't believe that it's good thing to say to public. they should keep it as a secret - 25hrs sucks - baaaadly

The way games have been going in recent years, 25 hours can be considered an epic
Skiddywinks 23rd December 2009, 21:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by Veles
The way games have been going in recent years, 25 hours can be considered an epic

That's my point exactly. And now, to get evenhalf of what a good game used to give, we are going to be charged £5 a pop.
Horizon 23rd December 2009, 21:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
That's my point exactly. And now, to get evenhalf of what a good game used to give, we are going to be charged £5 a pop.

Pretty much, what I was thinking. What gets me here are the readers don't have a problem that the devs cut out parts of the original game to charge for as separate DLC, but welcome it. The way things headed concerning DLC are I wouldn't put it past them to cut out the final level or final boss and charge for it as DLC*.

*Concepts and ideas expressed herein this post are patented by Horizon Ultd, and may not be used without permission. And to save the trouble of contacting, the answer is 'No'.
frontline 23rd December 2009, 22:53 Quote
I might have bought the first game and this one if they hadn't blatantly removed DX10.1 support for Ati cards in the first one.
ZERO <ibis> 24th December 2009, 00:29 Quote
Oops we do not have enough time for the ending... well just sell the thing and we can charge them for the ending later. I mean **** it we can make more money by selling it in parts anyways.

I mean why buy a completed item for full price when you can buy it in parts for full price plus an additional price.
Stormwulf 25th December 2009, 11:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Veles
Stuff gets cut from games all the time, at least now with DLC we get to see that cut content, so it's not exactly like they made a full game, cut bits out, then released it later so they could get more money. At least I hope not.

Umm, correct me if i'm wrong but thats exactly what they did if you read the article properly.

Ridiculous concept, if it was in the game originally it should have stayed in the game, not been cut out for later profiteering!!

DLC should be about new parts developed after the game is released to improve playability and longevity of a product.
[- pio -] 26th December 2009, 01:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by fatty beef
Blade runner is a brilliant movie - to bad it was never realized on the big screen the way it should have been.

I saw the Final Cut version on the big screen last year :p
Veles 26th December 2009, 19:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Stormwulf
Quote:
Originally Posted by Veles
Stuff gets cut from games all the time, at least now with DLC we get to see that cut content, so it's not exactly like they made a full game, cut bits out, then released it later so they could get more money. At least I hope not.

Umm, correct me if i'm wrong but thats exactly what they did if you read the article properly.

Ridiculous concept, if it was in the game originally it should have stayed in the game, not been cut out for later profiteering!!

DLC should be about new parts developed after the game is released to improve playability and longevity of a product.

What I mean is they didn't cut out finished content, they planned to make this stuff, perhaps got part way through making it, but it had to be cut to allow them to release in time. This happens all the time in just about every game ever made. They're now finishing this stuff they couldn't finish before and releasing it as DLC
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 30th December 2009, 04:16 Quote
WOW? Really? Like companies haven't done this before. the Matrix part 2 and 3 was really one movie. Left for Dead 2 is basically DLC from LFD1. Modern warfare 2 is the rest of Modern Warfare 1. Musicians always release a greatest hits albums with unheard left over songs on it. Valve is milking Half Life 2 about as much as Capcom did with Street Fighter 2.

It's only logical that companies in an attempt to generate revenue would remove some of the final product and resale it later.

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