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Free Shift 2 DLC announced for Origin

Free Shift 2 DLC announced for Origin

Electronic Arts will release the Speedhunters and Legends DLC for Shift 2 for free on PC.

Electronic Arts has announced that the previously console-only DLC for Shift 2 will be given away for free on PC from June 30th onwards.

The caveat, however, is that the downloads will only be available through Origin, EA's new digital distribution platform.

There are two packs, each of which cost £7.99 / 800 MS points when they originally went on sale on Xbox 360 and PS3.

The first DLC pack, Legends, was released in April for consoles and gives players access to five new tracks and a dozen classic cars.

The second pack, Speedhunters, originally went on sale last month and comes with two new game modes and 14 new vehicles.

Check out our Shift 2: Unleashed review to see what we thought of the game, as well as the game trailer below.

Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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PQuiff 28th June 2011, 11:45 Quote
Blaaaa....Last thing im doing is touching any more EA "steam a likes" got burned by EA downloader.
leveller 28th June 2011, 11:49 Quote
Steam is more than just a shop, it is my portal to the PC gaming community and social gaming.

I don't think splitting the Steam community/social side of PC gaming a very good idea, it will just fracture what we have and people will lose contact. I can't see how any other service will make PC gaming better, can anyone else?

Unless of course you don't have mates ...

edit: I just realised how off-topic this post was ... sorry, I just think EA, and no doubt soon-to-follow Activision splitting PC gaming into fractious minor communities is a fail all round.
Bindibadgi 28th June 2011, 12:04 Quote
Don't bother doing this EA, you won't win.

Hypothetical question (since I don't own the game): Since it's free DLC, does that mean dling it on torrent or by other means is legal?
r3loaded 28th June 2011, 12:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Hypothetical question (since I don't own the game): Since it's free DLC, does that mean dling it on torrent or by other means is legal?
Probably not in a literal interpretation of the law. In practice, they'd be mad to try any sort of legal action. In a similar vein, I feel that downloading paid-for software (without cracks or keygens) from torrents is justifiable if you already have a legit license for that software.
Bede 28th June 2011, 12:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by leveller
. I can't see how any other service will make PC gaming better, can anyone else?

Yes, quite evidently from this article - free DLC is always nice and now EA is having to incentivise users to use its service we can only benefit from it.

Fracturing of the community is all very well but as far as I can see all the Steam community does is bitch horrendously on the forums. Communities form around games, not around game providers. The PC community is already hugely fragmented; a necessary result from over 15 years of high quality releases. This is a good thing, not a bad thing.
enciem 28th June 2011, 13:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bede
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Originally Posted by leveller
. I can't see how any other service will make PC gaming better, can anyone else?

Yes, quite evidently from this article - free DLC is always nice and now EA is having to incentivise users to use its service we can only benefit from it.

Fracturing of the community is all very well but as far as I can see all the Steam community does is bitch horrendously on the forums. Communities form around games, not around game providers. The PC community is already hugely fragmented; a necessary result from over 15 years of high quality releases. This is a good thing, not a bad thing.

That would be fair enough if it weren't coming off the back of a game that didn't work for a lot of people for over a month after release (still doesn't for some). This is a kick in the teeth to those who bought the game through their own channel of choice and would like to stick with it.
V3ctor 28th June 2011, 13:46 Quote
It just arrived from Amazon... Bought it last week with a 50% discount, and now free DLC... I'm anxious to play this game
jamsand 28th June 2011, 14:09 Quote
I don't see them bet steam for one EA doesn't have a good reputation to start with so to go against steam who everyone loves ain't gonna work this seems like a cheap stunt after TF2 being made free.
greypilgers 28th June 2011, 17:19 Quote
So what happens when DLC for a game that is played over the internet as a multiplayer is released ONLY on Origin, or whatever else comes next? Does that effectively mean that we will have two groups of people with essentially the same game on the same platform, but who can never play each other because the DLC part of the game is not available to one group? That just sounds absolutely daft. I really hope we don't end up with THAT kind of situation. Perhaps what we will most likely see if some free DLC for EA games on Origin, etc, and on other providers that same DLC will cost something instead.

Anyone else think the same?
Yslen 28th June 2011, 17:51 Quote
I'm actually pretty darn pleased with this news. I was annoyed at EA for not releasing the DLC and now they give it out for free.

Granted, I have to mess about with their online store to get it, but perhaps if EA manage to grow Origin in to a real threat to Steam the competition will drive prices down. At the moment I'm still buying everything from Amazon, unless it's in a Steam sale.

Definitely looking forward to playing the DLC, I have been since I got the game.
schmidtbag 28th June 2011, 23:57 Quote
i'll download origin just for the game, but i'm not going to buy anything from it. i'm bored out of my mind, i need something to do. if this sucks then i'll just uninstall all of it.
erratum1 29th June 2011, 03:13 Quote
Free dlc, and the comments are from Steam fanboys raging.
will_123 29th June 2011, 09:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by Yslen


Granted, I have to mess about with their online store to get it, but perhaps if EA manage to grow Origin in to a real threat to Steam the competition will drive prices down.

Competition is healthy. Steam are going to have to deal with it. Like people have said steam isnt just where we buy games its more than that. If EA rivals it with something good then fair play. I just find i will pay a bit extra to and centralise my games with steam even if I could get it from somewhere for cheaper.

PC gamers are the hardest of all people to please and do not like change so it will be a hard job for EA.
leveller 29th June 2011, 09:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by will_123
Competition is healthy. Steam are going to have to deal with it. Like people have said steam isnt just where we buy games its more than that. If EA rivals it with something good then fair play. I just find i will pay a bit extra to and centralise my games with steam even if I could get it from somewhere for cheaper.

PC gamers are the hardest of all people to please and do not like change so it will be a hard job for EA.

You're confusing a supermarket with Marks & Spencer. Steam sells EVERYONES games, EA will only offer their own. If Activision follow EA, then they will sell their own games as well. There is NO competition, they will charge whatever they want to.
enciem 30th June 2011, 21:01 Quote
well it was released on steam anyway so I guess it isn't the beginning of a trend
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