It’s important for developers and publishers not only to make sure their games sell enough but also that players remain interested for as long as possible. DLCs and free updates are a rather common way of doing that, although few others rely on more consumer-friendly events. Nintendo, for example, has in-game events in Pokémon Sun and Moon that anyone who owns the games can participate. Other publishers such as Capcom and Square Enix prefer to release free updates and paid DLCs, as is the case of FINAL FANTASY XV and Resident Evil 7—which had its last life support, the “Not A Hero” DLC, delayed. Yesterday the public was graced with a somewhat unexpected DLC for the critically acclaimed NieR: Automata.
Not everyone realized that the apologetic machines found in three specific locations across the world were actually guarding the door for DLC content, but those who know the industry’s practices well enough understood right away.
Titled “3C3C1D119440927,” the DLC is a package, or a mini expansion pack if you will, with a collection of colosseum battles, three costumes, hair sprays for the ladies, and boss battles against Square Enix and PlatinumGames CEOs. It sure sounds a lot better than the usual cosmetic and map packs some publishers throw at their fans, but the question that will always be asked is whether or not it’s worth buying.
The short answer is yes, “3C3C1D119440927” is worth it. This DLC pack includes a considerable amount of content that justify the price. However, this is meant to extend the game’s lifespan, so those uninterested in playing it after the important endings won’t find much value in the purchase. “3C3C1D119440927” adds a little bit of lore extension, but nothing that isn’t present in the main game in a way or another. Beyond that it focuses primarily on NieR: Automata‘s fast paced combat, with each colosseum offering a series of challenges recommended for each character at certain level ranges. It might particularly please hardcore players who have the difficulty set all the way up, as the challenges get increasingly difficult the more you advance.
To anyone worried that the content found in the DLC should be present in the base game, don’t worry. This is, in fact, an extension meant to keep players entertained if they want more NieR: Automata. The locations, rewards, and quests wouldn’t make much sense if they were available throughout the journey, especially because the later battles are balanced for higher levels. Besides, is it better to have the rewards bundled in a $14 DLC with playable content or scattered in small chunks of $2?
“3C3C1D119440927” is NieR: Automata‘s first DLC, available now for PC and PlayStation 4.