It has been known for a while now that the first batch of downloadable content for Modern Warfare 2 was approaching soon. This bundle promised new maps for the game’s multiplayer mode and was entitled “Stimulus Package.”
On a recent Major Nelson podcast, Robert Bowling, from MW2 developer Infinity Ward, revealed the bitter, bitter irony in the name. The package adds five maps to the game and runs 1200 Microsoft Points or $15 in human terms.
Yes, that’s over 25% of the original cost of the game. This high price-point is even more surprising given that two of the five maps aren’t truly new, but are being brought back from a previous Call of Duty game.
The game sold millions and millions of copies, creating a huge fan base. So I’m sure they’ll make plenty of money off of this move. It just seems like an odd strategy give the consumer-friendly name.
I’ve never been a big fan of first-person-shooters, but I was swayed by they hype and advertising blitz. I really enjoyed the game and spent well over 50 hours on the online multiplayer mode killing (okay, okay you got me! Mostly getting killed by) fellow gamers. Despite that I can say that I’ll be passing on this set of DLC. A few additional maps aren’t worth the steep price. I think it’s safe to say that there are far better places to spend my gaming dollar.