The recent Bastard’s Wound expansion for Obsidian’s dark fantasy RPG Tyranny wasn’t great. We didn’t care for it, most other review outlets didn’t like it either, and Steam’s user reviews haven’t been any kinder. In the wake of all that negativity, Obsidian want to know just what, exactly, you want from their DLC.
You’ll find plenty of Obsidian games on our list of the best RPGs on PC.
Obsidian are putting up a survey to get your thoughts on all sorts of DLC-related topics, emailing folks on all their mailing lists and more publicly tweeting the query.
The survey asks what Obsidian DLC you own, going all the way back to Fallout: New Vegas and Neverwinter Nights 2, and asks how you prefer to get additional content, whether buying it straight-up, waiting for a sale, waiting for a Game of the Year Edition, or buying a season pass.
They also want to know what kinds of content you want for RPG DLC. Soundtracks, additional companions, multiplayer modes, extra game systems, post-game content, or extra single-player stuff. And they want to know what size you prefer your extra content in, whether that be bite-sized bits, beefy add-ons, a blend of styles, standalone expansions, or none at all.
The rest is mostly standard consumer survey, asking what influences your purchasing decisions and how much you’re willing to pay for season passes. Perhaps most telling is a ranking of genres question, which asks you to order how you feel about RPGs, graphic adventures, action games, and (of course) open-world survival and battle royale games. So depending on the results, please look forward to Obsidian’s Battlegrounds, coming to Early Access 2018.
Obsidian have been doing wonderful work with their throwback RPGs, including both Pillars of Eternity and Tyranny, even if the latter didn’t exactly meet sales expectations. DLC has proven a tougher nut to crack, but it’s proven an inseparable part of modern gaming and has some significant roots in the expansions packs for games Obsidian are still building off of. Here’s hoping they figure out a workable strategy soon.