Content DLC vs Expansion
With last nights update there have been some questions about the difference between the non DLC free content that people can expect post release, and our first major expansion.
DLC typically refers to small chunks of game content that runs between $0.99 and $10 which include things like cosmetic enhancements, weapons, map packs, and minor missions. This kind of content is small and easy to produce, but still has a cost associated with it.
This kind of content we will be releasing for free, in our content patches. Things our community can expect are: ship modules, sub-systems, missions, weapons, and sectors. As we work on the game we will include these new items, free of charge as we finish them.
Expansions are a throwback to 10+ years ago (there have been some since then, but not nearly as common), before there was DLC. It consists of major changes and additions to games that were packaged up and purchased for around $20 - $30, these were usually game changers and added several hours of gameplay.
Some of my favorite expansions of all time were: Morrowind Tribunal, Warcraft III Frozen Throne, and Titan Quest Immortal Throne.
Our first expansion will be in development for almost a year after our release, it will include entirely new systems and support multiplayer. The content and features for this are set set yet so our community will have the opportunity to directly impact this new content. we will be building our multiplayer on the UnityPark Suite backend, a networking framework which we already own a license for. If a backer was to pledge now at the $55 tier, they receive a copy of this expansion without extra charge, and all lower tier rewards as well.
A note to the wonderful backers that have increased their pledge already, Ive noticed a few people going to the $50 tier, if it was your intention to increase to the expansion level, you will need to select the $55 pledge and $55 reward.
Thanks again, you guys are awesome, if you have any more suggestions on pledge rewards or game content, please let us know!