In an interview with Eurogamer
about the upcoming Team Fortress 2
, Valve's Robin Walker discusses Valve's philosophy when it comes to downloadable content
. In short, when you buy a game from them you buy 'all of it', even the downloadable maps that will be released after the game launches. "'[In multiplayer games] the content you're playing is being created by the players you're playing against, so the more people that get into the game, the more content you're going to have,' Valve's Charlie Brown concurred. Valve's strategy is roughly in line with the traditional PC model, but in recent years services like Xbox Live Marketplace have popularised microtransactions as a means of continuing to extract development capital from completed games."
Relatedly, the company annouced last week that there will be no Black Box release
for Half-Life 2, Episode 2
. The original plan was to have a retail release of just the three new games
, and TF2
); now only the orange box with the complete HL2 experience will be available on store shelves. Gamers can still purchase the new content separately from the Steam service.