The Saboteur Offers Free DLC of Boobs on Day One

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The Saboteur Offers Free DLC of Boobs on Day One

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On the first day The Saboteur is available, Electronic Arts will offer downloadable content which removes the nipple-covering pasties from the performers at a nightclub in the game.

When you boot up The Saboteur, you are told that inside your gamebox (assuming you bought it legally) is a slip of paper containing a code. Entering the code will allow you to download content called "The Midnight Show" for free, which you are told will add non-covered breasts to the game, as well as some other stuff like additional hiding spots and a champagne room. According to a recent Tweet from Pandemic, customers who do not have a code will have to pay $3 for "The Midnight Show," as opposed to the $5 that was reported by other sources. The downloadable content for the M-rated game will be available when the game launches on December 8th.

I haven't played the game, but many have mentioned that the first thing you see in the opening cutscene is, in fact, a closeup of a burlesque performer. If you do not enter the code, her nipples are covered with pasties, but if you did, you get you what you paid for almost immediately. The nightclub, Belle de Nuit, serves as a base of operations for your character so one would assume that there will be many opportunities for this content to pay double D dividends. "Midnight Show" is a rare feat in that it tackles three hot-button current controversies in the gaming community at once.

First, nudity is a big deal in games, even ones marketed to adults with an M rating like Saboteur. In a post Hot Coffee world, the possibility for bad press to tank a even a popular game's sales is a real one. On the other hand, I've heard it said about five million times that there is no such thing as Santa Claus, unicorns or bad press.

By making nudity something that each consumer must choose to display, however, EA deftly sidesteps the issue. Ostensibly, anyone who is able to purchase games and downloadable content from XBLA or PSN is old enough to have a credit card and therefore old enough to decide if they want to see virtual boobs. Of course, that still doesn't prevent some parent crying foul because they never set up parental controls or let their kids have their credit card number. In any case, it is a clever attempt by EA to offer adult content if you jump through an "age gate."

The second issue is that many gamers are peeved when a company offers downloadable content that they believe should have shipped with the game. The Saboteur is completely playable without this content, but is it really fair to bundle actual gameplay additions with boobies? Also, what if I haven't bothered to set up my online account or reside in an area that has no internet access? In that case, I am now prevented from playing the game like it was "supposed" to be played. With boobs.

The last reason that "Midnight Show" is important is that it combats both piracy and the used games market. By making the content free for people who legitimately bought The Saboteur at retail, and forcing all of the others to pay $5, it incentive-izes consumers to buy a new copy. Modeling downloadable content like this is an attempt to make sure that EA profits even when the game is resold, whether legally or illegally. It remains to be seen whether this tactic will work, but if anything will succeed at separating gamers from money, it's tits.

Source: MTV Multiplayer

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Wow, really? They're sure desperate for sales.
Personally, ever since I heard that horrifying terrible "Irish" accent, it put me off the game.

I can see how having your nipples being covered up by these would be quite distressing.

Hurray for tits!

Yeah...That's not selling me on the game.

*puts on his I-LOVE-THE-ESCAPIST face*
Those great ads you've been running are!

Greg Tito:

The last reason that "Midnight Show" is important is that it combats both piracy and the used games market. By making the content free for people who legitimately bought The Saboteur at retail, and forcing all of the others to pay $5, it incentive-izes consumers to buy a new copy. Modeling downloadable content like this is an attempt to make sure that EA profits even when the game is resold, whether legally or illegally. It remains to be seen whether this tactic will work, but if anything will succeed at separating gamers from money, it's tits.

Certainly Dragon Age did this better with the Stone Prisoner costing $15 (I think), but free if you actually buy a new copy.

Of course it isn't titties, so it could be overlooked.

For shame EA, for shame. Why doesn't the code remove underwear?

I jest, I jest.

Not really.

Hypothetically, couldn't someone just get the game and DLC and crack them together?

I also don't know whether to see this more as an attempted media stunt, or a ploy to boost immediate sales.

hazabaza1:
Wow, really? They're sure desperate for sales.
Personally, ever since I heard that horrifying terrible "Irish" accent, it put me off the game.

Worse than Yahtzees.

I would like to comment on number 2. If the game comes with a slip for the free DLC (like DA:O did) what is a problem? How is that not shipped with the game when it comes with the game? Sure you might miss out if you don't have an internet connection but would it make it any better if they had to delay the game for months to make sure it is on the disc?

I think this is a great way to handle something that really should be a none issue. I could never understand the conversy that comes with nudity, especially when it's not even real.

Hey, if it gets more pirates to actually fork out rather than just download it illegally, then titties for the world, I say!

This is a pretty good idea, if it works then it's great for all three issues mentioned, and if it doesn't then no-one can blame EA for trying. Plus, titties are always a good thing, right?

Downloadable Cleavage?

I do like this tactic for DLC. Kind of how Dragon Age worked... kind of.
And who can object to boobs?

DeadlyYellow:
Hypothetically, couldn't someone just get the game and DLC and crack them together?

I also don't know whether to see this more as an attempted media stunt, or a ploy to boost immediate sales.

Yes, DA:O launch DLC was released just the same, However i'm pretty sure you can't get DLC for pirated copies of 360 games illegitimately, but i'm not 100% on that (Haven't Tried, Haven't had the need)

Furburt:

hazabaza1:
Wow, really? They're sure desperate for sales.
Personally, ever since I heard that horrifying terrible "Irish" accent, it put me off the game.

Worse than Yahtzees.

True. At least Yahtzee's was a parody. This is just... fork in the ear unbearable.

Jiraiya72:
Hurray for tits!

you're right! XD

DeadlyYellow:
Hypothetically, couldn't someone just get the game and DLC and crack them together?

Everything will be cracked.

On-topic: This might be a good way to get around an AO rating, but how long before some group manages to get a game re-rated AO for DLC content?

No such thing as Santa Claus, unicorns

Thank you for ruining my life. Ass.
I kid, I kid

OT: Meh, the game never interested me in the first place

Amnestic:
I can see how having your nipples being covered up by these would be quite distressing.

Mmmmmmm...
--Wait, what were we talking about?

OT: For personal reasons, this topic actually doesn't affect me either way. At least it's an option and not something that's being thrown in your face this time around...

Greg Tito:

By making nudity something that each consumer must choose to display, however, EA deftly sidesteps the issue. Ostensibly, anyone who is able to purchase games and downloadable content from XBLA or PSN is old enough to have a credit card and therefore old enough to decide if they want to see virtual boobs. Of course, that still doesn't prevent some parent crying foul because they never set up parental controls or let their kids have their credit card number. In any case, it is a clever attempt by EA to offer adult content if you jump through an "age gate."

I strongly disagree. GTA: SA didn't even give the opinion of launching the Hot Coffee content, and it required an external modification of the game to achieve, and yet they still got utterly hammered by the ban-happy folks and the people who think parents can't look after their own kids....well, in America anyways. I believe the BBFC's response can be summed up with a shrug and a 'meh'.

Amnestic:
I can see how having your nipples being covered up by these would be quite distressing.

But oh so delicious. Tits and pasties. Could it get much better?

Tis the old say...Sex Sells...

Although, why would you want to D/L that if you dont get it for free? Really? Well, I suppose for a gimmick it will pull some people in

I'm struggling with why the hell they are covering tits with pasties now? Aren't they a Cornish thing, like myself?

Surely, guiness would have been more appropriate/surreal? Also how are the pasties staying on?

I wonder how that bored meeting went.

Fuckin' A, it's just like with DA:O, the DLC SHOULD HAVE been included in the actual fucking game, pretty soon we'll be doing a pay-to-play, where you have to pay for every hour's worth of game.

i still dont understand why it more contraversial to have boobs in game where you play a MASS MURDERER, they may be nazis but "killing under the guise of war is still murder" (thanks einstein). i just dont understand what so bad about nudity, as we are all nude .... under our clothes (see what i did there, hah im a genius)

(actually i lied, my friend said the nude under clothes thing and i stole it)

(sorry)

I actually think I hate EA now. If you've already gone to the trouble of coding all this, including it in the game or I just won't buy it. Sure, if something is broken, fix it, but otherwise, release the complete version of the game!

I was on the fence, but I think I have slipped into the not buying side on this game. It's not the sex, it's what this witholding of content represents.

If it works, I applaud them, I'll also have a little more of my faith shattered...Because the idea that slapping boobs on a game instantly improves sales would be true.

But everyone loves boobs...Right?

Sigh.

Jaredin:
Tis the old say...Sex Sells...

Although, why would you want to D/L that if you dont get it for free? Really? Well, I suppose for a gimmick it will pull some people in

Well, it says the uncovered boobies AND extra hiding places and stuff; so, in order to get the extra stuff, I have to have the uncovered boobs? Hmm. I dunno, I have a feeling I'd actually be put off by the amount of bare nipples - after all, when I want porn, I don't play games for it.

This is jugs the breast idea ever! They'll be groping in money hand over tits for sure.

This ... is GENIUS!

This is actually something I want to see, and no I'm not just talking about the boobs.
I want to see more games that can have adult content in them, but don't, and that can be repaired with a simple patch/update. It takes the heat off the developer and puts it entirely in the player's hands if they want to play a "Mature" game or an "Adult" game. I'll leave it to you if those rating titles are appropriate.

wondering if this will start a trend in sexy DLC being released for other games?
might be able to circumvent the trend of tasteless sex and reserve it to DLC?

..
Its nice to dream...

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