Fans of Dead Space will be happy to hear that Electronic Arts has confirmed the upcoming release of premium DLC for the hit survival horror game, with exclusive content for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Several upgrade packs will be available, including platform-exclusive weapon and suit skins for each console. The new DLC will provide gamers with "the ultimate Necromorph-dismembering equipment," with new looks and upgraded powers for many of the game's weapons including the plasma cutter, contact beam, pulse rifle, flamethrower and ripper. The complete list of forthcoming DLC includes:
Astronaut Pack: Features an Astronaut Suit and new skins for the Plasma Cutter, Pulse Rifle, and Ripper. - $3.00 / 240 MS points
Big Gun Pack: Download the Steam Punk Force Gun, the ultimate in Necromorph-killing destruction. - $1.00 / 80 MS points
Heavy Damage Pack: Features a new look and massive firepower for the Plasma Cutter, Contact Beam, Pulse Rifle, and Ripper. - $3.00 / 240 MS points
Hot Rod Pack: Features flame graphics for the Flamethrower and Pulse Rifle. - $1.00 / 80 MS points
Military Pack: Features a new look and enhanced power for all 7 Dead Space weapons. - $4.00 / 320 MS points
Pedestrian Pack: Features a fresh new look for the Contact Beam, Plasma Cutter, and Ripper. - $1.50 / 120 MS points
Scorpion Pack: Features an upgraded Level 5 Suit and powered up Plasma Cutter, Line Gun, and Force Gun, all decorated in a red Scorpion Skin. - $4.00 / 320 MS points
Scorpion Weapon Pack: Features a faster death-dealing Plasma Cutter, Line Gun, and Force Gun in red skins. - $2.25 / 180 MS points
Speed Kills Pack: Features a faster-firing Force Gun, Line Gun, and Plasma Cutter. - $2.25 / 180 MS points
Tank Pack: Features an upgraded Level 5 Suit and powered up Flamethrower, Force Gun, and Line Gun, all covered in Unitology script. - $4.00 / 320 MS points
PlayStation 3 Exclusive Packs:
Obsidian Weapon Skin Pack: Includes weapon skins in jet-black PlayStation 3 colors for the Line Gun, Plasma Cutter, and Pulse Rifle.
Obsidian Pack: Includes an upgraded Level 5 suit, and weapon skins for the Line Gun, Plasma Cutter, and Pulse Rifle, all in jet-black PlayStation 3 colors.
Xbox 360 Exclusive Packs:
Elite Weapon Skin Pack: Includes weapon skins in Xbox 360 colors for the Line Gun, Plasma Cutter, and Pulse Rifle. -120 MS points
Elite Pack: Includes an upgraded Level 5 suit, and weapon skins for the Line Gun, Plasma Cutter, and Pulse Rifle in Xbox 360 colors. - 240 MS points
Not that I want to imply that this stuff isn't amazing and awesome and ultimate, but am I the only one who's hearing the neighing of horses and clanking of armor echoing in the distance? When I think of worthwhile DLC, I think of new stories to be told, new places to explore, new skulls to vaporize - not a flame paintjob for my pulse rifle. On the other hand, I've already been told by one person that she'd pay a buck for the Steam Punk Force Gun, so maybe I'm on the wrong side of the fence. Appropriately-priced upgrade or cheap cash grab? Only you can decide.
The new upgrade packs will be available worldwide on Xbox Live Marketplace and in Europe via the PlayStation Store on November 13, and to the rest of the world on the PlayStation Store beginning November 20.