What are DLC and Expansions in Games?

Hashan Madusanka
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FarCry 5 : DLC – Image from Playstation.blog

DLC (Downloadable Content)

Many gamers speaks about DLC and expansions in games. What are these terms? From this article, we are going to find out about them.

DLC or Downloadable Content is the term used for the additional game content for a game. Basically already released game is used for this. This content is accessible through internet for the player. It can be either promotion based or monetization way used by the developers. So it’s basically about promoting the game further among the player or to enhance the gameplay experience of the player. Sometimes we can obtain multiple DLC through “Season Pass” (Like in the picture above).

Talking about the enhancing the gameplay, most DLC comes with more skins (outfits for the playable characters) and modes (different game events – can be accessible through the main menu). Some editions give the player some collectible items (valuable items). Sometimes we can obtain various and unique weapons from these contents.

Sometimes, the DLC and expansions, give the player to feel new gameplay experiences. For an example, players can experience new and unique missions with interesting loot if they have access to the DLCs or Expansions. Most of games had used this technique in order to keep the player interested for the content of the game.

DLC and expansions play a huge role in mobile gaming too. Specially in multiplayer games, even though the initial game is free, the player has the priviledge of buying items to build their character or role in the game. Most popular multiplayer games use this method as a way of increasing the competition among the players. As you may experienced that some players have much more advanced weapons and rare costumes because they got those downloadable content.

Expansions

Expansions are pretty much similar to DLC. But Expansion can be called as a collection of DLC. They comes after the initial game is released. For an example, Age of Empires 2 (A Strategy Game) has got multiple expansions like, Conqueror’s Expansion, Rise of Rajas, etc. Each expansion features new civilizations to rule and new campaign missions to play. There is a special quality we can find in these expansions. That is if you have the latest expansion with you, it contains all features from the previous expansions. So the later the expansion, the best!

Conclusion

So, whatever the reason the developers used to introduce these DLC and expansions, it had given us much more greater experience than the initial game. That makes us the play those special missions and to find some interesting things in the game more and more. Overall, it’s a fascinating experience to play them.

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