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Today BioWare announced that gamers who buy new copies of Dragon Age: Origins will receive $15 worth of DLC for free.

Dubbed the Stone Prisoner add-on, this bit of DLC adds the NPC Shale, a “mighty stone golem,” as well as numerous quests, environments and items. According to BioWare it will add “hours of additional gameplay.”

If you choose to buy Dragon Age used, the Stone Prisoner DLC will cost you $15. Some of you might be scratching your head as to why EA would give away DLC to gamers who buy new copies. You see, used games sales only benefit the retailer. EA would rather have you buy new copies so that it sees some of the profit.

Dragon Are: Origins was recently delayed to a November 3 release for the PC and Xbox 360. The PS3 version will arrive later that month.


  1. So instead of actually including more content on the $60 disc, EA would rather go out of their way to inconvenience customers and punish GameStop? Interesting…

  2. It’s an interesting tactic, as retailers push used game sales above all else, which isn’t entirely beneficial to the games industry (not saying it doesn’t have its uses), making an emphasis of “buying it new” will be intrigued to see how this pans out.

  3. Gears of War 2 did the exact same thing with it’s classic map pack.

  4. avatar Anonymous

    That’s my sister on the cover

  5. avatar Gamer|

    i found a free code to unlock “Shale” and the Dragon Blood Armour.

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