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In a recent interview, Valve’s Chet Faliszek revealed that Microsoft is behind the 560 Microsoft Point ($7) price tag on the “Crash course” Left 4 Dead DLC on the Xbox 360. Faliszek stated, “We own our platform, Steam. Microsoft owns their platform. They wanted to make sure there’s an economy of value there.”

Slated to arrive sometime this month, the “Crash Course” DLC brings a new campaign focused on, but not exclusive to, versus mode as well as new survival mode maps. Originally “Crash Course” was suppose to be free on both Xbox 360 and PC, however now only PC gamers will reap Valve’s generosity.

Faliszek explained the situation by saying, “It’s not like we’re looking at this as, ‘Oh my god, we need some money, we’re going to charge,’ obviously, or we’d do it on the PC. So it’s just kind of the way the system works right now.”

Unfortunately this news implies that Valve will have to charge for all future DLC on the Xbox 360, including the upcoming Team Fortress 2 DLC pack. Valve president Gabe Newell addressed this issue last year stating, “On the consoles, they want us to charge money for [DLC], because that’s in their model, and our model is very much more to grow the community by giving out free updates. That’s harder for us.”


  1. avatar ...

    This isn’t new.
    It was told a long time ago that the 360 would have to pay…
    A tad late there.

  2. @…
    Very true! While the news that it would cost money is weeks old, the focus of this article here is the very recent (mere days old) interview in which Valve justifies it.

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  3. So 360 owners pay your yearly subs then you have to pay for the DLC that people like myself will get for free, automatically downloaded as soon as we start up Steam.

    So um, what’s the benefit of Xbox Live these days? Cause a few years ago it was worth the money, these days? Not at all.

  4. avatar Ferahtsu

    I hear Microsoft will start charging fractions of a penny to your credit card for every time you log in to Live……am I joking?

  5. This will unfortunately never go away. The majority of console gamers do not realise that this kind of update can easily be free. More to the point, though, is that the majority of companies are doing this. Valve and Epic are unique in their desire to value-add, as opposed to value-charge.

  6. The reason for the 80-MS point Indie Games is so people can’t give away their games for free too… oh no! What would gamers do with free games?! It’d be anarchy.

    It’d be nice if game devs could at least control the price attached to their DLC… then maybe Valve could dole out massive updates for a dollar instead of seven.

  7. I’m so glad I purchase all my Valve games on my PC.

  8. avatar thom

    and this is why i chose a ps3 instead of a 360. live just seems like a scam sometimes

  9. avatar Brood

    um thom,
    you don’t get to play L4D at all
    so i dont see how your ps3 helps

  10. avatar anon

    I lold at the ps3 comment, ps3 instead of 360 and you dont feel like its a scam. i feel robbed everytime i drop out of a game of the classic cant find any game or even better cant connect to ea online. oh boy are you dumb, 7.99 a month for good service or free shity service, im going to chose to good service and better games for one, ps3 is a single player console at best, networking is just not its thing, and good luck playing l4d on ps3 cause as brood said its never going to happen and even if it was on the ps3 you would never get an update, lol ps3 sucks

  11. avatar Dan

    Put it like this:

    - Paying for the Xbox 360
    - Paying for the game
    - Paying for Xbox LIVE Gold
    - Paying to change gamertag
    - Paying for DLC
    - And More

    Only DLC containing achievements are what you have to pay for due to it’s Microsoft System. Maybe they’ve just made it so we have to now definatly pay, who knows?

    More to the point is there anything for free on Xbox 360, yeah we do pay for a better experience rather than rival consoles but does it mean we have to pay this much? after all it’s Microsoft we’re talking about here – a billion+ dollar company…

  12. avatar Simplex

    There is something fishy here…

    According to teh internetz, Batman DLC will be F-R-E-E on PS3 and Xbox360.

  13. avatar PaintedShip

    Hey Simplex –
    If DLC for Batman is free on 360 and Ps3, it would simply mean that the overall downloads are cross-platform. If there is a DLC exclusively for the 360 and NOT ps3, chances are theyre going to charge for it. Therefore there isnt anything that fishy about that. Its how Microsoft rolls I guess.

    Doesn’t Mr. Gates have enough f*cking money by now? He’s one of the richest people in the USA.

  14. avatar Connor

    This is bullshit. paying for the levels when l4d2 is so close aswell

  15. avatar TheTruth

    cause vavle is turning into bloated money whores just like EA just look at l4d 1.5 …. I mean 2 , PS. they STOLE everything and I mean everything from Killing floor the original unreal mod, L4D went into development 1 month after it was released go look it up =)

  16. avatar EthanCrad

    this sucks, it means i gotta go to GAME and spend £17.50 on 2100 ms points so that i can spend 560 of those points on a 2 chapter level.i think ill use that money to help me buy L4D2.

  17. avatar lolwut?

    ^not true, if you listen to the directors commentary they say they got the idea after playing a cs game with hundreds of bots with knives.

  18. avatar Matt Adore

    The DLC for the survival pack was free on xbox.

  19. avatar Default

    meh, dont blame it on Valve, blame it on Microsoft. BTW its only 7 bucks, so unless you really can’t spend 7 precious dollars, i see where you are coming from.

  20. avatar bo

    i don’t get how this article explains how Valve wanted it free and Microsoft said NO LOL WE CHARGE PEOPLE FOR THINGS AROUND HERE

    and people are still calling valve greedy

  21. avatar ma

    Valve also found that they got higher profits from selling cheaper games.
    Not just more units sold, more revenue.
    If I remember correctly, it was at least 500% profits from the 50% off L4D sale, as well as sales for a lot of other games.

    They published the data saying that retail games right now should be cheaper than they are now. Who knew that pricing a game cheaper than $60 each would make more people buy them?

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