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.”