Square Enix Dev Compares DLC to Toppings for a Delicious Dish, Shouldn't be Too Salty to Sell Drinks

By Giuseppe Nelva

December 10, 2013

There has been a lot of discussion lately about DLC, microtransactions and how they influence games and impact our enjoyment of them. Some don’t care and won’t buy them, others feel compelled to make the purchase because they want to experience everything a title has to offer, and there are many shades of grey in between.

The recently published JRPG by Square Enix Bravely Default has recently been involved in the discussion due to the sale of some potions on the Nintendo e-shop that make the game easier. Producer Tomoya Asano has a rather colorful opinion on DLC, and he expressed it in an interview on Dengeki Online.

Asano-san compares going to a restaurant to eat a delicious cup of kitsune-soba topped with the tradiytional aburaage (deep fried tofu). Some may want more toppings, and DLCs are like a service to provide them.

Of course this doesn’t mean making the soup intentionally more salty to sell additional drinks. After having provided the proper aburaage added to the delicious kitsune-soba, you can provide more toppings to people that want to eat more. I don’t think this is a mechanism that people should dislike.

Personally, I do find the comparison quite fitting, even if the suspect that some publishers do make the soup too salty, or don’t provide enough toppings to begin with does exist. What do you think about it? Do you care to pay more to get more aburaage with your kitsune-soba?

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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