The Curator Posted November 5, 2017 Share Posted November 5, 2017 It just begs the question of why they felt the need to release the multiplayer as a separate game instead of just adding the multiplayer onto the first game. It's hypocrisy, they talk about not wanting to drive too much of a split between the merit of playing DS or DST; when they're the ones who made the divide in the first place. Thus, DS lacks all kinds of A New Reign content and DST lacks Shipwrecked and soon Hamlet as well. It's ridiculous, they're the ones who felt the need to literally release the same game again but this time with multiplayer; instead of just giving the original game multiplayer. It's the same game, yet its being sold separately and each copy is missing content that the other has. Even if there was some kind of Capcom-esque "Oh the content is too big to patch into the game we need to release it again with the content on the disk for it work" kind of coding problem, they should have removed Don't Starve from retail. Literally, literally, DST is DS, but with multiplayer and a better optimized combat system. DST is literally the same game but with more options, yet they kept the outdated game on retail sold separately as if it was its own game. I don't know how the system works currently like, if you buy DS do you get DST free, or vice versa, or do you have to buy them separately. And it just highlights how illogical this is why does the same game need to be available for retail twice at the same time. Even if you get the other for free if you purchase one, why does the same actual game need to be on retail twice and why does the same game need to have content exclusive to each of its two copies. I have never seen a company do this before, ever, save for that one Capcom moment where they rereleased the same game claiming the DLC patch was too big to add onto the main game; so they had to disk-package it with the DLC already on then sell it again. And why would you even play Don't Starve. It's literally Don't Starve Together, with less content and a less optimized combat system. You can play DST singleplayer all you like, there's no actual advantage to the singleplayer mode itself because you can play the multiplayer mode alone too. And the multiplayer mode has more free content, and is better polished as well. The only merit there is to Don't Starve is that it has exclusive DLC, which only exists because the developers released it to justify playing the less updated DS over the more update DST even though it's literally the same game. Yeah making Shipwrecked multiplayer would blow since it's a whole other world design, but they could have just made it so Shipwrecked servers are singleplayer. Then when they release DLC that doesn't include a whole other world design that requires dynamic re-coding, possibly like Hamlet, they could allow servers to run online with it. If players don't have that DLC then the game won't let them in that server, simple. Which is the thing is it's not just about Don't Starve Together lacking Shipwrecked it's also that Don't Starve lacks A New Reign. Because of how Klei has chosen to do all this, both games suffer from the fact that the developers chose to split one game in two so no matter which game you pick you're missing out on something even though they're the same game. So the bottom line is, numerous developers have been able to patch and change their games for years without having to rerelease the same game twice so what was Klei's justification for doing something that no other company, that I know of, has really ever done before. Releasing the same game twice on digital retail just because of a content patch, not removing the outdated version of the game, then separately releasing content for both versions while selling them separately. Am aware that trying to have a critical discussion or attempting to talk about anything remotely negative in regards to Klei in this community is like lighting a candle while you're inside a dark gasoline tank. But let's give it a good go and not have this thread immediately locked because a thousand and one flamers turn up to scream and make it impossible to have a competent discussion eh. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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