In today’s gaming marketplace it’s become more and more common for AAA developers to release a game with the intention of backing it up with downloadable content, so much in fact that we’re presented with the option to purchase a season pass even before the game has been released. And yet Avalanche Studios, creators of the critically acclaimed Just Cause franchise, decided to take a completely different approach with the release of Mad Max.
So far the only mention of DLC that I’ve come across are references to the pre-order bonuses, console exclusives, and the Rockstar Energy challenge car… that’s it. Whether or not Avalanche Studios is making a silent statement against the dependence on DLC in gaming or they’re simply wanting to make sure there’s a demand before investing the time, I honestly don’t know.
However this is what I know… The below content has been made available so far.
- The Road Warrior Pack (PS4 Exclusive Hood Ornaments)
- Circa Blades Hood Ornament (Walmart Preorder Bonus)
- Grizzlegrinda Hood Ornament (Xbox One Exclusive)
- The ThirstCutter Car Body (Free Download)
- The Ripper Car Body (Preorder Bonus)
Even though Avalanche Studios hasn’t yet revealed their ultimate plans for Mad Max, I’d say there’s probably an expectation within the community that there will be more DLC coming our way. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of what I’d love to see make an appearance in Mad Max.
The Expected Content: This is the sort of content that most gamers have come to expect from studios, I don’t see why Mad Max would be any different. Whether or not this is the sort of DLC that gets you excited, I can guarantee they’d be welcomed additions all the same.
- New Magnum Opus Bodies:
There are all kinds of vehicles that would fit right in with the chaos and mayhem of the Wasteland, could you imagine charging through the Wasteland in an armored car, semi cab, or a school bus… Better yet, what if the enemy was charging at you in these unstoppable behemoths?
- Magnum Opus Customization/ Upgrades:
- Weapons: There are a wide variety of options that could be introduced, whether you’re looking to go defensive replacing the spikes with barbed wire, electrified panels, or spinning saw blades. Then again if you’d rather go offensive, replacing the harpoon with a mounted .50 caliber machine gun, mounted flame thrower, or perhaps you’ll rely on Chumbucket to throw Molotov cocktails at the enemy. Either way, I’d like the option to make those decisions and further customize my Magnum Opus as I see fit.
- Hood Ornaments: Introduce a new line of fear inducing hood ornaments that provide a range of new attribute boosting benefits.
- Cosmetic Customization: How about new paint schemes, decals, and of course stylish rims.
- Character Skins For Max: Include a few new options to personalize Max to your liking, while enjoying the benefits of boosting his attributes.
Single Player Campaign: Typically these are the kinds of DLC that I look forward to downloading. If I’ve enjoyed playing a game enough to buy new content, it’ll be so I can spend more time within the world.
- Story Missions: Go beyond the current story, with a brand new story arc that follows the events of the game.
- Wasteland Missions: There are already a variety of Missions across the map, but that doesn’t mean you’ve got to stop coming up with new ones. Does it?
- Camp Takeover: Clans rise and fall all the time, why wouldn’t there be new camps that emerge over time?
- New Territories: Expand the map with new territories, bringing with it a variety of new missions/ challenges to occupy your time. I’d love to see a brand new Warlord incorporated into the game, ruling the territory with an iron fist. Perhaps the missions/ challenges would arise as you find yourself caught in the middle a growing power struggle between the factions.
Bringing Multiplayer To The World Of Mad Max: There is so much beauty and depth to the design of the Wasteland, I’d love to see multiplayer incorporated into the world of Mad Max.
- Co-op Missions: Who wouldn’t want to experience the Wasteland with a friend? Whether playing through the story or introducing all new missions specifically designed for co-op, I’d be game either way.
- Traditional PvP Style Gameplay: Bringing familiar forms of PvP to the Wasteland, with the addition of high speed instruments of death.
- Death Match: Of course this is always a winning mode in any PvP experience. Whether it’s team based or everyone for themselves, the Wasteland would lend itself perfectly to this mode of play.
- Territory Takeover: Capture territories to erect scarecrows for your team, takedown the enemies scarecrows before you can take the territory. The team with the longest reign at the end of the round wins.
- Scrap Collector: Do whatever it takes to collect the scrap; search it out, scavenge wreckages, or simply kill and take it! The team with the most at the end of the round wins.
- PvP Vehicular Mayhem: Highlighting the vehicular mayhem that the Wasteland has to offer…
- Convoy Takedown: One team controls the convoy as it rolls down the desolate stretch of highway, while the other team risks life and limb to take it down before it reaches the destination.
- Traditional Dirt Track Racing: I don’t necessarily know if I’d take part in this particular gameplay mode more than a handful of times, however I think I’d probably be in the minority making that statement.
- Death Run’s: There’s no defined route to the finish line, you chart your course across the Wasteland as you head towards the marker on your map.
- Demolition Derby: Well… Why not?
As a developer, DLC is your opportunity to present the fans with a reason to continue playing that game even after the end credits. Only time will tell if we’ll be receiving any more DLC or not, however I think that’s a question they’ll want to address soon.
What DLC would you want to receive in Mad Max? Let me know in the comments below.
However I will say this, I love the fact that the redemption codes for the current DLC populate the items into the world, as opposed to just handing them to you off the bat. I really wish more developers would do something similar with their own in game DLC.