You’re right; 2 (or 3?) Sniper Assassin maps & 4 Special Assignments which were glorified, permanent Elusive Targets that most people found mediocre at best. I’m not pissed: I got the Expansion for like 15 or 16 bucks. But full price? Haha no.
If we break the game down by location, not counting Hawkes Bay, each of the base location is $12. Now there’s also a bunch of weapons, gadgets, etc as well but weapon/outfit bundles should cost like a buck to 2 bucks max. Not the FIVE that the Requiem pack cost.
At a max, the DLC should have cost at least $10 less. 25 for the 2 new full maps; another 5 for everything else if that extra content is even really worth that much and I have my doubts. I haven’t played them myself but the way people talk about the Special Assignments makes them sound like the Sarajevo Six levels which were glorified ETs, there were 6 of them, & they were free on PS4. So those 4 missions shouldn’t really add on to the price at all. The Sniper Assassin maps are fine & imo thats what the extra 5 would basically be paying for, I guess.
You may disagree and think you can quantify each thing til it adds up to the price (or perhaps even MORE than what it originally cost) but to many; even if the quantity was technically there, the quality wasn’t. What they should have done, and let’s keep in mind hindsight is 20/20 & armchair developing is considerably easier than actually developing, is this:
- Forget the Special Assignments
- Forget designing the Sniper Assassin maps from scratch. Instead, just use existing maps for the mode as they did with Colorado in Patient Zero
- Ditch Elusive Targets OR ditch tying rewards to them at least; not sure how much it takes to make ETs. I know there are people who like ETs but I think in-depth permanent content is far more valuable than generally more simplistic ETs, even if ETs were made permanent.
Then for the Expansion Pass – priced at let’s say $30 instead. A few outfits/stuff + 3 full maps:
- New York Bank
- Haven Island
- Siberia Prison
With the time spent making Himmelstein, Hantu Port, & Siberia as Sniper Maps and everything else, they could have just made one more full map. Idk how much they actually make for each Sniper map since they can fake shit due to the single angle we see the map from… But they still design at least a full facade, map AI routines, etc. Even if all we see of the map is the only actual stuff they made and everything behind it is empty/non-existent, they still spent the time to make that “stage play” background production.
The Siberian Prison would have made for an AMAZING Hitman level. A small portion in front that’s public but lots of trespass/hostile areas; prisoner disguises, guard disguises, sniper nests, opening cells to cause a riot, smuggling cigarettes to a prisoner contact that’ll give you Intel, etc. 1 target is a prisoner, the other is the warden? Come on! Would’ve been perfect & it couldve been that instead of a map made for an arcade mode.
Now… does the time spent making Himmelstein, Hantu Port, Siberia, the 4 Special Assignments, Elusive Targets, etc. add up to the time & effort necessary to make Siberia into a full map? Maybe, maybe not; I don’t know! That’s why I said armchair developing is far easier. But I do know that all that stuff is at least close to equal what a full Siberia map would take… because if it wasn’t, then all that other stuff isn’t worth the price they added to the Expansion Pass, then.
TLDR: Most of the other stuff REALLY doesn’t seem like it should have doubled the price of the pack – if each location is about $10-12; then it should cost $20-25 since the Special Assignments sound equitable to free ETs or the free S6 missions. Sniper Assassin maps may add up to a bulk of the price but most people, I think, would have far preferred a full original level instead.