When the 'Origin of Pain' DLC pack for Trials Evolution launched in October 2012 it came packaged with 36 all-new tracks, new skills games and 100 new objects for player made levels. All for 400 Microsoft points (just over $5). Ubisoft just announced Riders of the Rustlands, the first DLC pack for Trials Fusion. It contains just 10 new tracks — only six of which are traditional tracks — one new skill game and "dozens of new Editor Objects". The price is the same. Personally, I don't think that's good enough.
It's just such a dramatic decrease in content.
I understand that it's part of RedLynx/Ubisoft's plan to release multiple DLC drops as part of the 'Season Pass' model, but I don't think that excuses delivering less than 30% of the content you delivered previously for the precise same price. I say that as a genuine fan of the Trial series.
Here, specifically is what is being offered as announced on the Ubiblog:
5 new achievements/trophies
10 new tracks
6 classic Trials tracks 2 new Supercross tracks (local multiplayer) One new Skill Game (“Laws of Motion”) One new FMX track (“The Gauntlet”) 18 new Track Challenges
Each classic Trials track contains 3 Track Challenges Track Challenges range from secret locations to minigames: Infiltrate the Outsiders’ hidden base Compete in a game show against penguins Find more secret squirrels Dozens of new Editor Objects
Steel pipe set Wooden ramp set Computer mainframes And much more
If this is the standard we can expect from future DLC drops, it might take all six of the promised DLC packs to provide the value Origin of Pain delivered in one single DLC package. The next DLC pack, Empire of the Sky, is actually set to deliver only nine tracks for the same cost. You can save money by subcribing to the Trials Fusion season pass, but that will set you back $20.
It seems like there's been a dramatic switch in terms of what RedLynx is delivering in its DLC here. Perhaps we were spoiled in the past and RedLynx was overdelivering but, considering what came before, 'Riders of the Rustlands' seems to be dramatically under delivering and that situation doesn't look like it will change any time soon.