Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is one of the best side scrolling beat-em ups that has been released this generation, it stands up to modern indies in the same genre such as Castle Crashers and Shank or classics like Double Dragon and Streets of Rage. But why is it getting DLC that was scheduled to be released almost a year ago when the game released all the way back in fall 2010? Turns out that Ubisoft may have been taking the easy way out before and doing a bit of copy and paste to make some money, only people noticed.
Back last year after the first delay a trailer appeared showing off Wallace and his new abilities, set to release in fall. A lot of people took to criticizing basically everything about the character though. “Why is he just the same sprite as Stephen Stills?” “Wasn’t Wallace shown at the end of the credits, this doesn’t look like him!” Needless to say people were upset and sales for the new DLC did not look good, especially after Ubisoft was accused of stealing property from another game. Someone identified from the trailer that some of the sprites from Wallace was actually the exact sprite that was used in Sonic Battle, a Gameboy Advance game that came out in 2004.
As fast as they could Ubisoft took back the character and said the following to Destructoid about their decision.
“The downloadable content for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game has been delayed for fine-tuning and to incorporate feedback from the passionate Scott Pilgrim community. Ubisoft is addressing feedback from the community on the best ways to honor retro games in the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game DLC in an accurate and respectful manner. Ubisoft, and the new team developing the DLC, respect creative properties and, of course, want to be sure to deliver a game experience that is a proper tribute to the Scott Pilgrim franchise.”
Wallace Wells still looks a bit like Stephen Stills but as far as I have looked he seems different enough to be considered a different character. It seems a bit cheap to make the player pay for a function that should have been in the game originally or at least should have been released within the window the game was still popular. Either way this DLC may revive your love for Scott Pilgrim, allowing you to now bring all your friends along with you to fight all of Scott’s evil exes or maybe you were done with this game two years ago when you completed it.
The sheer fact that they took this long is bad. For what is not exactly a mainstream, socially popular title, there is no need for the delay. By this time – what’s the point?
Admittedly, this may well put a spark back into the game for the people who stopped playing it, you know, more than two years ago, but you’ll have to pay for the privilege. It’s just a shame it took so long.