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The latest round of site updates introduces game expansion support and images in RSS feeds.

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With Desura now starting to list more games, it was only a matter of time before we encounted the need to support game expansions (or the buzzword been DLC). A game expansion is essentially a mod (i.e. requires the original game to run, adds new features / levels), with the main difference being that expansions are usually not free and are usually made by the original game developer.

Game expansions have been around forever, they used to be really popular 10 years back with games like Diablo: LOD and Half-Life: Opposing Force examples. They lost popularity a few years ago when (standalone) episodic games and sequels became more the norm, but the rise of DLC has brought them back in a big way.

In hindsight it is a feature we should have supported all this time but just added. Now if you are adding a game WHICH DEPENDS on another game to run, you should select that game in the "expansion field" when editing its profile.


When you do this, the games profile will state that this game "is an expansion for XX", and vice-versa the parent game will list all of the expansions available for it. The screenshot below demonstrates this, with these changes now live on Desura, ModDB and IndieDB (so feel free to update your games if they are expansions). This feature is essential for Desura because we don't want you to buy and expansion for a game only to find it won't run unless you buy the full game as well!


The first series of games using this new feature is the awesome Penumbra Collection (by Frictional Games the makers of Amnesia), which includes Overture, Black Plague and Requiem (an expansion for Black Plague).

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The next step will be adding the ability to link "related games", so that way you can connect sequels, episodes etc which are standalone (thus not expansions) but would be good to list. That'll come in a few months as it isn't top priority right now.

Finally, I just added the preview image to RSS feeds, so if you browse them in your browser (i.e. latest headlines, articles, downloads) you will notice that an image is provided with every item. Enjoy the updates and as always post suggestions / flames in the comments below. Oh and don't forget to fan / follow Desura / IndieDB / ModDB:

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moci
moci

Very good, and somewhat late indeed, update. Good work!

Suggestion: filter the database so that "shotcut" games do not show in the list of sellable games. And do not count them as part of the Desura catalog, it's giving the customer the wrong impression.

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Death_Octimus
Death_Octimus

nice more support :P

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altercuca
altercuca

this is awesome! good job guys, more and more support!

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Heaney

When will moddb properly recognise expansions?

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FW:ToW_Sushi
FW:ToW_Sushi

Awesome

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Expack
Expack

Does this mean that, in the future, mods which require an expansion pack in addition to the base game in order to be playable will be shown as such, and Desura will refuse to download/install such games unless all the required expansions are installed? If it does...AWESOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOME!!!!

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Tech|Rogue
Tech|Rogue

Nice work guys. :)

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AirborneSn1p3r
AirborneSn1p3r

yea very nice work

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Mobius89
Mobius89

Awesome, that is going to be extremely useful for us all.

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Hell_Diguner
Hell_Diguner

(places hands together menacingly)

Excellent...

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