Two weekends ago, Darq developer Wlad Marhulets of Unfold Games made the news for refusing Epic Game Store exclusivity. He has since received overwhelming support from gamers, enough to promise free DLCs before the end of the year.
Marhulets shared that the DLCs are currently in the early concept stages. When released, they will serve to add new levels to Darq. This is to address a common criticism of the game, that it’s a little too short. In a response to a question on Twitter, Marhulets indicated that the free DLC will make its way to GOG as well.
We're incredibly grateful to the community for all the support DARQ has received so far. To acknowledge your support and express our grattitude, we're going to be releasing a few DLC's later this year, entirely for free.https://t.co/Le7DYolCN3 pic.twitter.com/mYuMLKGwAE
— Unfold Games (@UnfoldGames) August 24, 2019
The solo indie dev was approached by Epic Games representatives shortly after announcing Darq’s upcoming launch in Steam. He turned down the exclusivity deal, and Epic Games refused to pick the game up unless he did. The entire situation turned out unexpectedly well for the developer, which led to this free DLC announcement.
While there are no official figures indicating the success of Darq, Unfold Games being able to promise free DLC may be a positive sign. Marhulets previously said that he will “probably” make less money by not taking Epic Games’ exclusivity deal. But what he’s not making in money, he appears to be making up for it with community goodwill.