If there was any doubt that exclusive downloadable content (DLC) such as that for GTA IV
or Tomb Raider Underworld
was simply a case of ring-fencing sections of a completed game, Crystal Dynamics appears to have assuaged it. Microsoft, it appears, is driving third-parties to develop new game sections for later download.
It appears that some more cynical gamers out there had decided that Microsoft was in fact simply paying developers to cut sections from completed games for later delivery. Not according to Tomb Raider Underworld
dev' Eric Lindstrom, "We were approached by Microsoft, who asked us if we could make some downloadable content for them.
"The DLC that we're making for Microsoft is especially made. It's not part of the main game that we saved", he is quoted as telling videogamer.com