Persona 3 Reload, a massively successful game, has recently faced criticism from a section of its fanbase regarding certain aspects of its DLC.

Persona 3 Reload has garnered some vocal fan criticism for attaching DRM to its auxiliary DLC, specifically the soundtrack and artbook. The ongoing backlash adds an unenviable footnote to Persona 3 Reload's otherwise highly successful launch.

The remake of the third game in Atlus's long-running RPG franchise launched for PC and the last two generations of non-Nintendo consoles on February 2. Persona 3 Reload was also a day-one Xbox Game Pass release, although its presence on Microsoft's subscription service did not stop it from debuting as one of the ten best-selling games on Steam. The RPG can also currently be found in the Trending section of the Xbox Store, while the PlayStation Store lists it among the top ten games in the U.S. as of February 5.

Persona 3 Reload Fans Baffled With Decision To Bundle OST and Artbook as Standalone Apps

Despite that strong commercial momentum, a vocal section of the fandom is currently advising gamers not to shell out for the Digital Deluxe Edition of Persona 3 Reload. Priced at $79.99, this version of the RPG comes with an artbook and original soundtrack. And while some fans were fine with paying an extra $10 for those bonuses, they were less than pleased to find out that both the OST and artbook are delivered as separate apps. The general expectation with this sort of bonus content is to receive artwork in a PDF format, and music as raw audio files.

As a result, both DLC packs have already garnered a couple of hundred predominantly negative Steam reviews. Although the Digital Deluxe Edition is also available on PlayStation and Xbox (where it's called the Digital Premium Edition), the negative scores almost exclusively originate from Steam users. That's presumably because PC players are the only demographic that's used to receiving raw files when it comes to this kind of bonus content.

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