Glossary Entry: Mission Pack Sequel

Quick Definition

Normally, when a company makes a sequel to a game, they try to improve things and add new features that the original game wasn't capable of. In other words, they try to produce something greater than what came before.

A mission pack sequel, on the other hand, is a sequel that uses basically the same engine* as the original game, and only adds a different story and level layout. It's an expansion pack* that's been packaged as a whole new game. Today, marketing a game like this is a very bad idea and extremely bad marketing. It would be better to sell the new content* as DLC*. However, back before the internet became popular, this was often a necessary evil. Many games, especially console games that were sold on cartridges, couldn't be updated with an expansion pack*. You also couldn't be certain that someone had access to the original game, which is required to make an expansion pack* work. Thus, it was best to include the game's engine* along with the new content* and market the product as either an updated release of the original game or as a sequel.

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