Expansion pack

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An expansion pack, expansion set, supplement, or simply expansion is an addition to an existing role-playing game, tabletop game, video game or collectible card game.wikipedia
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The Sims

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Games with many expansions often begin selling the original game with prior expansions, such as The Sims Deluxe Edition (The Sims with The Sims: Livin' Large). These bundles make the game more accessible to new players.
Each successive expansion pack and game in the series augmented what the player could do with their Sims.

Act of War: High Treason

For example, Act of War: High Treason and Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty are stand-alone expansion packs for Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines and Act of War: Direct Action.
Act of War: High Treason (abbreviated as AOW:HT) is an expansion pack for Act of War: Direct Action.

The Sims: Livin' Large

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Games with many expansions often begin selling the original game with prior expansions, such as The Sims Deluxe Edition (The Sims with The Sims: Livin' Large). These bundles make the game more accessible to new players.
The Sims: Livin' Large (known as The Sims: Livin' It Up in Europe) is the first expansion pack released for the computer simulation game, The Sims.

Xanadu (video game)

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Board games and tabletop RPGs may have been marketing expansions since the 1970s, and video games have been releasing expansion packs since the 1980s, early examples being the Dragon Slayer games Xanadu Scenario II and Sorcerian.
The following year saw the release of Xanadu Scenario II, an early example of an expansion pack.

Dragon Slayer (series)

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Board games and tabletop RPGs may have been marketing expansions since the 1970s, and video games have been releasing expansion packs since the 1980s, early examples being the Dragon Slayer games Xanadu Scenario II and Sorcerian.
Xanadu Scenario II, released the following year, was also an early example of an expansion pack.

Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Shadow of Death

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In some cases, a stand-alone expansion pack such as Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Shadow of Death, or Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna includes the original game.
Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Shadow of Death is the second of two expansion packs for the turn-based strategy game Heroes of Might and Magic III.

Downloadable content

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Expansion packs are most commonly released for PC games, but are becoming increasingly prevalent for video game consoles, particularly due to the popularity of downloadable content.
Downloadable content can be of several types, ranging from aesthetic outfit changes to a new, extensive storyline, similar to an expansion pack.

Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath

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Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath, for example, requires the original Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars to play on the PC, but Xbox 360 versions of both the original Tiberium Wars and Kane's Wrath are available, neither of which require one another.
Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath is an expansion pack for the 2007 real-time strategy video game Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars.

Sorcerian

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Board games and tabletop RPGs may have been marketing expansions since the 1970s, and video games have been releasing expansion packs since the 1980s, early examples being the Dragon Slayer games Xanadu Scenario II and Sorcerian.
Another new feature of Sorcerian was its episodic format that extended across various expansion packs.

Dungeon Siege

In some cases, a stand-alone expansion pack such as Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Shadow of Death, or Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna includes the original game.
An expansion pack, Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna, was released in 2003, and a further series of games was developed in the franchise, consisting of Dungeon Siege II (2005) and its own expansion Dungeon Siege II: Broken World (2006), a spinoff PlayStation Portable game titled Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony (2006), and a third main title, Dungeon Siege III (2011).

Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines

For example, Act of War: High Treason and Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty are stand-alone expansion packs for Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines and Act of War: Direct Action.
It branched out into a series that used the same system of game mechanics, beginning with an expansion pack entitled Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty in 1999, and later with two sequels - Commandos 2: Men of Courage in 2001, and Commandos 3: Destination Berlin in 2003.

Grand Theft Auto: London 1969

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Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 was the first expansion pack released for the PlayStation.
Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 is a mission pack for Grand Theft Auto.

Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars

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Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath, for example, requires the original Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars to play on the PC, but Xbox 360 versions of both the original Tiberium Wars and Kane's Wrath are available, neither of which require one another.
An expansion pack to Tiberium Wars, titled Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath, was released on March 24, 2008.

PC game

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Expansion packs are most commonly released for PC games, but are becoming increasingly prevalent for video game consoles, particularly due to the popularity of downloadable content.
Chief among these alternative strategies is episodic gaming, an adaptation of the older concept of expansion packs, in which game content is provided in smaller quantities but for a proportionally lower price.

Booster pack

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Collectible card games, or CCGs for short, are typically released as expansion sets, composed of booster packs.
Booster packs are the smaller, cheaper counterparts of starter decks, though many expansion sets are sold only as booster packs.

Episodic video game

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Episodic games
To consumers, episodic games are very similar in nature to expansion packs.

Role-playing game

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An expansion pack, expansion set, supplement, or simply expansion is an addition to an existing role-playing game, tabletop game, video game or collectible card game.

Tabletop game

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An expansion pack, expansion set, supplement, or simply expansion is an addition to an existing role-playing game, tabletop game, video game or collectible card game.

Video game

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An expansion pack, expansion set, supplement, or simply expansion is an addition to an existing role-playing game, tabletop game, video game or collectible card game.

Collectible card game

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An expansion pack, expansion set, supplement, or simply expansion is an addition to an existing role-playing game, tabletop game, video game or collectible card game.

Video game developer

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While board game expansions are typically designed by the original creator, video game developers sometimes contract out development of the expansion pack to a third-party company, it may choose to develop the expansion itself, or it may do both.

Act of War: Direct Action

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For example, Act of War: High Treason and Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty are stand-alone expansion packs for Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines and Act of War: Direct Action.

Sequel

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As far as the plot is concerned, High Treason is a sequel to Direct Action, while Beyond the Call of Duty and Behind Enemy Lines do not have any plots.

Video game console

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Expansion packs are most commonly released for PC games, but are becoming increasingly prevalent for video game consoles, particularly due to the popularity of downloadable content.

PlayStation

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Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 was the first expansion pack released for the PlayStation.