Capcom “Re-evaluating” On-Disc DLC Policy
Capcom is listening to you, if a recent post on the Unity forum is to be believed (and we have no reason to think it isn’t to be believed). The thorny issue of on-disc DLC has been something very much in Capcom’s… ball… court… recently, with Street Fighter X Tekken causing much mirth/outrage as it was revealed those characters you have to pay to download are already included on the disc you paid to own.
As stated by Christian Svensson, senior vice president at Capcom:
“We’ve been getting several questions, here and elsewhere about the future of on-disc DLC. We would like to assure you that we have been listening to your comments and as such have begun the process of re-evaluating how such additional game content is delivered in the future.”
Okay. That doesn’t actually say much. But it does indicate the company is listening and that maybe it has realised that putting something you have to pay for locked away on something you’ve already paid for might not be the best way to go about things.
But Svensson goes on:
“As this process has only just commenced in the past month or so, there will be some titles, where development began some time ago and that are scheduled for release in the coming months, for which we are unable to make changes to the way some of their post release content is delivered.
“One such title is Dragon’s Dogma, where the decision to include some additional (but not all planned additional) game content for the game on disc was made at the beginning of the game’s development cycle as at the time this was determined to be the most efficient way of ensuring certain content was made available.”
Yes, on-disc DLC will be present on Dragon’s Dogma, thus making any and all excuses about the whys and hows of content being present on the SFXT disc null and void. This is a clear decision, made and acted upon.
You’re being sold a desk with a locked drawer and then being asked an extra tenner for the key to the drawer.
But hey, at least the company is listening, right? And seeing as it’s already proved it has nothing but your best interests at heart, there’s clearly nothing to worry about. It’s not like this is a company that has charged you for something that used to cost pressing a different button.