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Capcom “Re-evaluating” On-Disc DLC Policy

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.

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  • shaun

    Ok so instead of including locked out content on the disc, they will still lock content out but have it sitting on psn instead.

    WOW thanks capcom you really are thinking of our best interests aren’t you.

    Its two sides of the same coin, they are still removing content for release later for extra money.
    This whole thing is insulting to gamers, the fact that the content exists and is held back on release is what the problem is, it doesn’t matter if it sits on the disc or on psn.

    So if you really are listening capcom then include all developed content when you release the game, is that such a wild idea?

  • JDnator

    So what? whats everybody’s problem? Capcom can do what they want, they keep making great games i couldn’t care less if they bring out DLC thats pre developed. were not talking mega money here. why is everybody so stingy? as far as i see it, no one is forcing you to buy the DLC. every one always assumes they can run game developers better than the big boys. if CAPCOM weren’t making a small fortune on DLC then they would start falling short from thier competitors, the games would get worse as funds on development across their range would lessen and eventually they would die out…. i personally NEVER want to see CAPCOM go down so they can take my money….i worked in a book shop and it never broke my bank?