Planning on purchasing Street Fighter X Tekken? You may change your mind once you read about Capcom's controversial downloadable content move that's got the industry and fans filled with rage and confusion.
Recently, there was an unveiling in industry news that the downloadable content for Street Fighter X Tekken is actually on the disc. While numerous attemps at this have been made, most content on disc has been unlockable if you buy the title brand new. There are some titles , such as the newer Mortal Kombat game, that are pushing the envelope for downloadable content. But the content Capcom is hiding is not only coming at an extra cost, but is a considerable chunk of the game's characters; 12 fighters are going to be missing unless purchased.
Capcom's community manager Brett Elston posted a response to fans' uprising on the Unity blogs, giving an explanation as to why this move was made:
"Capcom has confirmed that 12 new fan-favorite characters will be available as Downloadable Content (DLC) on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC versions of Street Fighter X Tekken later this year. The playable characters will make their debut on the PS Vita system when the game is released this fall, with the console and PC versions receiving them as DLC soon after. The character information and files were intentionally included on retail versions of the PS3 and Xbox 360 game to save hard drive space and to ensure for a smooth transition when the DLC is available, allowing players who choose not to purchase the content the ability to play against players that did. More specifics regarding pricing, dates and other additional exciting DLC plans for Street Fighter X Tekken will be shared at a later date. As a reminder, the retail version of the game will be the only disc-based version consumers will need to own and all future upgrades will come from post-launch DLC. The new characters fighting their way onto Street Fighter X Tekken are... from the Street Fighter side... Blanka, Cody, Dudley, Elena, Guy and Sakura will be playable and from Tekken... Alisa Bosconovitch, Bryan Fury, Christie Monteiro, Jack, Lars Alexandersson and Lei Wulong will all be available.
By including these 12 characters on the disc, the idea was to ensure easy compatability between players who do and do not choose to download the characters when they arrive as DLC. For example, not buying costumes in the Street Fighter IV series means you will not see the costumes when playing another person who did buy them; on-disc characters avoid this issue and allow everyone to participate in the update without additional patches or hiccups. The update also saves on file size - instead of a massive download, there will be a much smaller unlock that brings the new content to the surface.
This move also furthers our desire to avoid a "Super" version of the game down the road. Everything you need to enjoy this game for months (and years) to come will be accessed by the retail disc available this week. When the DLC update does come, it will inject new life and excitement into the game by unleashing 12 new fighters into the wild.
SFxT has a ton of content on day one, then later this year we reenergize the whole thing with a hefty DLC update, without the need for a second disc. And while pricing details are still to come, I can at least say it'll be a great value considering the size of the update - 12 new characters is pretty substantial, after all.
I understand the reaction, but SFxT is a damn fun game with a ton of content right out of the gate and more stuff - all designed to keep this fresh - to come."
What's nice about this statement is that it confirms no Super release is being planned. So, if we take Capcom's word for it, do you prefer this option of on-disc DLC instead of having to buy a new version in less than a year? Let us know in the comments.
Source: Capcom Unity Blog Entry
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