Capcom has gotten into some hot water among gamers lately for releasing their games with locked on-disc content. The most recent game from Mega Man‘s house to be found guilty of this crime was Street Fighter X Tekken, which featured 12 new characters that players had to pay for before being able to access them. Is this a sign of the company’s plan going forward? Possibly not.
The questionable decision is where the controversy begins, and Capcom even fired back against complaints stating that there was no difference between DLC and on-disc locked content outside of the delivery method.
They have since changed their stance, according to the company’s Senior VP Christian Svensson. Svensson has assured disgruntled followers that they “are being heard” by the company. Better yet, he confirmed that (while a few upcoming games will feature unlockable on-disc content) Capcom is “re-evaluating” the entire method in which they distribute additional content:
“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. 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.”
Some future games that are prepping to ship in the coming months from the dev, more specifically Dragon’s Dogma, will still include the immensely unpopular addition of on-disc paid content. Of course, all Capcom would be doing by changing up their DLC method is making it less obvious that they had additional content ready at launch.
I suppose it’s better than being forced to buy an entirely new game for a handful of additional characters though. Not that they’d try something that ridiculous.
How do you feel about the use of locked on-disc content? Is there ever a situation when the decision might make sense, or is this where you draw the line on micro-transactions?
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